Women's Trailblazer Vest

Trailblazer Vests are made for crisp mornings and ambitious endeavours.  Zip up, slip hands in pockets and be ready for whatever outdoor adventures may come along.

Skill Level: Adventurous beginner - Intermediate 

  • Stand-up collar
  • Zipper closure (with alternatives of snaps or buttons)
  • In-seam pockets
  • Optional wind flap for extra warmth and style
  • Fancy adding a hood? The Forester Coat hood mashes perfectly

The Nestledown Maternity + Baby-Carry Add-on is designed to transform this vest into both a maternity vest and baby wearing vest, with the use of clever zip-in panels.  You can view the add-on here.

Men's Trailblazer Vest sewing pattern by Twig + Tale

What is the difference between Pathfinder and Trailblazer?  Read all about it here

Sizing + Supplies

The Women's Trailblazer Vest includes teens, women's and curvy women's sizing all in the one pattern.

View size chart + materials list 

Printing Info

Our digital patterns are tiled and designed to print using your home printer on either US Letter, or A4 paper.  

Patterns include a nifty “layers” feature, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need, or all of the sizes. Full step-by-step printing instructions are supplied.

This pattern also includes an additional wide format file that can be taken to a local copy shop and printed on single sheets of A0 paper. 


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Cover image by Sarah Connell

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Trailblazer windbreaker

I made this Trailblazer pattern as an ultralight windbreaker for sports. I left out the handwarmer pockets since I won't be needing them in this vest. Instead I drafted two internal pockets with elastic rims to hold my phone safe and keeping the headphone wires inside the vest. I used softshell fabric for lining the collar and for the yoke. I cut out top of the front piece to get the soft side of softshell fabric lining both the back and front of the yoke. I hemmed both hem and armholes with matching lycra strips. I wrote a longer review on sewingpattern.review.com

Women’s trail blazer

Love this pattern. Instructions were easy to follow. Even able to do an inside pocket following the link. My pocket was different to the instructions. I made mine bigger and a bit lower. This has been something I haven’t been to achieve on another jacket.

Excellent Draftsmanship

This is one of the most finely drafted patterns I've sewn. In addition - the instruction video iss not only well done but creative and delightfully uplifting in the best way possible. Kudos.


Las instrucciones son muy buenas, el patrón muy bien pensado, se hace rápido y queda muy bien

Amazing pattern!

This pattern is well written and it even has links to videos at each step. It’s a really easy to follow pattern and it comes out beautifully!!

Wonderful pattern

Such a quick sew. I was a little worried about how hard it might be to put together but it was much easier and quicker than I thought. I just love the finished vest and can’t wait to test it out this winter!

Amazing pattern

I made a quilted version of this Trailblazer Vest. I have to say it is one of my favourite patterns I’ve ever made. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. My zip went in like a dream. I interlined it with thermal fabric and have worn it every day since I made it. I put in hidden lining pockets using the online tutorial which have proved so useful. Also using the tips for altering the fit means I have managed to get a gilet that fits really well. I intend to get the children’s pattern next and have a go at making a reversible version.

Easy pattern for a great result!

The instructions were easy to follow, and the sizing is spot on. Can’t believe how polished my vest looks, it was easy to get a beautiful satisfying garment. I’ll be making many more, it’s such a handy layering piece for Melbourne Australia weather

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