Child Trailblazer Vest - Size + Materials Chart

Size + Measurements Chart 

Size

12-18m

18-24m

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

12

14

Child’s Chest

19”
48cm

20”
52cm

21”
54cm

22”
57cm

23 ½”
60cm

25”
63cm

26”
66cm

27”
69cm

28”
72cm

29 ½”
75cm

32”
81cm

34 ½”
87cm

Child’s Height

31-32.5”
79-83cm

35”
90cm

38”
97cm

41”
105cm

44”
113cm

46”
118cm

51”
129cm

53”
134.6cm

55”
139cm

57 ½”
146cm

60”
152cm

62.5”
158

Finished Vest Chest Measurement

25”
64cm

26”
66cm

27 ”
68cm

27 ½”
70cm

28 ½”
72cm

29 ½”
75cm

30
77cm

31 ½”
79.5cm

32 ½”
82cm

33”
84cm

34 ½”
88cm

36”
92cm

Finished Vest Length

14”
35.5cm

15 ½”
39cm

16”
40.5cm

17”
43cm

18”
45.5cm

19”
48cm

19 ½”
49.5cm

20”
51cm

20 ½”
52.5cm

21”
54cm

22 ½”
57cm

23 ½”
60cm

Suggested Fabrics for Trailblazer 

(Scroll to the bottom for Fisherman's Vest )
Exterior: Wool, wool blends, corduroy, denim, pre-quilted cottons, canvas, cotton drill, suede and oilskin are all suitable fabrics. You could use quilting cottons for a spring weight vest or quilt an extra layer in between the exterior and lining fabric for extra warmth.  If you wanted a puffer-style vest, then polyester or nylon with batting quilted onto it works well.

Lining: Traditionally you would use a slippery fabric for lining; however, cotton, linen, and flannel work well too. Sherpa is also a deliciously snuggly lining fabric. If using a lightweight exterior fabric, you could use pre-quilted polyester lining to provide extra warmth.

Please note:  It is NOT recommended to use thick fabrics for both lining and exterior, particularly if you are adding the wind flap as certain areas could become too thick to easily sew through.  **You may need to size up if using batting, or using a thick fabric lining such as sherpa.

Other Supplies & Notions

  • Buttons or snaps if you do not wish to close with a zipper or are adding the wind flap
  • Separating zipper (opens completely at both ends) see zipper length in the fabric requirement chart
  • Batting if you wish to make a puffer-style vest
  • Small strip of interfacing to stabilise the front (zipper) edge if using stretchy fabric

Fabric Requirement Chart

You will need the following amounts for both the exterior and the lining fabrics.  You may need more if matching plaids/checks or if you have a directional fabric.  If adding batting for a puffer-style vest, then you will need the same amount of that too.

For the Fisherman's Add-on you will need an extra 16" (40cm) of fabric.

 

Fabric Width

 

12-18m

18-24m

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

12

14

110cm / 43”

cm

65

65

75

75

80

80

95

95

100

100

120

120

 

inches

26

26

30

30

32

32

38

38

40

40

48

48

130cm / 51”

cm

50

55

60

60

70

75

75

75

85

85

110

110

 

inches

20

22

24

24

28

30

30

30

34

34

44

44

Zipper Length

inches

12

14

14

16

16

18

18

18

20

20

22

22

 

cm

30

35

35

40

40

45

45

45

50

50

55

55

Zipper Length inches 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 20
Collarless Version cm 26 31 31 36 36 41 41 41 46 46 46 51

 

Fisherman's Vest Add-on

If making a Fisherman's Vest (using the Fisherman's Add-on) then lightweight, strong fabrics are best, such as cotton, cotton drill, and lightweight canvas.  The pockets will become challenging to sew if made in a heavier-weight fabric.

For the Fisherman's Add-on you will need an extra 16" (40cm) of fabric for the pockets, in addition to the fabric requirements of the Trailblazer Vest.