Trailblazer Vest - Women/Curved Fit
Digital Pattern + Video Class

Trailblazer Vest - Women/Curved Fit
Digital Pattern + Video Class

$16.00 USD
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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.

Featuring curved seams and a back yoke for a great fit and professional-looking finish, a full zip front, and cosy in-seam pockets.

Skill Level: Adventurous beginner - Intermediate

Video Class for sewing the Trailblazer Vest sewing pattern by Twig + Tale

Video Support: A full course of clear, concise videos accompany this pattern, alongside a comprehensive written and photographed instruction booklet.

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

Sizing + Supplies

The Women's Trailblazer Vest includes sizes 0-26. 
Size 0 starts where the children's sizes finish.

View all Trailblazer Vest patterns and Add-ons here

View size chart + materials list 

**  We will be updating all our adult patterns into our new size chart of 0-32. If you are interested in helping us test the updated sizing, please register your interest using this form, and we will be in contact when the time comes.

Views + Features

 

Men's Trailblazer Vest sewing pattern by Twig + Tale

  • 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

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

Bonus Resources
Printing Info

This is a PDF pattern and includes three printing options:

  1. US Letter/A4 - tiled and designed to print on your home printer
  2. Copyshop - A0 wide-format file (33.1″ x 46.8″) 
  3. Projector - specially-formatted and optimized for home projector use.  Read more about using our projector files here 

All pattern printing formats include “layers”, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need, or all of the sizes. A comprehensive sewing instruction tutorial is supplied.

View pattern FAQ 

  • Look Inside
  • Works With
  • Resources

The pattern instructions include videos for every step

Mashes With

This pattern is designed to "mash" with elements of the following

Add-Ons

Expand your pattern with these creative add-ons

Customer Reviews

Based on 102 reviews
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Susan Watz (Central Point, US)
Quick sew and clear directions

My sister requested a reflective gilet (vest) to wear when she’s out running in the dark. She will be a trail “blazer” in this, it reflects even without car headlights on it! Can’t wait to make more of this pattern in a variety of fabrics.

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Robyn Caudle (Powhatan, US)
Trailblazer Vest for my husband (straight hem, no collar, optional inside pocket)

This is the first pattern I have purchased from Twig + Tale. I am 100% impressed. Print at home PDF went together just perfect. I like having the option to drill down to just one size. The instructions were spot on - this is the first lined garment I have sewn that I didn't have great difficulty with the lining. This one came out really nice without any frustrations. The outer is fleece and lining flannel. I put in the optional inside pocket which my husband thought was awesome. Love the way it was sewn in. This pocket left a perfect place for me to put my handmade label on. Size measurements were really good - I picked the correct size the first time. I also really appreciate the inspiring ideas within the pattern. I can't wait to make the next one!

M
Mary Beth Fatherree (Gonzales, US)
A++++

Lovely design and wonderful seeing instructions. I loved seeing this best so much that I made two. Thank you!

C
Cliff Young (Chicago, US)
Vest completed

Experienced leather maker but just getting into garment sewing. The pattern was straight forward and easy to follow. Any questions I had were quickly solved by an email response. Great pattern and great vest, I already have another in the making and plan on several more for Christmas presents. I used magnetic snaps for closing the wind guard.

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Adrienne Shaw (Llangollen, GB)
Lovely Vest - Just right in every way

Easy to understand, easy to adjust, and lovely when made. I made this for my 'chap' and he loves it. Calls it his 'best' gilet now. Made with quilted cotton and polar fleece.
Thank you.
PS: I'm a relatively new 'sewist' just in case newbies are thinking of making this like I did x

C
Cindy Byrd (Ogden, US)
Gift for my oldest brother

I finished making the Trailblazer Vest yesterday. This was by far the hardest thing I’ve sewn; not because the pattern was too complicated, but because of all the alterations I had to do. My brother is 5’ 5”, with a very large stomach due to a hernia. I originally ordered the men’s vest but the height discrepancy was too big. I ended up ordering the women’s version, too, because the height was the best for him, and combined the two. Hence, the difficulty. I reworked the patterns 4 times and made two toiles. I am a very slow sewer, so it took me much longer than it should’ve, but it also made me put on my thinking cap. The end result was great and he is very happy with it.

S
Sheila Hatton (Oliver, CA)
Finally getting around to it

I just started making the Trailblazer vest. The pattern is easy to follow and am enjoying sewing it.

M
Maxine Cox (Canberra, AU)
Comprehensive instructions

After a lot of research I decided on this vest pattern given its fit and style (not boxy like so many others out there). Plus it has a lot of scope for personal customisation.
Really impressed with the very detailed instructions, the pro tips and personalised fitting details. I did not add the wind flap, as I was very proud of my zipper insertion.
For the wind flap I would add the following:-
*make sure the.pockets are pulled put of the way as you might sew thru them
*I would add some interfacing on the button side (ironed on the wrong side prior to attaching the lining) for extra support.
Next make will have the wind flap and buttons, and probably a hood. True to size for me, no need for any adjustment.

D
Denise Davenport (Bradenton, US)
The most versatile vest

I love Twig and Tale patterns because they are always true to size - an important factor that so many pattern companies get wrong, because they have great details, without overly complicating the construction process, and because very piece is so versatile. I chose the option of adding batting to the shell of this vest to give it a little “puff” and style. I added some inside pockets so it can be used as a weighted vest without calling attention to itself as anything other than a stylish really cool kids vest. The new owner is super happy

T
Tim Moore
Trailblazer vest

I made this vest in waxed cotton for my partner. I used a flannel lining with cotton quilt batting and it came out great! Detailed and straightforward instructions make this very approachable for a novice like me.

I chose to use the outer shell fabric to line the storm flap and corduroy for the collar.

Customer Reviews

Based on 102 reviews
97%
(99)
3%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
Susan Watz (Central Point, US)
Quick sew and clear directions

My sister requested a reflective gilet (vest) to wear when she’s out running in the dark. She will be a trail “blazer” in this, it reflects even without car headlights on it! Can’t wait to make more of this pattern in a variety of fabrics.

R
Robyn Caudle (Powhatan, US)
Trailblazer Vest for my husband (straight hem, no collar, optional inside pocket)

This is the first pattern I have purchased from Twig + Tale. I am 100% impressed. Print at home PDF went together just perfect. I like having the option to drill down to just one size. The instructions were spot on - this is the first lined garment I have sewn that I didn't have great difficulty with the lining. This one came out really nice without any frustrations. The outer is fleece and lining flannel. I put in the optional inside pocket which my husband thought was awesome. Love the way it was sewn in. This pocket left a perfect place for me to put my handmade label on. Size measurements were really good - I picked the correct size the first time. I also really appreciate the inspiring ideas within the pattern. I can't wait to make the next one!

M
Mary Beth Fatherree (Gonzales, US)
A++++

Lovely design and wonderful seeing instructions. I loved seeing this best so much that I made two. Thank you!

C
Cliff Young (Chicago, US)
Vest completed

Experienced leather maker but just getting into garment sewing. The pattern was straight forward and easy to follow. Any questions I had were quickly solved by an email response. Great pattern and great vest, I already have another in the making and plan on several more for Christmas presents. I used magnetic snaps for closing the wind guard.

A
Adrienne Shaw (Llangollen, GB)
Lovely Vest - Just right in every way

Easy to understand, easy to adjust, and lovely when made. I made this for my 'chap' and he loves it. Calls it his 'best' gilet now. Made with quilted cotton and polar fleece.
Thank you.
PS: I'm a relatively new 'sewist' just in case newbies are thinking of making this like I did x

C
Cindy Byrd (Ogden, US)
Gift for my oldest brother

I finished making the Trailblazer Vest yesterday. This was by far the hardest thing I’ve sewn; not because the pattern was too complicated, but because of all the alterations I had to do. My brother is 5’ 5”, with a very large stomach due to a hernia. I originally ordered the men’s vest but the height discrepancy was too big. I ended up ordering the women’s version, too, because the height was the best for him, and combined the two. Hence, the difficulty. I reworked the patterns 4 times and made two toiles. I am a very slow sewer, so it took me much longer than it should’ve, but it also made me put on my thinking cap. The end result was great and he is very happy with it.

S
Sheila Hatton (Oliver, CA)
Finally getting around to it

I just started making the Trailblazer vest. The pattern is easy to follow and am enjoying sewing it.

M
Maxine Cox (Canberra, AU)
Comprehensive instructions

After a lot of research I decided on this vest pattern given its fit and style (not boxy like so many others out there). Plus it has a lot of scope for personal customisation.
Really impressed with the very detailed instructions, the pro tips and personalised fitting details. I did not add the wind flap, as I was very proud of my zipper insertion.
For the wind flap I would add the following:-
*make sure the.pockets are pulled put of the way as you might sew thru them
*I would add some interfacing on the button side (ironed on the wrong side prior to attaching the lining) for extra support.
Next make will have the wind flap and buttons, and probably a hood. True to size for me, no need for any adjustment.

D
Denise Davenport (Bradenton, US)
The most versatile vest

I love Twig and Tale patterns because they are always true to size - an important factor that so many pattern companies get wrong, because they have great details, without overly complicating the construction process, and because very piece is so versatile. I chose the option of adding batting to the shell of this vest to give it a little “puff” and style. I added some inside pockets so it can be used as a weighted vest without calling attention to itself as anything other than a stylish really cool kids vest. The new owner is super happy

T
Tim Moore
Trailblazer vest

I made this vest in waxed cotton for my partner. I used a flannel lining with cotton quilt batting and it came out great! Detailed and straightforward instructions make this very approachable for a novice like me.

I chose to use the outer shell fabric to line the storm flap and corduroy for the collar.