Pattern Description: Women’s Trailblazer Vest by Twig and Tale
Pattern size made: Size G per measurement chart
View made: Zipper closure + wind flap. Yoke back + curved dropped hem
- Outer – 1 yard Burgundy Nylon/Lycra Heavy Activewear from Fabric Mart
- Lining – 1 yard Faux fur from thrift store
- Notions – 6 sets Black Kamsnaps
Woven fabrics are suggested for this pattern. I decided to use a heavy activewear because it was quite stable and didn’t have a lot of stretch.
Alterations: Took in the bust area slightly.
Skill level: Twig and Tale rates this as Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate. I agree with that recommendation.
Look and Fit: Garment fit as intended – slightly loose – other than having to take in some fabric at the bust area. I think I could have gone down a size as the fit was quite loose.
Pattern drafting and instructions: Pattern is well drafted and easy to understand. Instructions are excellent! Detailed instructions include videos to follow along as well as tips on fitting issues that are easy to follow even for beginning sewists.
Vests are one of those things that we’re never in my wardrobe and I’m not exactly sure why. I had made this pattern once before as a gift and intended to get back to it to make one for myself.
I had this burgundy activewear fabric that I had bought not realizing that it was VERY heavy weight, too heavy for most of my activewear patterns, and with only a yard I had no idea what to do with it.
And then I found the faux fur at a thrifts store and it hit me!
Vest pattern + athletic fabric + faux fur = cozy goodness in the PNW
I wore the finished vest recently to walk to my child’s school on a morning that was chilly but I knew I’d get too warm in a coat. It kept my core warm but not too warm and the faux fur made it seriously comfortable. I normally don’t like anything that touches my neck but I did not mind zipping the vest all the way up. And of course: pockets!!
An overwhelmingly positive experience with a lovely pattern that was also fun to sew.