Twig and Tale offer the Pathfinder Vest for all ages, so babies up to adults. It is fully lined and there are so many options too, particularly for the children’s versions
- Curved Dropped back option
- Pixie hood & Classic Round hood
- V-neck & Round neck
- Flutter sleeve
- Yoked Pleated Back option
- 2 Pocket styles
- Optional overlapping button stand
- Numerous options for closure
- Option for a crossover front too
Twig and Tale are a NZ based company and very fond of using recycled fabrics. I would have loved to have found a vintage blanket to make this up, but couldn’t find one, so I used leftovers from stash and fabrics I’d bought specially for making clothes for small humans.
The outer fabric you might recognise as left over from my Ivy Pinafore and the lining is a double gauze from Miss Matatabi which I bought a while ago before shipping and buying from overseas became a lottery and/or game of chance. I couldn’t resist these cute penguins; and there’s still some left! 🙂
I only decided at the last minute what version I would make, so I made
- Curved drop hem
- Pixie hood
- Round neck
- Yoked pleated back
- Lined round bottomed pocket
- Three button fastening with fabric loops
I was really impressed with this pattern. The copyshop file is separate (for obvious reasons), but the A4 pattern is included at the very end of the instruction file. Don’t get me wrong, this is not just any old instruction file, it’s 37 pages (not including the pattern), it’s beautifully put together and wouldn’t look out of place printed on glossy paper as a booklet. There is a whole table of contents, which are linked, so it’s quick to just jump to a specific part of the details if using a laptop, etc. Each page has half a dozen quick links in the footer to the main headers, eg contents, printing, sewing instructions, size guide, etc. There are full details on upcycling inspiration, which pages need to be printed for each individual pattern piece (there are 15), a great glossary and nearer the back lots of inspiration on different versions. And we still haven’t got to the sewing instructions!
So what about the instructions, well, these start with the cutting out, there are no fabric placement diagrams, but to be honest I don’t think this is an issue. The full instructions are very detailed. When I first read them, I thought they were bitty, but there are so many different options to this pattern that they all must be catered for and basically once one section of the vest has been dealt with, it moves to another, or there is a hyperlink in the document to another section. The images are photos and are very clear and accompany the written instructions perfectly. There is also a Sewing Summary at the end which is a quick basic bulleted list.
I pretty much followed the instructions through as per the file. I did find I was looking ahead quite a bit, mainly because I wanted to know when I would be sewing specific bits. I’m inpatient! I did however, follow the pattern.
And I haven’t even mentioned the pattern! That’s in colour and layered, so you only need to print the single size. Even each pattern piece has the sizes clearly labelled. I’ve seen many patterns where there is a size key somewhere which is all you have to reference which line to cut out.
I have to say this was a joy to make and not just because it was small and it was a special gift. I honestly didn’t experience any confusion with the instructions. I would be interested to know how less experienced sewists might find them.
The rounded pockets are double layered, so I decided to use the lining fabric on the outside. The button loops are also made from the lining fabric. The buttons are some old buttons I’ve had in my stash for a long time.
So much to say, but this pattern is so good and I honestly don’t think there is anything they have forgotten. I think I’m off to buy the children’s version, since my only small gripe is that this baby version goes up to 12 months. For information, this baby version offers six different sizes starting at premmie and going up to the 12 months. Personally I think baby sizes could include up to 18 months, but I feel like I’m looking for something to complain about! Since our granddaughter was turning one, I added extra to this and sized it up to about 15-18 months, maybe less.
Fabric: Denim with cutouts from Stitchcraft in Richmond, left over from my Ivy Pinafore. Lining is a double gauze from Miss Matatabi
Notions: Thread, and four buttons from stash (one is a spare). Finished off with a cute label!
Pattern: Twig and Tale Baby Pathfinder Vest, size 12 months, graded up to fit around 15-18 months.
Changes made: I didn’t make any changes, none at all!
Another one/recommendations: I definitely recommend this. I loved making this so much, not just because I had cute lining fabric and it was something for a small human. The pattern was great to sew up, the instructions, I found very clear. The amount of extra detail in the pattern was awesome. I’m definitely going to buy the children’s size. I would buy the adult version, but have already got the Trailblazer!
The fit is also spot on for both Ted (I don’t think he was impressed!) and our granddaughter who looks so cute in it!