Upcycling for the Pathfinder Vest

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

When I was 19 years old, I decided to join the Air Force. I was a full time college student, who was working as many hours as I could in order to pay for school and I knew that joining the Air Force could help me to get me education. After my training, I was stationed at Hickam AFB in Hawaii. Not long after arriving in Hawaii, I met a handsome Marine and we were married one year later. Three days after our second anniversary, our daughter was born. When I was pregnant with our second daughter, we decided that it would be best for our family if I was able to stay at home with our girls. After five years in the Air Force I became a stay at home mama. Around the same time, my husband switched from the Marines to the Air Force. Over the last 18 years we have lived at 7 different military bases, with each of our four daughters being born in a different state. The military is an important part of our lives, and our daughters have experienced so much because of it. So when I was deciding on fabric for the Twig + Tale Pathfinder Vest, I knew that I wanted to upcycle our old military uniforms into something special.

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The women’s Pathfinder vest pattern also includes tween sizes, so I decided to make a vest for my 13 year old. We decided to use the classic hood, round neck and curved back hem.

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

For the vest closures, I re-purposed the pull tabs from the uniform pants.

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

I removed the pockets from the uniform top, and was able to reuse them. My daughter really liked that I included the pen holder inside one of the pockets. The pattern comes with both patch and kangaroo pocket pieces.

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

To complete her look, I made her a “military brat” shirt. If you would like to make your own, I  have the “military brat” cut file available as a free download. Military Brat Cut File

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

I love everything about the Pathfinder vest pattern and can see myself making many more!

 

Upcycle an old military uniform with the Pathfinder vest from Twig+Tale. PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Pattern: The women’s Pathfinder Vest from Twig + Tale

Recommendations: Upcycle! One of the things I love most about Twig + Tale, is that they encourage upcycling for their patterns. When upcycling, make sure to fully examine your item before you start cutting. Determine what details you will be able to reuse, like the pull tabs and pockets on my vest. Be very intentional with how you place your pattern pieces, you may need to rip out prexisting seams or you want to use them as a design element. Also, make sure you use the right needle for your project, often upcycled materials might be a thicker fabric that requires a different type of needle.

Fabric: Old military uniforms and cotton for the lining.

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