A few months ago, I made one of my daughters a vest from an old military uniform. She has worn it many times, and it makes me so happy that she loves it as much as I hoped she would! I always knew that I wanted to make something similar for each my girls, so when Twig + Tale had a tester call for another vest pattern, I knew I wanted to upcycle a military uniform again.
For a short time at the beginning of his Air Force career, my husband wore a flight suit. I have saved those uniforms for many years, not quite sure what I would use them for. This flight suit became a Trailblazer vest for our oldest daughter. The first thing I do when I start an upcycle, is to decide which elements of the garment I would like to reuse. Flight suits have lots of interesting pockets and zippers. By planning carefully I was able to keep the diagonal zippers for the front of the vest.
I also reused this pocket from the arm of the flight suit. I put it on the inside of the vest, and my daughter loves the hidden pen slots.
The Trailblazer vest pattern has the following features:
- Zipper closure (with snap or button alternative)
- In-seam pockets
- Optional wind flap for extra warmth and style
- Add the Nestledown Maternity + Baby-Carry Add-on
My daughter is so happy to have a keepsake from her Daddy’s uniform, and I am so happy with the Trailblazer pattern!
Recommendations: Upcycle whenever possible! I love creating a keepsake that my girls will cherish!
Fabric: Upcycled from a military flight suit, and lined with black cotton fabric.