Vanguard Kit

19 customer reviews


The Vanguard Kit is a must-have set for any young adventurer. The kit contains a pair of cargo joggers meant for woven bottom weight or medium to heavy weight stable knit fabric with front slash pockets, diagonal side cargo pockets, faux fly, articulated knees, elasticated cuffs and comfort waistband. Also included is a versatile tee that can be color blocked in two ways. Along with color blocking in the body, the tee also features color blocking in the sleeve. An optional hood is included as well as two neckline options: crew neck or v-neck.  Add a pop of color or print at the faux layered shirt hem. This set is great way to use up those scraps and precious HTF/OOP knits.

Vanguard Kit Features:

  • Meant for heavy-weight woven fabrics and stable knits
  • 2 piece set: pants and shirt
  • Cargo joggers
  • Color blocked tee
  • Optional hood
  • Crew or V neck
  • Pockets

Sizes: 2T-14 (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Pattern Formats Included:

  • Print at home for US letter & A4 paper, trimless format with layers
  • Large format file for copy shop printing. This file will print on two A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology

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The Vanguard Kit pdf instant downloadable pattern contains:

  • The Vanguard Kit pdf sewing pattern contains three shirt styles and cargo pants.
  • 2 pages of inspiration photos from pattern testers.
  • Cutting guide
  • 15 pages of bright and clear step by step color photos and illustrations.
  • Short video clip showing how to pleat
  • Included is a print chart to only print the pages you need for your style choice.
  • In addition to the print-at-home file, an A0-sized large format file for copy shop printing is also included
  • A projector file is included for those using projector technology
  • Optimized for most tablets with links to each part of the pattern. Print only the pattern pieces and use a tablet or computer to read the instructions to save on ink and paper!
  • This pattern has the ability to print just desired size(s) and in addition, features trimless pattern assembly! Open the PDF in Adobe, select the layer thumbnail on the left-hand menu and then select the size(s) to print. See this tutorial for more information.
  • Designed for both letter and A4 paper printing.
  • Because we value work at home business, feel free to use this pattern in your home sewing businesses.

Size Chart & Fabric Requirements

Line Drawing

vanguard line drawing


Updated file 3/10/16 to add cargo pocket to print chart and fix formatting.

Updated file 7/24/16 to fix view A tee body width on sizes 8-14.

19 reviews for Vanguard Kit

  1. Kelly

    This pattern is amazing! Instructions are easy to follow and all the options are great!

  2. Lea

    My ONLY complaint is that it doesn’t go bigger.
    My teen and husband would love them.

    I’ve made several of the shirts for my boys (ages 9 & 13), and a few pairs of the pants too.

  3. Melissa (verified owner)

    I love this pattern. With boys ranging in size from 2t to 10 this pattern will be used again and again.

  4. Rachel (verified owner)

    Easily my favourite pattern I have EVER sewn for my boys!!! You can but a ton of boys patterns for variety or you can get most of that variety right here!!! Fit was perfect, instructions simple, and I love the guide for what bits of the pattern you need for each style saving so much time!!! I would definately call this a wardrobe staple!!!

  5. Kasey Bealer

    My son is starting to get particular with mommy made clothing. I let him choose the options for the Vanguard Kit – he didn’t want to take it off! He is all about comfort and loved it! I went by his measurements and the fit was spot on!

  6. ashley (verified owner)

    This is a very trendy and amazing pattern! I love all the options and will definitely be using this pattern for years!

  7. Trista

    This pattern is perfect for starting to sew for little boys and needing to build up their wardrobe.

  8. puzzlnut (verified owner)

    My grandson loves the colour blocked tee I made for him. The directions were well explained and the pattern simple. It will be a staple in my pattern library!

  9. Lorna Gorny (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! I have made it for my grandsons in several combinations and they were tickled. It is so versatile and easy to follow, great pattern!!

  10. toya` miller (verified owner)

    I noticed pages 67, 68 and 69 were missing from the print pages chart. will update review after I have made the pants. I have the 7/24/2016 PDF.

  11. Sue

    Thanks Toya Miller for pointing out the missing 67, 68, & 69 from the print chart.
    Good value pattern for boys

  12. Debi Mager (verified owner)

    My first attempt at color blocking was with the Vanguard. I love how easy it makes color blocking. It’s a simple pattern with a great fit. So many options. There aren’t many boy patterns and this is a fun one to make.

  13. michelle.applegarth (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! My son loves the fit of the pants and I love the versatility of the shirt. I’ve made so many different shirts I’ve lost count. The pattern is easy to follow with clear instructions and photos.

  14. Michelle (verified owner)

    Love the set! Used this pattern for a Halloween costume for a friend-the pattern made hacking into it and re-piecing it together much easier. And the kid looked great!

  15. Darlene Brann (verified owner)

    Absolutely love this pattern. Sews quickly with many options.

  16. Whitney Larson

    Another favorite to see for my 4 boys! I absolutely love that this pattern includes the top and the pants.

  17. Jennifer Lee (verified owner)

    I love this pattern for use with panels. Many panels I buy have a white background which doesn’t work so well with kids. I want the panel, but with less white. I have been using this pattern to put the panel in the center and then coordinating print on top/bottom. It looks professional and adorable when done. I feel like it’s a step up from the raglans I used to make all the time.

  18. Ruth (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful , versatile pattern for kids . It’s an easy sew and you can mix and match knit fabrics to your hearts content to get the look you want. I have done Team colors ( they root for the Packers! ) favorite characters and just fun kids prints . You can easily create something kids & grandkids will be happy to wear . . An indispensable pattern to have on hand ,I highly recommend it to all sew-ers . Instructions are well written & will guide you thru . Enjoy !!

  19. denisehoehns (verified owner)

    I enjoyed making two sets, for the grandsons. They loved them!

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