April Showers Bring May Flowers: Kelly Anorak Rain Coat

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Growing up, my dad always insisted that my brothers and I wear rain coats. I was more of the run-to-the-car-with-my-hood-up type of teenager, but he made sure that we wore our rain coats. My rebellious self didn’t take a raincoat to college. After college, my mom gave me a great trench coat, but it doesn’t have a hood. Finally, years later, I decided it was time to have a proper rain coat. Enter the Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns.

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This pattern came out within about a week of IndieSew’s Lonetree Jacket. I debated between the two patterns for a few days before landing on the Kelly Anorak. I had just completed my second pair of Ginger Jeans, and was very satisfied with Closet Case Patterns, so I decided to give them my business. The two patterns are very similar, though, and I think both would have worked out great.

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All of the materials for this rain coat came from Joann’s or my stash. The fabric is nylon ripstop. It is pretty transparent, so I opted not to use any interfacing at all. The ripstop was pretty stiff, so this worked out just fine. The necessary notions include a separating zipper, drawstring, drawstring sliders, and snaps. Fortunately I already had the snaps in my stash from making a few rolls of reusable “paper towels” years ago (pre-blog). If you look close enough, you can see that they have little frogs on them. The pattern also recommends rivets for the drawstring opening. I couldn’t find any coordinating rivets, so I used a buttonhole instead.

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I ended up needing to shorten the zipper in order for it to fit. I’d actually never shorted a zipper before this project, so it was a learning experience, but a fun one. I got the needlenose pliers out of the toolbox, and used them to yank about four teeth from the zipper tape.

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There were a lot of steps to put this pattern together, but none of them were very complicated. If I were to make it again, and I just might for a fall jacket, I would make a size larger. I like that it is fitted, but my arm’s range of motion is a little limited. I can lift my arms enough to drive, but much more than that is a challenge. The sleeves are also a tad shorter than I would like. I had one unrelated fit issue. As it is drafted (and made here), the drawstring does not fall at my natural waist, but about two inches higher. I do have a long torso, so this might not be a common problem, but I don’t typically lengthen patterns either. I was not able to easily lower the drawstring and casing, though, because it would have run into the pockets. I didn’t discover this issue until after the pockets were in place, so I didn’t move the drawstring. I will put some more thought into that last time.

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All in all, I am pretty happy with this jacket, and have already worn it a number of times. I haven’t worn it in a downpour yet, but it does just fine in a spring drizzle. Thanks, Dad!

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Pattern:  Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns, view A in size 2
Fabric:  2.5 yards ripstop from Joann’s @ $5.99/yard
Notions: 26″ separating zipper, 12 plastic snaps, drawstring, drawstring sliders
Cost: $14.98 fabric + $4.99 zipper + $2.67 drawstring and sliders+ snaps from stash = $22.64 ($36.64 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 15 hours

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5 thoughts on “April Showers Bring May Flowers: Kelly Anorak Rain Coat

    • Thanks! It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. It’s thicker and less slippery than I imagined, so it didn’t have any problems with it moving on its own…if you know what I mean. It frays a decent amount, but I just serged all of my seams, and that doesn’t show up too much even though it’s fairly translucent.

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  1. Hi Renee!
    As part of my April column about sewing trends for Sew, Mama, Sew!, I’d love to share this project. I will share one photo and link to both your project and your main blog address. (you can see past trends posts here: http://www.sewmamasew.com/?s=sewing+trends

    the post is scheduled for April 15. As per my agreement with SMS i do need your express permission to use one of your photos, so if you’d like to be included, please respond ASAP.

    thank you!

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