Fall Jacket: Kelly Anorak

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I have officially fallen behind in blogging. I’ve now made everything that I planned to make for the fall, but have only managed to blog the cardigan. It’s not because I haven’t made some good stuff, though. This jacket is the pièce de résistance of my fall sewing collection. It may also be my all-time favorite make.

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This is my second version of the Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns, and the two versions couldn’t be more different. My first version was a raincoat made out of cheap ripstop with a plastic zipper and snaps. This fall version is made out of a quality Robert Kaufman cotton twill with heavy-duty metal hardware. I made a few tweaks to the pattern between the two iterations. To make this fall jacket, I

  • Sized up to allow room for a (light) sweater underneath. I did not cut new pattern pieces out, but guesstimated grading up one size while cutting.
  • Lengthened the body of the coat by 1″.
  • Lengthened the sleeves by 1″.
  • Used the collar instead of the hood.

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I also took my time with the finishes on this jacket. The seams are almost all flat felled. I’ve never used flat felled seams before, but they create such a nice finish and are worth the few extra steps required. The only seams that aren’t flat felled are the armscyes, which I serged to finish. I mildly regret that now. The inside of the jacket would have been perfectly clean if I flat felled those too. I also cut my own bias strip for the drawstring casing out of some complementary quilting cotton.

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The fabrics for this jacket were 100% inspired by the owner of my favorite local sewing shop, Amelia. I was selecting between a few different twill options when Amelia mentioned that she was currently making a coat out of this mauve twill by Robert Kaufman. That sold me on it. Then, I learned that the complementary quilting cotton (sorry no pics!) was one of her favorites in the shop. Sold.

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This jacket has been well loved since I finished it back in…October. It’s kept me warm on a lot of adventures, including hiking in Asheville, two Christmas tree lightings, and accidentally joining a parade. I think that it will age excellently as the twill softens up, and will be in its prime in about 3 years. I can’t wait to wear it for years.

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Pattern:  Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns, view A in size 4
Fabric:  3.5 yards Robert Kaufman Ventana twill @ $11.50/yd, .5 yards Bloomsbury grey cotton @ $12.26/yd
Notions: Kelly Anorak hardware kit
Cost: $40.25 outer fabric + $6.13 accent fabric + $34.50 hardware kit = $80.88
Time: 12 hours

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