My Navy Kelly Anorak Jacket

by Jacey on April 26, 2017

Navy Twill Kelly Anorak Jacket
Oh Canadian spring. Where you leave for work in the morning in four degree weather and return in eighteen. And you have to be prepared for all the shit in between. For me, that means dressing in layers to appease what Gavin refers to as my “narrow acceptable temperature range”. I won’t fight him on this one because it’s true. I’m either freezing or sweating my ass off. And complaining about it either way. There is almost no in-between. Hence – layers.

To help me with the wildly unpredictable spring weather, and said “narrow acceptable temperature range”, I completed my most involved pattern ever. A Kelly Anorak jacket. You guys, I sewed a jacket. A JACKET. And I lived to tell about it. I must have been drunk when I ordered the pattern because I honestly don’t know what I was thinking taking on a project with this many pieces. Whatever liquor-induced high I was living on pushed me to try something that I knew was probably a doable project, but also scared the shit out of me.

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I talked a bit in my last post about how I am trying to take on projects that challenge me and help me to learn new skills. Though I have been heavy into the sewing for about a year, a lot of that sewing involved knit sweaters, t-shirts and long sleeves. So while I am pretty well versed in sewing with knit fabric and how to apply neckline binding, things like sewing in a zipper, collars, and plackets terrified me. Sewing the Archer before I tackled this project was helpful when I got to sewing the yoke and the plackets on this jacket.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post by the pattern creator Heather Lou about boosting your confidence and tackling projects that scare you. Seriously, words to live by. I try to emulate this attitude in sewing, and life in general. Usually that means just doing some research, taking things one step at a time and going slowly. Do I crash and burn on things sometimes? Absolutely. Do I have a balled up mess of pretty green silk in my closet from a failed tank top? Perhaps. (sob). But you learn SO much. And you also get these moments of brilliance, where you can put on a beautiful jacket and walk around and be in awe of the fact that no one suspects you made it. Because it looks like a REAL jacket.

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The fabric for this is a Ventana Twill from Robert Kauffman. This was one of the recommended fabrics that Heather had mentioned in one of her posts. There are a billion colours of this particular fabric which is probably why I had so much trouble picking out the fabric. I originally wanted a camel coloured jacket, but had difficulty sourcing the fabric in the exact colour that I wanted. This navy felt a lot safer than ordering fabric online that I wasn’t quite sure about. In the end I actually really love this blue. It is more vibrant than your average navy so I think it offers a pop of colour while still being a solid neutral. I would love to make another version in a camel colour once I hunt down the right fabric. Helen’s version is so delicious.

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A few more details. I really took my time on the insides of this and that is something that has made me even more proud to wear this. All the seams are flat felled except the armhole (maybe next time), and I added some pretty twill and a clothing tag along the neckline that makes me happy every time I wear it. Next time I will be lengthening the sleeves a couple inches as they were quite a bit too short for my gorilla arms. I managed to save this project by making the cuffs longer but next time I will add length to the actual sleeve. The gold accents I choose for this jacket have me all heart eye emojis. The large zipper was actually a happy accident. I ordered it from Pacific Trimming and didn’t realize how large it was, but it has turned into one of the things that people comment on the most.

If you have been thinking about tackling this (or any challenging project), but holding back because you were afraid, don’t be! Or just do as I do and use liquid courage to help get you where you need to be!

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Helen Wilkinson April 26, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Amazing coat! I am actually making a navy one next so that is funny. Love this pattern so much and your version is gorgeous 🙂


Jacey April 27, 2017 at 6:21 am

Thanks Helen!


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