Navy Softshell Kelly Anorak

When I first started my whole sewing-all-my-own-clothes adventure nearly a year and a half ago, I made the Robson Coat with a navy twill, and lined with quilting cotton for those chilly spring and fall days.  While I still really like that coat and am really proud of it... it really isn't that practical.  I feel like I'm being too fancy in it, and the length can be a bit cumbersome at times.  So!  When the Kelly Anorak pattern from Closet Case Patterns came out, I knew it had to be my next coat project.  It really has the right balance of being practical but also really stylish!  I wanted something that would go well with both work-wear, and casual weekend wear.  I finally found some fantastic navy softshell fleece online which is perfect for both warmth and a bit of rain protection.  A must-have for the chilly and wet spring weather!


The snow has finally melted from our backyard and I had some time to get out an take a bunch of blog photos!  Better get used to seeing lots of this cedar hedge ;)

I take my photos with my iPhone, since I have a trigger for it and my DSLR is old and not in the best condition.... so the photo quality obviously isn't great (nor is the colour) but oh well!  You get the idea.  It is also really, really hard to photograph dark coloured fabric and still see all the details. Especially with a iPhone, and my limited photo-editing-with-picasa skills.

I am SO happy with how this jacket turned out.  It fits perfectly, waist cinch is a great touch, and the pockets are HUGE!  The snaps I bought from fabricland (ugh) aren't the greatest.... but I think they just need to be worn in a bit.  I was also hoping to get a metal-tooth zipper in the right length, but they didn't have any.  I'm actually glad I went with the plastic-tooth one - it's so smooth and blends right in with the fabric.

(I also got my hair cut - so short!  A little shorter than I was hoping... but I'm actually really enjoying this bob-length Meg Ryan in the 90's style)

Now, for the details!!  I had some fantastic raindrop-print fabric gifted to me from a friend, and I thought it would be perfect for the neck binding & loop, and the waist cinch casing.  I also have hot-pink thread in my serger right now, so I used that for my faux flat-fell seams.

Anyways, there you have it!  My new favourite spring and fall jacket.  I see this getting lots and lots of wear!  It may not be perfect, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I can definitely see making one of these out of a fun print IKEA canvas at some point.