My first Kelly Anorak is hands down the most worn item in my handmade wardrobe – and since making it, I’ve been dying to make a second one. When Karleen from Sewing Studio reached out about partnering together for a project, I decided that a Kelly Anorak would be the perfect choice!
The Pattern and the Jacket
The Kelly Anorak from Closet Case Patterns has so many of my favorite features – a cinched waist, a hood (I hate umbrellas so hoods are key for spring weather!), large pockets to fit your phone and keys and long enough for even the longer cardigans that I wear to work. If you haven’t seen my original post on my first Kelly, make sure to check it out to read all about the pattern and my review!
Since making my first version, Heather from Closet Case has released a full sew along which was so helpful in getting through the tricky bits. Now, this jacket is not without it’s mistakes. I made similar mistakes on both my original Kelly and this version so maybe it’s just how my brain is wired. On both my waistband casing is on the outside (it’s supposed to be on the inside) and I messed up the facing on the right hand side of the jacket. I don’t think these are deal breakers by any means, so they are what they are!
I did chose to do Hong Kong seams on the inside and bind the hood seams as well. I like the look it gives but Hong Kong seams and I really don’t get along (ha!) – so tough!
The Navy and Gold is perhaps my favorite part of the whole look. I used a kit from Closet Case Patterns for all the hardware which makes finding all the notions necessary a breeze. If you didn’t want to buy the kit you could also buy all the pieces from Wawak (my favorite for notions).
My original Kelly was in a Ventana Twill which was one of the recommended fabrics, but this time I used something a little different. I chose a stretch twill from Robert Kaufman that had much more body than the Ventana twill. Not only did it create a much more structured jacket but it’s a lot warmer than my Ventana Twill version. I was nervous to try a stretch twill but I think it was a perfect match!
Sewing Studio has so many amazing fabrics in stock that would be great choices for the Kelly (or many other spring jacket options!) Here are some stretch twills that would be great choices for the Kelly Anorak or Lonetree Jacket. There are also some tencel twills that would be perfect for the Joy Jacket. The spring is such a good time to sew up a jacket.
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Sewing Studio kindly sent me the fabric used in my Kelly Anorak free of charge, but as always, all opinions are my own.
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