I live for pattern launch day, especially when it’s for a pattern I love as much as this one. I’d like you to meet Kelly, the jacket of my/your dreams.
I’ve been planning the Kelly Anorak for two years, and it’s destined to fill a major hole in your closet. You know, that practical, utilitarian and yet stylish jacket that you want to wear every.single.day. The one that just gets better with age, that transitions you from the hot summer months into the cooler autumn ones, that has enough pocket space for your keys, the dog treats and the kitchen sink, that looks as great layered over a cozy sweater as it does with a simple tee. The “Where have you been all my life” jacket. She’s right here.
Style meets function with the Kelly Anorak; a classic shape with a modern cut, this simple coat is the perfect choice for transitional weather.
Lightweight and unlined, it features a two piece cuffed sleeve, optional drawstring waist, gusseted flap pocket and a zipper placket with snap buttons. View A will keep you warm and dry with a roomy three piece hood, while View B features a classic stand-up collar.
Kelly is just right made up in light to medium-weight woven fabric such as twill, gabardine, and linen, and will make the ultimate rain coat when sewn with a waterproof fabric like ripstop or goretex.
This is my version of a simple coat. It’s all straight seams so even a beginner could confidently tackle it, while there are enough unique design details to make it appealing to more advanced sewists. I love all the durable seams, the fun hardware, the spacious hood design that protects your head without squashing your hair, the deep, 3-dimensional pockets that are comfortable to actually stick your hands into (and big enough to let you leave your purse at home), the flattering, butt covering length. I love that I can wear it for most of the year, that it will just get softer and more comfortable every time I wash it. And I am beyond excited to tackle a few waterproof versions; I have a beautiful red ripstop for my own Little Red Riding Hood, and I have been itching to wax one of my twill samples.
We’re happy to tell you we have hardware kits coming your way, making it a cinch to get everything you need to make Kelly in one spot. The kits will include snap buttons, grommets, tools for installing both, drawstring cord, cord locks and little cord stoppers. We’re still putting the finishing touches on them but you’ll be able to find them in our shop sometime next week.
And of course, we have lots of Kelly related bog posts coming your way. We won’t be doing a formal sewalong but you can expect posts on constructing the zipper placket, making three dimensional gusseted pockets and installing grommets and snap buttons, among other things.
OUR PATTERN NAMESAKE
This pattern is named after Kelly of the sewing blog Cut Cut Sew. A Portland based maker with a kind heart and a beautiful smile, she has long inspired us with her clean, contemporary style, and fresh, modern take on everyday basics. She is also mother to two of the most profoundly awesome kids I’ve ever met. This coat was made for Portland weather, made for Kelly, and made for all of you. We hope you love it as much as we do!
ps. A big thank you to our beautiful model/friend Keena and our make-up artist Christie for such a fun pattern shoot!
pps. We had a shipping bug yesterday (resolved at 9:30 EST). If you tried to order a pattern before then and had a wtf moment when a high shipping price came up, it’s resolved now. We are trying to refund the more obvious issues now but if you won’t hear from us and feel like you paid too much for shipping please get in touch and we’ll resolve it!