Waterproof Kelly Anorak // Red nylon with flannel underlining // Closet Case Patterns
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A WIND AND WATERPROOF KELLY ANORAK (AKA LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD)

Since I brought home Harry, I find myself outside a lot more often. I mean, that was kind of the point. I’m a bit of a chairbound workaholic and part of the reason I knew I needed a dog in my life was the non-negotiable walks they need several times a day. Most of the time it’s fine, but man alive, there are damp, cold, rainy days where you’re both shivering and wet, and he refuses to listen to your terse whispers to “Just poop already dude!” Up until last week I didn’t have a proper raincoat, and I felt every minute of it when Harry refused to go in inclement weather.

Time to pull out that red nylon I bought at the Pendleton outlet in Portland last year and get to work on making myself an all-weather Kelly Anorak! And oh, how I am now regretting not making Harry a matching one with my scraps….

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I really put my heart and soul into making this baby and get an immense sense of pride every time I look at it (G actually got a little mad at me when I showed it to him since he has such a hard time finding good quality men’s clothing, but failed to take me up on my millionth offer to teach him to sew). One thing I wanted to try was underlining Kelly; a lot of you have asked for a lining option, and until we get to work on that expansion pack I thought it prudent to find a way to add warmth in the meantime. Underlining is kind of the perfect solution, and I’ll be sharing a post later this week explaining how I did it.

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You activewear pros may scoff at me for calling this a raincoat since I didn’t waterproof any of my seams. In ready to wear, seams for waterproof jackets are finished with a seam sealing tape, but since I was flatfelling my seams together with my flannel underlining, I didn’t think that would work. It’s possible that rain will permeate my topstitching, and while I’ve read that you can seal stitch lines with a product like this, I thought I would try it in the rain and see how it performs before trying it. Of course it’s been dry as a bone here for the last week so I don’t have anything to report on the experiment. My gut feeling is that it will do just fine in short periods of east coast rain, but might get a little damp around the seams if I was hiking for hours.

I used the hardware from our Kelly Anorak kits, and the lovely plaid interlining is from Blackbird Fabrics (the plaid is out of stock but she still has the blue flannel I used in the hood). I also used a flannel backed satin in the sleeves so I could easily wear it with sweaters without getting stuck, for a total of three different fabrics on the inside. Somehow I misaligned one of my pockets but I doubt you even noticed so forget I said anything.

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I had lots of fun with the topstitching and inside details. I made bias tape from a plaid cotton in my stash and used it to finish the hem and neckline with a Hong Kong seam. Makes me smile every time I see it.

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I’m pretty surprised by how much the style of the jacket changes with my material choices. It feels much more LL Bean-outdoorsy than the classic twill versions we made for our samples; just goes to show how transformative fabric choice can be. And the best part? It’s warm. The nylon is super windproof and the flannel lining means this is a coat I can wear well into winter, provided it doesn’t go to minus ten in the next few weeks. Ahh, the power of flannel!

I’ve started seeing some absolutely gorgeous Kelly’s out in the wild (some with some fabric I didn’t even consider as options!) so I’m excited to share a maker round-up with you shortly. What are you making yor Kelly out of?

Details: Kelly Anorak in red nylon, Firmoo glasses (my secret eyeglasses haven), Nars Dragon Girl matte lip pencil, Blondo waterproof ankle boots

  • OH…HEATHER! LL Bean? Yes maybe…but even BETTER! I agree, it has the outdoorsy vibe, but it’s soooooo gorgeous! The colour just sings and…yah….the insides are as pretty as the outside.

    Just what I needed to see this morning!

  • Stunning Heather and 100% your red! What a beautiful jacket. From now on I will take my fave lipstick with me to shop for fabric!

  • I am 89% sure you can use Kelly pattern to make your man a jacket….just don’t tell him it’s the same 😉

  • Victor

    Hi i was thinking about using this as the outer shell: http://www.moodfabrics.com/sherwood-stalker-digital-camo-cotton-ripstop-308971.html do you think it would be too stiff?

    • It’s so hard to say without touching it Victor. I’ve seen some beauties done in ripstop – it could work but it may be too stiff for the drawstring… i’d order a swatch to see how stiff it is if you’re unsure. Otherwise fabric.com has some very nice organic cotton ripstops in stock!

  • Charlotte Gray

    I love love love your jacket! It’s absolutely gorgeous! I feel like I am still a novice sewist and am afraid to attempt it right now but I have my eye on your pattern and will get it as soon as I feel confident enough to try! 😀

  • missceliespants

    I love the idea of underlining throughout instead of creating a separate facing. Also, I couldn’t love this color more on you!

    • Thank you! I don’t wear a lot of red (except on my lips!) but its a nice change from my typical super neutrals

  • Lovely coat, making me want to make this pattern asap! Having never have sewn with nylon: what would you say it compares to in terms of how it sews up? Looks like it’s a bit slippery?

    • It was lovely to sew with; not slippery and pressed better than I would have thought!

  • This looks great! So practical, and the insides are perfect. I really need to make a rain jacket for dog walking too, but am thinking about a cape since it doesn’t get THAT cold in SF. Still got Kelly on the short list for the time being, though 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    It’s beautiful! I was totally thinking LL Bean before I scrolled down far enough to see your assessment! I have a question–I have some lovely water repellent canvas that would be great for this jacket. Do you think that canvas would be too stiff for this pattern?

    • Sure! Might be too stiff for the drawstring though….

      • Elizabeth

        That was my concern. Off to the batcave to do a test…

  • love.

  • Knitknit

    I love this idea. You have inspired me to make it. I found this great Dark Midnight Blue Water-Repellent Outerwear Nylon from Mood Fabrics. what do you think? Slam dunk!
    http://www.moodfabrics.com/dark-midnight-blue-water-repellent-outerwear-nylon-307488.html

  • kellicousins

    I fall a little more in love with this jacket each time I see a new version. You knocked it out of the park, dude.

    • Awww thanks Kelli! I’m quite happy with it 😉

  • CraftRaft

    I love this! I might get a little edgy with it and use this fabric. Maybe add a flannel lining? Who knows! The opportunities are endless with this piece!

    http://www.moodfabrics.com/alexander-wang-bittersweet-chocolate-water-repellent-vinyl-faux-leather-313215.html

  • Such a beautiful raincoat! Love it, love the color!

  • kelly

    Awesome Coat to make for the winter. I love the flannel lining she used. I would love to spice the inside up with Mood Fabrics “Green/Black Buffalo Check Cotton Flannel” http://www.moodfabrics.com/green-black-buffalo-check-cotton-flannel-308612.html

  • I love it!! A flannel underlined hooded Kelly is on my ever-growing list! 😉

  • Christi Beil

    What was the fabric blend you used for the outer? Also, how’d you line it? I bought the pattern but it says unlined?

    • Hi Christi. It is 100% nylon. I underlined the pattern with flannel but we also have a lining expansion we released this spring.

      • Christi Beil

        I can’t find a nylon that looks like a windbreaker material, only ones that look like table cloth material. 😂😂 thanks so much!