For the past few years I have been wearing an embarrassingly old and very not waterproof raincoat. You always find out the hard way that your raincoat is no longer waterproof don't you? After one particularly thorough drenching in Scotland this summer I decided I HAD to make myself a waterproof jacket.
After a short bout of Instagram based research the only option for me was the Closet Case patterns Kelly Anorak. So effortless and stylish, it had to be mine. And of course it had to be made in red.
My Mum gifted me the pattern and the waterproof fabric for my birthday and I was very excited to get started. The project was put on hold for most of November and December as I was so busy I didn't get a minute to even think about, and when January came round, I finally had time to sit down and get cracking. I think I sat down to sew this pattern every day for about 2 weeks before I finally gathered the courage to cut the fabric and get started. I thought it looked complicated and sewing that zip with all the flaps was nothing I had ever done before and, to be honest, I was a bit scared. No need to be of course, by the time I was halfway though my toile it was clear that this was a beautifully designed pattern and truly a pleasure to sew. Silly me, no need to be scared of this one.
As I mentioned on my other blog post, I often like to create my sewing patterns myself and this means that when I do follow someone else's instructions, I like to put my own little twist on the project. With Kelly I decided to change the pockets slightly. I am the sort of person who would much rather cram my pockets full of my stuff rather than carry a bag, so I wanted the pockets to store my bits and my bobs safely and securely, and keeping them dry at the same time. I like the idea of pockets that have the two sections, one accessed from the top and one from the side of the pocket.
To make this happen I took the pocket pattern piece that had been provided and made it into a square, which I cut out in my outer fabric and my lining. I finished the top edge of the lining and outer fabric separately, and then overlocked the inner edge (the side closest to the zip) and the bottom of the pocket, with the outer fabric and lining together. I then finished the outer edge of the pocket (where your hand goes in) by folding the outer and lining fabric over 1/4" twice. I chose to have the right side of the lining facing the wrong side of the outer fabric so that when you look inside the pocket from the top you see the right side of the fabric.
I then followed the pattern instructions to make the mitred corner. I stitched the pocket on, sewing only the inner and bottom edges of the pocket to the outside of the coat. When I topstitched the edge of the pocket I made sure I didn't catch the lining too, so that there would be a bit more room for manoeuvre when you have your hands in the pockets. I then sewed across the top of the lining to create the two separate sections of the pocket.
I stitched about an inch at the top corner of the outer edge and 3 inches at the bottom to create the opening for my hand to go in the side, making sure it was nice and strong so it wouldn't rip when my hand is inside. I then made the flap to go on top (it was a bit bigger than the pattern piece so I just measured it to make sure it was the same width as the pocket) and stitched that on too.
I haven't put the snaps on yet but that will be the final thing to do for my Kelly pocket adaptation! I'd love to hear if anyone else gives this a go or if anyone has tried any different pocket adaptations for their Kelly Anorak!