Men’s Op-Art Anorak


This month I tried my hand once again at men’s outerwear. After September’s parka, I decided to make a lined anorak (aka a pullover parka with a half zip).

After hunting through the synthetic outerwear fabrics at Mood Fabrics, trying to find the perfect solid, I happened upon a psychedelic black and white print in a nylon blend that immediately called out to me. It wasn’t till I brought the bolt to be cut that Todd pointed out that my fabric was a panel print (Thank you, Todd!).  I purchased three panels, or approximately two and a half yards.  (You can find nylon outwear fabrics at Mood online here.)

In the photo below, my finger points to the thin white line that divides the panels.  Can you make it out?


For lining and pocket bags, I used white nylon mesh as well as white nylon taffeta. (Mood’s selection of nylon mesh can be viewed here, and nylon taffeta here.)



The pattern I used is Green Pepper F770.  I’d never used a Green Pepper pattern before and it was challenging.  This fully lined anorak is more complicated than it looks and I complicated things further by adding a back vent and grommets.




Other details include Velcro tabs on the cuffs, a cord zipper pull, a large zippered center pocket and flap, and two hand-warmer side pockets.





Fabric this bold reminded me of another Mood Sewing Network member’s style.  Can you guess who?


That’s right: our own Oonaballoona!

I love my anorak; I don’t think I’m going to see too many of these on the street (I’d better not!).  It’s lightweight, and water-resistant–a great shell for cool fall days.

AND it’s perfect camouflage when you just want to blend into the New York City landscape!





Anybody else going through an outerwear-sewing obsession?

Thanks for reading!




  • Amanda S.
    October 6, 2014

    Another awesome jacket, Peter! Any yes, it does remind me of Oona. Love the wig.

  • Lindsay
    October 6, 2014

    Nice! I couldn’t quite picture the final product from your in progress shots, and I really like it!

  • oonaballoona
    October 6, 2014

    Oh my god Peter. I had to physically slam my hands over my mouth as I’m not in the appropriate environment for that much cackling.

    And of course I want that brilliant jacket. I need to look up stunning in my thesaurus.

  • Ellen
    October 6, 2014

    I love this, and all of your other projects. The quality is amazing, and you are right, no one else will have the same. One of the best reasons for making our own. Looking forward to your next project!

  • Lauren
    October 6, 2014

    That Oona wig surprisingly suits you! Must be all that crazy print you’re wearing 🙂

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 6, 2014

    I think that anorak would look great with any hairstyle! Can I have it?

  • Kathy Sews
    October 6, 2014

    Amazing!!!!!!!! I want a girl version. I want it now.

  • DebB
    October 6, 2014

    What a great look and I LOVE your tribute to Oona! I don’t think you will ever “blend in.” Thankfully!! Great job as always.

  • Linda
    October 6, 2014

    I absolutely LOVE this Peter!!!!! So cool! You are so inspiring!!! I love the Green Pepper patterns. I made the slipper socks and love them.

  • Lori
    October 6, 2014

    Love this Peter, the details on the jacket are so fabulous. The photo shoot is fabulous, too. You and Oona should meet up for a photo shoot!

  • kristonlion
    October 7, 2014

    fun! great details!

  • Sallie
    October 7, 2014

    Yes!! This is EVERYTHING! I’ve really been loving all your outerwear recently. So inspiring. All the details are so intriguing and perfectly on point. And I’m so glad you went with the crazy Oona-tastic print – it really makes this anorak extra special!

  • mrsmole
    October 8, 2014

    With that wig you would also fit into an episode of Mod Squad!
    So cool, so well fitting, so well made…what more could you ask for???

  • Jet Set Sewing
    October 8, 2014

    Love it! It doesn’t look 60s at all. It’s giving me more of a fab Japanese/Euro designer jacket from Charivari vibe (I know it doesn’t exist anymore, but that kind of place) bought by a tech zillionaire who spends 15 minutes and $10,000 shopping and then has his personal assistant pick it up.
    By the way, if you’re going to write about Oonaballoona, you need to use ALL CAPS!!!!!!

  • Sue
    October 8, 2014

    This is definitely a favorite. Simply daring choices…and then….when it is all put together…. perfection !

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 9, 2014

    Should have got the photographer to lie on the ground for the pictures so you could achieve the same heights as Oona. In all seriousness – what great finishes!

  • Ginger
    October 10, 2014

    I love this. I want it. PLEASE GIVE IT TO ME.

  • Fiona
    October 12, 2014

    You are knocking it out of the park with the outerwear at the moment Peter! Fantastic job as always and such professional finishing

  • Kimberly
    October 13, 2014

    Peter – It first my thoughts were “Peter is the Outerwear KING!!! but suddenly and without warning I SCREAMED out loud at my desk when I saw picture 12. You cannot do things like that…. I’ll lose my job.

  • Cennetta
    October 14, 2014

    Outstanding, Peter! Did you ever think of creating your on line of coats and jackets? This jacket is as beautifully made as the last. Great job! And it’s always a treat to see the details of your garment.