Poly Taffeta Anorak for Spring

Mood Fabrics' soft floral outerwear made into a spring anorak jacket

I have a confession to make, I love to make jackets, from outerwear to blazers to cardigans. I love to have a closet full of outerwear options for any kind of weather condition. So when this Mood Fabrics’ Soft Floral Outerwear appeared online, I knew it had to be shipped to my home.

Mood Fabric's floral outerwear

Recently, I have been trying to change my online shopping habits. You see I am very impulsive and visual, once the fabric picture draws me in I hit the order button like I am under hypnosis. To rectify this impulsiveness, I have started reading all the fabric descriptions, after all the people at Mood do such a great job describing each fabric. Here is the outerwear’s description: “This polyester taffeta-like fabric would make a stylish trenchcoat or anorak, with its soft, washed floral print. Pretty shades of purple and charcoal. Crisp like a taffeta, medium-weight. ” That sealed the deal. I clicked buy and knew a new outerwear garment was in my future.

I had an idea in my head to use McCall’s 6531, an anorak jacket. I’d had it in my stash for quite some time and it was just waiting for the perfect fabric. The soft floral is a perfect fabric for this jacket.

Mood Fabric's outerwear for a spring anorak jacket

Let me tell you this jacket does take quite a bit of time to make, because there are so many details. Pockets with gussets, cuffs, sleeve tabs, front flap, elastic casing, and I used flat felled seams to make the inside look so nice.

details collage

This is one project I was happy to have a deadline. The Olympics always draw me in and I am mesmerized with the stories and the events. Each night I would designate some part of the jacket to complete, then I would treat myself with the Olympics! Some of the incredible weather in Sochi would have been perfect for this jacket. It is just right for a cool spring day.

Mood Fabrics' Floral outerwear used to create a spring anorak jacke

I used a Schmetz 90 Microtex needle, which worked perfectly with this fabric. Some things I learned from this garment, I added one inch to the length of the sleeves and they are still a bit short. This isn’t too much of an issue, since I will wear the sleeves rolled up for the style. Also, for each element on one side of the jacket, I double checked the placement on the opposite side. The pockets were one of these elements but the elastic casing was the most important – meeting in the middle is an important part. I measured from the bottom of the jacket at the front, side seams to keep the casing even.

Mood Fabrics' floral outerwear used to create an anorak jacket.

 

The pattern calls for sew-on snaps but I had Snap Source snaps in my stash and used these instead. I love the look of these, a bit more RTW and no hand sewing. I tried on the jacket to double check the elastic placement and it matched the pattern placement. I also used this for the snaps, which I wished I had not done. I really felt like I thought out every step of this jacket except this last one. The snap should have been placed at the elastic to keep the front flap from pulling and then space the snaps out equally.

front and back

 

If you want a new jacket for spring, go for this fabric as it is wonderful. If purple is not your color, a soft gray floral lace is available.

Mood Fabrics' floral outerwear perfect for a spring anorak jacket.

Do you notice something different in these pictures? Yes – NO SNOW! Spring is coming and that means more time to wear my new anorak jacket.

Mood Fabrics' soft floral outerwear made into a spring anorak jacket

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Comments


  • Diana
    February 24, 2014

    This is a gorgeous jacket! I love the print on that taffeta. Looks wonderful on you. I,too am working hard to change my fabric buying habit. We’ll see how that turns out !!!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Diana, I really like my jacket. Good luck with your fabric shopping habits!

  • Ginger
    February 24, 2014

    Wow, this turned out beautifully! I LOVE all the details, especially the curved hem and the collar. Absolutely fantastic! I’m a bit of a jacket addict myself and can’t seem to stop plotting out more jackets!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thank so much, what is it about a good jacket?

  • Fiona
    February 24, 2014

    This fabric is so perfect for the anorak! Totally unique. I love all the details of the pattern too, it looks great!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Fiona, I love the fabric and pattern combinations. I thought the details were fabulous, too. Thanks again.

  • Amanda S.
    February 24, 2014

    Great jacket, Lori! I share your love of outer-wear. Having the perfect thing for all weather is worth striving for, IMO.

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Amanda, it is a great jacket and you are right a perfect jacket for spring.

  • Lauren
    February 24, 2014

    Love it! That’s a great, classic shape made up in a SUPER fun fabric!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Lauren. I love when the fabric and pattern combine for a great garment.

  • Mary Danielson
    February 24, 2014

    Love it! You picked such wonderful fabric for this jacket. The shape is classic, but it’s such an visually interesting piece. Wonderfully done!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Mary, this jacket does have great fabric.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 24, 2014

    Lori, Your jacket is unbelievable! LOVE the fabric and your workmanship is so impressive.

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Oh, Sarah, thanks so much, you are so kind. The jacket has lots of details but it is worth the work.

  • Chris
    February 24, 2014

    Very nice !!!
    Looks Great on you and the fabric is gorgeous. The floral print is subtle enough – It can almost act as a neutral.

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Chris, I agree it does read neutral and those colors will go with many things.

  • Peter
    February 24, 2014

    Great choice of fabric for this and the details you’ve added look wonderful. Beautiful job!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Peter, thank you, it is a detail filled pattern, for sure, I was impressed with the pattern but more impressed with the fabric. It just handled beautifully.

  • coco
    February 25, 2014

    Lovely! Thanks for the tips on sleeves and snap placement…this jacket is on my spring sewing list!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      You are welcome, Coco, it is always nice to pass on what you learn from a pattern. Have fun sewing your jacket.

  • Sallie
    February 25, 2014

    I love how this fabric makes a classic anorak jacket into something completely unique! It turned out beautifully, and I could see it brightening up a lot of days this spring!

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie, it does brighten the day with this jacket. I am anxiously awaiting spring so I can wear my jacket everyday!

  • Cennetta
    February 25, 2014

    I really like your jacket. The print is a great change from the standard color. I think I will follow your lead on beefing up my coat and jacket collection.

    • Lori
      February 26, 2014

      Cennetta, thanks so much, the print does change up the coat. I can’t wait to see your coats and jackets, they will be fabulous