Twill and Flannel Anorak

Brrrrrr! Readers, it’s cold out here! I’m no fan of winter weather, but I AM a fan of outerwear, so at least the silver lining of this week’s snowfall is that I get to road-test my new jacket!

Style Arc Romy Anorak made with twill and flannel from Mood Fabrics

I’ve really been digging the trend of slouchy anoraks that all the cool Brooklyn babes seem to be wearing lately, so I was excited to recreate the look myself. The ubiquitous olive green doesn’t do me any favors, so I opted for a nice medium gray cotton twill from Mood Fabrics NYC (these beautiful organic twills are favorites of mine– I’ve used several colorways for different projects).  I just love twill!  It’s rugged and soft at the same time, easy to clean, press, and sew, and looks great even once it starts to show some wear. Here are some twill options available at MoodFabrics.com.

Style Arc Romy Anorak made with twill and flannel from Mood Fabrics

Because twill weaves fray easily, I serged all the seams, even though they would be hidden under the lining.  It’s a nice precaution to help extend the life of your jacket. I topstitched all the seams with a twin needle, which gives it a RTW look and also adds some stability.

Style Arc Romy Anorak made with twill and flannel from Mood Fabrics

The pattern is for an unlined jacket, but I’m a cold person and love the feel of a lining, so I added one.  The bulk of the lining is made out of this buffalo check flannel.  It’s so warm and cozy!  The sleeves are made out of black bemberg rayon (like this)– I get nervous that I’ll rip my lining putting on the jacket if the sleeves aren’t slippery!  Since brushed fabrics have a tendency to pill over time, I made the lining with the unbrushed side of the flannel facing out.  It’s still beautifully soft, but should stay in great condition longer.

Style Arc Romy Anorak made with twill and flannel from Mood Fabrics

The pattern (Style Arc’s Romy Anorak) calls for the pockets to be made with a box pleat that’s stitched down all the way.  I wanted the pocket to expand to hold tons of stuff, so I used an inverted pleat that’s only stitched 2″ from the top and the bottom.  I find it annoying to iron under all the seam allowances when I’m making patch pockets, so I opted to line them instead.  I cut a second pair of pockets out of the plaid flannel, stitched them together at the sides and bottom, then turned them right-side out, turned under the top seam allowance, and edge-stitched all around.  This makes for nice, neat pockets, plus my hands will stay warm in happy flannel-lined pockets!

Style Arc Romy Anorak made with twill and flannel from Mood Fabrics

I wanted this to look very clean and RTW, so I used brushed antique nickel jeans buttons from my stash, a matching separating zipper, and two faux metal toggles at the CF hem.  I’m really pleased with the way they look!

Style Arc Romy Anorak made with twill and flannel from Mood Fabrics

I’m over the moon about this jacket!  It’s just exactly my style!  Isn’t that the best thing about sewing?  It took forever to make, but it’s so rewarding to sew something that you can actually get away with wearing day in and day out, and that you’ll love wearing all the time!

Style Arc Romy Anorak made with twill and flannel from Mood Fabrics

What are you guys sewing these days?  Are you sewing for the season, or jumping ahead to the next one?  As much as I dislike winter, I’ve still got some cold weather items on the docket to sew before spring sets in.  What about you?

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Comments


  • Sandra Cunningham
    January 22, 2014

    Your jacket is lovely…Such a good job, it looks RTW.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you, Sandra!

  • Michelle
    January 22, 2014

    It looks amazing! Definitely cool. Definitely a great addition to your winter wardrobe

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Michelle! Even though I don’t like winter, I like sewing winter clothes for some reason. :)

  • Carolyn
    January 22, 2014

    Love, love, love this! Especially the fun lining you chose and I hear you on the cold…so you should be toasty and warm in this!!!

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Carolyn! Flannel is a great weapon against cold, isn’t it?

  • Mary Danielson
    January 22, 2014

    So cute! I love the flannel lining – classic, cozy, and perfect for snowy weather. Also, those toggles and buttons were an inspired choice. They make it look just like high-end RTW! I’m in awe!

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Mary! I bought the buttons for a pair of jeans that I chickened out on, but I love them on this (and a skirt that I made a while back).

  • Erica B.
    January 22, 2014

    I love your anorak! It turned out great!

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Erica! It’s not as amazing as your camel coat. :)

  • Rachel
    January 22, 2014

    I’ve still got a few cold weather no transitional items on my to-sew list. And already stating to plan a coat to make for NEXT winter!

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      It’s so good to get a headstart on big projects! I’m excited to see your coat whenever it’s done!

  • Heather Lou
    January 22, 2014

    I LOVE THIS! I totally wanted to make somethings similiar this autumn but got totally sidetracked. Is it warm enough though? Seems twill and a little flannel wouldn’t be warm enough for real winter….

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Heather! This is good for mild winter days (it was 25F when I took the pictures and felt OK then) but at -11 here in Vermont today I would’ve frozen to death!

  • Janette
    January 22, 2014

    so cool! the topstitching and hardware make it very professional looking. you’ll get tons of use out of it in the fall and winter (and even spring!).

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      I’m guessing this will be a spring staple… if spring ever comes! :)

  • angela
    January 22, 2014

    Wow! Your jacket is so cute!! I’m jealous :)

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Angela!

  • Lauren
    January 22, 2014

    Your jacket turned out super cute – and I can tell you much you love it, based on how happy you are in the pictures :) It’s so YOU! I love the buffalo check lining, and I’m especially loving the idea of flannel-lined pockets. All your attention to detail totally paid off; this definitely looks RTW (and you know I mean that as the highest compliment possible ;) )

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, girl! RTW is a great compliment, in my book– I worry that my clothes will look too obviously homemade! I really do love this– I feel like myself in it!

  • Amanda S.
    January 22, 2014

    This is awesome! You achieved your desire to make this look RTW. The lining was a perfect choice. Outer wear and Christmas are just about the only good things about winter!

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      I agree– and after Christmas, I’m ready to be done wearing jackets! :)

  • Mika
    January 22, 2014

    So perfect! I’m soooo jealous. Impeccable work.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you, Mika! You’re too sweet.

  • Judy
    January 22, 2014

    Super cute!! Great idea for cold winter sewing!

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Judy!

  • Kimberly
    January 22, 2014

    Your anorak was made very well. Thank you for sharing your details…. Very well indeed.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Kimberly! It was actually a pretty fun sewing process. :)

  • Peter
    January 22, 2014

    Fantastic job on that coat! It really looks amazing — totally professional.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you, Peter! I’m excited to see your Vogue coat!

  • Christy
    January 22, 2014

    Great Anorak. Doesn’t it just make all the work worth it when you end up with something that you truly love. I like that you made grey rather than khaki. I’m a grey person too.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you, Christy! Isn’t grey the best? I love that it plays well with navy and with black!

  • Trice
    January 22, 2014

    This coat will get, “Wait, you made that. WOW!!” kind of reactions. AMAZING job. I love the details. I LOVE outwear too, tho I don’t mind cold weather now and then. I do miss Snow Days.
    Not sewing anything right now. Perhaps, if I organize/clean my apartment I will get back into the spirit of it.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Trice! I find it hard to stay motivated to sew this time of year. I’m so tired and sluggish during the winter! But I bet you’ll be reenergized after a little organization– nothing like going through your stash to bring inspiration!

  • Fleur
    January 22, 2014

    The lining is pure genius! It’s such a lovely anorak and looks flawless. YEAY for sewing.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Fleur!

  • Vicki Kate
    January 22, 2014

    Out. Of. The. Park! This looks so fabulous and warm. You can tell you’re pleased as punch with it too.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you, VK! This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever made– it’s nice when you land on a project that just feels like you, know what I mean?

  • Gillian
    January 22, 2014

    Damn, girl! That jacket is perfect! I’m always excited to see people sew up Style Arc patterns – I’ve only sewn a few, but I really love the concept of well-drafted RTW style patterns! Great job!

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, G! The patterns really are stylish and cool, although I have to say that the directions were really useless for this one. I’ll have to try one of their simpler patterns for comparison’s sake!

  • Virginia
    January 22, 2014

    I started sewing spring/summer clothing at the beginning of the year. That way I’ll probably get to wear it even though I’m a slow sewer.

    • Ginger
      January 22, 2014

      That’s really smart! I tend to run behind schedule and don’t always get a lot of wear out of garments in the season that I sew them. It’s wise to get a jump on sewing ahead of season!

  • Liz
    January 22, 2014

    OMG – this is just awesome! So funky and cool, yet so practical too. I love the lining, it is super you and the detail work is great!! Definitely does not look home made!! Although not quite RTW either, there aren’t any threads hanging out and it looks like it will last forever, RTW often seems so throwaway and your jacket is definitely not throwaway!!

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Thanks, Liz! You’re right– there’s always something a little bit wrong with RTW stuff. Hopefully our sewn garments are a little better!

  • Wanett
    January 22, 2014

    DUDE!!! This is AMAZING!!!

    It looks so profesh!! Can’t wait to pet it in person!

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Thanks, Wanett! I can’t wait to see your biker jacket!!!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    January 23, 2014

    What an AWESOME jacket – I am so gonna make me one when winter rolls around. It’s summer here at the mo although the weather has been a bit nippy of late. I’ve still got a few summer dresses on my list to make but I’ve got a few pairs of pants to make in February, preparation for Autumn.

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      This style would be way cute on you! Summer dresses are pretty quick to sew, at least, so you should be able to wear them before the end of the season!

  • Chris Johnson
    January 23, 2014

    For someone who does not like winter, you look incredibly happy in your new and oh-so-cozy coat. Impressive construction and the fit is perfect.

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Thanks, Chris! I am pretty pleased with it– it’s nice when a long project works out for every day. The last few long projects I’ve made have been more special-occasion wear, so I never get to wear them!

  • Kim
    January 23, 2014

    Gorgeous jacket!! I really love the colour as well. Did you use any lining other then the flannel for extra warmth? I’m working on my winter wool Anna, but I’m also starting to think about spring/summer, if I make it sooner then later I can wear it more!

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      I didn’t use anything else, but only because I already have a heavyweight parka, so I didn’t really feel like I needed this to be so hefty. Are you adding long sleeves to the wool Anna?

      • Kim
        January 26, 2014

        Yeah I’ve added the 3/4 length sleeves, just like they do in the sew-a-long, I’m hoping to finish it this week, so far I’m really liking it!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 23, 2014

    You have made yourself one gorgeous jacket! It looks so RTW – I’m in complete awe of every detail! Smart move on the pockets- way to go with this project !

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Thank you, Sarah! :)

  • Lori
    January 23, 2014

    Your jacket is absolutely amazing, incredible job.

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Thanks, Lori!

  • Sallie
    January 23, 2014

    This is so freaking fantastic!! Totally looks RTW in the absolute best way. And that’s such an awesome style – you look like such a Brooklyn babe!!

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Thanks, girl! They’ll never know I’m actually from Queens! Mwahahahaha!

  • Amy
    January 23, 2014

    Haha the inside out photo made me chortle. Thus jacket looks super high end to my eyes. Loving the pockets too. You’ve really thought carefully about it all which I thoroughly approve of. I’m making some weather appropriate clothing and some not so appropriate clothing heehee

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Ooh, I love the sound of not-so-appropriate clothing! That’s the fun stuff! :)

  • TinaLou
    January 23, 2014

    Seriously amazing!!!!

    • Ginger
      January 23, 2014

      Thanks, TinaLou! :)

  • Genevieve
    January 23, 2014

    Your workmanship is amazing! I love your blog and all the great ideas you are kind enough to share. You have inspired me to try my hand at making a few garments to actually wear outside the house:)
    Thank you and keep up the good work!

    • Ginger
      January 27, 2014

      Thank you, Genevieve! You can do it– just keep sewing and I know you’ll be proud of your work! :)

  • DebB
    January 24, 2014

    That jacket is perfection! You look adorable – great job.

    • Ginger
      January 27, 2014

      Thank you, Deb! :)

  • Darlene
    January 25, 2014

    Wow your jacket is awesome! It looks great on you! I’ve been wanting to make a jacket/coat of my own but keep putting it off. This is my inspiration to get in there and just do it!

    • Ginger
      January 27, 2014

      Thanks, Darlene! You can do it! :) It’s actually really fun to put together coats… unfortunately, I keep dreaming up MORE coats but I’m not sure I need them! There’s just too much inspiration!

  • Fiona
    January 26, 2014

    Totally amazing! I love all your choices with this, the lining, the buttons and toggles. It looks like so many jackets I’ve seen around recently only better!

    • Ginger
      January 27, 2014

      Thanks, Fiona! :)

  • Nikki
    January 26, 2014

    This is a really great coat!

    • Ginger
      January 27, 2014

      Thank you, Nikki! It was lots of fun to plan and sew! :)

  • Houseofpinheiro
    January 31, 2014

    This is so well made and cool. Love it

  • Meg the Grand
    February 11, 2014

    Oh Honey, it’s perfect! I love all the ways you’ve reinforced this jacket to make it last, and all the touches you used (inverted pleat pockets, buffalo check lining, etc) that make it so fabulous for you and your style :) Well done, and I hope it’s keeping you warm still!

  • Ruth
    February 14, 2014

    Great job on your jacket. Have you ever tried Kasha Lining? It is satiny on one side & brushed flannel on the other side. Very warm elegant looking lining.