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?
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!