Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Testing, testing: Closet Case Patterns Kelly Anorak

Woop, woop! Sound the alarms: the latest from Heather Lou is here!


This is my tester version of the Closet Case Files Kelly Anorak, and, let me tell you, I love it and will definitely make another.


Right after completing this, I had a perfectly timed trip to the northeast U.S., so I actually got a chance to wear this delightful piece of outerwear in a bit of Massachusetts' fall chill and cold rain. And Kelly was perfect for those purposes!


For my Kelly, I used a mid-weight rusty red twill fabric I found locally in Bangkok. This weight is ideal for a fall jacket... I'd definitely like to make a rain coat version of Kelly at some point, too, though, and perhaps a lightweight version. Heather's olive green sample is calling my name...


I love how the Kelly looks with snaps, but I had some trouble finding them near me, so I sewed big shiny grey/black buttons on the cuffs, pockets and collar. I like them, but really want snaps, so I didn't put buttonholes in yet.  I may remove them if I find snaps I like (it sounds like Heather will have kits in her shop!).


  I'm still working on something more professional looking for the drawstring, too, as the matching one I found in Bangkok is a little plastick-y looking and shreds at the ends.


I love the fit of the Kelly- it's got a nice shape, especially with the drawstring to highlight the waist. Not too big and baggy, but not too snug that you can't layer up underneath. Please note: there were some minor fit changes to the Kelly since testing. This is a 16 at the shoulders and bust, graded to an 18 at the hip.


Also great: the 3 dimensional pockets with the angled opening- perfect for slipping your hands in for warmth, storing necessities, etc.


The hood is fabulously functional, too. Big enough to stay up on its own, but not so big that it swallows your head and not so small that it squishes your hair.


These photos... I took them with the Kelly Anorak layered over my yarn-dyed Harrison shirt. How preppy is this outfit!? My New England roots are showing here, like wicked bad. I feel like these photos make it look like I am auditioning for a catalog shoot for L.L. Bean. Well, shit, if I'm gonna get the part, I'm gonna have to go full on. Quick, somebody pull up a Subaru in the background, get me cabled crewneck, a lobstah and a jug of maple syrup!


Anywho, there she is, my Kelly. Good stuff!

56 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! I think this is a great pattern and I love it made upon the red/burgundy!!

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  2. It's so awesome! I love it! I bought the pattern at 3am this morning when I couldn't sleep and I was catching up on email and saw the preview. It's the first Closet Case pattern I've purchased, although I did just pick the printed Ginger Jeans pattern as one of my free patterns for winning the first week of the Fabric Mart challenge. So now I have 2!

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    1. Nice! I bet you will love both patterns!

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  3. Wow, this jacket looks so RTW - and I mean that as a compliment! One of those garments people won't believe you've made yourself.

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    1. Thanks so much! I definitely take that as a compliment!! ;-)

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  4. Stunning! I actually bought something almost identical in RTW last month (colour and all). I now wish I hadn't! I guess I can always make a black one... :)

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    1. Oooh- black would be really chic. I'm thinking I need an olive green one, too.

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  5. Don't forget your bean boots �� Love this jacket, I was literally admiring a similar one I saw today and wondering if I wanted to try to tackle sewing one or not. I don't really have a jacket for fall, I just keep wearing really big sweaters until it's down coat time. Seriously considering it, it doesn't seem too intimidating for my first jacket type project. Thanks for sharing, the red is awesome!

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    1. Good call on the boots, they would really complete the look! ;-)
      This is the perfect fall jacket since it's unlined, great for layering. It's not a difficult pattern at all- a very quick sew!

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  6. This is beautiful Meg!! That colour is gorgeous and I love your drawstring. It's much nicer looking than mine. LOL Anyway, your anorak looks so professional - I love it!!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I love yours, too! So chic!

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  7. LOLOL...that last paragraph...

    Okay...seriously, your Kelly Anorak is a ten out of ten! I think this shade of red looks fabulous on you! Well done!

    Now...must get mine photographed and blogged!

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    1. Ha ha, glad I got a chuckle from you, Sue! Thanks so much! Can't wait to see yours!

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  8. Fabulous! Looks marvelous on you!❤️

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  9. This looks so great. Really professional looking. I asked heather if any of the testers needed to do an FBA and said only one (guessing that wasn't you), and that there is a bust dart anyway so it shouldn't be hard. Is that right?

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    1. Thanks so much, Manju! Umm, I thought for a second I might need a small FBA, but after wearing it around, I think I don't. The bust dart is incorporated into the front yoke seam (it's curved), but I imagine an FBA wouldn't be too difficult.

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  10. Terrifico! And a professional looking make....! Brilliant!

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  11. Another great tester version: it looks so professional!! And preppy, but in a good way! =D (Incidentally, we have a bright orange Subaru we would be happy to insert into your preppy catalog shoot if you're willing to do it in OH USA, haha!) I love your fabric choice too. And thanks for letting us all know that it performed well in anorak-appropriate weather conditions! It looks great on you!

    This was one of those patterns I bought as soon as the pre-order came through and I can't wait to make (hopefully!) a couple versions in various weights. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

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    1. Thanks, Abbey!! Ha ha, an orange Subaru would be perfect for my catalog shoot!

      I hope you love the Kelly pattern as much as I do!

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  12. I love this so much, Meg!! All of the details are awesome as is the color. Glad you had a chance to wear it in colder weather.

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! It was the perfect fall coat- I wish I had the chance to wear it more in Bangkok. I'll have to plan a trip to somewhere cold to wear it again ;-)

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  13. I love this so much, Meg!! All of the details are awesome as is the color. Glad you had a chance to wear it in colder weather.

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  14. I love it! It looks so great on you and I love the colour. :)

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  15. You had me with wicked bad. :-) Great job on the jacket. I think Heather/CCF has hit it out of the park with this one. It looks very well made (hers and yours) and if I had need for a coat more than 10 minutes a year, I would be buying this one for sure.

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    1. Ha ha, glad I got a chuckle out of that line, Debbie! Ha ha, I don't really need it for more than 10 minutes a year here, either, but perhaps next year when I move back to the States I'll get use out of it!

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  16. Love the color!!! The clean lines of this pattern are seriously calling my name. It looks great on you!

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    1. Thanks, Tasha!! This pattern would look fabulous on you...

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  17. Your Kelly is so pretty! I love the color. It looks so great on you! I am super excited to make one of these. I've been in need of a decent Fall jacket for quite a while now and this one looks pretty darn perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Teri!! Can't wait to see yours- it really is the perfect fall jacket and is so easy to sew!

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  18. Your jacket look lovely, fab colour and I love the design, I made the Clare coat with the sew along so hopefully there will be one for this too.

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    1. Thanks, Lynsey! This coat is really easy to sew- if you've made the Clare already, I bet you could make this one with your eyes closed ;-)

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  19. So good!!! Love everything about this, Meg, even the buttons!! Such a great looking pattern!

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    1. Thanks so much, Inder!! I love how it turned out, too!

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  20. This is completely fab - the colour, the fit, the style

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  21. I love this like forever!! and as a New England transplant to the CA west coast your entire last paragraph made me crack up like a wicked lot..

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    1. Ha ha- glad to get a laugh!! And thanks for the compliment!!

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  22. Love it. Great colour on you and beautifully sewn as always!

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  23. What a great color! And how fun that you actually got to use it in the MA weather. I saw this pattern pop up on my Twitter and thought this would make a great rain jacket. I love the angled pockets on this! Will you get to wear it much in the rain in Bangkok?

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    1. It was perfect timing for my MA trip, and MA provided the perfect fall weather for Kelly! This would make a great raincoat, for sure. I probably won't wear it much in Bangkok, even in rain, but I'm moving back to the States next year and will wear it tons then!

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  24. Eeeeek! I love this. The color, the jacket, everything. I've been eyeing this and a similar pattern, but I think I like this one the best. I'd love to make a fun, lightweight raincoat too. Thanks for sharing your test! Now, to find fabric.

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    1. Thanks, Victoria!! I am super happy with it, too! It would be fabulous as a raincoat...

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  25. How did I miss this post?! So happy to see your version again Meg. I love love love the colour and am also happy to know it works with regular ol' buttons. Thank you again for being such an awesome tester! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I love it so, I just wish I had more opportunity to wear it in the immediate future!

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  26. Thus looks amazing! I really want to try this pattern out now too. Great job!

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  27. Meg - The coat fits perfect on you and the color is great!

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  28. Looks great! Question about the fit - I know you said it was a good fit, but when I look at the finished measurements, it just seems like it would be HUGE on me. I made the Minorou a few years ago, using the size chart, and I could seriously cut 4" out no problem. I just don't want to repeat that!

    I have some lovely burgundy twill that just arrived in my mailbox... :)

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    1. Hi Amala, I found it to be true to size- I went by my measurements it's a great fit. Not oversized, yet still big enough that you could wear a sweater underneath. Could you do a quick muslin/mock-up to make sure you like the size?

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  29. I am working on this now! Your version is stunningly gorgeous!

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