This coat has been even longer in the making than my first Kelly. I first bought the fabric I used in March, right as I was finishing that first coat. I knew it would be perfect for another version, but other projects took over, and then all of the sudden it was summer! When fall finally came to St. Louis, I decided I needed to knock this one out, and I am so glad I did. This rose gold Kelly Anorak is going to be a part of my wardrobe forever!
Rose Gold Kelly Anorak
Fabric and Sizing
I saw this rose gold metallic pleather on Mood way back in March, and KNEW it had to be a Kelly Anorak. It’s twill backed, which makes it super easy to work with, too. My original gray Kelly anorak is a size 6, which I love for a close fit. It’s hard to layer sweaters under, though, so I decided to size up some for this rose gold version. I made a 10, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Definitely room to layer in this one, but the chest feels a little broad. I also added two inches to the sleeves and moved the drawstring up about an inch, #sewingtall friends.
Two tips for sewing with this fabric! 1 – A pilot Frixion pen is your bff. It was so easy to trace and label all my pattern pieces, since the wrong side is plain white twill. Then when I lightly ironed my pieces, the ink all disappeared! 2 – Be. Careful. This fabric doesn’t recover well! I used paperclips instead of pins, and a smaller needle than I would have preferred to. I think I used a 12?
Sewing a Rose Gold Kelly Anorak
There’s not a ton to say about this Kelly that I didn’t say in my first post. Again, I was super reliant on Heather’s pocket and placket tutorials. They really do seem much more intimidating than they are, and practice makes perfect! But those extra photos and detailed steps are really helpful to me.
I made View B this time around, so no hood. The hood doesn’t take that much time really. But leaving it off made me feel like I was flying through this coat. It took me way less sewing time than my first time around! That shouldn’t surprise me, but it did make me feel pretty good about myself.
All in all — once again, the Kelly is a winner for me! This style really speaks to me, and St. Louis’s weather lets me get a lot of use out of them. I’m still working on an olive one with a lining, so hopefully that’ll be ready for early spring!
The Kelly is not the only Closet Case Pattern I love. I’ve made the Carolyn pajamas, and several Kalle shirtdresses/tunics. And excitingly enough, the Kalle is part of Project #SewMyStyle2018! Did you miss the details on this amazing year-long sewing project? Never fear! All the details are right here, and there’s still time to sign up for the newsletter (linked there) and get the discount codes for the first month. We’d love to have you along this year!