The Big Winter Coat Project

I am astonished that there are so few winter parka patterns out there! Patterns for dress coats and casual things like zip-up fleeces abound. But a parka that’s water-resitant, insulated and suitable for skiing and cold-weather activities? Hardly anything! Burda had a couple of options, but I don’t love their sizing and directions, and Jalie had nothing I liked.

I settled on Green Pepper Patterns, a sentimental favorite anyway since I made a hiking anorak from Green Pepper back in high school. I ordered online today the Women’s Fairbanks Pullover. I can make View B (no hood) and get something that’s warm and covers my butt.


I think I see why this is not a popular project. I will need probably $100 worth of fabric (almost 7 yards altogether for a water-resistant shell, insulation and lining) not to mention zippers, Velcro, cording, etc.  I found no reviews of this pattern online, so I am flying blind. I will definitely make a muslin to check for makeability and fit – and to be sure I love the thing before I lay out that kind of cash. If it’s a hit, I will probably wear it for 20 years, so there’s a bright spot. I can’t say that about anything else I’ve ever sewn.

While I am awaiting the pattern’s arrival, I chose something easy from the Magic Quadrant for Sewing Projects:

Sewing plan v2

I figured I’d do another “want” (blue dots in the grid) since I’ve had to put my big “want” project on hold. I have everything in stash to make some nice pajamas, and they should be easy, so that’s the next project.

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

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