OK, I must start with saying that I love this pattern! It is easy to make, everything fits beautifully together and I love the style of the jacket. I loved my yellow twill Lonetree, but in this climate it makes no sense. Most days it rains, and it is very windy, so I need something waterproof and windproof.
I used an outdoor fabric that is wind- and water proof, and lined with flannel in the body and viscose/ rayon in the sleeves (to have them slippery enough to put on). This jacket is for the winter months, to use when I ride my bike, which I do to work, for visiting people etc. For this reason I changed the hood, so the hood will follow my head when I turn it, IMO it is way to dangerous to ride a bike when wearing a traditional hood 🙂
I made size L, grading to size XL at the hips. I only made smaller changes:
- I added width and height to the hood as well as a drawstring and extra lining in the front, using the outside fabric
- I added length to the body, around 2″
- I underlined the whole thing
- I moved the drawstring casing up around 1″
- I lowered the top pockets around 1/2″
- I made the lower pockets significantly larger and added a placket too to add volume
- I made an inner pocket for my phone and credit card
- I added a zipper placket (and forgot to interface it! Duh!)
For my next version I will move the shoulder point in with around 1/2″ and might slim the sleeves a bit from the elbow down.
I love this, and predict it will get a lot of wear 🙂 Here you can see the inner pocket, I made it with a zipper for extra safety:
And the pretty floral viscose/ rayon in the sleeves. I really wanted navy flannel for the body, but it was impossible to find! In the end I ordered some online, and when I received it it was so heavy, and too stiff. So I just used the grey from the local fabric store, it is very soft.