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Oct 4, 2014

M-Anorak Weekend Update



Wow.

My anorak is turning into quite the statement garment and I'm afraid to ask what statement you think that might be.  The only thing I could find online with a somewhat similar vibe is the "Luxe Bandit" anorak below.



Just be glad I'm not making matching pants...



Today was my second day working on this anorak and I definitely have at least one more day to go, maybe two.  It looks simple (or does it?) but my anorak is rather complicated, especially since it's fully lined and has zippers and grommets and all that fun stuff.  I still haven't made a decision about the pit zips -- perhaps pit zips and a back vent is ventilation overkill.  Goodness knows it would be easier to skip them.

Here's a little peek at the back vent:



I made quite a few samples since I've never sewn with these kinds of fabrics before let alone attached them to each other.  I'm sewing this project mainly on my Singer 15-91.  Thankfully, no issues working on it; no special thread needed, nor special needles used.  



I'm using both the white solid nylon I showed you in my last post and the white mesh above in my lining and pocket bags.  One of the challenges of my fabrics is that they seem to be completely synthetic and will not hold a sharp crease.  This means I have to finger press everything, edgestitch and topstitch carefully and hope for the best.







This fabric is so distracting that any flaws in my work are unlikely to be visible.  You can hardly tell where the horizontal front pocket is located on the (nearly) finished front.

There's still a lot to do, included inserting the mesh lining, attaching the hood and making the drawstring, attaching the cuffs, and much more.  My fabric is hard to look without getting dizzy.  You may be experiencing some dizziness already, so I'll keep it short.

In closing, I hope your projects are going well, if you're immersed in any.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful work, Peter! As long as you don't make matching pants, you'll be fine!

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  2. Matching pants? They gotta be neon!

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    1. Or metallic! Lined for warmth in NYC's fall. No drivers will mess with a walking mirror at the crosswalk (or they'll be blinded by the reflection).

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  3. Loving your anorak! I like this fabric.

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  4. I love the fabric too. It will look fantastic when it is done. x

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  5. I say go with the matching pants because you can mix it up (don't have to wear them together) with you wardrobe and get more fun out of that COOL fabric : )

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  6. Get yourself some black polar fleece/tec fabric, make a nice mock turtle neck top and pull on pants/tights, some cook sunglasses, great boots .. and you will be totally stylin when you walk your dogs.

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  7. I like it. It's somewhere between artwork and clothing, just on the side of artwork. Very cool.

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  8. It would fit right in here:
    http://www.patternpeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/pattern_people_AW14_Womens_Print_Trends_NY_OP-ART.jpg

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  9. My feeling is that you will need some sort of underarm ventilation. I would take the time to put in the little zippers.

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  10. I like the black and white graphic pattern of yours better than the confused looking multi coloured prints on the commercially made ones. Yours looks sleeker.

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  11. When I first read " luxe bandit",I read it as LOVE BANDIT. oops.

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  13. Wow, that fabric really has a DC Comics vibe. And I mean that in a good way! I learned to sew on at 15-91 in the 60s and 70s. They truly can sew anything.

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  14. i miss the Sunday videos!!!!!!

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  15. Love the way this is coming along - looks great!

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  16. Now I know what your fabric reminds me of! Anyone remember those intricate geometric designs coloring books for adults? The kind with thirty million skinny lines and shapes? Ah, the psychedelic 70's. Can't wait to see you model this jacket Peter. It's gonna be awesome!

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  17. Better take out some extra insurance in case the anorak print causes seizures in the susceptible. :)

    The pattern reminds me of fun drawings I did when I was about 5 yrs old. I would draw loopy lines all crossing over each other, then with my 64 pack of crayons, color in all the spaces where the lines crossed. Your pattern, but in 64 Crayon Technicolor! A few years ago, I found that there was an artist in the 60s or 70s that did the EXACT SAME THING I DID, except he was older than 5 years old, and he used acrylic paints instead of crayons. Oh, and he made a crap ton of money for his colorful scribbles, and no one bought mine. The world is unfair.

    Your anorak is awesome. :)

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