Sewed: A Khaki Anorak

McCall's M6531 Anorak Pattern

One piece of clothing I really wanted for fall was a khaki anorak. I love how casual and cool they look, and I was ready for a break from my trench coat collection. While I was excited to find a pattern that would fit the bill, I was pretty nervous to actually get started on this. I wanted it to be super cool – so I was worried that this pattern would be really complicated, and I wouldn’t end up with what I had envisioned.

McCall's M6531 Anorak Pattern

Surprisingly enough, I think this was the smoothest project yet. I took it slow and was careful, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I added the red zipper and cord because I thought it would add a unique detail, and even though I was nervous about that too, I love the final effect.

McCall's M6531 Anorak Pattern

A few other thoughts:

1. The pattern doesn’t offer any instructions on how to finish off the inside, which is disappointing. Since it’s unlined you see a lot of the raw edges when you’re wearing it – so if I were to make this again, I would definitely do something about that.

2. I would also ignore the instructions and put the elastic casing up at my natural waist. It doesn’t quite hit correctly, which isn’t a big problem but it bugs me. I would also probably make it a drawstring, not actual elastic.

3. The zipper went in wavy, and I cannot figure out why! I didn’t stretch it or the fabric, and it’s light plastic so it should be flat: WHY AREN’T YOU FLAT, ZIPPER?! The only thing I wonder about is if I somehow warped it during ironing, which if that’s true is lame. I wonder if a metal zipper would have done me wrong like that.

McCall's M6531 Anorak Pattern

4. The sew on snaps were pretty tedious and look a little weird because of the thread. That’s one of the last steps, so if I had to do it again, I’d get the punch-in kind, and fasten them before I had the jacket flap all finished up.

It was really nice to have a win. Realllly nice. My ultimate goal is to be able to make a a wardrobe filled with beautifully tailored clothes that look like the clothing I want in my mind. While I know that I’m still in the learning phase, it’s still frustrating to spend so much time on something and not only fall short of that goal, but not even have a wearable piece. (I should do a ‘greatest failures’ post sometime. It would be many pages long.)  So, even though this is definitely not perfect, it feels great to have something that I genuinely like and I’m actually wearing. I’ve even gotten compliments on it, and I don’t think anyone knows I made it!

Of course, now that I have this momentum, I’m probably going to have to switch gears for a while and focus on holiday stuff (I am determined to get all my holiday gift making done before December 15th. I always turn into this insane craft monster around the holidays and it stops here. It. Stops. Here.) but hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a few more fun projects. I still have some top patterns I need to beat.

  • lacey

    this coat? that you’re wearing? the one you sewed? it rocks.

  • Kelly

    When I was in college, I made my first dress and for years I was afraid to wear it because I thought people would know. Then, one day I did ever since I can’t wear it without someone complimenting me. I’m just now having the similar desire of having a closet full of handmade clothes. Though it’s cheaper these days to go out and buy it; it’s customized to my vision. I just wish my couture-seamstress-grandmother was still alive to teach me her ways. So now, i’m learning by mistakes.

    My next project is that one you just did here and I appreciate your feedback on how you did it. LOVE the red and army green.