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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

I Have a Confession. I Have a Coat Fetish. Here's My Latest Sewing Pattern Review: The Rebecca Page Andie Anorak

Friend: I LOVE your coat!

Me: Thanks!  IT HAS POCKETS!

That's pretty much my attitude about coats. Pants. Tops. Life.

Pockets make things better - especially on the Rebecca Page Andie Anorak Sewing Pattern!

Andie is a nice coat for layering layers of clothes underneath - but being an A-Line jacket means it doesn't look boxy or bulky.

Options include:
- Detachable hood
- Epilates Optional
- Optional Sleeve buckles
- Optional Oversized Pocks
- Optional Hood Belt  & Buckle
- Hip or Knee Length

I LOVE the inside lining. It's so easy, and everything just pulls through one small side seam, thus minimal hand sewing required to completed this fully lined jacket.

See the pocket!  You can opt to have the pocket cover or not (brain fog - whatever that part is called where the buttons above are - you know the word - welcome to my brain/life).

I did originally order buttons from a new Etsy store, however, the buttons arrived yesterday.  The coat was finished a week and a half ago!  I did manage to find some cute black with gold fleck buttons at Walmart - 3/$1.  I did have to use a few snaps for the hood, as there were only 12 available buttons at Walmart when I went in.

I needed the gold sparkle. You'll find out why soon!

See - I told you - you'd find out soon! 

I've been hoarding this Wizard of Oz cotton fabric for about a year now.  I purchased it at $2.50/metre for a different pattern test final that never continued on beyond the version 1 test phase.  So it's been sitting. And waiting. And Andie came around. 

The turquoise-hunter green cotton fabric is another long time hoard that thankfully goes with the Wizard of Oz emerald/magical feel, and gave me enough fabric for the front panels.

Both were from Fabricland, a local Canadian store that is slowly being weaned out by the online fabric industry.

If you look closely at the top picture, you can see a me-made tag (I printed reversed onto fabric paper, and then ironed it onto twill tape, cutting out each tag - so much cheaper than ordering custom tags online!). 

Also, there is a hanging loop - because every coat needs a hanging loop!

Look at that hood!  And the back yoke!  And that lovely back pleat! 

Honestly, this has to be my best coat ever. And yes, I'm tooting my own horn!  The yoke just brings the A-line framing together.

And my lining and main fabrics are perfectly aligned with no bagginess than I've encountered with my first few coats last year.

Oh - the main fabric - that's also from Fabricland. Purchased for office pants I never made.  And now that our office has become casual dress (except if we're meeting up with our clients/partners), and I work from home 4.5 days of the week - Andie screamed to use up this lovely lightweight suiting fabric.

You can see the shoulder tabs - aren't they cute? 

I was going to do buckles, but for the life of me couldn't find buckles down the street, or online that would ship quickly enough. And to drag my behind to one of the fabric stores that also likely wouldn't have buckles -meh.  Next time I can plan ahead to have everything I need before I need to start the project.

I'd love a longer waterproof version of the Anorak - and walk around with a fascinator on my head, because I feel that's what would really bring this coat all together.

Who doesn't like a good fascinator?

Get your Andie Anorak here, take your time sewing, and make yourself a coat you'll be proud to call your own!

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