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Recre-Kate: Parka Inspiration

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I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I am really digging these olive green parkas that I am seeing everywhere! I know all the cool kids have been wearing them for ages, but I’ve only just decided I want one. And not just want one, I want to MAKE one :)

I’ve decided the pattern will be the Sewaholic Minoru Jacket. I’ll be honest, I haven’t really loved this pattern before but after seeing so many Parkas I suddenly had a brainwave, this can totally be made into a Parka! It’s just a matter of accessories and fabric choices!

I’ve gone for this fabric for the main coat from Cloth mill. They have a fabulous selection of outerwear fabric atm, if you’re thinking of making a jacket they are definitely worth checking out! I searched for ages for a check, fuzzy lining, but came up empty. In the end I thought this black and white zig zag pattern would be really fun, if a little sore on the eyes! I got it in brushed cotton so it’ll hopefully be snuggly and warm when I wear the jacket :)

And what parka would be complete without some faux Fur? I got mine from Minerva craft.

So, now I only have to wait for the fabric to arrive :) and contemplate the fact that I’m making a jacket. A full on winter jacket….. just a little more than I’ve attempted before!

7 Comments

  1. Man, You`re on fire! So buzy ;D
    I must admit that I have wanted to make the Minouri Jacket quite some time now.
    But, oh well…

    Speaking of jackets, did you check out Colette Patterns Albion coat? I really like that one, but the thought of making one freaks me out!

    • Haha, yup I’ve got my sewjo back! You should definitely give the Minoru a go! I have seen the Albino but I’m not 100% sure it’s for me. I’d love to see your version tho!

  2. Sounds great! Best of luck with the sewing and I can’t wait to see the finished coat!

  3. Good for you! I have a RTW parka that I bought a few years ago, and I absolutely wear it to death! It’s a really good item to have in your wardrobe!

    Have you seen this version of the Minoru? It might be kind of what you have in mind! http://www.cutcutsew.com/military-style-sewaholic-minoru-jacket/ It doesn’t have the hood, but the body is very similar to a parka.

    Can’t wait to see how you get on! I was working on a winter coat that I bought the fabric for LAST winter (i.e. 2012), but I only got as far as sewing the back to the sides. Then I needed to prioritise Maternity wardrbobe sewing. I probably won’t fit into it now anyway, so looks like this will be a 3 year long make instead… (cos obviously you can’t sew a coat in summer!).

    • Wow, yeah that coat is amazing! Definitely the sort of thing I was thinking. Not sure I’m able to change the pattern so much tho! Haha, I look forward to seeing your coat next year, you’re right – you can’t make a coat in summer!

  4. I have made the Minoru jacket twice; the first time, I made the hooded jacket using a waterproof fabric and didn’t change the pattern at all, apart from extending the sleeves by 1.5″ and adding in-seam pockets – I found the jacket was 2″ too short in the back (I’m 5’11″, but longer in the legs than the body) based on the elasticated waistband placement; the second time I made a parka style jacket, 4″ longer than the original pattern, with a dipped hem at the back, a *huge* fur-trimmed external removable hood, quilted lining, in-seam and external pockets and a button placket over the zip as I found my first jacket leaked rain through the zip. I also shortened the collar to accommodate the hood. It is worth spending a lot of time adjusting the pattern before you start as it takes a lot of fabric and doesn’t take that long to make once you start. I would also recommend using a slippery fabric inside the sleeves, so you don’t have your t-shirt/jumper sleeves up around your armpits when you put your jacket on! I love both versions of the jacket and have worn them both to death.

    • Ooh thanks for all the advice. Im a similar height so its good to know my thought to add a couple of inches was a good call! I’d love to see yours!

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