I'd ordered Cagoule (anorak), mitten shells and reusable grocery bag (like Land's End bags) patterns. Last week the package of patterns finally arrived and I set to making the anorak out of the 12oz cotton duck tarpaulin I purchased from Princess Auto.
The cagoule came in three sizes (S, M, L) so naturally I kluged a monstrosity together with small arms on a large body. I also made the jacket much shorter as I have no desire to wear an oilskin dress. Coupled with the fact that I'd already taken a small portion of the tarp in order to make a baseball cap (fail), I had to make a few extra seams - the one-piece front/back became a three-piece, along with the two-to-four piece hood. Sounds like Frankenstein, looks like a million bucks! In retrospect I could have gotten away with a medium all around, but with the large body I can be sure that my newly minted wool pullover will fit underneath. I might go back and hem the body in a bit tighter, but I'm quite happy with the results nonetheless.
In fact, I might make another just so I can do it the "right" way... (don't tell Laur)
|Hard to tell from the photos, but the fabric is a deep coffee brown. Marks you see on the front are tailors chalk, used to line up centre.|
Being quite happy with the jacket, I've moved on to a set of mitt shells for the boy. It's always seemed a bit silly to me that kids mitts are a one piece. Yes, I get that it's just one more piece of kit to lose, but having a two piece mitt just makes sense - when the inner mitts get wet, swap them out and keep on truckin' Anyways.... boy was quite adamant about having a pair of blue and black mitts, so we went to the fabric store and got exactly what he wanted.
I traced and cut the pattern this morning, cut the pieces and started putting them together this afternoon.
|Left palm and thumb bits.|