It’s been mild but often rainy here during the last few weeks, so a lightweight, weatherproof coat is essential! Jessica from Kommatia Patterns put out a call for a pattern test in late August, which appealed to me immediately. It’s a lightweight, unlined parka, J006, (although Jessica has now written a tutorial for adding a lining).
I chose a lightweight British Millerain waxed cotton from Pro Fabrics, which has the benefit of being machine washable (unusual for waxed cotton, apparently). It was surprisingly easy to sew, although curved seams proved a little more challenging as it doesn’t ease at all and wrinkles appear easily. I chose a narrow ribbon for the hood, twill tape from Eternal Maker for the neckline, and cord stoppers from a local haberdashery.
The pattern is clear and straightforward, but not quick because of all the details. I have to say that these are, in my experience, some of the easiest pdf patterns to piece together as they are so thoughtfully designed. The instructions are very neatly packed in to just a few pages and a thorough read through would reduce the risk of missing a step (as I did several times!).
I made a size Medium with no adjustments and although it seemed huge at first, I love the shape and it’s not as loose as I expected. The waist pleat (which I initially stitched inside out!) adds an interesting detail and I have added buttonholes to the underside of it, close to the zip, so a waist cord can be added in.
I found stitching the tape at the neckline particularly difficult, not helped by the inflexible fabric, but once I had pressed it into a curve – as is often done with bias tape – the process became much easier.
This coat packs down to take up very little space and is ideal for travelling. It was part of my self-sewn travel wardrobe for last month’s adventures to the Sewing Bee Live and Yarndale and is perfect for Autumn days of sunshine, wind and rain.
This week Mr T. has had a few days off after a very busy time at work, so we went for a quiet walk in a local park and nature reserve yesterday afternoon after spending time with his parents and grandmother. It was perfect weather for this jacket, warm in the sunshine but with a chilly breeze that the waxed cotton helped to deflect!
I would definitely recommend this pattern, even as a first jacket to try out. Talking time to get the details right is worthwhile and it’s such a practical, wearable garment that would be useful for much of the year in a temperate climate.