Kelly Anorak Jacket Pattern
Style meets function with the Kelly Anorak; a classic shape with a modern cut, this simple coat is the perfect choice for transitional weather.
Lightweight and unlined, it features a two-piece cuffed sleeve, optional drawstring waist, gusseted flap pocket and a zipper placket with snap buttons. View A will keep you warm and dry with a roomy three-piece hood, while View B features a classic stand-up collar.
Kelly is just right made up in light to medium-weight woven fabric such as twill, gabardine, and linen, and will make the ultimate rain coat when sewn with a waterproof fabric like ripstop or Goretex.
Related Products: Kelly Anorak Hardware Kit
Sizes: Currently available in sizes 0-20 only (print and PDF)
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Kelly Anorak Jacket Pattern - PDF Download
Kelly Anorak Jacket Pattern - Print Pattern
Fabric and Supplies
Light to medium weight woven fabric such as twill, gabardine, ripstop, goretex and linen.
45" / 1.14m
0-8 = 3.5yd/3.2m, 8-20 = 4yd/3.75m
58" / 1.5m
0-8 = 2.5yd/2.3m, 8-14 = 3yd/2.75m, 16-20 = 3.5yd/3.2m
- 13 x 1/2”-5/8" (12-15mm) metal snap buttons
- Separating coat zipper with pull on left side (sizes 0-4 = 24” zipper, sizes 6-20 = 26” zipper)
- 1 1/2” yard (1.3m) 5mm drawstring
- Optional: 3 yards of double fold bias tape to finish neckline and coat hem (can be replaced with serged stitch or homemade bias tape)
- Optional: 2 x grommets - size #0 or #1, inside diameter 6-7 mm (can be replaced with machine buttonhole)
- Optional: topstitching thread
- Polyester thread
- Marking tool
- Fitting and FBA
- Sewing a Waterproof Jacket
- How to Install Grommets
- How to Sew Gusseted Pockets
- Assembling the Body
- Sewing Drawstring Casing
- Sewing the Zipper Placket
- Sewing Hood or Collar (Unlined)
- Setting in Sleeves and Cuffs (Unlined)
- Setting in Sleeves (Lined Version)
- Assembling the Body (Lined Version)
- Bagging the Lining
- How to Install Snap Buttons
- How to Add Waterproof Pockets
Related Sewing Tutorials
- Pattern Bonus: Sewing a Waterproof Pocket
- Underlining the Kelly for Warmth
- How to Sew a Zipper Placket
- Sewing Flat Felled Seams
- Bias Bound Seam Finishes
- Interlining with Thinsulate
Pattern Hacks & Inspiration
From the Closet Core Patterns Community
Just finished mine yesterday - it was a more complicated sew than I usually do, and I referred to the online Kelly Sew-alongs a few times to give me more details on a few steps.
Based on the size chart, I made a size 16, and because I'm 5'4 I shortened it by 2", and narrowed the collar and cuffs to make them about half the size. I also added a back vent for extra thigh room while biking. My only real issue was that there was just BARELY enough space to add snaps to the front due to a very narrow overlap, which others have mentioned as well. I wish that during the zipper steps earlier in the instructions there had been a note about being very careful with the spacing to prevent the issue as you get closer to completion.
All in all though, a great pattern and I'm very happy with it, I'll be wearing it for years to come! I'm especially excited to cram everything I own into the pockets!
I really enjoyed sewing this jacket, but I did find a few small issues with the pattern which might complicate things for the less experienced sewer. For instance, the 45" Size 0-8 only shows to cut out one G cuff in the cutting layout. Also, the picture for attaching the cuff does not seem to correspond with the instructions to pin the right sides together. Unfortunately, the lining expansion was not available when I purchased and started the pattern but will definitely follow that option next time.
I used a cheap red twill to test this for size (I'm 5'9 with long arms and never fit a standard size) and next time will lengthen the sleeves an inch or two and give them a little more wiggle room so that I can wear a sweater underneath comfortably. I have not attached the remaining snaps yet because I do not like the quality of the ones I have but I'm fairly certain I have plenty of space for them.
I'd been looking forward to sewing this up for ages but as it was the most complicated sew for me to date, I waited until I had the time to do it properly.
I really enjoyed all the processes involved. I read and re-read the clear instructions multiple times and watched the fantastic sew-along a couple of times.
Yes there are a lot of pieces, but I worked systematically so it was relatively straightforward.
I made a toile and altered the pattern for my differences : petite bodice, narrow shoulder, raise waist, shorten body and sleeve length.
I followed the instructions and the sew-along religiously and the jacket came together easily.
I did struggle with putting the sleeves in though but that must be my inexperience as I haven't read of anyone else having a problem.
I didn't put the studs on the front either because there wasn't enough of an overlap which IS a problem others have mentioned.
I also put smaller pockets on because I'm short and the original pockets overwhelmed me.
I am definitely going to make another one ~ the result was definitely worth the effort ~ I'm planning to make one during the Christmas break and I'm savouring the anticipation until then!
Would I recommend this pattern? Absolutely.
I made my first as the unlined version with a burgundy cotton twill and when your 20 something daughter asks you to make her one you know you are on a winner!
The second was a navy lined version, for her, which was even better than the first. I nearly kept it for myself!
Third was a soft shell version and I have had so many compliments on all of them.
The pattern is great. I would say I’m an intermediate sewist and the only tricky part was the hood - but once I worked it out I couldn’t understand why I found it hard!
The fact that I have made 3 is the review. I absolutely love this pattern. It is easy to follow and the end product is amazing.
This is a really fun and interesting make with very professional results. The pattern directions are excellent with additional help/info/visuals available online. I love the ability to add an underlining for additional warmth (it's not hard at all!). But do yourself a favor, buy the hardware kit the first time so you know have everything you need. It's totally worth it, with high quality hardware and tools. Oh, and spring snaps are now my new favorite thing!