Love! I think I mentioned that fall has rolled into Richmond. The leaves are turning colors and dropping, the temperatures have lowered, and we’ve been getting a lot of rain. It’s awesome. It makes me want to snuggle right up to my sewing machine and sew. Which I have been doing – and I have lots to show you!
I recently moved offices and I am back downtown. This requires a three block walk from my parking lot to my building. I don’t mind it, but when it rains – it can be a pain. I’ve been wearing my Northface rain jacket – but it’s super casual for my work clothes. So – what’s a girl to do right? I *had* to make one right?
I purchased some quilted green fabric from Joanns. The pattern reminds me of a peacock. The fabric wasn’t water proof, so I bought some Nik-wax and went to town. Nik-wax is a product that many outdoors people use to waterproof Gortex. This fabric was a polyester – so I decided to give it a go. The application is pretty simple. Spray thoroughly and wait. Viola!
I cut all of the pieces out and did two rounds of spray. Make sure you lay something down – or you may end up with a mess. Don’t ask!
Other than that, the jacket itself was pretty straightforward. The pattern is the #tamarackjacket from Grainline. Since i purchased a pre-quilted fabric, I saved a lot of time. But, I know I’m going to want to make a version where I do the quilting. I cut a size 6. Per my normal experience with Grainline patterns, I probably should have sized down. I was swimming in it! I took a ton out of the sleeve cap, sides, and sleeve as well. Looking back – instead of a 6, I could have probably cut the size zero. I also wanted a zipper – so I worked that in between the bias tape.
And, here it is!
All in all, I LOVE this jacket. I’ve worn it almost every day and have gotten a ton of compliments on it. Win! Plus, it’s warm for those cool fall days & waterproof!