As I gazed out at the buckets of rain falling today, I felt inspired to write this blog post about the Closet Core Files Kelly Anorak (formerly Closet Case) Bonnie, our shop seamstress, made a couple of weeks ago.
How to Sew with Laminated Cotton
Bonnie had never sewn with laminated quilting cotton before, and she was pleasantly surprised by our Cloud9 Organic Glades Matte Laminate in Navy. She was able to iron it (with a press cloth), and even fused interfacing to it. The only difference between the laminated fabric and non-laminated fabric was the lack of crispness on the pressed edges. Bonnie remedied that difference by doing more topstitching than the pattern called for.
Pattern Praises and Cautions
Bonnie loved the pattern and the instructions, especially the one-piece pocket, and the burrito method for the yoke. She cautioned that the shoulders are a little narrow, so if you want to wear a heavy sweater under you Kelly Anorak, you may want to size up. Also, Bonnie shortens the sleeves on almost all patterns, but she didn’t have to with the Kelly Anorak. Finally, Bonnie didn’t put snaps on the front placket because they would have been too close to the edge of the placket for her liking. She will definitely make another Kelly Anorak out of linen or canvas!