Last spring I decided to enrol for a sewing class. Not an easy endeavour as sewing classes are very popular and usually have long waiting lists and also because I needed to find one which starts after 7pm because of the 1.5 hour commute from work back home. Luckily I got a space on the Wednesday evening class from 7 pm to 9.15 pm starting August 2015. That's when I started to think about my first project. I know how to sew and I'm able to finish shirts and dresses on my own without attending a class. So it needed to be something more complex, something I could learn from, something I wouldn't feel 100% comfortable sewing on my own.
After some research I decided to sew an oversized Parka for autumn and/or spring. Having a very clear vision of the end result, I struggled a bit to find a suitable pattern - as always - but finally ordered the Parka pattern from stoffe.de (German only). It comes in two variations and they also sell whole sewing packages which include pattern, fabric, thread and other materials. Nevertheless, I decided to buy these things at a local shop. I prefer to touch and feel the fabric before buying it.
Surprise, surprise - I bought a blue, jeans-like fabric, it's unfortunately not coated, hence I usually don't wear the parka in heavy rain. I also got lining fabric even though the pattern doesn't foresee lining, but I counted on my class teacher to help me with that.
In regards to sewing the parka I was very happy to have chosen this project for the sewing class. I learned quite a lot about technique and some tipps and tricks in general. Also, the pattern consist of an uncountable number of little bits and pieces with nice, but rather short, instructions. Then, I also had a few wishes on how to adapt the pattern for which I was glad of some help. Here is what I adapted:
- Lining to make the inside of the jacket nicer and more comfortable
- I adjusted the collar and combined it with the hood
- Instead of snaps I used real buttons for the button facing
- Some other minor changes at shoulders, sleeves and side pockets
I'm very happy with he result and quite proud of it and I love going to the sewing class. I already registered again for the next 6 months. Btw. after my Parka I did the Blue Dress and now I'm working on another jacket.