Almost three months past his birthday, Jordan’s got a new jacket! I bought this HP pattern back in 2013 with the thought I would sew it up for a Hanukkah gift. Then, I promised it as a February birthday gift. Luckily, Jordan is patient.
I love how the HP Windcheater is modeled after high end and very expensive jackets. I submit to you the Filson Fisherman Parka
At $500 that was never going to be purchased by me.
I think my version looks pretty similar to theirs in blue!
So, fabric is a cotton from Mood that I purchased in store in 2013. It’s navy blue cotton with a waterproof layer sandwiched in between. I don’t think it’s super breathable, but, it has great hand. It generally sewed fine with a regular needle. But, when I got to the buttonholes on the front I tried three different needles before the stitching ‘took’. I used a leather needle as it is A designed to go through non-wovens and performed like a champ.
The lining is a cotton flannel from Joanns that he picked out himself. The sleeves have a silky lining to make it easier to take on and off.
- Add an inch in length to the jacket
- Add a inch to the sleeves (he likes them long)
- Broad back adjustment for movement ease while on his Vespa
- Added a pleat to the lining for movement ease
- Scoop out the center front neck at the hood to accommodate for his larger neck.
Looking at the completed garment I think the shoulders are a little long/ wide for him and I’ll shorten them a bit next time. And, the neck is still tight for him and I’ll need to scoop that out some more.
For the zipper, I used a two way zip so when he’s on his Vespa or bike, he can unzip from the bottom. I bought and had it cut at Stadham Sewing.
I also skipped snaps and went with buttons. He chose these buttons from my stash.
I didn’t do the drawstring waist. He said he would never use it.
I added a zipper to the chest pocket. Just big enough to hold his iPhone.
So, I don’t want to gush, but I think he looks so stinking good in this jacket! And, not because of my sewing. I think it just fits him really well, and I love him in navy (and dark green and browns).
It took me a long time to make this pattern because I’m lazy and it’s the first ‘real’ thing I’ve sewn since last July! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve *really* sewn. It felt incredibly good to sit down at a sewing machine and watch a project come together.
I can see using this pattern over and over and over. And, I’d really like to make a two-tone version for myself like these Universal Works jackets that retails for $345 (it’s unlined).
The next time I make this, I will use pre-installed drawstring and elastic. You’ll note that I have in the grommets. But, no drawstring yet.
And, I will add interior pockets like so
Too bad it’s now too warm for him to wear the jacket…