It's officially Winter in Australia so we've all been thinking about our cold-weather sewing projects. Restrictions are easing and we're all looking forward to getting out and about - so of course we're looking at outdoor and cold-weather projects!
As I discovered when I was searching for sweater and pullover patterns, there is an abundance of outdoor gear patterns around as well. So I've rounded up a whole pile of them here for you – enjoy!
For starters, StyleArc has several outdoor-wear patterns.
For more extreme outdoors, the Safari Jane jacket is an anorak-style hooded jacket with elastic waist and high collar, while the longer line Romy Anorak features cargo pockets and belt loops.
Romy Anorak - Image Copyright StyleArc Patterns
For a more relaxed, drapey look, check out the Carlsson Sweater's handkerchief hem.
There are plenty of hoodie and sweater options from Jalie, but my eye was caught by the more uncommon patterns, most notably the Lined Winter Overalls, the Puffer jacket (both available in men's and women's sizes, PDF only) and women's Softshell jacket.
Images Copyright Jalie Patterns
Unicose has dozens of jackets, hoodies and sweaters for both men,women and kids. Top of my list are the Ladies Waterproof Jacket, the men's cargo jacket, this girl's anorak, and this kid's funky coat.
Images Copyright Unicose.com
New Horizons offers the Andover Jacket with a retro swing shape and cute rounded pockets.
Image copyright New Horizons Designs
Seamwork's Albion Jacket is great allrounder. Multiple sizes for men and women. Wear it as a duffle coat or parka-style jacket. Wool with flannel lining for a super-warm winter coat, or a lightweight weatherproof fabric for an outdoorsy jacket. Use the recommended toggles for a classic duffle look, or give it a streamlined look with a full-lenght zipper. So many possibilities!
Obviously, this post would not be complete without the Kelly Anorak from Closet Case patterns! A favourite in the sewing community, the Kelly has a tonne of great features and excellent pattern instructions.
Here's the Andie Anorak from Rebecca Page: Two lengths, patch pockets and a buckle feature on the hood give this pattern a unique style.
The Magnesium jacket from Ivanne-S is a basic shape, with a boatload of variations (3 lengths, 4 collars, and according the pattern description 'other surprises'!) I just love that v-shaped pleat on the back. (Note that this one appears to be in French only.)
I AM Patterns Jacques is a classic raincoat with snap fasteners, hood and patch pockets.
The Tosti Utility jacket from Waffle Patterns has a slightly more tailored shape, detachable hood and collar options and plenty of pockets. Instructions available in Japanese as well as English.
The Serra jacket from PaulineAlice features some trench coat styling and three length options.
But wait, there's a free pattern in this category too! From Mood Fabrics, The Kerria Anorak!
Layer up with the Vuokatti Leggings, raglan top and some accessories from Finnish company Shelby Outdoor.
Green Pepper are possibly the original outdoor-wear pattern designers!
The Oregon Jacket is a classic unisex parka, fully lined with front zip, hood and patch pockets.
There's a couple of different jumpsuit patterns, such as the women's Sugarpine Overall and the men's Black Butte Jumpsuit (loving those epaulettes!!)
They also have a number of accessory patterns for mittens, booties, gaiters, hats and gloves!
Not a huge range from the big pattern companies in this department, just a couple of basics:
- McCalls offers the M7663: a classic windcheater-style jacket.
- Unsurprisingly, Vogue Patterns did not have a lot to offer in the casual jacket area, but I'm mentioning this Sandra Betzina rain coat for it's stylish details.
- Simplicity S8843: I'm not sure about the organza version, but this anorak has all the trimmings.
I even ventured over to Burdastyle's new-look website. There's still a bit of construction going on, quite a few listings with no photos, but still plenty of patterns available.
This woolen pullover is somewhere in between a sweater and a jacket, but the front button placket and curved hem set it apart in my opinion.
Another curved hem, this time on a zipped jacket, gives a bit of pzazz
Here's a Longline Parka with fur trum and sleeveless option, and a nice Gaberdine jacket.
I couldn't not mention this gorgeous cape.
Did you know there is a book dedicated to sewing outdoor gear? In her book Sewing Outdoor Gear, designer Rochelle Harper covers construction techniques and fabric types for outdoor garments. She's also the author of Sew The New Fleece, although that one was published in 1997 and may not be easy to obtain.
I hope this post is useful to you! If you know of any other outdoorsy patterns available, please let me know in the comments below, and I'll add to the post!
Update 13th July 2020:
Sewaholic Minoru Jacket! With elasticated waist and cuffs, and a hood designed to be stowed away into the puffy collar - what a great feature!
Papercut Waver Jacket! Two lengths and an optional waist tie, this jacket features easy patch pockets. Use your favourite chunky buttons to really personalise this coat!