It’s chilly and the rain is pouring down this morning. Time for pumpkins, hooded jackets and mushroom hunting! Nicole (my sewing friend and proprietress of The Spool Sewing Studio) created this rain jacket with Fall weather in mind. She used The Landgate pattern by Merchant & Mills and our burnt orange cotton canvas that we include in our Bag Making Kits.
Since I took these photos she has been working away at waxing this jacket with Otterwax in hopes of waterproofing the garment and creating the gorgeous patina that resulted when I waxed my Mom’s bag. Of course, a jacket is a lot more work to wax than a bag so she hasn’t quite finished it yet. She reports that she is struggling to work the wax into the fabric. I remember, when I first finished my Mom’s bag it looked chalky, as though the wax had hardened on the surface. I put the bag in the dryer with an old towel and was pleased with how the wax soaked in. Nicole tried this without being satisfied with the results so we have some more experimenting to do! Sometimes I think the best way to create a nice patina on waxed fabric is just to use the garment or bag for a while…kind of in the same way you would wear in new shoes or denim. I will try to update you when we’ve finished the waxing process (I think I will step in and help her out since she so kindly modelled the Landgate for me!).
Now, let’s talk more about this awesome pattern! It is a unisex design but I’ve only seen it on women in person (but Google “Landgate Pattern” to see some amazing menswear versions!). I shall have to get Matt to try on Nicole’s Landgate once it is fully waxed.
This pattern features a gorgeous yoke detail paired with raglan sleeves and a deep hood which includes a tall, built in collar.
The hood features draw strings. The partial zip at centre front includes an insert to protect the chin and neck from the wind (and from the zipper!). These details work together to provide ultimate protection from stormy weather. With the draw strings pulled tight and the neck zip done up you could walk into driving rain with only your eyes exposed!
The sleeves are quite long and wide and the body is boxy which makes the jacket an excellent shell. There is a lot of room to layer a heavy wool sweater underneath. Nicole made a size Medium I believe – correct me if I am wrong, Nicole! – to ensure an extra roomy fit. She also wanted to make sure there was enough length for full bum coverage when biking.
Even though the jacket is boxy, it doesn’t need to look like a sack. The waist drawstring can be cinched as tight as you would like. I think it would be best kept loose or only slightly cinched if worn by a man but it looks quite flattering cinched on a woman!
The pockets are probably my favourite detail on this jacket. There are sneaky side pockets which are set forward from the side seam. Side seam pockets can be a tad uncomfortable to use since they are set so far back. These are far better! On top of these pockets are very roomy patch pockets with flaps. I like the two pocket options because your wallet and phone can be protected in the patch pockets leaving lots of room for your hands in the other pockets.
The Landgate is unlined as you can see in the photo below.
Nicole did a lovely job of finishing all of the seams with her serger. Just because a garment is unlined doesn’t mean it will be ugly on the inside! Check out her beautiful batik pocket linings. The print reminds me of onions! 😀
You did an excellent job sewing up this pattern, Nicole! I hope your next version goes just as well (yes…she already has another one on her list of sewing project ideas!).
You can find the Landgate pattern in our shop >