Oh all this fun thinking about sewing for Spring but yet here it is 15 degrees with a impending colassal snowstorm coming, nothing like back to reality.
Here is the Jalie 2679 fleece coat I made at the beginning of the month. I made it for the ActiveWear contest on Pattern Review. Normally, I'm scrambling to finish a project, but this time I finished it early, yet here I am submitting it on the last day!
I absolutely love this jacket. I bought this fabric, which is the Polartec WindPro 200 from my local indie, Fabric Gallery. She has a variety of really nice fleeces, not the Joann's yuck, but the good stuff. So, I grab it in the colors I like when she gets it in. This version, the WindPro 200, is extra thick and has the added benefit of being water and wind resistant.
Here's the description of it from Seattle Fabrics.
A new revolution in thermal fabrics allows you to forgo the use of a shell in all but the most extreme wet or windy conditions. The tight knit construction of the Polartec Wind Pro blocks 95% of the wind, yet is highly breathable. Polartec Wind Pro fabric features a unique suede velour face and a pebbled back or velour/velour finish. All of this plus a DWR (Durable Water Resistant) finish makes this fabric perfect for outerwear garments. The slightly denser body of the Wind Pro fabrics makes it really nice to work with.
It really was very nice to work with. It is definitely a lot thicker than regular fleece and the suede finish is very nice. It almost has a neoprene type feel to it with it's thickness and drape. This coat is as warm as my heavy Roxy snowboarding jacket!
I left out the side pockets for a couple reasons. One, the fleece was so heavy they just wouldn't lay down well, two, I never use those little pockets and three, I don't need any extra bulk around the middle. The other change I made was topstitching on both sides of the seam. I liked the way it looked.
Now for the "Action" shots for the "Active" wear!
A little Chuck-It with the dogs. Unfortunately they lost both the bright orange tennis balls.