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Readers,

It's just beginning to look like a garment--about time, too!

It’s just beginning to look like a garment–about time, too! When I put the drawstring in the waist this will fit better.

Here’s the latest on the anorak:

The pattern calls for a 36-inch separating zipper. I didn’t find one to my liking locally, so I ordered one (manufacturer: YKK)  from online supplier Sew True.

I monkeyed around with eyelets and pliers and grommets and grommet tools…then threw up my hands and did buttonholes for the drawstring openings.  Now I wonder whether I can possibly stitch eyelets on my machine with an attachment. That would be nifty.

Eyelets in an eye-catching red...

Eyelets in an eye-catching red…

The hanging loop in my old windbreaker gave me the idea of including a similar loop in the neckline seam of the anorak. I followed some instructions for making belt carriers from Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. You just cut a strip, fold and press the raw edges to the inside, and topstitch.

but they're not securely attached. I resorted to buttonholes for the drawstring openings.

but they’re not securely attached. I resorted to buttonholes for the drawstring openings.

I’m hoping that when I put in the drawstring and create the blousing effect at the waist, this anorak won’t look so enormous on me.

Next steps:

  • topstitching the fronts and hood
  • flat-felling the sleeves and side seams
  • stitching on the cuffs
  • buttonholes and buttons
  • hem
  • adding the casing
  • inserting the drawstrings

Onward!

The hood awaits topstitching. I added a loop for hanging.

The hood awaits topstitching. I added a loop for hanging.