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[Sewing] Anthropologie-inspired Jacket

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Or "Anorak" they say. No, not pretentious at all. 

You know what, I forgive anyway, because.

It is simply beautiful.

Things as beautiful as this can get away with some pretentiousness.

The jacket is by Sanctuary - I went to the Sanctuary Clothing website and what they have in their shop is different from this one. That one is only available in military green color and looks more stiff than this one. 

When I touched this jacket in the Anthropologie store, I almost just grabbed and paid for it. #shutupandtakemymoney But as most things in Anthropologie stores are out of my budget, I had to put it back on the rack and study it carefully.

The Anthropologie website has the details:

  • Lyocell-linen twill
  • Front button-flap pockets
  • Zip front with tie waist
  • Machine wash
  • Imported


  • Regular: 26"L
  • Petite: 24.25"L


So of course, I had to make it a challenge to make one on my own, as closely as possible. I've always wanted a military jacket like this ever since my old one kind of got too worn out for me to wear. So off I go shopping for fabric.

Since it's a linen blend, I went to look at my trusty online shop for linen, And of course, they have the color I want. 

Color: Kenya from

Color: Kenya from

And ta-da- the package arrived yesterday and I was once again impressed by the color. It is such a beautiful brown with red/orange undertone.



The photo came out a little bright but in real life, it is so rich and I can't wait to turn it into a wearable piece. 


Other Obsessions: {SEWING} Girls Dresses!

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Pattern: Izzy Top, a free pattern available on Climbing the Willow blog. (18 Mo)
Fabric: (Pink Hello Kitty) Hello Kitty licensed fabric from JoAnn; (White & Pink) Linen fabric from local fabric store.
Buttons: Daiso and Dongdaemun (a huge wholesale market for DIY/Fashion/Home Decor in Seoul, Korea)

The baby inside me is a boy, but I'm still a girlish girl. And now when I find really cute, girly prints in the fabric stores, I automatically think of my friends' little girls. Wow, that makes me feel like we're growing up! Just a couple of years ago, I wouldn't have known anyone near me to sew something like this for. 

I found both fabrics while I was hunting for some baby/childrens' fabric recently. I knew I wanted to make something cute and simple for my friends' girls so finding the right fabrics was the key.

I am extremely happy with how it turned out. Izzy Top pattern comes in just 5 pieces so it was super simple to put together, especially with my serger (I don't know how I survived the first 2 years of sewing without it!), and the instruction on Climbing the Willow blog is extremely helpful. I finished the first one in one day, and the second one in one afternoon and mailed them out to my friends. Their girls are still really small so I'll have to wait few more months to see them in these. 

I think I even want to experiment with the pattern and grade it to fit adult womens' size for myself. :)