I refashioned one of my husband’s old military coats into a Closet Core Kelly Anorak Vest Hack! Scroll down for more details and photos to see how it turned out.
My husband has a ton of gear from his days in the military. As we sifted through his pile during a move, I found one of his old trench coats and just HAD to keep it and turn it into something new! It’s made of a pretty solid, waterproof canvas fabric, so I knew it would turn into something high quality.
To be honest, this coat has been sitting in my pile of “to-dos” for almost 2 years. I wasn’t quite sure exactly WHAT I wanted to turn it into. Plus, I had just made a Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket 6 months ago, so I didn’t feel like I needed another jacket. After getting to know this coat more, I realized I would have to work around buttonholes and pockets. I just kept it to the side until I figured out exactly what to make of it.
The Closet Core Patterns Kelly Anorak Vest Hack
After searching for various different coat patterns, I found the Closet Core Kelly Anorak pattern. It seemed to give me enough options to work with. I knew I’d have to play quite the game of Tetris to squeeze what I could out of the coat! Ultimately, I was only able to do a Kelly Anorak Vest due to my limitations.
Cutting fabric for My Kelly Anorak Vest
I was pretty limited due to the buttonholes and built-in pockets, so I used the free space at the bottom of the coat and the back. I didn’t have enough fabric for sleeves, and I had to shorten the length by 7 inches to make it fit!
This is what was left of the coat after cutting out my pattern pieces!
The cool thing about this coat is that I was able to use what was already interfaced for the Kelly Anorak pattern pieces that called for interfacing. It definitely save me time and materials!
Adjustments and Customizations for my Kelly Anorak Vest
I decided not to add a lining to the vest. To keep it looking clean I sewed using flat-felled seams and bias binding on the hem and armholes. There is a lining expansion for the Kelly Anorak on the Closet Core site, but I opted out as to not purchase any new fabric.
As I mentioned earlier, I also had to shorten the vest by 7 inches, which means that the original pocket pattern was too large. I ended up scaling the pockets down to 75% when printing and they fit perfectly.
The Final Result of my Military Coat Refashion and Closet Core Kelly Anorak Vest Hack
Overall, I’m so happy how my Kelly Anorak Vest turned out! I’ve never been one to wear vests, but I’m really digging the look!
Before and After Photo – From Military Coat to Kelly Anorak Vest!
Fit and Wearability
I really like the fit of the Kelly Anorak. The cinched waist is SUPER flattering! I wasn’t sure if I would like having a collared version of this vest (as opposed to the hooded version) as it doesn’t offer much versatility weather-wise. One solution is that I can wear a light hoodie underneath, which should solve the issue!
This will make a great vest not only for wearing day to day, but because the fabric is durable and waterproof, it’ll make a good “rugged” vest too. I can see myself wearing this fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.