Outfitting the Rebel Alliance


My friend Ann informed me yesterday about Columbia’s collaboration with Star Wars to develop a new line of Rogue One inspired outerwear.  I thought that was oddly fortuitous as I was telling Art last week that I was in need of a new winter coat as a holiday present hint. (Mine is a decade old and is finally wearing holes in places.)   And, wow, the collection is impressive:

I took a gander and liked the Jyn Erso jacket, but thought I would probably prefer Cassian Andor’s insulated parka (Mm…Omni-tech).  I’m pretty much Rebel Alliance all the way, so the Imperial Deathtrooper jacket held no sway over me, but looks like a good waterproof rain repeller.  Art thought they were awesome as well, but was disturbed that there were no prices.  So I did a quick Google search and here is what I wrote to Ann:

“Found prices! They are totally out of my budget! Jyn’s jacket = $400 Time to whip out my sewing machine! I won’t have the awesome Omni tech fabrics, but I think I could do a decent Jyn’s jacket rendition.

Ah yes, $500 for Cassian’s parka is way too rich for my blood, though the construction looks like a lot of work and could represent the workers involved getting a fair wage (improbable, I know).  It’s times like these where I am super glad that I can sew and make almost exactly what I want.  In terms of labor, it is not cheaper if I had to pay myself in anything aside from satisfaction, but my projects tend to start from “I covet that desperately.”


I actually have planned out & procured material to make a Rebel Alliance jacket very similar to Jyn’s that was supposed to be a birthday present for myself…6 months ago, but you know, life.  Since it’s been on my brain, I thought I would post possible patterns as launching pads to make my/your own versions of Rebel Alliance outerwear.  While I won’t have access to swanky Columbia Omni-tech and other technical fabrics, Seattle Fabrics in the next neighborhood sell Goretex and other specialty outerwear fabrics, so I might have some options. =)

Jyn Erso’s Jacket pattern ideas:


Jyn jacket idea #1: Burdastyle 03/2012 115 (the pattern I picked)

I actually bought the March 2012 issue of Burdastyle when it came out specifically for this motocycle-style jacket pattern.  I didn’t know when or what fabric I was going to use, so I filed this away on my bookshelf and brain and I think it is perfect for my Rebel Alliance jacket.  I bought some grey cotton twill for my birthday, salvaged the zippers from the faux leather jacket I cut up for Zoe’s vest, add pleated strips to the arms, and am going to applique a Rebel Alliance emblem on the back.  The plan was to have this done for Rogue One, hahaha, sadly I don’t think I have the time to get it done.  Still, soon!

Other modifiable options:

Burdastyle “Larissa”: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/larissa

StyleARC “Ziggi”

Burdastyle’s mens moto jacket: 

Cassian Andor’s Parka Pattern Ideas:


Parka idea #1: Sewaholic’s Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic’s Minoru jacket has been bouncing around the sewing blogs for year and I’ve never felt compelled to make it…until now.  It’s a female parka that is amenable to a host of changes!  I liked Tasia’s original red Minoru, drooled over Four Square Wall’s blue minoru v2, and admired the customization that Cut & Sew used for her Olive Minoru.  I personally would add at least 2 zippered slant welt pockets to the front and pleated strips to the sleeves as a start.

I tend to mainly focus on indie pattern companies and I was surprised for find out that there quite a few parka/anorak patterns have come out recently in the indie pattern world.  For instance, I am a fan of NZ’s Papercut patterns and saw that Lladybird made up their Waver jacket:

Then there’s also Colette Patterns’ Albion, Closet Case Files’ Kelly Anorak, Grainline Studio’s Cascade Duffle, and the aptly named Hot Patterns “Mr. H.P. Hemmingway Windcheater! ” (I posted Thread Theory’s finished Windcheater below.)  There are other relevant coat patterns in addition to these, but I thought this was a good start.  Plus, many sewers have their own versions and its fun to surf through their finished projects for ideas!

And this is not related to Rogue One, but I was hopping through a bunch if indie sewing pattern designer sites and stumbled across Pauline Alice Patterns’ Quart Coat and fell in love with the military style with playful pleats….my style goal encapsulated in one coat pattern.  So I will probably end up making this coat too. =)

So when you add a Rebel Alliance jacket, a new parka, a cute Quart coat, and my long queued Alice jacket… I will have more jackets than I know what to do with!  I’m ok with that.  It was freezing in Seattle today I could totally have used that longer parka.

ETA: I just stumbled upon Waffle Patterns’ Tosti jacket, which looks like a brilliant pattern to use for a parka as well.  I like the plethora of pocket options.  Hm, I did buy Minoru already, but I may ponder this one as well.


Waffle Patterns Tosti jacket

Addie’s class


Rally front rally front rally front rally front

Slide right slide left

Left rally, back switch, front click

Skip right, left leap 2 3

Rally right, back toe (right), back toe left, rally right back toe (right)

Right Heel heel heel, back back, heel heel heel, hop onto right foot

Rally back rally back rally back, extend front left (like developpe)


Ninja point reel:

Right hop step up, left lift step up,

Skip right, deer left leap 2 3,

Pull back left 2 3

Point right turn point (left)

Point out point in, turn, point hop back

Spooky hornpipe

Music:  Screw the nut (think “Hefflelumps and woozles” from Winnie the Pooh).  Has a slow start.

Hop-left drum-right step-step

Hop-left drum-right step-step

Rally-front rally-front rally-front hop back (right foot in back)

(Right foot) rally front gallop click and click

Rally front right, back-toe-right, back-click, back-toe-left, cut-front-right step.

Rally-right, back-toe-right, quarter turn & heel, hop-front-right (Old: Rally front rally front, rally front turn, hop front right)

Rally gallop right, left skip click, step, funny walk right, funny walk left, funny walk right,  tap right (or pas du chevalle), rally hop back


I have things to write about my July trip to Orlando regarding Harry Potter world and Star Wars, but haven’t had the brain time to get organized.


Alistair is more of a woozle

Drum notes:  inside of big toe to heel, put weight on heel

Cat hoodie


This technically counts as a “selfish sewing” project even though it was one of Art’s requests for his birthday a few months ago.  He’s been  asking for cat sweaters ever since we got them as kittens.  Not for them to wears constantly, just to see their expressions. (Alistair does have fine hair and gets cold during the winter, but I don’t think even he would willing wear a sweater.)

Yes, we are those people.

Alistair sweater

The pattern is the “Cat Hoodie” by Kristin Roach knit in some random wool/acrylic yarn that my French friend gifted me when she moved.  Unfortunately, I knit it a little too big and the the cats easily slip out of it when left to their own devices.  Rats.

So here is Art helping our cats model the sweater.  We got some great pictures.  Especially this last one of Morrigan expressing how she really feels.

Morrigan sweater 2

My friend said this is a textbook example of  a”baleful” look.

Sarah’s reel

Point hop back, step switch 2-3

Leap 2-3, leap 2-3

Kick butt left crossover 2-3

Hop kick butt right (turn left) back 2-3

Step front flip/fouette walk turn 2-3

Point hop back

Rally notes:

Like a bug tongue that flips out and then curls back in.  Less hop more down.  Bicycle.  Clear foot over sock top.

Reel step


Rose from my teacher

Cut-2-3 Down-2-3 crossover-2-3  switch-2-3

Leap-2-3, money-step-turn

Whip step-up, twist twist twist

(Old end: Skip and skip and seven to face front)


“Down” is like a quick seven.

“money step”: deliberate crossover-step, hop, hop-pick up other foot

Treble jig


This is what sewing with cats is like


Treble jig notes:

Drop-toe-heel: Imagine that your leg is a marionette, hop and dangle your foot when lifted and then go toe heel when hop

Front rallies:  3 rallies are a backbone step.  Easier when back leg kicks down from butt to rally down.  Stay on toes for cleaner sounds

Drop (hop toe heel), rally back toe, rally back toe.

Whip, step, rally hop back. (this is slower)

Front rally rally rally

Right step up right step up

Front Rally rally rally hop back

Back twist twist twist, slow ronde de jambe forward.

Rally rally rally back


Alistair…Really, kitty?