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:
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.