This pattern is a long time in the making. It was developed with Australian Homespun magazine in mind and published earlier this year in their super mag – February 2012 (Vol. 13 No. 2) if you can get your hands on it.
The Tasman Coat was aptly named for the Tasman Glacier - inspiration from our New Zealand holiday and our little treks around Mt Cook (and I mean little). Tasman Glacier certainly captured our spirit and I want to go back in the next couple of years for a longer hike. It was called the Summer Breeze jacket in the magazine article (for the changing seasons) and I have to say – I like that too!
The fabric used for the jackets in the magazine shoot were from the new range by Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs – Sugar and Spice.
The back pockets are a little unconventional – facing outwards on the side (but can have the opening facing up). I wanted a jacket with big and easy reaching pockets for maps, trading cards and other bits of paper and tissues that are collected. There are four pockets on the front for everything else.
The jacket is lined and have used elastic around the arm sleeve of the lining to keep out any chills and wind (while hiking the glacier of course). You can just see it on the boys jacket in the image above.
It was a fun pattern to design and super quick for any sewer to put together. The pockets takes the most time in this pattern. Even though it has a zipped front, I’ve called it a beginner pattern. It is an open ended zip which I think is the easiest zip to use!