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Simplicity 2153 Misses and Misses Petite Anorak

Love to Sew Studio Pattern critique and  review of Simplicity 2153.

Love to Sew Studio Sewing Pattern Critique and Review of Simplicity Pattern 2153.


Grade: B+

The Good
     The directions were easy to follow and explained each step with the clarity necessary for beginners. (However, this is a time consuming project, so beginners be warned!) It was very rewarding to make, and I feel that this pattern, if followed correctly, results in a professional (rather than home-sewn) look. It can be dressed up or down, using nylon sports fabric to make a raincoat; sateen, woolen blends, and poplin for a chic touch; and flannel for a preppy, fireside feel. 

The Bad
     Do not alter the pattern for petite sizing, unless you plan on buying a smaller zipper! I took in the patterns at the lines marked for petite only one inch, which, when aligned at the end with the zipper, left almost less than a half of inch to make a hem. Unfortunately, I had to do a rolled hem, which is a technique used for light-weight chiffons and silks and looks rather silly on  a jacket. This was very disappointing, considering the directions and envelope did not warn sewers of this problem. 
The directions have sewers use twill tape for the drawstrings, but purchasing 1/2 yard extra of fabric and making a trifold out of 1 1/2” strips looks much more professional. Finally, I really wished the jacket were lined. Lining would make sense on an anorak, a design which was originally made for explores in cold regions. 

My Project:  
     I used a khaki-colored, cotton-blend poplin with a brown and golden separating zipper and buttons with a carved leaf design to make view E. Overall, I was very happy with the results, and the reactions of family, friends, and strangers. My favorite: my sister said it looked like something Burberry would make. 

     If you’ve made this project and would like to share your work, send us pictures! We will be happy to post them here. Also, if you have anything else to add in regards to the critique of this pattern, we would love to hear. For both pictures and comments, email us

Thanks for reading. :-) Jessica





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