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Jacket in a Pocket

Jacket in a pocket

Jacket in a pocket

Preparing for my trip to Seattle meant considering some potential rain fall during the time of my visit. My daughter recommended a hood of some sort and that would be adequate. I have lots of jackets but few have hoods. I came across this cute jacket at my local Hancock’s fabrics while checking out at the register. I wish I could say I made it, but I didn’t. It was a commercially made jacket, offered in solids and prints, and on sale. I was intrigued by the idea of a jacket that folds up into it’s own pocket. The solution to my problem!

Inexpensive, windbreaker jacket with hood and pockets

Inexpensive, windbreaker jacket with hood and pockets

Back view, cinched waist,

Back view, cinched waist,

Waist pull cord on left side

Waist pull cord on left side

What you see here is the left side seam of the coat. Waist cinching is an option and nice to have to add some shape. It is roomy enough to wear over layers and perfect for drizzly days.

Pocket used to use for stowing

Pocket used to use for stowing

This is where the magic happens. From the right side of the jacket, start crumpling up the jacket and stuff it into the pocket, pushing it into the corners. Within seconds, voila! Sack-it Jacket, windbreaker folded into it’s own pocket. The zipper pull can roll from the front to the back, so no problem with the zipper being caught on the inside of the pocket.

If you can’t find one at your local Hancock’s Fabrics ( I didn’t find the Sack-It Jacket on the Hancock site ), and even though they don’t necessarily fold up into their own pocket, here are some other stow away coat options:
Target offers a coat from Coleman that has a little carrying case.
Kohl’s offer a collection to choose from that may suit your needs.
L.L.Bean offers great outerwear while still under the heading of ‘stowaway coat’. So if a little drizzle is in your forecast, throw one of these space savers in your luggage and you’re all set.

The next step is for me to figure out the construction, come up with a similar version, and make a pattern out of it.

Have I missed a pattern out there for the home sewist that would create something like this?

Do you have any traveling pieces providing function well as space saving?

So, what do you think ?