Learn to make a super awesome Anorak Parka in this 10-part sewing course!

The TN31 Parka by Merchant & Mills is a relaxed and versatile interpretation of the classic fishtail parka. It has side pockets, front welt pockets, a back vent and optional drawstring waist. We will be making the fully lined jacket with attached hood!

This workshop will (virtually!) meet for ten sessions. You'll learn how to:

  • Print and assemble a PDF pattern at home (or opt for purchasing the pre-printed pattern, OR have the PDF wide-format printed. See materials list for more info)
  • Measure the body accurately to create a perfect fit
  • Work from a commercial pattern, including size selection, deciphering instructions, cutting from paper pattern pieces, and more
  • Construct a jacket from start to finish
  • Fully line a jacket
  • Sew side pockets and front welt pockets 
  • Create a drawstring waist
  • Sew a button-down front
  • Please note: We will covering how to sew the fully lined, hooded version only. 

This is a 10-part course being held on the following dates:

NOTE: Registration opens on Friday 9/2 at 3:30pm EST!

Monday 11/7 at 6:30pm-7:30pm EST- The is an introductory info session to kick off the workshop and discuss sizing, fabric prep, pattern cutting, etc. Students will be tasked with washing/pressing their fabric + cutting out their patterns and fabric at their own pace before the first session of sewing. For the remainder of the course, students will sew along with the instructor as they demonstrate each step. Homework may be assigned between sessions.

Wednesday 11/9 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Monday 11/14 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Wednesday 11/16 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Monday 11/21 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Tuesday 11/29 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Thursday 12/1 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Tuesday 12/6 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Thursday 12/8 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Tuesday 12/13 at 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

**Each session will be recorded and access links are sent by 11:30am EST the morning following class. If you can't make a session, no sweat! Use the recording to catch up.** 


Skill Requirements

Please note this is an advanced-level workshop. This workshop is suitable for advanced/intermediate students who are very comfortable using their sewing machine and have completed several intermediate garment projects in the recent past.


Materials + Tools Required

**Save 10% on supplies purchased at Brooklyn Craft Co with code PARKA10**

  • TN31 Parka Pattern--  If you opt to purchase the PDF pattern but prefer not to print/ assemble your pattern at home, we highly recommend our friends Brooklyn Motif for wide format pattern printing! They have generously extended an offer of 15% off pattern printing for Brooklyn Craft Co workshops with code CLASS.
  • 3-4.5 yards outer fabric (depending on size and fabric width) like cotton canvas, or other heavy fabrics that can be ironed. Please note: If you have not worked with waxed canvas or oilcloth extensively, we do not recommend doing so for this project! Unfortunately it cannot be ironed, which will pose a challenge for many parts of this garment, including the welt pockets. Of course, we want you to make your dream jacket! So if you do choose to use waxed canvas or oilcloth, please be prepared for the additional challenge you are taking on. :)
  • 3-4.5 yards lining fabric (depending on size and fabric width)-- medium weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, linen, lining-specific fabric, etc. This choice is much more flexible than the outer fabric!=
  • Be sure to purchase enough outer and lining fabric for both the main jacket and the hood patterns!
  • 1 yard fusible interfacing
  • 7 buttons, approximately 17-22mm 
  • 5 yards drawstring cord 
  • Sewing machine -- please make sure your machine is in good working order before registering for this workshop. 
  • Iron and ironing board or mat


Class Details

Date & Time: Ten parts-- see dates above! Please note: the date you select a the top of the page is the first of ten parts for this workshop.

Location: Anywhere! This workshop will be hosted virtually via Zoom! Details will be emailed within 24-48 hours before the workshop begins.

Cost: $450

Max # of students: 8

All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.




 Christine Haynes is a Brooklyn-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer. Christine grew up in Saugatuck, MI, a small beach community on the southwestern coast of Lake Michigan, where the arts were part of her daily life. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the department of Film, Video, and New Media. 

Her mother taught her to sew around the age of 10, and it grew from a personal hobby, until it became her main artistic outlet. After selling ready-to-wear garments for many years, Christine turned her focus to teaching others to experience the joy of making clothing for themselves through her patterns, books, and workshops. 

Christine can be found at www.christinehaynes.com and on Instagram at @christinehaynes


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