Fabric Suggestions for 153 Siberian Parka - Spring Variation

Our 153 Siberian Parka pattern is derived from cold-weather garments, but can easily be given a fresh spin as a springtime raincoat with a lighter, weather resistant fabric. The extra room in the body and attached hood make for an attractive pullover to keep dry in Spring showers. This versatile pattern is easy to sew, which opens up a variety of options for functional construction.  And, if you would rather have a front opening jacket than a pullover parka, we have a short tutorial on how to size this pattern down and add a front opening.

To style the 153 Siberian Parka for Spring, we suggest the following fabrics: waxed canvas, nylon ripstop, laminated cotton, water-resistant polyester twill, oilskin, or polyester.

Below are some fabric suggestions from some of our favorite fabric stores.  Please note, these suggested fabrics are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written, and may go out of stock from store at some point.  If link is invalid for specific product, look for a similar fabric you can substitute.

This green nylon from Stonemountan & Daughter Fabrics is waterproof and lightweight, which makes it a great choice for a windbreaker that's both functional and comfortable to wear. 

Green Nylon Ripstop Fabric


For a natural-fiber option, Oak Fabrics offers this Merchant & Mills waxed oilskin in a variety of appealing colors.

Green waxed oilskin fabric

Adventurous sewists will adore this funky floral print laminated cotton from Hart's Fabrics. The flower motif and fun colors would make for a bold and exciting Spring piece!
Laminated cotton with a repeating yellow and pink flower pattern

Our last suggestion is a water-repellant canvas in a classic pastel blue that is perfect for Spring. Mood Fabrics offers this canvas in white and pastel pink as well, which opens up fun possibilities for color blocking within the Siberian Parka's panel pieces.
Powder blue canvas fabric


What fabric would you want to use to make a spring Siberian Parka?  Let us know!