April 28, 2021 2 Comments
By Cynthia Anderson
You do not have to be from frigid climes to appreciate this parka. You just need to adopt the old adage that “There is no such thing as foul weather… just improper clothing.” The Folkwear 153 Siberian Parka is for anyone who embraces the elements and believes that weather should never prevent any outdoor activity from being a adventure! Or for anyone that simply appreciates a comfy blanket they can wear anywhere.
This extra-roomy, easy-to-sew parka pulls on easily over the head, has a built-in hood, large pockets, and is the perfect length that allows for a full range of movement. Give this garment the consideration it deserves and it will become evident how this practical piece has been missing from your wardrobe. The roominess of this piece allows for easy and comfortable layering underneath to block the wind and cold. The simple structure and hood makes it a great alternative to a rain coat or poncho. Even if you are sitting on the side-lines at an early morning soccer practice or in the stands cheering your favorite team, the blanket-like coverage will encase you in comfort, while allowing for plenty of room for jumping to your feet when your team scores.
Because this pattern is extremely easy to make and really does not need any further explanation beyond the pattern instructions, I decided to focus on sewing tips using the waxed cotton I used to make the 153 Siberian Parka. I made this sample to show that, while this pattern makes a great winter cover, it also can make a fabulous spring parka - keeping off rain and adding that extra layer that is often needed.
I hope you find the tips for sewing waxed cotton helpful. I can hardly wait to make a bag out of waxed cotton!
Once you adopt this garment into your wardrobe, you will easily appreciate what the cold-climate culture of Siberia has long understood… the wind, rain, or snow should never keep you indoors! The 153 Siberia Parka pattern comes in sizes S-XL (but there is a LOT of extra room in this pattern). A PDF version is available too. This parka also makes the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
As always, we are excited to see what you have been inspired to make!
December 27, 2021
Hi! Thanks so much for this post – it was EXACTLY what I have been looking for! I’ve been after a waterproof coat for dog walking, and this is absolutely perfect, but I have a couple of questions….
Firstly, how did you deal with the wax transfer? Did you line it? If so, was that a fairly simple procedure (particularly around the hood?)?
May I ask how tall you are? I like the length on you, but as I’m 5’11", need to make some adjustments in all likelihood.
Finally, did you need to tape the seams to aid waterproofness?
Thanks so much!
January 05, 2022
If by wax transfer you mean the wax coming off on you and your clothing?… the wax does want to crease and it does get crumbly due to creasing.
Sealing the seams is always a good idea, but I did not in this case and I did not line it. It could be lined without too much concern, but the neck might be problematic if the lining is very thick. This concern really depends on the thickness of the fabric and the thickness of the wax. I made this piece with wind protection in mind. I am 5’5", so you will want to lengthen your Parka for good coverage. Also, consider the neck opening and the size of your head. Because it is a pull on over the head… easy access will be appreciated. I recommend collecting small amounts of different waxed cotton fabrics and experiment with stitching various seam thicknesses and do try sealing the seams with an adhesive. A sewing machine with good power is required. I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy sewing and wearing your 153 Siberia Parka! Don’t hesitate to ask if you need further help.