October 13, 2011

Just a raincoat

I hereby interupt the scheduled draft-along posting to show you something else I've made. My raincoat is finally finished. I finished it on the day the rain (relentless this week) stopped.

I announced my intention to make this coat weeks ago, and I haven't really strayed from my original design. A wide raglan-sleeved coat with wide sleeves, a back pleat and a hood. It is fully lined and has a zipper closure. My own pattern, of course.
I feel like it took me ages to make though.
In the muslin stage, there was a lot of sewing machine related anxiety. It just kept skipping stitches which did some serious harm to my sewing mojo. After cleaning and changing needles, it slowly recovered when I ditched the crinkled linen I used for the muslin.
After that, it was just the material which kept progress slow. Plastic coated fabric means no ironing, no re-doing anything and not a chance at easing anything in.

I'm not entirely pleased with the end-result. I topstitched all the seams to keep them in the right place but I miss the clean look of a well-pressed garment. I'm also not entirely sold on the shape of the hood and although, from a construction point of view, I'm glad I left out the pockets, I sort of miss them in wearing the coat. Oh, and then there's the drape, or rather the lack of it...


  1. It is to keep you dry, if it does that it is a success. It looks fine on you and is very nice. Be proud of it. I cannot sew and read your blog in order to enjoy your talent. You are blessed to be able to do what you do. I do understand wanting perfection, especially when you can see what you would change, but most people do not see that, they just wish they could do half of what you do! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

  2. I like it. I like the loose fit and the color is my favorite.

  3. I love the back pleat---I've been musing about making a swing coat with a similar feature. I also muse occasionally about a raincoat, but fortunately it's fairly rare that we have more than a day or two of consecutive rain so it's not a huge need here.

    Considering the difficulty of creating a stylish raincoat, you've created a marvel! Congratulations :D

  4. I rather like it, the shape is different, the colour is fabulous, and it compliments your lovely hair! 10/10 xx

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