Thursday, April 07, 2011

A Fast Raincoat

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I'm heading to Chicago in the morning to have a sewing weekend with some fabulous friends from all over the continent. Patti, who lives in Chicago, has invited us all to come and attend the Haute Couture Club's Fashion Show and Luncheon. We will naturally take the opportunity to do some Power Shopping of the Fiberly Kind, and of course there will be lots of chatting, show and tell, etc. At the last minute, almost (about a week ago) we decided to have a challenge, and any garment we started after the challenge was issued and finished before the event counts. I can't wait to see what Patti, Linda, Kay, Ann and Nancy show up with. This raincoat is my challenge garment.

I decided I needed a new raincoat for the trip, and since I've had this fabric on hand waiting to be a raincoat for a couple of years at least, I was ready to go, sort of.
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Deciding on a pattern was my next problem. I think a raincoat should be very roomy so it's easy to pull on over bulky layers if necessary, and I decided to go with the Marfy cape pattern #0493 I've used before, but I knew I would lengthen it both at the hem and the sleeves. So it's only sort-of capey. I started this on Sunday and finished it Tuesday. It's unlined, as the fabric has a very slick finish on the wrong side. The right side is a coated print. When I bought it, it was almost sticky/rubbery feeling, but now it's not sticky at all, so I don't know if it's aged well, or lost its oomph. It's much nicer now, IMO.

I enlarged the pockets from the original, and I think they're just the right size now. I love this style with the gathered pocket placed into the band.
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I think the most interesting and fun detail on the coat is the closure.
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I knew I needed some kind of focal point, as there's just so much pattern to the fabric, and with the cape-styling, there's a large expanse of unbroken fabric. I originally thought of Ultrasuede for some kind of front band or something, but I couldn't find any Ultrasuede anywhere, or anything to stand in for it. I thought of snaps, and was very pleased to find these Magnetic Snaps at JoAnn's in their handbag notions. They're exactly the same as those in the snap area, but much more reasonably priced. I used 5 in all, but still wanted something like Ultrasuede to place on the right side of the snap placement area. There was nothing, so I scouted around the store, thinking there might be some small suede or leather scrap stuff in the craft area that would be big enough for what I wanted. Well, you'll never guess what I finally used. In fact, I think it would be fun if you all just guess. So leave a comment if you think you know. I'll give you a hint or two. It's not fabric. I purchased it at JoAnn's, and it comes in quite a few colors.

I think it's going to be a nice coat to just throw on when I need it, and it's going to be perfect for my trip, as it's no-wrinkle, and certainly won't show any spills, if they don't just wipe off anyway.

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18 comments:

Melody said...

Fab-u-lous!

ACorgiHouse said...

Love the raincoat! I'm not sure, as I have no JoAnn's around so I don't shop there. It looks to me like the "female" part of a handbag snap type closure? K

Ruthie said...

Fabulous. The backing - perhaps elbow patches?

becki-c said...

Fabulous! I do love the closures.

Gorgeous Things said...

That is gorgeous! I can't wait to see it in person. Safe journey!

Mardel said...

Fabulous raincoat Liana! And have a great trip. I know you'll have lots of fun.

karin said...

Barefoot in sandals...
Envy!

a little sewing said...

That is fabulous! Enjoy the trip to Chicago, it is sure to be a wonderful time. (please post pics!!)

gwensews said...

What a perfect, chic way to face a rainy day! Love the fabric.

Sally said...

Absolutely fabulous! You always manage to pick the perfect fabric/pattern combo. Enjoy your visit. I'm sure we'll drool over your purchases.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Enjoy your sewing weekend. Your jacket looks beautiful!

Mary Beth said...

Love it, Liana. Your pockets and closures make it snap :)

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great coat out of some amazing fabric!!!

LauraSJ said...

Did you back the snaps with craft foam?

Liana said...

Thanks to everyone for the sweet comments!

LauraSJ, You win! It is 2mm craft foam. I was skeptical, but gave it a try after talking to the help at JoAnn's. It seems to be very sturdy, and if it doesn't hold up, I think I can replace it with something better rather easily. Everyone seems to think it's leather, even after touching it.

KayY said...

Funny, I was going to guess that foamy stuff too. (sure, I hear you say) Can't wait to see this in person, although I am hoping you won't actually need it.

Summerset said...

Very cool! I was going to guess the craft foam, too, but I'm a bit late to commenting. This coat suits you so well, and certainly has more interest than a plain old raincoat.

Cennetta said...

Love, love this coat.