Red raincoat

Remember my post on the making of a raincoat pattern? Well, the raincoat is made and I’m quite pleased with it! Followers on Instagram may recognise this photo taken in London, where the coat got its inaugural outing.

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The sculpture is called “Still Water” and represents a drinking horse. It is 10m tall – isn’t it stunning? Right, enough of the sculpture, this is about my raincoat! Clearly it’s sunny, so the raincoat couldn’t prove that it could do its job of keeping me dry, but I sealed all the seams, so at this point I am assuming the best.

Coat and I had a lovely time kicking through the falling leaves in Hyde Park, as  well as trying to catch them.

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Mark took these photos and although the leaves were falling everywhere, they didn’t fall on me, but on him!

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We also had a little outing to Trafalgar Square where I found this thumb (entitled Really Good). The thumb is part of a series of sculptures that are installed on the plinth. When we were here in January, there was a skeletal horse there, so I was pleased to see another one.

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It was drizzling slightly so I was pleased to press the hood into action. Below is probably a better shot of the coat.

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Just a few notes on making this coat: As per the previous post, I used ripstop from Spotlight, and lined it with red silk from Sri Lanka, which was an almost perfect match. I used a hidden button placket, and employed snaps to secure the fronts together.

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An in-progress shot showing the welt pocket with flap.

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the coat has two side vents which are also secured with snaps. img_7057

Showing the pocket. I also used Seam Grip to seal all the seams, but it was a bit of a disaster as it bled through the fabric creating some dark spots, which are visible in the seam next to the pocket. I am pretending that it’s not there! img_7058

I was a bit freaked out making this coat as I had read that you shouldn’t press waterproof fabric as it removes the waterproofing. Do you know how much you long to use an iron when you can’t?! I took it off to my pattern-making class and Sarah held my hand whilst I pressed essential bits. We did some test samples which we threw water at, but which seemed to maintain its waterproofing properties, so I think I’m going to be ok!

Given that this was a self-drafted pattern with no construction notes, I was pleased with the way it came together. I am planning on making at least one (maybe two) more, and am going to make a couple of minor tweaks, such as lengthening the back of the storm flap.

And now back to Hyde Park where I was admiring the gorgeous autumn colours.

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Fadanista

46 thoughts on “Red raincoat

  1. Coat looks fabulous Sue and red is a great stand-out colour when travelling. You’ll always be spotted in a crowd. Would you share how well it fits into a suitcase, please?

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  2. I think the red colour makes it really special. Raincoats are too often black or dark blue. And the flaps add a smart British accent. Great job Sue! Your pics are awesome.

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  3. Wow, red really suits you – lovely job on the coat as well as the picking! I am very partial to silk lining too, and this is a stellar example.

    ceci

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  4. Oh yay! I have been waiting for this post. It is so great to see the final result. I really think you did a great job, it looks lovely. And your guy is a really great photogrepher. I really think blog pictures are a challenge. I totally agree about the horse statue, it is lovely, and very moving.

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  5. Your red raincoat looks fantastic but hope it is a a much better quality ripstop than I purchased from Spotlight as mine is good for a light shower but anything heavier I am a drowned rat.

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    1. The ripstop is pretty lightweight but it’s stood up to the English weather so far. I don’t think it would do well in much more than a heavy shower though. I’m hunting for good stuff to make another one.

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  6. Glorious coat!!! Love the color and the fit! I clicked back to your original raincoat post to review how you pulled your pattern together, and am completely amazed and so impressed with your finished result. Lovely. Just lovely. 🙂

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