First published 20/06/2016
I have wanted to make myself a cheery raincoat for a very long time but just could not find a pattern. In the end , determined to have my raincoat, I did some rather major alterations to an ordinary coat pattern. The pattern has princess seams which would have spoiled the rather beautiful pattern, so they needed eliminating, as did some of the shaping because I wanted a straight style. Do you want to make one too? There are some things you need to bear in mind, but it's not that difficult I promise.
This is the finished coat. I used a ripstop fabric in a very colorfully print called Ellies. I purchased it from WhiteTreeFabrics.com but do sadly this was the last piece. However I never like to dictate to you exactly what fabric you should use, we all have very different tastes. What you need to look out for though is a RIP-STOP fabric or a showerproofed cotton. For the linings I chose a firm shot taffeta. With the raincoat outer being quite firm it called for a stiffer lining than normal. I chose a darker colour than my main fabric.
And yes, the rather cute 60s style fabric does have elephant's on it!
This is the pattern, it is Mccalls M7058 and you can buy it from jaycotts.co.uk by clicking on this link Mccalls M7058 at Jaycotts.co.uk
It is a lovely pattern with lots of variations to choose from. I wanted the style which has the hood, and as I bought the last of this roll of fabric there was only enough to make the mid-length version. Which was what I wanted anyway!