Monday, October 1, 2012

Bring on the Rain!

I scored some laminate fabric for an awesome price ($5.95/yard!) back in August from Pink Chalk Fabrics. And of course I bought enough to make both little girls raincoats. My original plan was to sew them at the same time but I decided to go ahead and do one first.


fabric:  Tula Pink Parisville Fans Sprout Laminated
Little Lisette Fall 2011 Sateen for Lining

The pattern is rated a 3 out of 4 scissors in difficulty.  I didn't find the construction hard but the jacket is time consuming to sew. I want to say I put about 8-9 hours of sewing time into it. And I'm still not completely done...I need to sew the inner snaps on.


The sleeves are a little short on MG so BK gets the first one. I used a Little Lisette Sateen that I had in my fabric stash for the lining. It's slick enough to make putting the raincoat on nice and easy. Plus the colors in the lining fabric happen to go quite well with the laminate!


I used Wonder Clips (remember my guest post about them?) instead of pins with the laminate so I wouldn't have to worry about holes in the fabric. I also got to use the teflon foot that my sewing machine has. It glides nicely across the laminate.  

My one difficulty was finding toggles. I ordered some online that were the perfect size but when they arrived I discovered that the holes were too small. I finally found some wooden buttons that were kind of toggle shaped and had nice big holes at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I purchased a cording to use for the straps.


I started on the raincoat at least 3 weeks ago but wasn't motivated to work on it. Then on Saturday it was cool and rainy all day and I was kicking myself for not finishing the jacket. But now there's at least one done so Bring on the Rain!



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22 comments:

  1. I really like it, Cindy! That sure did take a long time though... Do you think the second one will go faster?

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  2. Wow, what a pretty coat! The fabric and lining are so lovely! I started a raincoat in early summer and still haven't finished it... ahem... I'll have to figure out where I stand and get it done!

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    1. Thank you! Sewing a raincoat has been on my want-to-sew list for a while. Finding such a great deal on the laminate was the push I needed to get started on it.

      Cindy

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  3. It's gorgeous Cindy - lucky Miss BK!

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    1. Thanks! It looks like it'll be raining when she leaves for K today...:)

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  4. Looks fabulous, Cindy!!! Hope the second one is faster to sew. I've never sewn with laminate, but it sounds like it may be similar to sewing with leather, where a teflon foot was invaluable.

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  5. Looks great! The laminate and the lining fabric work well together. And the togles turned out well too. Thanks for the reminder about the Wonder Clips; need to get some of those for an upcoming project. And thanks also for the heads up on the time issue for this pattern.

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  6. Its awesome,I missed out on that laminate!

    I love this so much,well done Cindy!

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  7. I really really love that fabric. Had no idea it came in laminate! What a fantastic rain coat!

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  8. Wow, this is so great! I love the fabric and what a deal. I've looked at this pattern great to see the feedback.

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  9. Awesome! Wish I had a raincoat like that :)

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  10. It's wonderful! And so worth all the time it took. She'll be the envy of all in her school!

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  11. you sewed a raincoat !
    I'm impressed !
    you can sew anything

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  12. This is on my list I just finally ordered the pattern. Thisone looks great!

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  13. This is just pure awesome! Sorry that you weren't able to use the buttons you ordered, but I really like the ones that you did end up going with. Lucky, lucky girlie!

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    1. Thanks, Brittney! Is it bad that I check the weather every morning hoping for rain?;)

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    1. Thanks! I'm rather fond of the fabric too.:)

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  15. Hi Cindy, I've featured your raincoat today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/10/threading-your-way-features.html

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  16. This is an awesome coat. Lots of work (: but very cute. I hope she gets good use out of it.

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    1. Thank you, Joy! I have another one cut out for MG...

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