It has taken me ages to decide on fabric for this coat, so I didn't commit to joining the sewalong on the Sewaholic blog ....... yet!
I want to sew a raincoat, but finding a waterproof fabric I liked has taken me weeks of searching, mostly because I didn't want a solid colour, or to use laminated cotton
I had narrowed it down to some lovely Westfalenstof coated cottons or Hilco coated cottons, and finally went for the Hilco which I bought from Dotsnstripes. But OMG!! :-) it's so 'flowery' I'm still not sure I'll be able to carry off wearing this, and maybe I should be making it for my daughter.
I had picked a flannel for the lining, as our weather here is wet and cold. The flannel was prewashed twice, but just this morning I decided I didn't want to use it so found an organic red cotton in my stash that I'm happier with.
The sleeves will be lined with the dots, which is a silk that I got as a Christmas present last year (2010).
Hilco have very good quality fabrics, so I didn't doubt that it was waterproof. I still tested it, just for a picture. It will be interesting to see how it deals with heavy downpours when I'm collecting the children from school.
I considered waterproofing the seams, as I remembered that Dawn from Two on Two off did a post on that a while back, but getting these type of products isn't easy. There is a UK site Pennine that looks good, maybe for a future coat!
So far, I have cut and marked the outer fabric, after raising the elastic placement and shortening the sleeves.
Hopefully I'll get to sew it before I chicken out and decide that flowers are not 'me'!
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