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Raincoat Raincoat Go Away

Added Sep 23, 2012

by Julia Morley

Pittsburgh, Penn...






Note to self: sewing with clear vinyl is a terrible terrible idea. This raincoat was dangled over my trashcan several times throughout the construction of this garment. But I’m still plugging through my 52 Weeks of Sewing project and a raincoat is on the list, so I felt obligated to finish.

The pattern was McCall’s 6517, which despite my trials and tribulations was actually a great pattern. I think my problem was primarily that I chose a gauge of clear vinyl that was too thick – it would have been nice if the pattern had given some more direction on exactly what type of “clear plastic” to use, but alas it did not and wearing this coat is somewhat like wearing a cheap shower curtain.

I had originally planned to use buttons, but by the end I was so irritated that I decided to use snaps instead because it would get the whole thing over and done with quicker. I’m glad I did, because I think the snaps are actually nicer than buttons would have been. The snaps are actually by Babyville Boutique, which I discovered on my baby clothes sewing rampage. So what if they’re supposed to be used on washable diapers?

Material Notes

clear vinyl, navy blue bias tape




Garment Type
Casual, Mod

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  • Danidodgeatmasattack7byems_cropped__large

    Jan 10, 2017, 05.46 PMby Dani Dodge

    What gauge vinyl did you use for this? What would you recommend?

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    Oct 3, 2012, 03.40 PMby Linda74Sews

    I think it looks just great on you. That contrast trim couldn’t have been too easy to do. Bravo! Love the 52 projects idea – pretty ambitious!! I will follow.

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    Oct 1, 2012, 07.24 PMby carlamari1

    Its fantastic! Very inspiring.

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    Oct 1, 2012, 05.19 PMby G-A-

    I actually really like it and would love to try something similar (but I will take the advice on lighter vinyl)

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    Oct 1, 2012, 05.17 PMby trploceanmoon

    Really cute and very mod! I love it. :-)

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    Sep 24, 2012, 05.24 AMby Mary Athey

    i"n so glad it did.nt end up in the bin as its fab. well done x

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    Sep 23, 2012, 11.51 PMby headlollipop

    sooo cute and chic. Love your new coat.

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