I would have liked to have it finished ready to leave tommorrow, but that is not going to happen. I will show you some pictures though, because I took photos of some of my construction methods today.
I bought a beautiful waterproof fabric from EmmaOneSock. At least, they said it is waterproof. I haven't tested it with anything more than a sprinkle yet. It looks too pretty to be cyclone proof, but that is okay, because I have already have a Gore-tex parka. This raincoat is going to be more of a fashion item. An about-town sort of raincoat more than a battle-raging-flood-waters sort of raincoat.
It took me a lot of quality time with my magazines to decide on a style. Eventually I settled on this Burberry Prorsum cape, as styled by Vogue Australia. So it is not actually a coat, but a cape. The cape has never made it to my list of must-haves before, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like the way to go. Where I live, it rains in summer. When it is hot. When I am mostly wearing sleeveless garments. When I don't want to put on a sweaty raincoat, but I am sick and tired of feeling damp all the time.
The fabric I bought is very lightweight, and my cape will be unlined, and I can stick my arms out, so I'm thinking it will be a lot cooler than a traditional raincoat.
I took home the whole stash of Burda mags from my library to find a pattern (and I apologise to all the other Burda readers in town...they are back now). The Burberry cape has raglan seaming details, so I used Burda World of Fashion 02/2009 113 as a starting point.
I eliminated the underarm shape on the sleeves and side pieces and sewed the sleeve edges to the front and back sides. I reduced the centre front from double breasted to single breasted. I shortened and widened the front flappy bits (not sure what they are called). I extended the collar stand to to make the collar and ties. Instead of cutting the collar stand on the fold, I put the ties on the straight grain and put a centre back seam on the collar stand. This centre back seam is on the bias. I lengthened the whole thing. I reduced the curve on the centre back piece (essentially reducing the back darts to make the coat less fitted).
I decided to use fell seams, because the coat is unlined and I didn't want water dripping through the seams. I used a fold and sew method to do the fell seam, which is a little different from the standard method, so I thought I would show it to you.
I cut my pieces with 1.5 cm seam allowances.
I pressed a 1 cm fold on one length, RS (right side) showing. I used a Weet-bix template to help me do this.
Press again. This next photo is really just to show off the lovely clapper that Peter made me for Christmas. I have been using this piece of jarrah for a while, but now it has smooth, rounded edges and a groove to hold it.
This is what the seam looks like from the RS.
And lastly, a shot from the WS (wrong side).