Red raincoat

A few years ago plastic tablecloths started coming in really awesome patterns, and since I’m soo much more interested in clothes than interior decoration, I thought I’d make some nice raincoats. Turns out the material wasn’t optional for clothes since it wasn’t very durable BUT the one coat I finished looks really great. It’s lined with a really nice peacock blue that stands prettily towards the red, but my camera can’t get the colors right. Photos: Paddy KImageImage

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve been intrigued with this laminated cotton fabric, but I wasn’t sure how to sew it. Did you use a specialized sewing foot or an unique technique so the fabric wouldn’t stick to the bed of the sewing machine?

    Also, your pattern choice is perfect for the fabric? Is it a commercial pattern or one that you drafted?

    Inquiring minds want to know your sewing secrets – do tell!

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    • it really wasn’t too hard to sew in, didn’t do or use anything special. a few times I guess the needle got too hot and somehow “melted” the lamination so the needle got a bit sticky. I had to take breaks:) I didn’t have any problems with material sticking otherwise. Warning, though, it’s a lot more brittle than it would seem, and ripped quite easily. No pulling.
      I bought the fabric in a store selling it as tablecloth by the meter, so no credit for that more than finding it and using it:)
      let me know if you try.
      Oh, it’s also a bit stiff. I started out making a children’s jacket, but realized it would be impossible to move in in small sizes, works ok for an adult, though

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  2. This is great. Wish I had the skill to back up ideas like this. Could really do with a nice laminate raincoat for glastonbury next week! (from Mason Bentley party, 24 hours late…)

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