Home Sewing Waterproof Raincoat

Home Sewing Waterproof Raincoat

I’ve always wanted to sew a waterproof coat, just for me. I know what I want, and I have now accepted that I’m not going to find something off-the-shelf that ticks all the boxes. I knew I wanted something that had fairly simple lines but included with some elements of functionality, waterproofing and warmth.

My feature requirements are:
– Waterproof shell
– Thin, brightly coloured lining
– Hood
– Long front zip with placket cover

The challenges involved in sewing waterproof gear are a plenty. The material is slippery and unforgiving, you might only get one go at sewing a piece, because the material punctures. Often the pattern construction for hiking jackets and outdoor gear is quite complex involving lots of pieces, additions, and fixings. And then there is the matter of waterproofing the seams.

Fabric Selection

Sewing with waterproof materials is outside my comfort zone. I’ve done it before, but that experience impressed on me just how frustrating these materials can be. The last time I sewed with this shiny, pin-shy beast was 20 years ago when we made kites in high school using ripstop. The two pieces would slide across each other, they’d slide across the plate of the machine, and once you had punctured the material with the needle those little holes were there for all eternity. When you’re making kites, or a waterproof coat, you don’t really want a bunch of holes popped along the face of the material. For a chronic re-doer, this is a concern for me.

Waterproof mateirals are:
– Slippery
– Unwieldy
– Stubborn
– Give you one chance

Pattern Selection

Option 1: Add a zipper to the Papercuts Sapporo Coat

The Sapporo is a delightfully simple pattern and is specifically designed to be oversized and worn open.

Option 2: Make a waterproof 70s jacket

Option 3: Buy a new raincoat sewing pattern

After reviewing my ever-growing stash of sewing patterns I begrudgingly (not really)

Fixings and Fastenings