As lashing rain seems to be flavour of the month, I thought today was the perfect time to do a bit of research into making my own raincoat. As usual, I have an exact picture in my head of how I'd like it to look, but can I find a pattern to match it? Nope.
Here's my checklist for the perfect raincoat pattern:-
- Single breasted
- Full length sleeves
- Medium sized collar
- No hood (I'm an umbrella girl!)
- Knee length
- Reasonably fitted but not tight
- Possibly princess seams
I didn't seem to have any luck at all with modern patterns, and there don't actually seem to be many that are specifically for raincoats. The exception to this is the Sewaholic Robson pattern - a classic double breasted trench style that seems to get the thumbs up from everybody who's made it. I've seen Winnie's red version in real life and it's awesome. But sadly for me, it won't work because double breasted anything just looks hideous on me. So I went down the vintage route. This also wasn't as straight forward as I was expecting - raincoats in the olden days were either double breasted or voluminous, or both.
A lot of the 1950's and 1960's coat patterns I saw (not specifically raincoats) were either swing coats or A line in shape. They often fall straight down from the bust line, and although they have an elegant look, they're just too big for my frame.
I want to have a large enough coat to protect me from the rain but don't really want to be dwarfed and/or look pregnant in the process. I think the more fitted look from the late 1960's/early 1970's is a bit closer to what I'm after. Here's a shortlist of what I found:
A classic Crombie style coat, which would have to be worn with the belt to get any shape.
This Simplicity pattern isn't bad, I like the long sleeved option but the collar might be a need toning down a bit.
I love the princess seams on this McCall's pattern, this is very close to the fitted look I'm after.
Whereas the princess lines on this one may be a bit too exaggerated, even for me?
The single breasted green version ticks a lot of boxes.
This is more or less the same pattern, but much classier looking (except for version C!) It might just be a bit too A line in shape though.
Lots of potential there, but I think I've now got to the point where I need your help. Do I start scouring eBay and Etsy trying to find one of the vintage patterns that have taken my fancy? Or do you know of a modern pattern that's very similar in style to what I've just described? It doesn't have to be a specific raincoat pattern, it could just be a regular coat pattern that I can make with waterproof fabric. If you have any ideas or suggestions for patterns, please let me know in the comments, I'd be SSOO grateful. Thank you! x