- Pattern: Lady Skater, 3/4 sleeve, Kitschy Coo
- Fabric: Cotton jersey from Joann
- Modifications: Added pockets
- Comments: Can’t resist these Halloween prints. Accessorizes well with black cats!
The Silkara, on the other hand, was dead simple to sew and looks soooo nice. I may need to make something else with that as the main fabric!
While I found the Minoru pattern generally pretty easy (the sewalong is also full of helpful hints) and fitting it is simple (ragalan sleeves! fitted at the waist with easily-adjustable elastic!), I wouldn’t use it for a raincoat again. This is mainly because of the gathers at the collar; they were very hard to handle with the waterproof fabric and now that I’ve had to go over that seam several times I’m a bit concerned with how waterproof it will be. The pattern would make a nice medium-weight jacket in canvas or light wool, though!
I do think it’s a bit silly that the only pockets included in the pattern are little velcro patch pockets on the inside. I guess the designer was probably trying to keep the jacket as simple as possible? In that vein, if you’re thinking of making your own version, there are lots of ways to jazz it up that many people have already done–for example:
I read a lot of other people’s project details before starting mine, and a lot of advice on sewing with waterproof fabric. Thanks to all the bloggers who detailed their modifications; that made it easy to adapt them to my own.
Someone posted that if you’re embarking on making a raincoat, you just need to accept that it’ll probably cost more than something off-the-rack AND it won’t be perfect. While I’m overall happy with this jacket, there are two ways it’s not ideal: it’s a little snugger than I’d like (especially in the upper arms–not usually an issue for me) and the topstitching is frankly awful. But I can still get it on over my fleece jacket, and luckily the topstitching is nearly invisible unless you get up way too close. 🙂 Plus, it fits much better than anything off-the-rack that I’ve tried! So I’m at peace with it.
A zipper pocket on the inside! It’s at an angle because I anchored it to one of the side seams in addition to the waistband (originally it was loose, but that felt a little weird–I can only imagine it would be worse with something actually in the pocket). Just a convenient spot to stash your mad money/backup ID/credit cards/lightweight stolen goods/etc.!