Hello from rainy California! This day is quite apropos for sharing this raincoat!
I used the now OOP McCall’s 6517 raincoat pattern as the basis for this coat. Don’t be fooled by the pattern’s cover photo (I always look at line drawings) — this is a very good and versatile pattern. I made another hooded raincoat from this pattern a few years ago, but wanted to try something new. I searched for raincoat patterns and discussed the search with other sewing peeps, but surprise — there aren’t very many of them! I was considering purchasing the Papercut Waver pattern, but after thinking about the cost to get that to me, I decided I would just sew another version of this pattern that I already have.
I made this coat with water repellent canvas that I got for a steal from Fabric Mart. It wasn’t the easiest thing to sew with, but it has resulted in a coat that I love to wear, keeps me warm and most importantly — keeps me dry!
This pattern goes up to a size 24 and graded up to a size 26/28. I did a full bicep adjustment, plus a little more ease as my main issue with the first coat that I made from this pattern was that I didn’t have enough room in the sleeves whilst wearing bulkier tops/sweaters.
This pattern is unlined, but I lined mine with some sumptuous polka dot Japanese poly lining from Cali Fabrics. This lining is so awesome. I want to line everything with it. I chose to line the hood with same outer fabric.
Yeah, one of the best things about this coat is the lining!
I had this coat sewn up for probably a month before I decided on buttons for it. I wanted wooden buttons and I had a specific idea in my head of what I wanted them to look like and I couldn’t find them at any of my favorite fabric stores. I ended up finding these on etsy and they are exactly what I was looking for. They are HUGE! Probably larger than they should be. Actually…. I know they’re larger than they should be as my buttonholes extend a little past the button band and into the lining. Ooops! I should have sewn the buttonholes vertically or made a larger band, but hindsight is 20/20 as they say. That doesn’t stop me from rockin’ this raincoat!
The canvas for this coat was a bit of a beast. For a moment I thought this fabric might be too heavy for my coat, but when I was finished and I wore it in inclement weather, I found that it was just perfect for me. I really needed a hooded raincoat that was a little more stylish and I’m happy to have one.
BTW: That’s our new pup, Laddie. 🙂
- Raincoat: OOP McCall’s 6517 in water repellent canvas, made by me
- Dress: McCall’s 7433 in red Rifle Paper Co x Cotton+Steel frock rayon, made by me
- Sunglasses: Birch
- Shoes: Aerosoles