I’m nervous. I’m nervous because I have never made a raincoat before. I’m nervous because I’ve never used a fabric quite like this before. And while I’ve made some t-shirts, skirts, vests, things like that, I don’t consider myself much of a garment sewer.
But there’s a time for everything I guess. And I plan to learn.
This particular pattern is in the current issue of “Stitch” magazine. The fun part about getting a pattern online is that you get to print it out one page at a time and piece it together. This pattern was 66 pages…nice round number. But a heck of a lot of sheets to get in perfect registration and piece together!
It’s impossible to work from a pattern that’s taped so the next step is to trace the master and create solid pattern pieces — both lining and main fabric.
Next comes the task of sewing out a “muslin” or a test pattern. My muslin is of the outer fabric only. I just want to make sure it will fit properly.
I have a “body double” which I used to work on the assembly. So far so good.
Once I got the main pieces sewn together, it was obvious that it was too long. The rest of it seems to fit OK for a jacket. I wanted it to be roomy.
Muslin is complete, but I’ll have to lop off about 3 inches from the hem–I am slightly vertically challenged. Stay tuned. Ready to start with real fabric! It’s supposed to rain for the next two days.
Maybe that’s a sign.