Turquoise Raincoats

Snipped out coats

Snipped out coats

A friend suggested that I make Hitty raincoats out of some printed nylon street banners that were on their way to the discard bin…  I was able to salvage four Hitty coats worth of beautiful turquoise fabric, and took some pictures of the process of sewing them into raincoats…The pattern is based on “Pauline’s felt coat pattern” available for free on the Hittygirls.com website.  I modified that pattern by lengthening the sleeves and adding a collar. And I made a little matching hat.

Collar stitching

Collar stitching

The first thing I did was sew the collars to the collar linings…

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Sleeve Edges

Sleeve Edges

Then stitched the sleeve edges…

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Underarm and sleeve seam pinning

Underarm and sleeve seam pinning

Then sewed raincoat fabric to raincoat fabric, and lining to lining at the sides and under the arm, here it is pinned and ready to stitch.

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Underarm and sleeve seam pressing

Underarm and sleeve seam pressing

And here it is stitched and pressed. I was sure to clip into the corner so it would turn easily.

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Pulling the lining inside

Pulling the lining inside

Then, sticking my thumb into the raincoat sleeve fabric I pulled the lining ever so slightly into the sleeve – now it already looks like a raincoat!

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Sewing the outside edge

Sewing the outside edge

This bit is tricky, you have to flip the sleeves to the inside and pin the lining to the coat inside out! It looked like a real lumpy mess at this point but I did not despair! I sewed all round the outside edge EXCEPT in the collar area.

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Collar pinning

Collar pinning

When the outside edge seam was stitched, I clipped the curves and snipped the corners. Then I reached into the collar area and grabbed the sleeves and pulled them out through the neck, the rest of the coat followed out too!  After pressing the coat flat, I pinned both layers of the collar to the lining fabric at the neck hole, leaving the raincoat fabric free. Then stitched through both layers of collar, and the coat lining.

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Collar Stitching

Collar Stitching

Hand-sewing the collar lining to the raincoat fabric on the outside is the last step, other than adding a button and buttonhole.

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Turquoise Resplendence

Turquoise Resplendence

Linnea is pretty happy with the result. She thinks it is very useful to have a good raincoat to wear in the frequent April Showers.

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14 thoughts on “Turquoise Raincoats

  1. Linnea sure is lucky to be kept dry in such splendour. I wonder if she is thinking about how nice the coat would be reversed, for dry days.

  2. You’ve left no seams undone or directions unfinished! We all should be blooming with raincoats with this clearly presented and also lovely, little outerwear instructional. Thank you! It’s so wonderful to be prepared for the showers that be.

  3. The lining is gorgeous too. It looks like rain clouds! Thanks for the tutorial. I want to try it one of these days when all is calm around here. Ha!

  4. your directions and photos are SO clear that you make even ME believe she could make one of these coats.
    Great tutorial!

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