It is made using the same self-drafted pattern I used for my own raincoat, with just a few minor fitting adjustments. All the details are identical to my own coat; the seams in the shell are French seams, waterproofed with Seam Grip, and the coat is fully lined with soft and lightweight white polyester net.
Cassie chose the colour herself and I am happy with the knowledge that she is unlikely to get run over crossing the road whilst wearing this ;)
There was a hiccup; the making of this second raincoat did not go as smoothly as the first. You know how the second time you do a thing everything is supposed to go much much quicker and easier?
Halfway through, my ironing cloth slipped a bit and I managed to iron a hole in one almost-completed front. It was a very small hole, but it was. An. Unmistakeable. HOLE! When I saw this; steam started to emit from the ol' ears and I had to walk away to calm down for a few hours.
Once I had regained some composure, I returned to the coat and thought about possibilities. Y'know when life gives you lemons there is always a silver lining, or something or another, yeah? And I surprised myself with my own ingenuity by coming up with the idea of a little pocket for her iPod. Where the offending hole was, there is now a welt, covering a little internal pocket. It closes with a little mini-strip of velcro, with enough room at the top for the headphone cord to come out. And fortuitously, the welt is in the perfect position where its vertical opening is covered by the zip placket when the zip is closed, improving waterproof-ability. Yowza! It's like I planned it all along!!
Below left; I made the welt as small as I could that could still fit the iPod sliding in sideways, the pocket bag hangs below and to the side... Below right; I stitched the top of the pocket bag to the lining to help reduce the drag effect of having the pocket bag off to the side of its opening. Fortunately, iPods are very lightweight!
And y'know what? I am even more ecstatically happy that none of my boys wants or needs a raincoat, and that this is the end of raincoats. At least for now. I'm raincoat-ed out. I want to make something fun and easy and selfishly frivolous now!
Later, fellow self-fashionistas!