One Little Raincoat? Check.
A few weeks ago Mrs. Moen gave me the idea to use a tablecloth in a sewing project. Which is brilliant really, only I didn’t have any. I was walking around my big box retailer not long after that and found this floral tablecloth. It was big, like seven feet long and five feet wide. And it was $3. And I got an idea.
It was one of those summer picnic staples. You know, the vinyl tablecloth you can wipe right off because it’s waterproof. And that’s when my brain said “Waterproof huh… I bet that would make a good raincoat.” I picked up a little yellow flannel and came home. (If I had dug through my stash again I would have found a yellow sheet that was on my bed in junior high in this exact same color and pattern, but I didn’t think of that.) I had recently purchased this pattern and it was as if the stars had aligned. (The pattern comes with sizes 0-5. I made size one and I’m pretty sure she can wear it for two years at least.) I finished this yesterday during naptime and I couldn’t be happier. Creamie is pretty pleased with it herself.
I love this little face.
It has little gathers in the front and back and at the top of the sleeves. It also has turn up cuffs (good for growing girls and growing arms) and a great big hood.
It is also fully lined and can easily be reversible. Which is brilliant.
Man, I love this girl.
I think I might go get a few more buttons. The pattern only calls for one up at the top, but that’s not going to keep out much rain is it. Of course, buying two or three more buttons is going to cost more than half what I’ve already spent. I figure I used about 25 cents worth of the tablecloth. There is about $1.25 worth of flannel in there. And the buttons are 75 cents each. (I opted to omit the fusible interfacing layer because the tablecloth is pretty sturdy.) So right now we are at a grand total of $3. Man, I love being cheap.
There was only one thing about the pattern that I didn’t really like. After sewing the two layers together all the way around the outside edge it said to turn it right side out through a sleeve. But that hood is pretty good sized and I didn’t want to fight it through a tiny sleeve opening, so I left about six inches open at the bottom and turned it that way. Much easier in my opinion. Also, there is one major downside to sewing on vinyl. When you make a mistake your needle holes are permanent. When I was sewing on one of the sleeves the fabric got a little folded under and stuck in my seam. So after I unpicked it I can still see the tiny little needle holes. Ah well, you can’t see them and Creamie doesn’t care. And it’s not like she needs a completely waterproof coat. She’s not going deepsea diving in it.
So, what am I going to make out of the rest of this tablecloth? I don’t know. Maybe more rainjackets… one in every size.
I’m linking up to Mrs. Moen’s tablecloth challenge. And now I’m going to pretend that it doesn’t feel like Monday. UPDATE: Also I’m going to link this up to Sew&Tell at Amy’s. Both places are full of fun things to look at. So, go look :o)