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Robert Coleman
(jbo_c) - F
Simple DIY Rain Jacket on 11/26/2010 06:59:17 MST Print View

I'm looking for a simple DIY wind/rain jacket I can make myself. I've done lots of sewing(just finished a down quilt), but never used a pattern - always just worked out of my head.

How simple are the patterns from OWF and Quest? Other thoughts? I looked at regular patterns at the fabric store, but none seemed very simple at all.

What are your recommendations?



Nancy Twilley

Locale: STL
pattern on 11/26/2010 09:47:03 MST Print View

Well, last winter I made a couple of jackets--a windshirt and a gore-tex shell, and made them both as simple as I could to save weight. No hand pockets, pullover style with a zip at the neck, and the gore-tex jacket has a hood. I had never made anything that complex before, but I didn't have a pattern either.

I just took clothing I already liked and copied it--laid out a shirt which fit me well and traced a pattern on some cotton fabric (adding seam allowances) for the basic lines, added what I wanted, and then put that together as a mock-up. Both jackets worked out pretty well--very functional. I found the most difficult part was getting the right angle for the underarm to get the armpit to go together correctly. Ended up having to add a little patch of fabric on the gore-tex jacket, so now I guess I have gusseted underarms or something!

All in all, I think you're actually better off with a pattern if you can find one which suits you, but it is possible to make your own if you are so inclined.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Simple DIY Rain Jacket on 11/26/2010 10:03:38 MST Print View

I found some patterns by Green Pepper that were useful. One was a hooded rain jacket, so I made one out of sil-nylon and another out of some Pertex that I had laying about.


Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Simple DIY Rain Jacket on 11/26/2010 10:49:32 MST Print View

Roger Caffin did an article on making a simple rain poncho, which is actually more of a jacket than a poncho (actually it's a short cagoule). It has a pattern you can easily adapt.