Ahhh, the joys of Autumn in Berlin: humid with that odd little chill that creeps into your bones topped off with non-stop drizzle & mist from the sky. The perfect weather for a light enough to layer, completely waterproof yet totally funky raincoat…but where does one find such amazing outerwear?
You make it of course, my darlings!
Snag a waterproof fabric shower curtain & a few buttons from your stash
Slice off the edge with the shower curtain hook holes and set it aside for now (it will eventually be re-used as the button-up closure for your raincoat)
Fold the shower curtain in half with right sides facing & the fold at the top. Place a loose fitting cardi or jacket on the center of the folded fabric & use it as a guide to mark either side of the the neckline area + the basic shape of the sleeves & body
Chop out the general shape of your raincoat as shown above (keep the chopped pieces handy to create the funky cowl-esque hood)
Stitch the raw edges together
Slice straight up the middle of the front layer of the raincoat & cut out the shape of your desired neckline
Snag that chopped shower curtain hook piece, cut to size & pin to one side of the front of the raincoat just below the neckline (right sides facing)
W A R N I N G ! W A R N I N G ! W A R N I N G ! W A R N I N G !
Shower curtain material is insanely slippery and thus requires loads of concentration…if you’re paying more attention to keeping that annoyingly slick fabric in place than how close the needle is to your thumb, you just might stitch straight through poor Mr. Thumbkin! Ouch!
This project literally contains my blood, sweat & tears…making it extra
Let’s move on to the hood: Snag the 4 pieces you chopped out to create the basic raincoat shape at the beginning, stitch them together into a large square, fold it in half with wrong sides facing & sew all of the sides together to create a rectangle
Fold the rectangle in half & stitch one end together (you should now have a folded edge & 2 open sides)
Pin the longest open edge of the hood to the neckline of the raincoat & stitch them together
Hem up any raw edges, arrange and stitch on the buttons
Create a fancy belt from the scraps and you could be done…
instead of simply hemming my raw edges I took a trip to insanity town and decided to bind every single seam!
But it was definitely worth it!
I lurv my rockin’ raincoat!