Vintage raincoat

by Handmade Jane on February 7, 2014 · 6 comments

in 1970s,Coats


This is a raincoat I made using a vintage Simplicity pattern (5928) from 1973.

The pattern isn’t specifically for a raincoat – it’s for a tailored coat – but I liked the shape so much I adapted it for my purposes. The coat has some lovely features such as princess seams and in-seam pockets, and has a great flounce about it because of the exaggerated A-line shape.

I shortened it by 4 inches (I’m short and wanted it to be knee length) and had to change the sleeves from two piece to one piece as I just couldn’t get them to set in properly. I used a coated navy waterproof fabric for the main coat and a red floral vintage satin for the lining. It did take me a while to finish it and there were a few hiccups along the way, but the results are worth it – I love it and I’m sure this will be getting a LOT of wear in the rainy UK! More construction details and photos can be found on my blog - Handmade Jane. x

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I've been sewing for two years and am now at the stage where I make most of my own clothes. I love vintage style, vintage fabric and, most importantly, vintage sewing patterns! I'm influenced by most styles from the late 1930's to the early 1960's but if I had to choose the decade that most captures my imagination, it would have to be the 1940's. Looking forward to sharing more of my finished garments with you. x

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Catherine Alekna February 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm

it looks awesome! and the way you styled it with your dress and tights is prefect!


Julie February 8, 2014 at 4:56 am

Elegantly done! Love the lining!!


seamsoddlouise February 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm



Lauriana February 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

Well done!
Is the fabric a kind of cotton with a plastic coating on one side? I found that once (in aubergine and navy) and made an A-line raincoat (from the aubergine coloured fabric). The way your fabric drapes reminds me of that stuff. It was hard to work with because it doesn’t ease at all and you can’t iron it.


Jane February 10, 2014 at 6:44 am

Thank you! Yes it is that kind of fabric. It wasn’t too bad to work with but I suspect the lack of ease was what caused me so much grief with the sleeves! x


Siri Andersen February 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

This looks lovely ;)


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