1970s | Coats

Vintage raincoat

February 7, 2014


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

  1. 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.

    1. 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

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