April Showers Raincoat

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April showers bring May flowers, and a great excuse to make myself a super cute new rain coat.  I picked up the Amy Butler Rainy Days Hooded Raincoat Pattern (or make one for your kids) at my local fabric store, along with some great fabric.

For my exterior, I went with a polyurethane laminate. I used the Michael Miller Dumb Dot  in Sea.  The interior of my jacket is a basic poplin (or quilting cotton), Backyard Party from the Michael Miller Backyard Baby line by Patty Sloniger.

This project had several firsts for me.  It was my first time working with laminate fabric (which I used for the exterior), my first time setting sleeves, and the first time I’ve installed a hood.




I really had a great time putting this together.  The only thing I haven’t done yet is to install the buttons.  I don’t really need them, since the belt holds the jacket together.  That gives me the luxury of taking the time to figure out  my button hole foot before I add them.  I’d hate to ruin such a nice coat with ugly button holes.


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  1. Diane on April 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful!! So springy!

    • Andrea on April 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Diane!

  2. Becca on April 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

    This is so CUTE! Polka dots are perfect for a raincoat. You can’t help but smile while wearing a coat like that. Perfect for brightening your mood on a rainy day. 🙂 I agree, take your time with the buttonholes. I hate it when I destroy a beautiful garment by rushing on the buttonholes.

    • Andrea on April 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks so much. Now I just need to decide what to make with my left over laminate. I think I might need a matching lunch sack.

  3. O! Jolly! on April 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    That raincoat is so cheerful and perfect for a rainy day!

    • Andrea on April 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Thanks, O! I really do love this coat.

  4. Rachel on April 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    You set sleeves, and installed a hood for the first time with a laminate? I think that deserves an award of some sort!

    I LOVE your coat.

    • Andrea on April 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Thanks so much! I’m sure my husband would say that the coat is reward enough – fabric isn’t cheap you know.

  5. Susan on May 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I agree, this is sooooo cute! Very nice work!

    • Andrea on May 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much Susan! And, by the way, I love how you’re wedding dress came out.

  6. Buttons on May 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Love it! That is one of my favourite colours right now, it matches my kitchen almost! I have been coveting a long, beautiful raincoat for a while now. I definitely need one up here!

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    • Andrea on May 6, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Thanks for stopping by. You should definitely make this raincoat. It’s got 4 different lengths you can make, one that would go all the way to my ankles, so if you want long, you’ve got it.

      • Buttons on May 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        Awesome! I love the length you used, it looks perfect over your dress! Great for a rainy night out!

  7. Stitches on May 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I love it! you did such a great job. The polka dots are adorable. I am such a sucker for Amy Butler!

    • Andrea on May 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by. This is the second Amy Butler pattern I’ve used, and I absolutely love the quality of the finished products I get.

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