If it were raining on the moon…

from sarah the sewist

And I were an astronaut stuck in that lunar rainstorm, I’d have just the thing to wear.

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You may remember a few months ago that Josh and I scored a serious haul of fabric from Rose City Textiles that was rather eclectic. Basically, it was a bunch of random, slightly sporty stuff that was only a buck a yard. Among that was some lovely satin waterproof stuff of unknown fiber content—I can guarantee that there’s absolutely nothing natural. Anyway, I got about eight yards each of brown and blue. The brown is super-classy; the blue, not so much.

Anyway, it’s started raining like all get out here in PDX, and I only have one raincoat (living in Santa Fe for three years will do that) that I have had since college. It’s pretty ugly and has no hood, which kind of defeats the purpose of a raincoat in my book, since I’m a disaster with umbrellas (they always break on me). I keep it at work for rain emergencies, when I have to run across the street for coffee and the rain is just too torrential.

I bought a few of the Built by Wendy Patterns at the Fabric Depot when they were having one of their $2 Simplicity pattern sales. I’ve used all of them that I bought that day (someday I’ll tell y’all about my waaaaay too low rise BBW jeans debacle—use your imagination) except 3694, which is a hoodie/dress pattern. I figured this would a be a quick and easy raincoat—which it really was. Well, beyond the little incident Josh shared with the world today. How mortifying.

I just think the whole thing looks fairly ridiculous, though.

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With the floppy, A-line sleeves, I could take flight (maybe that would come in handy on the moon?).

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Anyway, the jacket served my purposes, a new raincoat with an actual hood for under $5.

A few “design” notes: I top stitched the fronts of the raincoat, as well as the sleeves, where they attach to the body of the coat. I finished all of the seams with navy bias tape, which does go a long way in making the jacket look more professional, and less goofy. It’s a good thing, too, because this fabric ravels, ravels, ravels. I’m hoping that the finishing job helps to keep the whole thing from falling apart. I also used a parka-style separating zipper, which looks fairly snazzy, although it does add to the overall moon rainstorm effect.

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(Random weirdness: in this last picture you can see peeking out from under my new lunar raincoat, I’m wearing my Brandon Roy rookie t-shirt. Woo-hoo! Trail Blazer training camp starts this week!)

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3 thoughts on “If it were raining on the moon…

  1. The “little incident” was too funny. But congratulations on finishing up your new raincoat. No surprise: it’s been raining like crazy here in Seattle too. I need to visit this Bolt of yours. Really need to visit. Should save up some $$ first.

  2. It looks like your friend is ready to go outside and play. Now that you have the rain coat, you can even do it in the rain. Great jacket. You’ve been very busy!

    Ronda(from pattern review)

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