Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer rain capes ( BurdaStyle 03/2014#137 )

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   I have seen this rain cape in the march issue of Burda Style Magazin 2014 and I just instantly liked it. It looked so comfortable and easy. I could just picture my son playing in something like this in a summer rain. With the pattern review outwear contest and the rainy start of summer here I just remembered the magazine. I had some waterproof fabric in my stash that I bought to experiment with ( never worked with this kind of fabric before ) so everything got moving...

   The pattern sizing is 104-128. This was a bit big my almost 2 years old son but he's growing so fast and I wanted to still fit him in the fall or next spring. I cut size 104. I moved to pockets a little higher so it will look more like his size and I skipped the lower part with the rope. I was long enough like this. I could have made it even smaller and shorter but I liked the idea of him having more room in it.
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   I didn't do the fishnet lining but instead used some think soft cotton fabric. I thought it will be more pleasant on him like this. For the hood lining I used quilt cotton with some nice clouds print. 

I had some trouble with the pockets and to do a few tries with the scraps. Good thing that I did that because they didn't turn out right the 1st try but I was really pleased with them in the end. They look almost professional to me.
I tried to attach some  hammer-­on snap fasteners but it just didn't work well for me. I was considering using something else but because of the really stiff fabric that I used to underline the waterproof fabric at the pockets flaps and zipper cover up for more endurance this pieces stood how they were suppose to stay even without  any fastener so I just leave it out for now and I will try again some other time maybe with better luck and better prepared.
One other thing I like to point out is this really nice trick  to make sure the zipper don't hurt the kid. I seen it done in a RTW jacket and it seems brilliant :
Lovely rain cape in the end.
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I was so pleased with my son cape that I wanted one myself. At first I was thinking of the matching pattern #128 from same issue but it required a lot of fabric 3m ( 3 3/8 yds ) so I just self draft something similar to fit whatever fabric I had left. I wanted to be comfortable and lose as well but maybe I should have done it a bit more fit and some pockets for myself would have been nice. But inn the end I just wanted to do something quick for myself since I will probably wear it just to mach with him a few times to the park when it looks like it may rain a little bit.

Here are some pictures from the park late in the evening when the wind started and we could enjoy our capes:


  1. I have wanted to make a rain cape for sometime now, your post has inspired me. They turned out so nice.

    1. I am so happy you feel inspired to sew. Thanks for your comment.