How to Make Raincoats

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How to Make Raincoats
Waterproof fabrics used for raincoats allow some air to pass through so the fabric can breathe. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A raincoat is a water-resistant or waterproof jacket worn to keep the body dry in the rain. In 1836, Charles Macintosh created a material made from a hybrid of rubber and plastic. His invention allowed for the advent of the raincoat. Modern raincoats are made from rubber and plastic waterproof fabrics such as coated nylon and Gore-Tex. Although the typical raincoat is yellow, rain coats can come in a variety of colours. Raincoats are typically paired with waterproof rain boots. A translucent raincoat can be made at home using clear plastic.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pattern paper
  • Marker
  • Heavy-duty clear plastic
  • Pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Thread
  • Buttons
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Buy a pattern and cut out the pattern pieces. Or take your body measurements with a tape measure, transfer onto pattern paper, and cut out. There should be four pieces: two pieces for the front and two for the back.

  2. 2

    Pin the pattern pieces on top of the plastic and cut out the plastic fabric pieces. Cut the front and back of the sleeves into the body of the jacket to save time and have less sewing.

  3. 3

    Sew the side seams of the jacket, forming the sleeves. Then stitch down the back to connect the pieces together.

  4. 4

    Sew material down the edges of the outline of the front opening to create the coat's border.

  5. 5

    Make five holes on the left side of the coat, about 2 inches apart. Sew buttons onto the right side of the coat, lining up with the button holes.

  6. 6

    Cut out two cone-shaped pieces of plastic to make a hood. Stitch together the hood to one side of the coat collar, leaving the other open to place it over the head.

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