Rubber clothes primarily consist of coats and trousers, articles of clothing usually worn on the outside in order to protect the wearer from getting wet during a storm. Making your own rubber rain clothing can be accomplished relatively simply as long as you have access to a sewing machine and know where to find the patterns and material. Most craft and hobby stores will special order clothing-grade rubber for you in practically any colour you want.
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Things you need
- Clothing pattern
- Straight pins
- Rubber material
- Sewing machine
- Nylon thread
- Buttons or zipper
Open the package containing the clothing patterns you will need to make the clothing. These patterns are available at any craft or hobby store, or can be found online. Each one is useful for creating clothing in several different sizes.
Pin the patterns from the package to the back of the rubber material, spacing them closely together in order to avoid wasting too much material. In addition, it is best to avoid pinning the pattern completely through the rubber material, as this will leave behind a hole. Instead, run the pin horizontally along the fabric backing of the rubber material until it catches in the fabric backing of the material. If the rubber you are using has no fabric backing, avoid using pins, and cut the form carefully without them.
Cut out each of the patterns of the rubber material to the correct size you need using the scissors. Take care to cut exactly where the pattern tells you to so the clothing will fit correctly and look good.
Load the sewing machine with the nylon thread. Use the instructions included with your sewing machine to accomplish this, or look online under your sewing machine's model number to determine how to route the thread through the machine.
Place the sides of the clothing you cut out of the patterns together after removing the pins. When sewing, it is important you sew the clothing inside-out. This way, the seam where the parts of the pattern come together will be on the inside of the clothing when it is completed and turned right side-out.
Sew the pattern pieces together according to the instructions included with the pattern. Typically, you will find you should keep the sewing foot's edge at the edge of the seam, leaving approximately 3/16 inch between the stitch and the seam. Do not deviate from the pattern package's instructions, or you risk the rubber clothes not coming out looking correct.
Sew the buttons or zipper onto the raincoat, again according to the instructions, to complete the coat's construction.
Tips and warnings
- When constructing a raincoat, choose a size that is slightly larger than your usual coat size. This will give you room to fit thicker clothing underneath the raincoat during colder weather.
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