For the past couple of month’s I have been busy working on a new pattern for the latest Project run and play collaboration. Now its time for us all to reveal our new patterns ahead of the Project smooth sorbet look book launch.
The theme for this collaboration is smooth sorbet, which conjures up some lovely fruity treats. I got to work alongside a talented group of designers who have also created new patterns and garments for the collection and look book – Ajaire Parello, Jennifer DeShazer, Susana Cunha, Kari Steiger, and Audrey from Project run and play.
My pattern contribution is the David raincoat. I first designed this for the Project run and play competition I took part in back in 2019. I made both my kids these raincoats for the competition and both have worn them constantly ever since.
When I am designing patterns for kids one of the most important criteria to me is practicality. I think the David raincoat is probably the most practical pattern I have made so far.
At the time of making the original raincoats both my kids only owned an all round winter coat. I thought it would be useful for them to have a lightweight raincoat. Something that would easily fold into a rucksack when going out in the warmer months. Also a raincoat to wear to school during warmer weather.
My kids both seem fairly adverse to warm coats. So given the choice the David raincoat would win even during the winter!
When I was looking for inspiration for my smooth sorbet collection I came across this stunning fruity laminated cotton from Cloud 9 fabric. I love being creative with my kids, baking yummy treats is a weekly activity. The idea of fruit picking and making our own fruit sorbet during the summer months sounds like fun.
The unlined raincoat pattern:
The raincoat pattern is a unisex two part pattern. The size range is 12 months – 14 years. The main pattern is an unlined version with bound edge detailing.
This version can be made with either of the pocket options included in the pattern. The bound edge curved pockets are shown here. These work nicely with the bound edge feature of the rest of the coat. If you like a super neat finish you can add bound edges to all the seams inside the raincoat too.
For this raincoat I decided to use white for the binding and the zip so as not to detract from the fruity design. However there is opportunity here for colour blocking and mixing different colours.
The lined raincoat pattern:
The lining pattern is available separately. This offers the option of fully lining the raincoat making it a more substantial coat.
For this version I used Merchant and Mills dry oilskin cotton fabric kindly sponsored by The little Kraft shed. who have an amazing selection of different colours. The oilskin fabric is also waterproof. I chose to use a heavy contrast top stitch thread on the raincoat which I matched with the lining and zipper.
This version of the David raincoat is worn with the Parfait polo and Joseph joggers.
The other pocket option is a deep explorer pocket! This pocket has wide gussets at the sides and base meaning there is plenty of room for storing ‘finds’ from whatever adventure your young explorer is on.
The coat is cut reasonably generously partly so there is enough room to add a few extra layers. However I also like that both my kids can (just about) still wear the versions I made a year and a half ago. I am all for getting a longer life out of my kids clothing if possible!
I hope you enjoy the new pattern and the rest of the project smooth sorbet collection.