The David raincoat pattern – Project run and play collaboration.

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.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

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!

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

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.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

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.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

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.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

The unlined David raincoat is worn here with a Swiss dot cotton Fragola top and stretch denim Bacca shorts both patterns are part of the Smooth sorbet collection.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

The lined raincoat pattern:

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

The lining pattern is available separately. This offers the option of fully lining the raincoat making it a more substantial coat.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

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.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

This version of the David raincoat is worn with the Parfait polo and Joseph joggers.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

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.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

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!

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

I hope you enjoy the new pattern and the rest of the project smooth sorbet collection.

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

 

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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