Tilly and the Buttons Eden Rainbow & Raindrops Jacket
When I saw it I knew I had to make a version for myself. I went for the short version as I wanted a casual walking coat style.
I decided to use soft shell fabric and after days of indecision on to what design to use, I went for my initial favourite. The raindrops! What a surprise! I should write a blog post about the amount of clouds/rain/rainbows or any other weather related items I made over the years! It's quite a stack!
For the lining I went for our rainbow stripe stretch jersey. I was also considering using some Japanese cotton sateen or the Remix Rainbow stripes quilt cotton from Robert Kaufman would have worked well too but because the soft shell has a touch of elasticity, I opted for the jersey lining. I like confy casual clothes and a full range of movement at all times!
The pattern was quite easy to follow so soon enough I got to the stage of giving birth to the alien! If you make this pattern, you'll know what I'm talking about! lol
The next difficult decision was choosing the button colours! I decided to use my Prym love snap buttons. They look great, crazy simple to use and they are super strong and hardwearing. I was pondering between teal/blues or red/pink... In the end, it was a no brainer, just had to be red buttons right?
It has pockets! Just like the Pink Coat Club pins say.
I couldn't be happier with the end result and am already thinking that i want to make the long version one with our new geometric soft shell. I just love sewing with soft shell. It's soft (dah!), easy to sew multiple layers through the sewing machine, even though it gets quite thick with the fleece back, I find it compresses down quite well and it's still a dream to sew.
You can iron and apply steam to soft shell fabric, although it's harder to get a crisp fold compared with other fabrics like cotton so I decided to topstitch most seams, even the ones that were probably not needed. I think that gave the coat a sharper finish.
Overall pretty happy how my Eden Project went and I cant wait for the next one!