Well, may-be I could have fussed a bit more with the hood, but 10 seconds is not a whole lot of time to get yourself into position if you still have to deal with part of the garment. The vest, obviously, is a little large on me, but it isn't for me. Come to think of it - it may not be such a bad idea for rain wear. It covers your hair completely, so: Option 1. No worries about getting your styled hair wet and messy; Option 2. You can hide the non-styled hair, and no-one will be the wiser. The face is completely hidden. Again - not so bad: Option 1. All the efforts of beautification will not get washed off on your way to wherever during a rainstorm; Option 2. No need to wear make-up, because nobody can see your face anyway. Mind you, you also can't see where you're going, but that's another story. OK, so may-be we won't be starting any new fads here with this style, but I did my best to produce what my son wanted. Time to pack it up and send it off. Hope he's happy with the results.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I used the KwikSew shirt pattern. The hood that's included was nowhere large enough, so I went looking in my drawers of patterns. It turns out that I have a Folkwear Pattern for the Kinsale cloak. It has a huge hood.
I cut out the paper pattern, held it up to my head and decided that it would do. The hood is self lined. I attached the two layers on the inside at the seam allowance of the back seam - only a few inches from the point down, but that keeps the layers from shifting around. I didn't gather anything as per instructions. I did have to make 2 pleats in the hood at the back of the neck, so that it would fit into the neck opening of the shirt pattern.
I added a zipper at centre front. Kangaroo pockets as per View B (I believe), and the slits are also part of the original pattern. We have a Burberryesque plaid lining (yes, I matched at the side seams).
I finished off the armholes with bias strips. The outer fabric is some plasticky polyester, so the ripples at the topstitching were inevitable. I had to keep pinning to an absolute minimum, because the pinholes did not disappear. Quite a problem for lining up the pockets, so I resorted to my least favourite method of taping (yes, good old Wonder Tape, which, miraculously, I found in a drawer). I suppose I could have added all sorts of tabs and snaps and whatnot, but I really just wanted to get this done as quickly as possible, and in my opinion, all those do-dads only make for more places that something can rip. One major problem in sewing such "creations" is having to really think the whole time. There were a number of instances where I had to stop and think through the order in which I should be doing certain sewing, because ripping out was not an option!