Thursday, 17 June 2010
This project has been in the works for some time. Last year, my Goretex jacket wore out completely. No amount of ironing or patching could stop it leaking under heavy rain conditions.
I was a bit sad about this, as my husband bought it for me on our honeymoon (he is a very practical man re presents) and it cost nearly 2 weeks wages. I guess it was good to get 18 years of hard wear from it!
I ordered some Gortex from Seattle Fabrics, thinking of making a replacement something like the one in the photo (credit Mountain Designs)
Unfortunately, although I had intended to order 3yards of sober green, with 1 yard of purple for possible colour blocking, the colours were reversed in the order I received. Also, the contrast was rather more striking than I expected.
I managed all summer without a jacket, but now I am about to take a trip, and had to return to the jacket, or horrors, buy another one (not 2 weeks wages anymore, but still very pricey, and of course, no purchased jacket will fit)
I decided to avoid colour blocking, and go with the purple, not really having any choice, 1 yard is not enough for a jacket.
However, I seem to have been struck by whimsy, now that sobriety in this jacket is not possible.
I have used the patterned cord for the drawsting, and am putting buttons on the gathered pockets (see Burda and Mary Nanna for this idea)
Above are the more sombre options, but I am leaning towards frivolous or even novelty. I wonder should a 39 year old woman wear orange and purple flower buttons on a purple raincoat? I guess I can always change them if I feel too silly.
What do you think?