|Hubby and I at one of our rainy shows. Taken by my amazing friend Deb.|
A few years ago I worked in product development and thus lived and breathed Pantone. I was constantly referring to Pantone guides for the household goods I would create, as it's the only way to ensure uniformity in products from multiple manufacturers. I used to love going to the Chicago Housewares show and checking out Pantone's mega displays of colors and color trends. Now, I've moved on from that life, but I instantly jumped on this week's Sew Weekly challenge.
Not only was the challenge timely to really use the Spring 2012 color trends, but my garment happened to be right on time too. You see, I decided to make my second rain coat. Because apparently working with oil cloth once just wasn't enough. One of the first garments I made when I started sewing clothing in 2012 was a rain coat. I used the Amy Butler Rainy Days pattern which is pretty straightforward. But what they don't tell you in sewing 101 (or maybe that do... I never really took sewing 101) is that oil cloth, while fairly easy to work with, definitely comes with it's challenges. The two main ones:
1. The inability to use pins. Any holes you make in oil cloth stay there. So swap out the pins for alligator/binder clips. When cutting your fabric, tape the pattern pieces with little bits of scotch tape. It makes it so much easier!
2. It's sticky. On your machine and metal that is. So either stick some scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot or use a plastic presser foot. My new machine came with the latter so I was eager to try it out.
3. You can't iron your oilcloth... or it'll melt. So once you've sewed a bit, but back your seam allowances and finger press your seams.
Even knowing these two things though, the main thing with oil cloth is you can't be a speed demon. Because it's tacky you have to slow it down a bit or it'll get lumps and bunches while you're sewing. Or maybe that's just me? But really, this project was done in slow motion. Every time I worked on a bit in cotton you could hear me exclaim 'wooooohoooo!!' and then I'd repeat the process in the oil cloth and a groan would come out from the sewing room. And gathering in oil cloth? A whole 'nother story.
So, back to my garment and how it meets this week's requirements. So I used the Prince Charming Dew Drops laminated cotton fabric from Fabric.com. The fabric happens to have three of the Spring 2012 pantone colors in it: Sodalite Blue, Solar Power and Cockatoo. The fabric itself looks more green online, but it is in-fact mostly blue, teals and yellow.