How to DIY your Own Raincoat

When it comes to designing something as appealing and effective as womens raincoat, you will realise that it is not as easy as it looks. This is why today, we take you through easy steps to designing one for you and your loved ones as you get ready to face the rainy season.

Choose a Fabric

There is a large variety of fabrics suitable for rain gear on the market today, including polyester, PVC and coated cottons, most of which are readily available. Note, however, these vary widely in terms of texture, weight and their ease of cutting and sewing. You want to choose waterproof fabrics to keep you dry. When a storm hits you, the most natural thing to do is to cover yourself up with the raincoat. This is where the breathability factor comes in. Breathability is more about the frequency of the evaporation of the warmth felt underneath. A low breathability rating will mean enduring humidity. If you are not ready to have these non-breathable materials on you and are just looking for something you can wear in light rain, you can look for the water-resistant fabrics or those that repel water, such as, waxed cotton.

Cut the Fabric

Some materials can feel sticky and others slippery. In this case, you may need to cut it laid out. For the water repellent materials, avoid pinning, as doing so will leave holes that will allow water from the rain to sip in. Instead, hold the edges with pattern weights, such as a heap of books. Also, instead of using scissors, take advantage of a rotary cutter for more accuracy. You can use a pre-existing piece of cloth, such as a large jacket to get the measurements right trough tracing the back, front, sleeves and the hood. Use this pattern to cut two symmetrical fronts, one symmetrical back, two symmetrical hood pieces and two symmetrical sleeves.

Iron the Seems

The next step after cutting your pieces is to close the seams using an iron, instead of sewing. Remember, you want to avoid leaving holes that will allow the rainwater to sip through. Find a flat surface that can handle heat and place your fabric to melt the seams together. Before attaching the hood to the jacket, melt it together. If the material you are using cannot be attached using an iron, use a presser foot to do so. Alternatively, if the material is light, use French seams. These make it hard for water to sip through. You can also create a robust finish using an overlocker to finish the seam allowance. Given that overlockers and French seams are bulky, do not use them on heavy fabrics.


How good is the fabric you are using at keeping you dry? Waterproof it by running it under the tap. Should you notice dampness, get a re-proofer spray as soon as you are done stitching the coat. The other product you could use to achieve an absolute waterproof quality is a sealant or an adhesive tape. Use either to tape the seams on the inside part of your fabric.

Making womens raincoat should be this easy. However, you also want to ensure that it serves you for long. In that case, if it is washable, be sure to only use specialist cleaners, soap flakes and non-biological detergents.

How to Style Up Your Raincoat

The colour of your raincoat should fit with the overall wear. In this section, we look at the universal colours for womens raincoat that match well with any outfit.

With Tees and Rain Boots

A yellow womens raincoat and rain boots are an excellent combination as you expect to walk on a wet ground. The same colour match is perfect, or you can try a mix and match. You can wear a t-shirt beneath the coat and pair them with skinny jeans. A white or striped t-shirt and blue jeans will leave the yellow coat as a statement piece.

Style it with a formal outfit

It doesn’t matter whether you wear your clear raincoat with your powered-up working outfits or with a more casual ensemble. A clear raincoat gives you an opportunity to stay safe from the rain while showing off your sense of style, whether on duty or off duty.