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Has anyone on here ever made their own rain jacket? I think I'm going to take on the challenge, not only because I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a nice one, but for something to do. I'm fairly skilled on my sewing machine. I've been looking at patterns. So far I think the Rainier Wind/Rain Suite by The Green Pepper (I may make pants later on) looks pretty good. I also like the Fairbanks Pullover by The Green Pepper. It looks to me like the only difference between the two are the cuffs on the sleeves and stitching on the hood. The Fairbanks looks a little easier (less stitching). Does anyone have any other suggestions for a good pattern? I might make some alterations and add Velcro cuffs.
Then there is the fabric. I live an hour and twenty minutes from The Rain Shed and I've looked at their fabrics and e-mailed back/forth with one of their employees. Of their fabrics it's between the Avalite and Supplex. Has anyone worn anything made out of either of these fabrics? Quest Outfitters has Stormshield, Dry-X, and other WPB. I'd like to stay under $12-$13/yard and I'm going to go with a green color, earth-tone, not a bright/lime looking green. I'm fairly small, so I should be able to make the entire jacket for under $40-$50.
Some fabrics require a liner too. That will make it more work and cost more. Anyway, any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.