Fun basic rain jacket

A review of Waver Jacket

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Reviewed by rbjaneite on 22nd March, 2020

This jacket was half cut out in my storage room for over a year (don’t judge me – I had a baby!), and I just got around to sewing it up.  I made the short version of the Waver jacket with the following changes:

  • I omitted the drawstring waist for a more a-line shape
  • I omitted the topstitching on the body of the jacket
  • I added some embroidery to the patch pockets to complement the lining (and, in all honesty, to fudge over some dodgy machine topstitching I tried first…)
  • I used poppers (Prym anorak 15mm) instead of buttons and buttonholes

I don’t think I changed the sizing at all.  The sleeves are just long enough (I have long arms), and the fit of the body is roomy enough for layers underneath without swamping me.

I really like the cut of the hood on this jacket.  It’s curved enough that it stays forward on your head without the need for a drawstring, and doesn’t block too much peripheral vision.

This jacket sewed up nicely with clear instructions and pattern markings.  My fabric is a light/medium weight coated sparkly number purchased from the Cloth House when they used to have the outlet in Camden – I think it was just a couple of £ per meter.  I got the lining there also, a lovely smooth gold cotton.  I think this will be good for spring showers, but I wouldn’t particularly trust it in a heavy downpour.

All in all, I recommend this pattern as a nicely-designed basic raincoat pattern, suitable for a confident beginner or intermediate sewist.  Thanks Papercut Patterns!

This photo shows the sparkle of the fabric a bit better

I used a super-smooth cotton lining