I wanted to make a lightweight showerproof jacket that didn’t look like camping gear. I used McCall’s 6531 for an unlined jacket and a waterproof fabric in a dark grey/pewter colour. There seemed little point making a rain coat without a hood so using the collar pattern piece as a guide I drafted a 3-piece hood instead. The batwing sleeves are a bit 80’s but actually the shape is pretty nice, particularly with the sleeves rolled up using the sleeve tabs. I will probably end up using the pattern again, however, that’s not to say it’s without flaws. For an unlined jacket (which is what I wanted) there are no directions on how to finish the inside seams which I found a bit disappointing. As I was following the pattern steps blindly I had already sewn it together when I realized this so when I decided that flat-felled seams would be best I ended up doing them on the inside – so there were 3 lines of stitching instead of 2. Having given myself further problems by adding an unlined hood I made some bias binding to create a bound hem at the neckline and a facing for the hood edge. The pattern also suggested a strip of seemingly unfinished facing to flap freely on the inside by the zip. As I imagine I will wear the jacket open a lot of the time I ditched this in favour of more bias binding to encase the zip. I also used cording instead of elastic at the waist and eyelets instead of the buttonholes suggested in the casing. Here’s the finished coat (well almost finished-there are no snaps on the pockets yet as I ran out and am waiting to get some more). Why didn’t I press it? Actually the creases in the photos are the ones the material acquired between the ironing board and the wall – I don’t what the material is but creases will definitely have to be an accepted part of the design.