This raincoat is Saf-T-Pockets Pattern #2001 - The Portlandia Coat.
The goal of Saf-T-Pockets Patterns is to include numerous pockets in the design so you can keep your cash and other small valuable items safe and secure on your clothes and with you at all times. This coat is completely reversible and has 6 pockets all together. Two patch pockets with zippers on one side and on the reverse side, four pockets (two patch pockets with two hidden pockets inside of those).
The fabric I used was a reversible home dec fabric. Once the coat was made, I sprayed it with Scotchgard to give it some waterproofing. There are four buttons at the front neck (two on one side and two on the reverse side). I do feel that it needs more buttons down the front - when the wind blows, the coat flys open in the front unless you are holding it.
This coat has ALOT of room. I made a small and could easily wear a bulky sweater and a down coat underneath it and still have room!
The hood is also very roomy. I feel like a Monk when I wear it!
Here's a view of the reverse side.
All of the seams on this coat are flat felled - that's what makes it reversible.
The hood has a band of elastic sewn to the top portion of it. This helps pull in some of the fabric, but I still think there is way too much hood. When the wind is blowing, the front portion of the hood completely covers my face so I have to hold it with my hand to see where I'm going. No rain is touching my head for sure!
The box pleat in the back makes an inverted pleat on the reverse side.
Here you can see how the hem and front bands turn and form a decorative feature on the reverse side.
Come on Mother Nature - throw us some significant rain producing storms! Otherwise, I'm going to have to wash my car. Oh wait a minute, I can't do that either - now we are in drought mode so we need to conserve what little water we have.
Maybe if everyone out there does a rain dance we'll get some rain? I'm up for anything at this point!