Hi everyone,
After a month away, I’m back with this Kwik Sew lined children’s raincoat in a soft PVC. I love making clothes for my children, and after quite a few dresses and PJs recently I wanted a new challenge. Working with a new fabric, sewing a coat lining and applying poppers has helped me learn quite a few new skills in a short space of time.
The Sewing Pattern for this is Kwik Sew Childrens & Dolls Sewing Pattern 3941. It comes in two styles and also has an 18” doll version. Great for little ones to match their outfit to their favourite toy. As it’s fully lined I decided to opt for a plain block colour on the outside and a flowery print on the inside. I think you could have a lot of fun with the lining fabric with this one and coordinate the popper colours (or use mixed colours).
For this make I used Glossy Soft PVC Fabric in Royal Blue and Mini Daisy Flower Print Polycotton Fabric in Royal Blue for the lining. Working with soft PVC takes a little getting used to. It was like I’d accidentally found myself in tricky fabrics week on the Sewing Bee! Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
You don’t need a special needle, a size 80 needle regular needle works fine.
Getting a Teflon foot for your sewing machine really helps it glide through without sticking too much. You can buy generic clip-on ones quite cheaply online.
Pins make holes in the PVC, so try using wonder clips instead to hold everything in place.
If you haven’t sewn with PVC before I’d definitely recommend practising on some scraps first.
I found stitching right sides together and topstitching not too problematic, but sewing layers was much harder as the PVC wanted to twist and warp. My advice is to take it slowly and keep stopping with the needle down and foot up to adjust the fabric. Don’t be put off at the pockets stage – it gets easier.
Fit isn’t too much of an issue with this pattern as it’s quite a loose fitting style. It comes in sizes XXS, XS, S, M and L. I made size M for my 6 year-old (she’s quite tall and wears age 8 clothes). It is a little roomy, but after all the effort of making it I didn’t want her to grow out of it in 5 minutes.
The construction method is quite straightforward, but attaching the lining takes a little getting your head around if you haven’t worked like this before. You need to leave a gap in the side seam to pull it all through at the end. The sleeves in particular seem like some kind of magic trick! Just take it slowly, one step at a time, read the instructions carefully and it does all come together in the end.
Don’t iron the PVC – it melts!
Don’t use pins – try wonder clips instead to hold the PVC together.
Get a Teflon foot for your sewing machine to stop the PVC sticking.
If you’re using the Prym pliers for the first time I would recommend this YouTube video to help get the popper attachment method right.
2m of PVC will give you a bit spare for practice/fixing mistakes.
Happy sewing,
Alice x