You may already know I live in rainy Vancouver. On the
wet coast West Coast. I’m sure there is some statistic on the number of rainy days per year, and it’s not a small amount!
I’ve started riding my bike to work, which is awesome! I get to work refreshed, wide awake and pumped to get started. I spend my half-hour ride thinking of what I’ll do when I get into the office, how I’ll respond to inquiries, and of course, what I’ll sew today! (Compare that to six months ago, where I’d spend my forty-five minute drive stuck in traffic, worrying about being late, and bracing myself to sit at a desk all day.)
However, this is what my ride home looked like, one day last week!
The question is, how do I combine my love of biking with the gloomy rainy weather? When I woke up one rainy morning and wondered, should I bike? What should I wear? How am I going to try to look cute and professional and still stay dry?
Of course, I don’t own rain gear. I don’t even own anything remotely close to the right thing to wear!
So what have I been doing? I’ve been borrowing Mr Sewaholic’s rain jacket. It looks exactly like you think it does – like I’m wearing a man’s rain jacket. I feel a bit like a kid in hand-me-down clothes, but I can’t stop wearing it because it’s functional.
Some days I don’t want to leave the office because it’s rainy and wet, and I’m not looking forward to the ride home. The day that photo was taken, everything I wore had to dry out overnight! I was completely soaked by the time I got home. And the funny thing is, I don’t actually mind riding in the rain. A little waterproof mascara, the right gear and I’ll be good to go!
While last week, I admitted I never want to sew knit, padded bike shorts, this seems different. Rain gear seems easier to sew. I bet I can find coated nylon fabrics easier than super-stretchy knits, even locally! Plus, for days where it’s just sprinkling, I could wear something that’s water-resistant, like a lightweight trench-style jacket. Something that can handle a little rain, but not a downpour. Whatever it is, I want something a bit feminine, that doesn’t look like I’m wearing a tarp.
So my question to you is: have you sewn technical outerwear? Was it a success? and do you have any tips, fabric sources or suggestions for sewing rain gear? How about waterproofing seam tape? What kind of features do I need for the perfect rain-jacket?
Most importantly, are you interested in tips and tutorials on rain-gear sewing when I start experimenting? Anything you want to see me try? (Rain gear sew-along, anyone?)
I’ll be back with the next Crescent Skirt Sew-Along post tomorrow!