... actually neither of these gets me down, I love them both. Just as well because it rains a lot here in Seattle. Unfortunately, there is no commensurate increase in the incidence of Sundays. So, baby bear needs a raincoat because playing outside, stamping in puddles and going for walks in the rain is very important activity for a two-year old.
With the best refashionista intentions, I decided to put the tablecloth plan into action - that is, a gorgeous pink gingham and floral cross-stitch print pvc tablecloth that I acquired some weeks ago which was always destined to become wet-weather gear. I knew that I had a raincoat pattern from Children's Clothes: French Style tucked away somewhere (ok, on my usb stick), so I printed it out, enlarged it, cut out the pattern pieces and started sewing. This is the bit that gets me down - the pattern is really crap.
My sewing skills and confidence are not robust enough to cope with a pattern that completely spoils my sewing project. The raglan sleeves on this project are nowhere near deep enough. All that effort wasted (small lesson learned - do not trust this book), even on a small project, is really dismaying, particularly as the pvc fabric can't be replaced.