Flower Gasket Rain Jacket





Introduction: Flower Gasket Rain Jacket

This instructable teaches you how to make a clever and durable hooded rain jacket out of simple and inexpensive materials.

This project was conceived during my studies at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation in 2006 (and is the reason why I had access to a Laser Cutter - no longer).

Step 1: Materials

Materials for the Flower Gasket Rain Jacket are listed as follows:

1. E.V.A. Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Foam Sheet, 2mm Thickness, with a variety of colors to choose from (this may come in stock sizes, try to get Approximately 4+ yards material)

2. PVC Clear Vinyl, 12 Gauge or thinner. This should be very flexible, with little rigidity. Approximately 4+ Yards material.

3. Sewing Pins

4. Heavy Duty Nylon Thread

5. Fabric Measuring Tape

6. Tape (optional) - for taping together printed pattern

7. Fabric Shears

8. Printer (or large plotter is easy if accessible) to print pattern

9. Heavy Duty Sewing Machine for Leather/Canvas (if you do not have a heavy duty machine, consult a tailor/upholsterer for assistance)

Computer and Drawing Software (I used AutoCAD, and then Adobe Illustrator to create pattern)
Laser Cutter (to cut patterns)

I purchased the E.V.A foam and PVC Vinyl from Canal Rubber in New York, NY. There are many other rubber/vinyl distrubutors of this kind.

Step 2: Pattern Making

The Flower Gasket Rain Jacket was a pun on the idea of a gasket that serves as a waterproof seal between two parts and a rain jacket that serves as a waterproof seal between a person and their environment. I decided to use various gasket types as a module for creating my own pattern based off of the flowery rendition of brocade. The pattern you create will suit your own wishes - that is the fun of DIY!

Using the computer and programs like AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator, I was able to trace, rotate, scale and combine the gaskets into a pattern that I found appealing. In this pattern you can see that the different lines have different weights or thickness; this determines what intensity the laser cutter will cut. The lighter the line, the less intensity of the laser. In this case the light lines were only scored, while the heavy lines were fully cut through.

Step 3: Measurements

At this point you will need to take your measurements to get an idea of the sizing of your jacket pattern. If you have a form, this can be useful, though it is not necessary - I did not use a form to create my jacket pattern. However, I did base the jacket design off of another jacket that I have - this is very helpful for those of us who are not actually fashion designers!

You will need to measure your bust/chest, waist and hips as well as the following as shown in the diagram below:

1. Neck to Shoulder

2. Shoulder Width

3. Back Width

4. Waist Length

5. Jacket Length

6. Over Arm

7. Shoulder to Elbow

8. Sleeve Outseam

9. Sleeve Inseam

10. Wrist

11. Bicep

Step 4: Jacket Sizing Pattern

After you have taken your measurements you will need to determine how you would like your jacket to fit.

The first image is of the pattern that I created based on my measurements. Keep in mind that you will be cutting these peices on a laser cutting bed, so the actual peices of fabric must be sized according to the bed size. This should be coordinated with your fabric pattern, and where it falls on the body for best results.

*As a note, after completing the jacket, I realized that I should have put more consideration into the meeting of the arms/sleeves to the body of the jacket. So I have included some jacket cutting patterns for women as an example - there are plenty available for men as well.

Step 5: Jacket Pattern

With the measurements created in the sizing pattern, you can now begin to arrange and scale your fabric pattern accordingly. You may be working back and forth between step 4 and 5 to obtain the best placement for cutting lines and pattern placement.

This image is of the fabric pattern that I created from my brocade gasket design. This is all done on the computer with the software previously mentioned.

Step 6: Cutting Template

At this point you can now print out your cutting template at full scale. If you are printing on a small printer, you will need to tape the pages together.

Cut out the paper pattern and attach the E.V.A. Foam with the sewing pins. Cut out the foam pattern. Reuse the paper pattern and attach to the PVC Clear Vinyl. Cut out the vinyl pattern, ***but when you cut allow an extra 1/4 to 1/2 inch surrounding areas that will be seamed together***

Step 7: Laser Cutting E.V.A Foam

Place each of the E.V.A. foam cut out patterns into the laser cutter and send the fabric pattern drawing to the machine to cut each peice (follow instructions on how to cut with a laser cutter, as per specific machine).

The PVC Clear Vinyl will serve as the underlay on which the E.V.A Foam will be attached. This material covers the open cuts on the gasket pattern so that the jacket is solid and waterproof.

Step 8: Sew Together / Finish

Once all of the E.V.A patterns are cut, lay on top of their corresponding PVC Vinyl parts and sew together. Where you have allowed more space on the outside edges of the PVC Vinyl in Step 6, sew together the adjacent seams.

I was assisted with the sewing by a tailor/upholsterer who had the proper equipment (heavy duty machine) to sew the pieces together - you must be careful because the rigidity and thickness of the "fabrics" makes it very difficult to sew, and the machine can often backfire if you do not know what you are doing. Choosing to sew the jacket is at your own discretion :)

The image shown displays the front view of the jacket. It keeps out the rain completely (like a good seal, or gasket should!) and is definitely an interesting conversation piece.



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    I noticed the humor on this right away. I wish I had the skills to make a mans version...

    Love it! Very unique and original.

    I want to add LEDs or EL cording so it is lit from inside. its just so dang PRETTY

    This jacket is just awesome, love the pattern and use of gaskets to create it! I would love to hear how the material AND the pattern fit though, how comfortable it is to wear. One thing I'm thinking of, is the unusual sleeve pattern as well as wearing something made from both vinyl sheets and foam sheets, which is quite thick and with a very different drape than ordinary fabrics meant for garments. It is real cool though to explore new ways of using modern man-made materials! I wouldn't be able to make this (or it would be very expensive/difficult), do not have local sources for materials and machinery, but I really enjoyed your instructable and seeing the result of your work! It really should be exhibited somewhere for more people to see, very inspiring! :)

    I don't have access to a laser cutter, but I could definitely use AutoCad for patterning. Thanks for the idea!

    Very cool. I'll probably never have access to a laser cutter, but it definitely gives me ideas for mapping out my own pattern on paper - have a roll of large brown paper that work just fine.

    Your jacket is beautiful-does it feel comfortable?

    With a rain coat like this I think it is about time that umbrellas are outlawed. They are dangerous and take too much space on the street. I really hope you can attain access to a laser cutter again soon so that production of these super coats can resume !

    This is just fabulous. Way too hard for my skill level, but I can dream!

    Candy for the eyes! I love it - just wish I had access to the right tools. Someday I shall have one of my own :) Thanks for the project!

    who thought ecological design and technology had to be oxymorons! i love it. i wonder what a snow or pollution one could look like!

    it's beautiful. i like the use of a mechanical form (the gasket) to create a floral pattern. i will try to make one, but perhaps it will be a spring jacket which just leaves the holes open (w/o vinyl). great instructions.

    This flower gasket rain jacket, demonstrates the creative potential of the laser cutter. No longer relegated to industrial applications, laser cutting can now be applied to the most demanding of creative projects. Projects like this are successful, since the precision of the ideas matches the precision of the instrument used to realize them.

    This flower gasket rain jacket, demonstrates the creative potential of the laser cutter. No longer relegated to industrial applications, laser cutting can now be applied to the most demanding of creative projects. Projects like this are successful, since the precision of the ideas matches the precision of the instrument used to realize them.

    This jacket will do for fashion what Jackie Robinson did for baseball...break color barriers. This jacket could make dogshit look like a diamond. Its like my eyes had AIDS all these years, then I took one look at this jacket and was cured. This jakcet could make Mary Kate look like Ashley Olsen. Even Kimmie Gibbler could get a date in this jacket. Invention of the year, hands down!!!

    This is the most elegant and inticate rain jacket I have ever seen! Can I order one like it? Amazing what you can do with a laser cutter...

    I second that- I also wish I was a Lady.

    This is one time in my life I wish I was a Lady so I can wear it. Looks grrreat. +5

    Wow... looks amazing! Nicely done Instructable, looks great. +1 rating.