Intro: All Weather Trench
This is very wearable jacket made with 140 Capri Sun Juice pouches and a large snap closure. The jacket is entirely sewn using a Vogue pattern (#8480). It will keep you dry in the rain, and is very very warm! the only pattern piece omitted were the pockets. But the jacket has set in sleeves, lapel collar, back vent, and princess seams.
Step 1: Gather and Clean the Juice Pouches
after you drink the contents of the juice pouch, cut a small (2") slit at the bottom of the bag, inside the pleat and rinse the bag and let dry.
Step 2: Sew the Bags Together
next, sew the bags together by overlapping each approx 1/4" and using a wide zig zag stitch. Remember, as you sew you are creating permanent holes, so do not make mistakes and use painters tape to hold your pieces together if necessary (again, tape used so as not to make unnecessary holes.
Step 3: Sew Your Pattern Together
Sew enough pouches together to fit EACH pattern piece of your pattern. (Note: don't forget to mirror image left and right sides of garment) I.e., you will be cutting each piece/part of your project 1 side at a time.
After you have enough pouches sewn together to fit a pattern piece on, cut out the pattern until all pieces are cut and ready to sew. don't forget to match your "stripes" so that the rows are level completely around the jacket.
sew your garment pieces together as instructed on your pattern instructions, using a zig zag stitch and holding pieces together with tape, if necessary. When sewing opposite curves, be patient, and go a little bit at a time, it will work. The sleeve can be the most tricky!
Some juice pouches have writing on the back side. If you don't want this visible, be sure you don't use those pieces for your collar, as it will show. After you have constructed your garment, hand sew large snap closure or, if you prefer, do buttons and make button holes.
Save your scraps until project is done. You may need bits and pieces for "patching" corners. This is what remains of 140 juice pouches! Now that's recycling!