One of my over 100 customers had clear plastic slipcovers on her furniture. I had asked her where she go them and she told me to go to Jordan Marsh in Boston. Although I did not have furniture to cover, I knew that I wanted one of those clear slipcovers so I can make my own clear rainwear.
In the basement of Jordan Marsh, there was a department called Notions.
Notions was my favorite department. They had not only the clear plastic slipcovers (from which I made my own rainwear), they had also a large selection of clear plastic raincoats. When meant that I did not have to make my own.
That coat, however, did not last long. I quickly outgrew it (remember, I was a growing boy of 11 years at that time.
That was also the largest coat they had.
So, that meant that I had to buy clear plastic slipcovers and make my own clear raincoats by sealing the plastic together using a hot light bulb. (Remeber, this is decades before my sewing career began).
Considering all of the mistakes that I made while learning on my own, I have often clean out that Jordan Marsh Notions Department of slipcovers. The woman who ran that department soon got to know me on a first name basis as Mark Allyn, the Clear Plastic Boy!
What you see here is a replica of my first childhood transparent raincoat from Jordan Marsh.
There was one problem with the raincoat that I got at Jordan Marsh. It had no hood. The woman at the counter told me that they never made clear plastic raincoats with hoods.
As you can see, I have changed that! The transparent hood on this raincoat is great because I can see out of it even if the opening in front is small as in this picture!