Apr 19, 2011 at 11:45 am #1272514
@dtpaladinoLocale: Northern Rockies
Companion forum thread to:Apr 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm #1726816
@wufpackfnLocale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
BradApr 20, 2011 at 9:24 am #1727015
@brooklynkayakLocale: South West US
It looks like a good design, well ventilated and good coverage.Apr 20, 2011 at 9:25 am #1727017
@basecampboundLocale: Foothills of San Gabriel Mtns.
Good attention to detail, and seems easily modifiable. Thanks.Apr 20, 2011 at 10:38 am #1727046
@archnemesisLocale: England, UK
Really loved your attention to detail especially on the seam finishing front.
A couple of suggestions for anyone who wants to try this.
1. Your local Habedashery/Fabric shop will have lots of sewing patterns for jackets in various styles. If you've not done a lot of sewing it might be worth spending a few bucks on a pattern in your size so that you don't have to worry about the pattern stuff. Some of the sewing patterns are quite sophisticated and I often find it simpler to use a commercial pattern than one I've drawn. (I sew a lot)
2. It is possible to buy seam tape for iron-on nylon and Gore-Tex ( I think this will bond to E-vent). Many of the u/l fabric suppliers will carry these things. The stuff needs care in application but can produce a neat 100% waterproof seam. Failing that the fold and sew technique shown above will work well.
P.S. It's always worth spending a few bucks on some cheap fabric and sewing up a test garment – just sleeves and body – to check sizing. It will add 1-2 hrs to construction time but it's worth doing when fabric is going to be expensive. Ideally fabric should be of similar type so consider 2oz PU Nylon (which doesn't stretch) as your test fabric instead of cotton (which will stretch a little)Apr 21, 2011 at 10:45 am #1727547
I inherited my mother's sewing machine and I should start learning to use it! Looking at the escalating prices of ready-made high-tech-fabric clothing, making it oneself is a whole lot cheaper!
I am constantly amazed at the new fabrics. I started backpacing in the mid '70s. I remember "60/40" cloth as the new miracle fabric of that time. It was 60% cotton, 40% nylon. Does anyone else remember those 60/40 "mountain parkas"?
I still have my copy of William Kemsley's "Backpacking Equipment Buyer's Guide" – a Consumers Report-style guide to all backpacking equipment – tents, clothing, sleeping bags, stoves, you name it. It's an amazing piece of backpacking history. When you look through those pages and then look at today's incredible equipment you can see how far we have come.Apr 21, 2011 at 10:48 am #1727550
Great article, Jerry! I love the details. The jacket is great. Like I said, I should start learning to use my mom's sewing machine and try to get my sewing skills up to the point where I could make this jacket, maybe rain pants and hiking pants, too. Thanks for sharing!Apr 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm #1728215
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Great article. Simple design.
The waist belt – I've never done that, but it does look as though it stops the wind from blowing up inside. Neat idea.
I enjoyed your comments about the commercial street gear with the emphasis on style rather than function. It's a problem.
PS to Kathy – '60/40' – blimey, that was a long time ago!Apr 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm #1728989
Roger – I started backpacking in 1978. It definitely feels like a long time ago; kind of like looking back on the Pleistocene Era! LOLApr 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm #1729882
this is why i've paid to be a member, well done yo, thanks for sharing!
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