Oct 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm #1280807
Okay here's an idea for all you clothing making experts out there. I have an REI Polarguard Jacket. I think its the Spruce or somethign like that. Its the one with zip off sleaves. It weights about 17 oz and its XL but I'm fine with a medium. I would like to make it a bit smaller which I assume will make it warmer and also make it lighter. Here is what I propose to do.
1. Remove the sleave zippers which I never use. I'm thinking about folding around the zipper and sewing the sleave and torso together about an inch in from the zipper. That way I don't have to figure out how to pin the sleave on for sewing (which I hear is tricky). Than I can just cut the zipper off.
2. I will take out some of the extra room by creating a fold either down the back or along the sides and sewing it, than cutting out the extra.
3. I might also cut off the front zipper and turn it into a pullover.
1. how hard would all this be? I've done packs and I'm comfortable with that but clothes seem to be a whole new level of complexity. I turned an old sleeping bag into a vest and that was tricky (partly because I didn't have a good pattern to work with).
2. How much weight would each of these mods save? Jackets made with similar materials are in the 10 oz range so theoretically I could save a lot of weight. I'd hate to spend a whole weekend on this and barely save any weight.
3. Do you think insulation being equal a trimmer fitting jacket would be a bit warmer? Seems like it but I'm not sure.Oct 19, 2011 at 4:52 am #1792378
I shouldn't start threads at midnight. Anybody got on idea.Oct 19, 2011 at 9:09 am #1792472
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
Hi Luke, can you post some photos of the jacket? Specifically the sleeve zippers. I'm curious how the zipper on the body side is seamed. I think it would be easier to open the side seams and arm seams, reduce each by a similar amount, resew and then re-attach. This would keep the circumferences on the body-side arm hole and the sleeve similar. Removing the zipper from the shoulder side I think will reduce the shoulder width a bit, but how difficult will it be to get the zipper out of the shoulder? Not sure on that one.Oct 19, 2011 at 10:04 am #1792503
Here are some pictures.
The way I was thinking of getting the zipper off was to fold along the zipper line and sew a second seam. So I would bascially be creating greater "seam allowance" except that now the sleave would be sewn on permanantly. Than the zipper would just be on the inside of the seam allowance so I could trim it off. The benefit would be this would hold the sleave in place while I sew. I need to see how much zippers weigh to see how workwhile this project would be in the first place.
In this picture I'm hold the two peices together where I would sew it. The seam would go between my fingers.Oct 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm #1792602
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
Luke, I think with your pack making chops you'll be fine. I made my DAS a bit trimmer last year by taking in the sides. Just sew a line up the middle of the side with the jacket inside out, and under the arms as well if you like. You can try it on, stitch it a bit tighter, and so on. Cut the excess off and if you like sew a bit of binding over the unfinished edge.
I do think trim but not tight layers are a bit warmer.Oct 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm #1792653
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Along the line of what David was saying, do a French seam. I've done that with synthetic before.
First sew it along the outside, but leave it just a bit bigger than the final.
Then cut off everything but 1/4 inch or so.
Then turn it inside out and sew another seam, capturing the raw edge inside.
That would work good with the zipper removal, saves the tricky bit of aligning a sleeve onto the main body.Oct 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm #1792656
Well you guys are convincing me. I think I'll take a shot at it tomorrow. Right now I have things to do and I need to check on the tarp tent I left out in the rain to see how waterproof it really is. I'll try and let you know how it goes and how much weight it saves. Could be a useful experiment because XL size seem to be the last thing left at end of season clearance sales.
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