Mar 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm #1287709
I'm starting now to make my Parcho in Cuben Fiber.
First I tried the pattern in plastic (photo) and now I'm on the verge of cutting the pattern in Cuben Fiber.
Does anyone know if the pattern of Questoutfitters include the seam allowance of 0,5 inch or do I have to add the seam allowance?
At Questoutfitters they couldn't tell me. I hope someone else knows.
By the way, I know in this environment I shoud almost apologize for the huge backpack ;-) Ignore it!
MarlaMar 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm #1858382
Are you still working on that? I thought you'd be nearly done by now. I don't know the answer to your question, but maybe you could just measure your mock up and find out that way?
Also, no need to appologise. My pack is big enough to hold over 2 weeks worth of food and a very bulky 2 person tent (which will hopefully be replaced soon), so it's even bigger than yours.Mar 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm #1858401
Got a full time job too, you know ;-)
But this week I started the 'real thing'.
Finished next week, I suppose.
Anyway, see you!
MarlaMar 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm #1858789
Carl UmlandBPL Member
@chumlandLocale: Pacific Crest Trail, mostly
Have you thought about a Duo-use "Poncho/Groundsheet" like the one Joe at Zpacks makes?
I thought that the Parcho would be pretty good but I purchased the Zpacks instead and really like it a lot.
Mar 25, 2012 at 11:02 am #1859146
Hi Mulestomper (?),
Thanks for your suggestion. I know this one from ZPacks just as I know pattern of he Mountain Poncho of Roger Caffin.
I considered all the options and the photo you posted is the exact reason why I chose the Parcho:
– I want to cover my backpack (this one isn't gonna help me with that)
– I don't want my arms unprotected.
I love the pattern of the Parcho because it leaves my arms dry and you can adjust the dimensions to your own height and the size of the backpack.
So I just needed an answer to my question. I already have the Parcho-pattern and the cuben fiber and all the other things needed.
MarlaMar 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm #1859192
I made a Bilgy Parcho a couple of years ago from plans/pattern purchased from Quest Outfitters.
Quoting from the plans – "Seam Allowances are 3/8 inch. Topstitch 1/8 inch from first stitch unless otherwise noted."
I love using the Parcho, since it breathes like a poncho, but wears like a really baggy jacket. Combine with a silnylon kilt and you are set!
Happy Trails.Mar 26, 2012 at 2:35 am #1859370
This I have read too. But unfortunately it doesn't answer my question.
My question is if this seam allowance is already included in the pattern pieces or if I have to add 3/8 inch to the pattern piece.
Perhaps I'm not clear in my question.
So, an example:
suppose the fictional pattern piece on paper measures 10 x 20 inch.
Do I have to cut 10 x 20 inch, or do I have to cut 10 3/8 x 20 3/8 inch?
MarlaMar 26, 2012 at 3:31 am #1859373
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Texas
Thinking outside of the box for a second, will an extra 3/4" of width and or length really make that much of a difference?
I realize that cuben isn't cheap. Unless someone sees this thread that has made this "Parcho" you are going to have to do a trial cut and fit.
How did you size the pattern pieces on your "plastic" trial run pictured earlier in the thread? Can you judge from that whether or not you have to add the seam allowance or not?
After you cut out all your pieces tape together the edges of the "seam allowances" to see if anything doesn't fit or look right.
Worst case you'll end up with some 3/8" wide cuben scraps. ;-?
NewtonMar 26, 2012 at 5:13 am #1859385
I just finished making the Quest Parcho myself this weekend. The 3/8" seam allowances are included in the pattern/measurements from Quest. Everything worked out very well on mine and I'm pleased with results. I think mine ended up 8.4 oz with the stuff sack- all silnylon.Mar 26, 2012 at 7:52 am #1859413
Did you buy the pattern from Quest, or just use the instructions on their site?Mar 26, 2012 at 9:51 am #1859479
I bought the kit from Quest. Make sure you have the correct instructions. They sent me the wrong (old) instructions, but Kim @ Quest caught the mistake and emailed me the correct ones. The correct instructions/pattern are dated June 2010. I'm pretty sure they are the same as the ones available on line.The instructions were pretty straight forward. I found reading a step or two ahead helped.Mar 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm #1859572
Do you think that it's worthwhile to buy the pattern from quest for the hood template? All the other pieces seem pretty straight forward. I have plenty of sil at home.Mar 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm #1859589
Marla, I'll be very interested in how your Cuben Parcho turns out! I have finally assembled all the hardware for mine (which will be in silnylon) and hope to start on it soon. Of course now I'm wondering if I have the old pattern/instructions too, since mine say Oct 2006 on them…
DebbieMar 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm #1859675
I think I would buy the pattern from Quest as the hood is fair complex. The zipper actually goes part way up the hood so that you can zip it up make like winter parka type opening.But if you are pretty skilled at sewing you could probably adopt another hood pattern to fit the opening.Mar 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm #1860094
@ James, thanks for taking away my doubts! In the plastic try out it worked out fine with the seam allowance included. I was just having doubts before I would cut the Cuben Fiber. Tonight I did cut all the pieces, including the hood.
Yes, I know the difference of 3/8 inch isn't much, except for the hood!
Of course I will post a photo when it's ready.
Mine will be different though. Only a short zipper on the front in the hood part.
And I will leave the sides open, but I'm looking for a solution (Velcro perhaps) to close it in windy weather.
By the way, I downloaded the instructions from the Questoutfitters site and this one's from June 2010. This is it:
MarlaMar 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm #1860121
@setterpLocale: Hickory, NC
I sewed a practice pattern out of cotton using roughly this pattern.
Turned out well, but getting the visor piece to match up with the hood can be a little tricky. Allow yourself plenty of seam allowance.
Now that I have it mocked up, I'm planning to make the finished pattern in cuben fiber.
Good luck, and look forward to seeing the final product.Mar 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm #1861633
I think I'm almost there. Hood done, with zipper, and sewn in the frontpart. Sleeves and back panel partly assembled. I'm very proud of myself!
My parcho will be different from the original Bilgy parcho: more poncholike with a small zipper in the hood. No long zipper in front and the sides open (probably with only a button or Velcron).
I decided to sew the hood. I think glueing/taping the seams of the hood will be a tough and sticky job because of the curves. I will seamseal the seams afterward.
From the pattern and the instructions I didn't understood the right way to put the part with Velcro hooks on the hood. Mainly because I cannot imagine how it will work.
Can you tell me if I should sew the Velcro with the hooks facing the hood?
A photo perhaps?
Same question for the Velcro-loops on the outside of the sleeves. Although there is a drawing on the pattern I don't understand. Do I have to glue/sew the whole 7 inch of loops?
MarlaMar 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm #1861672
On the hood you sew a 4" long piece of loop velcro with the loops facing away from the silnylon at the bottom back of the hood. Don't sew the middle 1" so you can pass a piece of chord thru it for adjusting the width of the hood. Above this piece of velcro you sew the 3-1/2 piece of hook velcro with the hooks facing the silnylon. This piece should overlap the loop piece by about an inch and only sew the upper 1" of this hook velcro. This will allow you to attach it to the loop piece, the more you attach it the more it will raise the front of hood up out of your face (adjust the height of the hood).
For the sleeves the piece of velcro that goes closet to your torso ( if your arms are straight down at your sides) is the 1" piece of hook velcro with the loops facing away from the silnylon. Right above that (about 1/4" above) sew the 6" long piece of loop velcro with the loop side away (exposed) from the silnylon. This will allow you to hook the hook velcro to the loop so that the sleeve is tight on your wrist so that you can have your hand exposed.
I hope this makes since. I would post some pictures, but my wife is away with the camera until Sunday. I'll be glad to post you some picture then. I'm really pleased with the way mine turned out. It does a great job of protecting me and my pack.Mar 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm #1861683
I'm especially interested in what the weight difference is with cuben. Also I'm wondering why you opted for this over a poncho, if you are leaving the sides open. Well come to think of it you already answered that at least partly, for the sleeve coverage.Mar 31, 2012 at 7:54 am #1861817
Thanks for your help. I did exactly what you told me to do.
The hood I understand now, but I still wonder how de Velcro straps for the sleeves are supposed to work. See photo's: I could tie the sleeve around my wrist, but it didn't leave not one inch extra. And this is strange because have extremely small wrists. So the way to use the Velcro on the sleeves must be different, I suppose.
But apart of that I'm very happy with my Parcho! It is a very good design. And I also like my own adjustments: small zipper in front and sides open. And I will make a clip on the Parcho in the neck, to be clipped to the loop on top of my backpack, so I can carry the Parcho on my back, in case I expect rain, and want to have the Parcho directly close at hand.
@ d k
About the reason why: you mentioned it already. I wanted the airiness of a poncho, but with arms covered. Besides, this design of Bill Gurwell is much more sophisticated than an ordinary poncho, especially for the fit of the backpack, because in this design you create a kind of box (with rectangular forms) to put over the backpack. Thus you don't have a lot of unnecessary fabric hanging around you to have the same kind of coverage.
And you can make it custom made for the dimensions of each individual person and backpack.
The whole thing weighs 103 gram (3.6 ounces), with stuff sack 109 grams. I think the seam sealing or taping of the hood seams might add some weight.
Again, thanks for helping me.
MarlaMar 31, 2012 at 10:21 am #1861859
Looks really great, Marla – nice job! What type (weight) Cuben did you use?
Someone else posted on raingear today and it occurs to me that there's yet another advantage to your design; it could conceivably be opened up and used somewhat tarplike as a shelter, groundsheet, or porch (even though you have the box for the pack top). Still, I think I'll make mine as designed and see how I like it; I have tons of Walmart silnylon so I can make another version if I want to tweak anything.Mar 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm #1861922
Hi d k,
Yes, perhaps you can make a small kind of shelter out of it. It's not like a normal ponchotarp, just one piece of fabric with the hood as exception. It's a more complicated form because of the box for the pack and the sleeves and I think it's pretty small. Total length (excluding the hood) in my case is 79 inch, total width between the sleeve's ends is 71 inch and the width of the back part on the bottom is 52 inch.
Of course you can make it bigger if you like but then the length of the Parcho might be too long, as well as the sleeves. With those loads of silnylon you can try it out!
The type of Cuben I bought is 19 gram/sq meter, so in oz/sqyd I think (it's already late over here) it's 0.8 oz/sqyards.
Hm, this doesn't sound like the oz-types for Cuben Fiber I read about on US-sites. Probably it's the 0.74 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber.
EDIT Indeed it was already too late yesterday. Correction: it must be the 0.56 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber.
MarlaApr 2, 2012 at 9:23 am #1862524
It looks great and wow 3.6 ozs! Makes mine heavy at 8+ozs. I'll have to try out my wrist straps and get back to you on how they're supposed to work. I've only tried mine on once since finishing it last week.Nice job.
JJApr 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm #1863606
Piper S.BPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Yes, good job! I have two of these kits. I've been really afraid of cutting into them. I don't care about multi-use anymore when it comes to the rain gear. I just want decent rain gear that works well while you are wearing it. It does not need to function as a tent so much as it needs to provide for decent protection for me and my pack when we're walking in the rain on brushy trails and possibly windy conditions.Apr 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm #1863632
" decided to sew the hood. I think glueing/taping the seams of the hood will be a tough and sticky job because of the curves. I will seamseal the seams afterward."
Did you stitch all the seams or just the hood section, did you tape all other seams?
Nice job BTW.
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