Member since 3/19/06
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Date: 10/17/12 11:33 PM
I'm wanting to have a go at sewing my own rain shell jacket with a hood. So far the most promising patterns are the Storm Mountain Summit Parka and Jalie 2008, though I probably wouldn't fully line it.
I need a largish size (bust 115 cm, hips 128 cm) and I'm short, which males it hard to find rtw, plus I just lost my lovely Marmot jacket, something like this newer version and I picked up some cheap waterproof (not breathable) nylon, so I thought I might have a go.
Questions: 1.have you sewn any waterproof gear?
2. Can you recommend any particular patterns or features to look for?
3. Can you recommend any places to see reviews of this type of pattern? Obviously I've read the ones on PR and on the Jalie site. I've also read
Kbenco's excellent posts on seam sealing and her Goretex jacket journey.
All advice gratefully received!
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Member since 7/2/09
Date: 10/18/12 1:33 AM
This is on my to do list for next year. Looks like you have all of the info I have too. Maybe you just have to plunge in and start! I'll be spectating all the way!
Only other suggestion is to get hold of an old rain jacket and take it apart to see how it is put together? Snoop shop in Kathmandu?
Fabric and patterns rules for me.
Remember to shop your stash girl!
Remember to keep sewing to your wardrobe plan!
New York USA
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 10/18/12 7:19 AM
I did make a few parkas years ago, and used a Frostline kit, traced the pre-cut pieces and used that for the rest of the jackets.
I would recommend a very light weight lining, as that helps keep the laminating from coming off.
I am about your size, and I purchased parkas here in the US from Land's End and Eddie Bauer in plus sizes. Also, Columbia does make plus size women's apparel. I do not know what their overseas shipping is like, but it might be easier than making it.
New York USA
Member since 1/11/08
Date: 10/18/12 9:07 AM
Andi - where did you find Frostline? My mother sewed tons of their stuff 30 years ago - I didn't know they still were out there!
Get the quilters OUT OF MY WAY!
Member since 10/27/05
Date: 10/18/12 10:21 AM
I've sewn several jackets. Jalie snowboarding jackets for my son. I've sewn several raincoats for myself.
Light weight, waterproof, breathable , important words....I've gotten my fabrics from Rose City Textiles. But I live in the Portland area and could pick out the latest and greatest.
MicroTex needles to punch through those tight woven fabrics.
Seam sealer for ALL the seams. Less seams the better.
Make a muslin.
I've used rayon bemberg lining for my coats. I've used nylon mesh fabrics for pockets and such.
Get the good insulation fabrics . There are 3-4 different weights. You decide what is best for you.
Member since 7/8/11
Date: 11/15/12 6:55 PM
I recall this article that Tasia posted as part of her Minoru Jacket sewalong, that has a lot of information and links you might find helpful.
There is also this book I've had out of the Welly Library several times that has a lot of good information in it.
Wellington, New Zealand