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Date: 12/9/13 10:25 PM

I'd like to make some cycling pants for cold weather. I'm thinking of making the pants from fleece and then adding gortex panels to the front. The issue will be that the gortex won't stretch and will most likely tear.
How can I construct these pants so the gortex won't tear?

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Date: 12/9/13 10:59 PM

How about Gore-tex chaps.biking chaps

Or I might consider another fabric like Power Shield.water resistant fleece

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Date: 12/10/13 0:38 AM

Call Annette at Rose City Textiles in Portland Or. She is really helpful and they specialize in all types of outdoor fabrics.

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Date: 12/10/13 1:30 AM

Have you seen this pattern by Controlled Exposure? View B has a waterproof overlay on the front and pleats at the knee.

Good luck with your project.

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Date: 12/10/13 1:32 AM

Quote: ElaineSweet
Call Annette at Rose City Textiles in Portland Or. She is really helpful and they specialize in all types of outdoor fabrics.

I second this. She'll send swatches, too.

Here's their web site:

Rose City Textiles (fabricline)

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Date: 12/10/13 9:59 AM

Diane S - Thanks so much for the information - The water resistant fleece looks like a good idea!
treefrog - Thank you for the information about Controlled Exposure Patterns. I'll definitely get the pants pattern, was also thinking of the gaiter pattern (for snowshoeing) and the Habitat Hat looks like something I could use.
Michelle and Elaine - I'm going to take a look at the Rose City Textiles Web site!

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Date: 12/10/13 5:17 PM

You'll love the Controlled Exposure patterns. The instructions are extremely well written ( including fitting) and there are options for tweaking the pattern depending on what you are using it for.

I've written reviews for each of the patterns you mentioned, including view A & C of the pants pattern. Feel free to drop me a PM or leave a comment on a review if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing what you make.

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Date: 12/10/13 9:49 PM

Oh man I remember biking in snow and rain and just getting soaked and having cars and my own tires throw wet grit and grime into my hair. Yuck. How do you do it? And I didnt even know you could BUY goretex.

I have two store-bought jackets that I run in - they're similar to what you want to do with pants.

I could only dig up a picture of one of my jackets. - the armpit photo seems to show the best view.

atom jacket

I have another jacket with ribbing on the sides that go up the sides of the body and down each arm. I thought I might have to add DWR to the ribbing, but it hasn't been a problem yet.

Neither jacket has torn even though the fabric that are sewn together are very very different. The seams are serged with non-stretchy stitches.

I don't know if you've seen these, but they make insulated, partly windproof running tights like these - you might have to click on the 'Insulator' section

cwx tights

I have similar tights to those and the seams are serged with short stitch lenghth (looks almost like a satin stitch on one side) and stretchy. The fabrics on mine are really thick and tough like heavy duty spanx. The fabric looses it stretch after a few years, but I have never had a panel tear on me.

Sewing fabrics with different stretchability together is done all the time by manufacturers. - I think you just have to pick sturdy fabric.

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another idea - NEOPRENE pants. Neoprene stretches. Its insulating. And its definitely water repellent. Not breathable at all though.

Sorry - I wandered off topic - I gotta stop typing

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Date: 12/26/13 7:13 AM

If you are doing exercise and you have something that does not breath next to your skin you may get very wet from sweat, no? How about a Supplex, which is soft and warm, and then put a gortex shell on the outside. Supplex is what they use high end long johns out of. I made a pair of yoga pants with them as well.

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