In theory, this should be an easy project. A couple of seams, seam-sealed, elastic tunnel on the edges… project done. Too minor snags – no pattern and I don’t have access to the kayak I’m making it for. Plus as they weren’t for me, extra pressure to get it right. Continue reading “DIY kayak spray skirt and half deck”
About 12 years ago I bought a fantastic yet very complicated pattern for shell gloves. And I’ve finally made them!!! It’s a mixture of relief, rapture, disbelief, adrenalin rush and blind panic all rolled into one. Don’t believe me – just check out the photo of the pattern pieces!!
The gloves are designed to be used as a weatherproof shell for your gloves. I have a pair of the mitten styles which I bought when I first started cross-country skiing. Plus, I reverse engineered a pair for DH). They are great, but I find the mittens cumbersome. The glove style of this pattern sounded perfect. Especially this part of the description – “Unlike ‘2 dimensional’ overmitts that are flat and awkward, these are sculpted to fit the hand comfortably in a slightly curved finger position”. See all those curvy pattern pieces on the left of the photo? They are the finger gussets. The three shapes in the centre of the photo form the thumb, complete with a bend. Scary, no? Continue reading “Controlled Exposure 75 – Goretex Shell Gloves (photo heavy)”
These are photos of a pair of Goretex pants that I made for DH back in 2010. The pattern is Controlled Exposure #55 – Mountain Pants. It was originally reviewed on Pattern Review. Apologies if you’ve seen this before, but I was trying to fix the photo links for someone but I’m getting an error when I try to save the changes. So I’m posting them here so they can been seen. Continue reading “Controlled Exposure Mountain Pants”
Yay! I just finished the other hut boot. It’s been a labour of love so I guess it makes a good Valentines day present.
We had a run of days last week that were over 40C and he asked me about three time when I was going to make the other boot. So I think that when the next heat wave rolls around, I’m going to make him wear them 🙂 Sound fair???? Continue reading “The hut boots are finished!!!!!!”
Tadahhh! We have one left hut boot ready for Christmas. He’ll have to wait for the second as we’ve just started the first heatwave of the summer. As much as I love him, I’m not willing to be stuffing goose down into the liners when its above 400C. Here is a pic of the final product. Continue reading “Hut boots: Final version”
For the past year or so DH has been asking me to make a pair of bivvy boots for snow camping. Wha? Probably best described as a sleeping bag for your feet – aka. hut boots. The ones he wanted were goose down filled and cost about $150. He tells me the insulation is 1-2″ thick. Can’t find a comercial pattern that would help much, especially as the insulation is so thick. I was hoping he’d just buy them, but alas no. Somehow these have turned into his Christmas present 😦 Continue reading “You want me to make what???”
For the last 10 years I’ve been wanting to make a Goretex jacket. The RTW one I use for skiing and hiking was designed for someone much taller than I am. Making my own would mean I get a good fit plus have control over pocket styles and added extras like pit zips and detachable hoods. So what has been stopping me all this time? The main issue is can’t really decide on the design I want to make. Some of the slim-fit RTW climbing jackets looks so nice, but maybe not so versatile. The other issue is the paralysis of not wanting to cut into expensive fabric. Continue reading “Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket”