The "what have you made today" thread

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Gadget, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Trail Blazer

  2. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Ta cobber
  3. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I assume that pattern is for the front of the trouser, because the crotch looks pretty straight. Now if you find your trousers to be tight on the crotch, or bum on the equivalent posterior pattern, making the seat curve deeper as shown in the photo, will give more space to your bits/bum. Seems counterintuitive, but it works.

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  4. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Thru Hiker

    @Lempo - What are the tins for?
  5. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Not my pattern, it's @Cranston 's photo, but I reckon they are used as weights to keep the pattern & fabric from slipping & moving while drawing & cutting. When I was doing tailoring, we'd have flat metal rectangles to do that.
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  6. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

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  7. cptflex

    cptflex Trekker

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  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    #pantenvy :D
  9. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

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  10. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Bit of a bush run over 12 ks to test my new strides.
    Humidity was very high at 90-98% over the run, 10 degrees and about a 10-15 km/hr wind (Meteo. site 10ks away so should be close). Only clammy very slightly (had to put my hand inside to check-couldn't feel it) up two steep hills, then they dried on me within moments when it levelled out a bit, unreal, Argon works very well.
    I feel very confident walking -that they would remain dry.
    Ran through some saturated bushy scrub to try and wet them out - couldn't over a short distance. I like them. 20201031_075646.jpg
    Clown in the mist/low cloud at 550m.
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  11. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Impressive performance from the Argon, tbh in those weather conditions I'd be running in just shorts and tee-shirt and still be a dripping mess. Walking otoh those sound really useful.
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  12. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Yep, I was pretty wet upper body in the pic. Just put the thin white shirt on to block some wind while I stopped for a cuppa or two.
    I'm wearing little running shorts under the pants. I set off in the full ensemble you see in the in the pic for the return leg and stripped off the shirt to a Tshirt for about the last 5 ks once I'd warmed up again.
    I wanted to see how far I could push the pants and I really expected to be forced to take them off as a wet mess -but there was no real need. Nice stuff. A zipless hoody might now be on the cards.
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  13. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    Well the Covid and nice weather run the garden ideas...pallet "love" needs to get fitted into a slope 20201101_113329.jpg
  14. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    More in the 'you'd be a dill not to carry it' series
    My new, near zipless Raincoat trial. Will use Xenon 1.1 20D and should weigh about 45 grams.
    I'm happy with the fit. Made it to be worn with a cap. Raglan sleeves and single half seam on the hood (which I will aim to move back a bit further)-should seam seal easy enough along with the collar seam.
    Argon 90 windshirt will be made with the same pattern but with a few tweaks.
    There'll be no full zip on either.
    Will likely make the raincoat version longer, 10-15 cms or so, and a wee bit bigger in the body-enough to cover my shorts and allow air to move within the jacket from below with the nice big sleeves shouldn't be too bad. Wouldn't be using a hip belt if I was wearing this so should get some nice air movement.
    Just the neck closure to work out.
    Thinking a very short zip on the raincoat and a tiny length of velcro on the windshirt just to get my noggin thru' maybe.
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  15. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    @Cranston love the hoody looks. Pattern source? For me longer cut rain jackets work. I hate short "climbers" style as they tend to "ride up"
  16. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Your on fire dude :thumbsup:
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  17. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Pattern source is I slovkiken. Having scoured the interweb for many, many hours I gave up looking for a pattern to buy. I just thought stuff it. So I combined the cuts and styles of about three different jumpers and jackets, then just kept drawing and drafting until I was happy. I then clipped the paper traces to make sure the arced raglan seams would meet with the arced collar seams. Took me about an hour and a half.
    ps someone that has sewed for fifty years told me I couldn't make my own Raglan pattern. Well maybe a person can't. But do it anyway.
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  18. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    First time using the Venom fabric

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  19. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Trail Blazer

    Nice, how was it to work with?
  20. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    From the ridiculous to the sublime:whistling: :o o::banghead::roflmao:
    After about 250ks without one, I added a chest cord with a line-lock. Makes moving quicker that bit more stable and comfy.

    ps please call it 'the Taipan' Matt @theoctagon-it's the most venomous snake on the planet
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  21. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    It is possible to be too succinct in your review of a new and exciting fabric.... :D
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  22. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker


    I’ve kind of held back as I’ve not used it as yet. I made a pack to test it though, using the venom on the full body, the side pockets, and the straps. To work with it’s been great and I’m pretty happy with the pack. Due to 2020 being 2020 I suspect it won’t see enough use to give it any real testing for quite a while.

    The fabric behaves itself and doesn’t curl up etc, it cuts nicely with sharp scissors or a roller cutter but it seems almost impossible to tear by hand, you can mark it out easily, it takes and holds a fold well but doesn’t appear to leave a permanent crease, also sews nicely. The TPU coating appears well done, same on both sides as far as I can tell, it almost feels a bit waxy.

    I did some very crude testing and abraded a piece against the edge of a rough brick and the coating came off but there didn’t appear to be any damage to the uhmwpe fibre, they seemed pretty stable without the full coating in place but it was only a small section, I guess they may be able to loosen with time/use without the coating there but it is coated on both sides. RBTR say the uncoated fabric is very stable though and would be usable. I also punctured a hole in a piece with a blunt hook, again some of the TPU came off but the puncture didn’t damage any of the fibres, just kind of separated them so I was able to close the hole back up. If it wasn’t for the missing coating you’d hardly have been able to spot the hole. I haven’t tested the HH, heat bonding, taping, or RF welding.

    If anyone can suggest any useful tests I could do I’ll have a go, keep in mind the cost of this stuff though, I don’t want to go through it all testing it :rolleyes:
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  23. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    I like it. Agree with everything Matt said. Only down sides i see is it doesnt tape as well as dcf and the tpu coating is also how the Colour is achieved so once it gets some abraision it will marble white from the fibre colours and me more prone to water ingress. Dyneema is now available in black staple fibre having always been dyed for years so it would be nice to see that used. Im not sure its a game changer but its a quality fabric
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  24. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Well.....if it's in the pursuit of knowledge........ I know someone that could take it for a spin or thirty....:woot:
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  25. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    No Zip Raincoat prototype
    Argon 90 windshirt.
    55 gms. Especially happy with the hood fit. With the planned cap on I can close off most of my face. Made 3 hood protos to get it right. Can slip the whole thing on without it being too loose or too tight. Should make a good raincoat if I ever get around to it. Although seam sealing this would do quite a bit to make it work. Just need some very light hat elastic to finish off the hood and the bottom hem.
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