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I'm about to start making my first jacket, but I don't know how to start. Do I buy one of those patterns, just get directions off of the internet or buy a kit from someone?
I used green pepper's mount hood hoodie pattern to make a very nice and light wind shirt. Patterns like that can be found locally and you can adapt them for your needs. I left off the pouch pocket and followed the rest of the directions and patterns for a great jacket with some cheap fabric. If you look around you can find the perfect pattern for a couple bucks
I would buy the thru hiker kit.
the thru hiker kit is good. it is easy to modify to add a full length zipper, pockets or a hood. I wish it had a hood pattern included though. Yesterday i made a casual sport coat with a full length zipper with it in about 4 hours. Its super snazzy.
I have made a hooded pullover windshirt by modifying the pattern for the Green Pepper Oregon Jacket. The windshirt weighs almost exactly 3 oz. I like the 3-piece hood design of the Oregon Jacket better than I do the 2-piece hood common on many other designs. I have also made a Thru-Hiker windshirt. I like the Green Pepper modification better because of the hood. I have written up notes on how to do the modifications. PM me if you are interested.
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