So, one of the projects I'm working on is a UL/SUL double wall tent. A couple of "design parameters" (to make it sound official): 1) sleep two people & two German Shepherds if needed 2) three season use only 3) totally storm/waterproof 4) 2-3#
I have a floor plan, cut out a pattern that I like a lot, will be very multi-functional for me; total area 50.8 square feet. I know what I want to do with walls, pole structure and so forth.
The "problem" I'm having is that this is a complete one-off. I'm horrible with math at any level. I have no fancy computer programs and lack the funds to get one (or CAD, or whatever). My basic "plan" is to just start literally sewing up the tent and cutting panels to fit as I go. It strikes me as a particularly inefficient way to design--particularly since if I get panels cut and sewn in to work, I've then got to cut them out to make patterns off them, but add a bit for seam allowance...
I'm patterning on visqueen; sewing mock-up out of salvation army sheets or muslin. Is there a better way to do this?
Also, I have no idea how technical things such as pole arc, segment length, and so forth are, or need to be. I have some old scrap poles I can bend to something that would basically work; should I just sew up fabric to fit around that?
If you're familiar with the old Dana/Garuda Javelina, this is kind of inspired by that design--basically only in the use of trekking poles with a bridging pole for the central "hoop," (and floor shape) adding one short actual tent pole hoop at the foot end, two single-segment pole sections in the head corners.
Another consideration I have is all the silk yardage I bought for the sleeping bag project that I couldn't use. I'm thinking about using some of that in the tent body panels instead of noseeum mesh. I guess the only way to know how well it'd work is to build up the prototype and try it out. I'm somewhat concerned about tear strength, because one of my pet peeves about tents is achieving a taut pitch... we'll see. One thing that really sticks in my mind about silk is medieval warfare--I just saw a suit of armor from the 1500s that still had intact silk in it. Also remember hearing stories somewhere/time that they'd wear silk shirts because they somehow made pulling out arrows easier. Bizarre, eh?
Sorry if this rambles or sounds a bit neurotic. I've got three projects "in the works," and three of them have hit major glitches. I just want to get one of them done!!!