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will sawyer
(wjsawyer) - F

Locale: Connecticut
Elastic Down Jacket on 12/11/2010 15:43:27 MST Print View

Situation:

You have a down jacket that is too large for you, mainly too wide.

Solution?
Take some thin shock cord or elastic and sew it into the inner fabric of the jacket, making 3-4 loops around to pull the jacket into you.
Seems like this could be warmer than a properly sized jacket?

I'm totally sold on the NB Fugu jacket, but can only find an XL while I'm definitely a large.

Weiyi Wang
(wwyjedi)

Locale: mid
super spiral down jacket! on 12/11/2010 15:57:07 MST Print View

interesting.

tyler marlow
(like.sisyphus) - F

Locale: Southeast
Pullover on 12/11/2010 18:47:39 MST Print View

Good idea! I've been thinking about making a pullover out of a too big jacket.
Cut out the zipper and sew the raw edges together, should tighten it by about 2 inches and drop weight!

will sawyer
(wjsawyer) - F

Locale: Connecticut
Re: Elastic Down Jacket on 12/11/2010 19:28:40 MST Print View

Tyler, would you be cutting off the sippers and sewing the "stubs" together, which would leave a cold spot in the middle, or trying to attach the baffles on the two sides?

tyler marlow
(like.sisyphus) - F

Locale: Southeast
stubs on 12/11/2010 23:35:31 MST Print View

i was thinking about that...first off, before cutting out the zipper, i would sew a line sealing up the insulation right next to the zipper. Then i guess i would fold the edges in and sew a simple seam with the jacket inside out. It might not look great from either side but i think it will work.

Now i just have to find the right size jacket to experiment with :)

will sawyer
(wjsawyer) - F

Locale: Connecticut
Re: Elastic Down Jacket on 12/12/2010 18:46:33 MST Print View

Tyler, sounds like a trip to the thrift store might have you sorted out.

anybody with sewing experience care to help me with an uneducated question?
If I were going to be trying to attach a thin shocked to the inside of the jacket, what would be the best method? I was thinking about sewing through the cord, and then trying to thread through the stitching of the jacket, so as not to make any new holes in the fabric, which I assume could let down escape.

will sawyer
(wjsawyer) - F

Locale: Connecticut
Re: Elastic Down Jacket on 12/14/2010 16:20:04 MST Print View

One last plea for a sewing lady or gentleman to tell me if this is a feasible idea or not!