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Synthetic fill hooded jacket pattern
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Danny Sharp

Locale: Australia
Synthetic fill hooded jacket pattern on 05/09/2014 08:18:06 MDT Print View

Hello, I'm looking to make a hooded jacket with synthetic fill. I have at the moment a McCalls pattern and I'm wondering if this will suffice or are there better patterns to work from? I'm also having troubles sourcing a couple of YKK #3, 36" open ended zippers for the vest I'm making and this jacket. If someone could point me in the right direction, I'm finding plenty of #5 zippers but no #3. Is this size zipper suitable as the main front zip or too small?



Nick Smolinske
(Smo) - F

Locale: Rogue Panda Designs
Quest on 05/09/2014 10:08:18 MDT Print View

Quest outfitters has #3 separating zippers. You could email them and ask what it would cost to ship to Australia. They charge exact shipping (hence why I say email them instead of just checking out what their cart system says) so you could potentially have them send it first class mail for not too much. Personally I would just go with a #5.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Synthetic fill hooded jacket pattern on 05/09/2014 11:34:19 MDT Print View

McCalls, Green Pepper, etc type pattern should work fine.

Timothy Schroeder
(chondroTim) - MLife
Zippers on 05/09/2014 15:09:58 MDT Print View

I get most of my zippers at They have quite a selection of types, sizes, and colors. It looks like they do international orders though not through the website.


Mark Fowler
(KramRelwof) - MLife

Locale: Namadgi
Try Thru Hiker on 05/09/2014 19:48:39 MDT Print View

Danny - Welcome to the paucity of top end MYOG materials in Australia. If you don't have the materials yet it may be worth looking at the Thru-Hiker Maxima Jacket kit and add some fabric and fill for the hood - there is hood pattern on the web site on the Projects page. AYCE also has the 36" open ended zip you want.

Danny Sharp

Locale: Australia
Re: Try Thru Hiker on 05/09/2014 20:21:44 MDT Print View

That's great I'm on to it.

Mark I agree it's a sad situation here in Australia if you want to myog, there is precious little choice. Having to import materials pretty much removes any financial benefit, you really have to enjoy the process for it to be worthwhile. Luckily I'm really enjoying the learning curve, working with your hands to create something that also has a practical function is a very rewarding experience.