M MYOG Baffled Down Vest
by Brad Groves with editorial assistance from Roger Caffin
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When I started this project, I had a clear vision of the result I wanted. And although this was my first sewing project more difficult than a stuff sack, I ended up pretty close to where I wanted to be. There were a few errors, of course. But most importantly, I did end up with what I wanted, and I learned a ton about sewing and constructing an insulated garment. The purpose of this article is to share some of the insight I gained during this project, along with a few tips and a story or two.
My finished product specifications were very clear:
- All natural fibers
- 1.75-2.00 inches of loft
- Huge muff-like (sweatshirt hoody) pocket
- Pull-over style to accommodate the pocket and my layering preferences
- Drop tail to fully cover my rear
- Expected down usage of about 7 ounces (200 grams)
- Ideal weight about 16 ounces, preferably lower
Ultimately, the most important were warmth and natural fibers.
- Making the Design and the Vest
- Problems, and Lessons:
- Testing in the Vested Field
- Problems found in the Field
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