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    prototype summer stalking jacket

    I was sick of wearing poorly designed and over engineered jackets for summer use.
    They were all far too hot, waterproof when not required, too many noisy parts and made from synthetics

    my requirements were:
    no hood
    no velcro
    no neoprene cuffs
    no synthetics
    no poppers

    shell (no lining)
    natural fibre in a dark green or brown
    longer sleeves (for my Sasquatch arms)
    high collar(keeps face hidden and midgies out!)
    quiet material and fastenings (I want to be able to move and undo pockets whist 30 yds from a twitchy doe without sounding like a I am ripping paper inside a crisp packet!)
    shorter length (like a large shirt more than a jacket, its 25deg, I dont need to keep my arse warm!)

    I have tried all manner of makers and models at shows and shops and failed to find something simple (and cheap!)
    The wonders of T'interweb found me a material supplier who sent me 8sqyds of ripstop cotton in a nice dark green for the princely sum of 20

    I butchered an old shirt I had been keeping and copied the panel shapes adding and inch all round to length and width
    I robbed a zip from a old coat I was going to stick in the charity shop
    I picked up 30 5x1mm magnets from eBay for 3
    Stole the wife's sewing machine and self taught on how it works! (its just a self feeding spot welder that uses thread!)

    How hard can it be?!?!?

    The prototype:

    The material:

    My extra long sleeved, high collared, zipped, double flapped, silent magnet closing, breathable, silent, summer stalking overshirt!

    needs a couple of pockets added, few tweaks here and there, but I tried it out on a 4 hour assault of forestry/farmland on Tuesday.
    does what it is designed for perfectly

    I have used half the 8yds of material, probably cost me less than 15

  2. #2
    Great work! Your going to have orders to fill!

  3. #3
    spot on. so do we send you old shirts and you send us back a jacket ??????? you could be busy
    up and at um

  4. #4
    Not *quite* so cheap, but you don't have to do the sewing yourself:

    Helikon Genuine BDU Shirt Nyco Ripstop Olive

  5. #5
    Well done sir! Perhaps if you didn't want to do the sewing yourself for everyone else on here you could persuade one of the manufacturers or a local sewing alteration/repairs shop to take up your design.

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    You will make someone a lovely wife,

    do you cook too?

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    You will make someone a lovely wife,

    do you cook too?
    I do!!
    if you want something doing right then do it yourself!!

  8. #8
    7 years ago whilst on a trip to the US I purchased just what you say you require from Cabelas. Jacket and trousers cost less than 30 IIRC
    Lightweight, no lining to jacket or trousers so extremely cool, no poppers or velcro, jacket has elasticated cuffs and waist band and trousers have cargo pockets. All in all, an ideal summer stalking outfit.

  9. #9
    Well done you done a great job.

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