BlackCat Mark II
After my success with my first tarp - and understand, this was my first 'real' sewing project - I've been considering making another one.
I like the overall design, but I just didn't feel that the first tarp was the best work I was capable of. I also wanted to try it again, now that I know the general fabrication scheme, to see how long it would take me. Fanatic Fringer gave me the impetus I needed when he requested one...
So I started working on it yesterday afternoon. It's been an off-and-on job, but I think the total time will be around 12-13 hours. That's pretty good, considering the first one took most of three days. Of course, I had to come up with cat curve measurements, make a pattern, and for the most part learn how to sew that time, too :p
I'm not QUITE finished - still have to add tie-out loops and seam seal it. But the bulk of the work is done.
Another interesting turn is that Fringer requested MacCat-style grosgrain trim on this one. I didn't want to mess with it before and it seemed like extra weight, but now that I've added it to his, I'm pretty impressed by the 'sturdiness feel' of it. I haven't pitched the tarp yet (no tie-outs), so I'll have to wait and see how the trim affects the cat characteristics.
All in all, I impressed myself. This thing came out looking NICE. I took my time with the aesthetics this time, as opposed to before when I was just struggling to get it done. I really had no idea I could make something look this nice. Go me :D
Anyway. I should be finished Sunday or Monday. I posted a couple of corner detail pics for anyone who's interested.
Very nice. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Awesome, I can't wait to see it either. If I remember from your first one, it was pretty big. Is this one the same size? Also, do you have any weights for them yet?
Again, really good job. I love the look of the black.
Nice job. I see I am not the only one getting hooked by the sewing bug.
Hey man it looks great so far. Cant wait to take her for a spin. I'm going to try to make it to the campout and I can show off your work.;)
I second that emotion! Fine job! Cannot wait for more pictures.
Yeah, same size - 12' ridge, 11' total width before sewing. Mine weighs in at 13.6 oz. before seam sealing. Because I've gotten a bit better at sewing, I was able to stitch less on this one and still get solid seams and hems, so that might reduce weight a little bit. I also used 3/4" webbing for tie-outs on mine, whereas Fringer sent 1/2" to put on this one. Mine doesn't have the grosgrain trim though, so I'm not sure how things will balance out yet. I'll post a weight when I get the tie-outs on this one.
Originally Posted by Patrick
I guess Slowhike is gonna be the first one to see the BlackCat in action tomorrow...lucky guy :D
I guess Slowhike is gonna be the first one to see the BlackCat in action tomorrow...lucky guy :D[/QUOTE]
i was hoping you'd be sporting that bad boy!
Bishop - Looks nice! Are the white tieouts reflective? That would be awsome if they are, as they kind of stick out on that nice looking stealth-tarp.
They're actually not white, they're grey 1.9 oz. ripstop from Walmart...but the fabric has some sort of DWR-type coating, so it reflects the camera flash like a son-of-a-gun :p
The stealth thing is definitely what I'm going for. I'd prefer OD or brown, but Ed's sil is so much cheaper that I can't justify the cost difference with color alone :D
I have some 1.1 oz. untreated OD ripstop (also from Walmart), but it's got a much looser weave than the grey stuff I used - I don't know if it would hold up as corner reinforcement.