Originally Posted by sniperbait
Sometimes it's a false economy to try to make something. It's usually better to buy the manufactured items than stuff about trying to save a few bucks. I have HH snakeskins and am pleased with them. It would be too much effort to try to buy the material, work out the dimensions, measure and cut correctly, find someone to sew them to a standard I would accept, just to save a few dollars.
Unless you do not value your time, I cannot see how DIY gear could ever be good economy. DIY gear is not about saving money, at least not for me. I bought a $700 sewing machine because I love making gear and have no ambition to ever recover the investment in money saved vs. buying commercial gear. Yet, I consider the $700 spent on the sewing machine a really good investment, because it helps me to do something I really like to do. I just made a down jacket, about $120 in materials and 10 hours of my time. I could have easily bought a $300 commercial jacket and come out ahead financially considering my investment in time and DIY equipment. But where's the fun in that?