As soon as I clamped eyes on Shug's down beanie, It was hat love at first sight.
I went to order one from Blackrockgear.com last week and they were sold out.
This meant only one thing- A diy attempt (struggle) was Imminent.
After trying to work out how it was put together, it seemed sensible to make 3 down filled pockets and join them together before sewing through the baffle lines to finish.
The first one I made was far too small, and the sewing through didn't go too well, so I butchered it for its downy plumage and started again.
During attempt 2, It came to my mind that sewing through may not be needed, the down pockets are small enough to keep the down in place and it would save a bit of elbow grease. Could this be a good compromise?
I tested it last night in the rain for an hour and it stayed bone dry and felt toasty warm. The down didn't get touched by the rain.
I'm not happy with it yet-it needs a sweatband to stop the noise of the material on my ears and keep it on in wind and a bit of minor tweaking to the shape. It weighs 28g, squashes to an egg size, took 18g of 850 down, made from olive pertex. I reckon it should be good down to about -5 to -10 oC/ 20s
This is my progress so far.
The down filled pockets; [IMG][/IMG]
The muslin blank for the shape-[IMG][/IMG]