Friday, August 31, 2012


The ultrex arrived today!!!!!  (This is the generic gortex equivalent I was talking about the other day)  and I think I have found my coat fabric! (!!!!!!)   (!!!!!!)   (!!!!!!!)  There is a dark slate blue (they call it navy, but its too gray for that) with a 500 denier codura facing -- think backpack weight, but still really tough.   Within 20 minutes of getting the package I was outside rubbing samples on concrete.   I tested a three ply, the codura faced one and the two ply.

 The real difference between two and three ply weatherproof materials is the need to add a lining.  In the two ply the rubbery weatherproofing is exposed on the inside, which isn't a good idea as it can get scratched and whatnot -- but if you are planning on using a lining anyway, as I am, then its fine, and about $5 a yard cheaper.

Anyhow, they all performed admirably, so should you be in the market, I can recommend any of these.  Now I just (hah, "just") need to do my final muslin to get full yardage and I'm ready!   My arbitrarily chosen 15 seconds ago goal is to have it done by the 1st of November.


  1. Wow! I'm super impressed at the hard work you're putting into this, it's really melding your scientific side with your sewing side nicely! Can't wait to see the finished garment!

    1. thanks :) Can't help it really - using an untested material makes my skin crawl. (science!)


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