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    Homemade Gabardine Smock

    I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I'm going to attempt to design it myself. The gabardine arrived this morning. It's a very strong green colour but seems good quality. It's quite heavy. Now I need to think about how long to make it - below my bum I think. And do I make it pull on or zip...
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    Homemade Gabardine Smock

    Anyway, I've ordered it and shall devise some sort of pattern for it to the best of my abilities based on pictures of smocks I've seen on the web and I'll put it through the washing machine with some nikwax for good measure.
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    Homemade Gabardine Smock

    He did indeed. I seem to remember a programme about the clothing he wore and how it held up to modern fabrics - very well apparently. I've got a feeling Bruce Parry wore gabardine when he replicated Scott's South Pole journey too. OK the reindeer furs the 'Amundsen' team wore were better for...
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    Homemade Gabardine Smock

    I got the idea from an article in this month's Walk magazine which has an article on 2 guys who belong to the Band of Historical Hillwalkers. They had gabardine smocks made from vintage WWII cotton gabardine which they claim is waterproof as well as windproof. I think I'll give the stuff from...
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    Homemade Gabardine Smock

    I suppose I could always wash it in Nikwax to give it some water repellancy
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    Homemade Gabardine Smock

    I want to make one for myself having had heart failure at the prices of these but I'm not too sure about fabric quality. I understand that true gabardine has waterproof and breathable qualities but how do I tell true gabardine? Is this likely to be any good or am I wasting my money...
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    dyeing cotton canvas tarp HELP

    My experience of using machine dyes is that you'd need a lot of this for a canvas tarp. One certainly wouldn't do it.
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    Tilley Hats

    John please tell me you haven't got socks on with that skirt - that's not a good look. Not sure why I looked so closely either
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    Tilley Hats

    I've noticed there is loads more choice of style on American websites. I like the look of the fedora. :D This could end up costing me a fortune. And I'd love an Aussie kangaroo leather one............. Oh god.......... :(
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    dyeing cotton canvas tarp HELP

    Banana and carrots leave grey marks behind if baby clothes were anything to go by when my kids were small! And NOTHING would wash it out! Beetroot is good if you want that sort of colour - not terribly clever if you're going for subtle camoflage tho unless you're hiding against .... nope can't...
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    Tilley Hats

    And as I said - the TH8 would be a good look for you John...........
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    Tilley Hats

    I'm sure it would look lovely on you John............. Not having a clue what you look like
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    Tilley Hats

    That's the one :)
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    Tilley Hats

    Ahem - have gone for the TH8. Not sure it's entirely practical for everyday use but I REALLY like it :D
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    Tilley Hats

    And the T5?