Written By: Adam
Many tailors and craftsmen may be wondering how to make a down coat, but are unsure about the process. Fear not, because down coats are in fact one of the simplest types of coats that can be made. Down coats have always been a popular type of jacket, particularly in the chilly winter months when the temperature drops. These coats have a reputation for having good insulation ability, a light weight and a long lifespan. The secret to these coats lies in the material in which it derives its name.
A down jacket derives its name from the type of feathers that are used to stuff it. Typically, these jackets are filled with soft feathers of a duck while the outer layer is made from materials such as nylon and polyester. Down helps the jackets retain heat, providing warmth to the wearer. Jackets today are often mixed with other materials in addition to down as a way to cut down on costs.
When making a down jacket, it is important to
consider the ideal fill power. The fill power represents the fluffiness of the jacket. The bigger the number, the more insulation the jacket provides. Ideally, in order to get the largest fill number, you should stick to using only down feathers and compact them tightly within the jacket. The higher the number, the better quality the jacket. Fill power is also often referred to as loft.
The next important factor to consider when deciding how to make a down coat is which material should be used to form the exterior. Nylon and polyester are two of the most popular choices because of their durability and ability to withstand harsh climate conditions. After choosing which material, you should decide on a pattern. One popular pattern is the tube wall design, comprised of several smaller compartments, or the box wall design, which is constructed from two outer layers as well as others. Many new designs have arisen over the years, and many variations of the down coat have taken
Decide whether the down coat you are making should include any miscellaneous features such as hoods or zipped pockets. Adjustable hems provide for more control to the wearer when it comes to regulating heat, so that may be a useful feature to consider. One should consider the purpose that the jacket is being used for and weigh the pros and cons. More fill powers means a better quality coat but will also be a lot heavier.
One drawback you may encounter with these coats is that the feathers will sometimes poke out. This can be solved by the use of synthetic material. The synthetic material should be used to wrap the feathers to secure them in place. This will provide a more even surface and give the coat a more polished and professional appearance. In conclusion, when making a down coat it is very important to first consider what the coat will be used for and to base the design accordingly.