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Postby hardcorecaver » Nov 8, 2006 4:27 pm

I what to make some cave pants i am getting good fabric but i need a pattern. Does anybod have a good pattern. I think a pattern like regural jeans would not work great. because i all was rip my jean in the croutch. IS there a patt with a diffrent croutch pattern?
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Postby fuzzy-hair-man » Nov 8, 2006 6:14 pm

While your at it you may as well make the top half as well, ie most cavers if they go to the extent of making or buying specialist caving clothes use overalls or coveralls generally out of cordura, nylon, or PVC (if you are going to get really wet and cold) or some other suitably tough fabric.

Me so far I just use mechanics style overalls preferably with a high polyester or synthetic content because in my experience it is warmer and tougher than cotton and most importantly won't soak up as much water.

Otherwise there must be thousands of patterns for pants of one sort or another in sewing shops have a look there you could also trace the pattern and add or remove material where nessicary to make them just right.
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Postby mgmills » Nov 8, 2006 7:01 pm

fuzzy-hair-man wrote:While your at it you may as well make the top half as well, ie most cavers if they go to the extent of making or buying specialist caving clothes use overalls or coveralls generally out of cordura, nylon, or PVC (if you are going to get really wet and cold) or some other suitably tough fabric.


Here in T.A.G. country a lot of cavers use just cordura pants or cordura shorts. I once bought a full cave suit and found I only used it a few times. I always overheated and found I usually had the top pushed down and the sleeves tied around my waist.

Regarding a pattern. . . you are probably going to have to modify any standard patterns. My caving pants also have extra fabric at the knees which is fit in using a few "tucks" to add extra fullness at the knees. This extra fullness keeps them from pulling when climbing or crawling.

Perhaps just making the pants a size larger than you usually wear might solve the problem. The other thing you might consider is adding a "gusset" if some areas seem too restrictive.

My pants are also re-inforced in the seat area. I tend to be a "butt" caver when going down breakdown slopes.
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