Paul AYCE Nanian
Adding a hood to
our shell project is a quick
and easy way to add warmth or additional protection from the weather. Or make a poncho
tarp by integrating a hood made from 1.1
oz sil nylon with a 5 by 8 tarp. You're only limited by your imagination.
in the picture was made with 1.1
oz Black DWR Rip stop with yellow thread so that the seams would be
visible in photographs. It weighed in at a remarkable 2.5 oz, lighter
than every commercial hooded wind shirt available.
Pattern & Fabric
The pattern is generously sized, so tweak it only if you've got a particularly
large melon or long/thick neck. If you don't want a visor, eliminate piece
3 (the visor) and extend the edge pieces 1 and 2 by 1.5" along the edge
where piece 3 would have attached.
Prepare the Visor
Mark the position of the draw cord exit point on piece 3 using a soap chip
or other removable mark, then install the exit point reinforcement of your
choice: grommet or button hole.
The wind shirt in these directions uses grommets because that's what most
people will use, but the shell I carry substitutes a button hole.
Stiffen the bill by running parallel lines of stitching to secure the two
layers of fabric.The draw cord runs in the channel formed by the innermost
line of bill stitching and the inner edge of the visor.
Assemble the Hood
Sew together the body of the hood. The visor edge is longer than the neck
Pin the visor to the hood as shown in the picture, and attach them with a
row of stitching. Next turn the hood right-side out and topstitch the inner
edge of the visor to the hood.
Feed draw cord through its channel, and fit with cord locks. Finally, bar
tack the draw cord into its channel at the corners of the bill. This prevents
the visor from bunching when the draw cord is cinched.
- Integrate the Hood into your Project
The neck of the hood is larger than the neck of the collar used in the wind
shell. Trimming about one inch off the neck should be sufficient to fit the
|Grommet vs Button Hole
|I find that metal grommets tend to pull out of lightweight fabrics.