/ Fabric for outdoor kit

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girlymonkey - on 09 Apr 2019

I do a bit of sewing and dress making, but it has always been "normal" clothes that I have made. Any suggestions for sourcing fabrics for quick drying walking trousers and any suggestions for where to get suitable patterns?

I have asked for some sample fabrics from Penine Outdoor, but are there others? Not being used to making these, I'm not sure what sort of fabric I am actually looking for (as in, what they would call it on a website).

I'm hoping I could adjust a normal trouser pattern to work for what i want, but if there are specific patterns for walking trousers I would be interested in these. 

maxsmith - on 09 Apr 2019
In reply to girlymonkey:

In the UK unfortunately limited options so its pennine or profabrics. If you're after something specific/expensive try extremtextil in germany. Best to ring up shops and discuss what you are after or better still post on /myog reddit and you will get some good advice.  Careful - making your own gear is very addictive!

girlymonkey - on 09 Apr 2019
In reply to maxsmith:

Thanks, I will give those a look.

>  Careful - making your own gear is very addictive!

I could certainly get addicted to kit that fits me properly! Lol 

Toerag - on 09 Apr 2019
In reply to girlymonkey:

A quick look at their website would suggest the P38 stretch trouser fabric or the PS1M polyester stuff.

If you can get it Schoeller Dryskin is very good but pills at abrasion points or where the hooky part of velcro catches it.

Edit - they do Schoeller PS30 (whatever that is)

Post edited at 13:18
HeMa on 09 Apr 2019
In reply to maxsmith:

another good contender is shelby.fi

girlymonkey - on 09 Apr 2019
In reply to Toerag:

Thanks, the ps1m was one of the samples that I asked for, I didn't spot the p38. Will try and get a sample of the schoeller too.

girlymonkey - on 09 Apr 2019
In reply to HeMa:

Thabks, will look them up

Doug on 09 Apr 2019
In reply to girlymonkey:

also see https://www.profabrics.co.uk/ (used to be Point North) in Chester

redscotti - on 10 Apr 2019
In reply to Doug:

These guys are very helpful https://www.gramxpert.eu/about-us/

marsbar - on 10 Apr 2019
In reply to girlymonkey:

I think the main thing for walking trousers is that you want any seams finished in such a way that they don't rub.  

You might also want zips or whatever at the bottom to put boots on and off.  

Obviously you will need lots of pockets too.  

I think a normal pattern will probably be fine.  

There is this if you want knee shapes.  But maybe try it first in cheap fabric to get them in the right place?  

https://www.shelbyoutdoor.com/product_info.php?products_id=201

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