It has been a few weeks since my last post and a lot things have happened during this period! This post will be all about the development of the new fleece jackets and I am really excited about this project.
A lot of work has been done on getting the pattern ready and making sure fabrics and all other trim details arrived to the factory so that they could start prototyping a few weeks ago. I have just received the samples and I am really impressed.
The second product is a classic mid-layer hoody and I think it turned out really nice. It is a balancing act to find just the right features while keeping the price in a reasonable range, but I really believe that this hits a sweet spot.
The hood sits quite snugged and the zipper has a chin-guard making sure you do not get any chafing on your chin.
Classic thumb holes keeping your hands warm.
All zippers are YKK zippers and we have used the zipper size 5 for durability, where many other fleece jackets just uses size 3 zippers.
Two zipped hand pockets with semi-locking sliders making sure the pockets does not accidentally opens by them selves.
An elastic cord with adjustments on both sides gives you the possibility to tighten the bottom of the jacket. This is a quit classic feature but in my experience also something that often breaks, and this is because the normal way of attaching the elastic cord to the fabric is by sewing it to the fabric. As the cord is so thin the stitching becomes very weak and eventually the cord will come loose.
I have solved this by instead of attach the cord to the fabric, attach a webbing that the cord is tied to instead. This also makes is possible to easily replace the elastic cord if something should happen to the cord.
As these are production intense products, we will need to fund the production in the same way as we did with the Ljung pants via a Kickstarter campaign but the next step is to have these prototypes tested by some of you, more info on this soon.
We also need some help with two good names on these jackets, any suggestions?