Introduction: Extended Jacket Sleeves and Hand Warmers
It doesn't matter if you are in a tree stand or on the ground, still hunting(staying still in one spot and waiting for the animals to come to you) in Pennsylvania in the Winter months gets REALLY cold sometimes. The idea is to stay as still and as quiet a possible so that you blend into your surroundings. That means you aren't moving around to keep warm. All that leaves you is layers. Layers are your friend. Layers let you regulate your warmth and comfort by adding and taking away layers as needed.
I have a pair of heavy hunting gloves that are very warm, the problem is that they are so thick that I can not fit my finger into the trigger guard when I wear them. I also have a thinner pair of hunting gloves (think glorified gardening gloves) that don't cause any issues with using the trigger, but they aren't the warmest gloves around.
At first I was just going to add enough material to cover my wrist when my arms are fully extended. But why solve one problem when you can solve two.
Enter the extended sleeve. The sleeves can be worn at the wrist when they are not needed, and when I do need them they are long enough to cover my hands. It gives me another layer of warmth for my hands without interfering with my ability to hunt.
Step 1: Problem
I recently bought a new hunting jacket to replace my old one that has served me well for many years.
The only problem I have with my new jacket is that the sleeves are not long enough.
naked wrists .. this just won't do.
Step 2: Solution
I decide to reuse an old zip up sweatshirt that I don't wear anymore, and use it to fix the problem with my new jacket.
I measured out the length of sleeve material I would need by putting the sweatshirt sleeve on so that it was covering my hand, and then I slid the jacket sleeve on over that and marked where the jacket ended on the sweatshirt sleeve.
I then allowed enough material to account for the jacket cuff length and a little extra so that I could hem the edge of the sweatshirt sleeve to prevent rolling and fraying.
Pinning the sleeve extension in place on the inside of the jacket cuff, using a reinforced stitch to attach the sleeves together.
Repeat the process for the other sleeve.
turn everything right side out.
Step 3: Sewing Dos
measure twice - cut once (hey bubba .. something is wrong with these here scissors. I done cut the fabric twice and it is still too short)
make sure you have enough thread to complete your project - running out half way through stinks.
use your pins, they are there to help you - it's their job .. it's what they do.
Step 4: Sewing Don'ts
Don't forget to take into account the fact that sweatshirt sleeve get wider as they move away from the cuff - yes i had to put a dart into the sleeves and cut off the excess material *hangs head in shame*
Don't forget which way you want you material to face - yes I got both of my sleeves finished and then realized i sewed one in inside-out so I had to rip out the seam (reinforced stitches ar a bugger to remove) flip the sleeve around and re-sew that sleeve into the jacket arm.