November 24, 2009
It’s unlikely that you understand the sheer ecstatic joy that accompanies:
completing! 16! inflatable! legs! 16! inflatable! arms! and! 8! inflatable! portholes!
Resting on my laurels.
November 22, 2009
Currently constructing body-parts. All heads complete. 8 legs (unfortunately not 8 pairs of legs) finished. A few photos below:
A found template (the top of a stool) for the circular windows. Windows are made from the same thin clear vinyl people use to cover and protect their upholstery. At $1.99 / yard, it would be a bargain at twice the price! This stuff is available at most fabric stores, but I purchased mine at "SewFisticated" on the Cambridge/Somerville, MA line.
Perfect circles. Perfect, thanks to the steel stool top and the Olfa Rotary cutter.
Pinning circular windows to (already seamed) 6" wide strips of ripstop nylon. I would like to know if I am making this seam correctly...
A quick polyethylene template for the leg. I measure off of my own body. Pattern-making 101.
An even quicker cardboard template to trace onto the fabric. I separated the foot from the leg so as to waste less fabric when cutting out the pattern. The cardboard template is bigger than the polyethylene prototype in order to account for 1" seams.
Tracing the pattern onto a top sheet of ripstop. I have four sheets below for high-speed cutting.
all the pieces for legs.
Hours of pinning and sewing... but a long story short: a pile of legs. Voila! That little rounded strip above the ankle is velcro, which will attach to the vinyl boot.
November 16, 2009
This may seem like an odd title for a blog’s first post. There will be flash-backs to prototypes and process that predate the blog’s birth date : 11/16/09.
Today was a big day. I finished a digital model, laid out my patterns in AutoCAD, cut down all of my ripstop nylon, and sewed my first seam. Photos below recount a bit of today’s progress…
This is 9 yards of black 14 mil vinyl ready to be cut down and ultimately sewn to create the floor of Itinerant Home. Typically 18 mil vinyl is what professionals use for floors. I find it hard to tell the difference between 14 and 18 mil though. And 14 mil vinyl is a couple dollars cheaper per yard.
I am using 1.9 oz breathable ripstop for Itinerant Home's "superstructure". I've been assured by those in the know that this fabric will stay inflated so long as I maintain a constant source of air. If I'd like it to hold air better, I can spray it with polyurethane. This is a cheaper solution than buying polyurethane impregnated ripstop.