Sewing - Sleeve Extension
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During my 2012 Nevada backcountry bicycle tour (no tree cover and constant sun), I experienced some burning on the backs of my hands, which is why I designed these sleeve extensions. Because they do not interfere with air circulation too much, they are much cooler than gloves, but give the same protection from sunburn. During my 2014 tour, I went shirtless while bicycle touring Nevada and experienced no pain. So evidently, all I need is a good base tan and then I am immune to sunburn, at least at the Nevada latitudes in September/October. So I no longer carry these sleeve extensions. They might be useful for people who don't tan as well as me. About 25g grams if made with 3-ply supplex nylon.
- scraps of same material as for shirt, typically supplex/taslan/solarweave nylon.
- 80/12 universal needle
- 100m 100% polyester thread.
- 4 buttons.
- Cut scrap of fabric 1" wide, doubly-fold and topstitch, so that finished size is about 1/4" wide. Cut 4 strips 2.25" long (button loops) and 2 strips 2.75" long and 2 strips 3.25" long (finger loops).
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric as shown in pattern. 1/4" hems on all sides. Sew buttons and button-loops to match those on shirt. Note that sleeve extensions for right and left sleeve will normally be mirror images of one another, depending on how buttons where sewed onto shirt.
- Sew finger loop strips at diagonal on front part of sleeve extension. Longer finger loop is for index finger, shorter loop is for little finger.
- Apply fray-check to bartacks.