How It’s Made – Hardback Coats
Many people have wondered why it takes some time to build a hardback coat.
We have compiled some pictures to give people an idea on what we see everyday when building these coats.
Step 1. Patterns.
When someone measures their chest and waist size, that lets us know what cut they are going to need for their coat. If there is a 6 inch difference between the chest and waist (ex. 42 chest 36 waist), the coat becomes a tapered cut.
Each coat starts as a pattern. We have many patterns that help guide the cutting department in tracing the pieces for the coat. Each coat has about 50 pieces that has to be sewn together.
Step 2. Tracing.
Once the pattern has been picked out, we roll out the material that was chosen by the shooter. We inspect the material each time to make sure there are no defects. Any issues are cut out prior to tracing.
Once everything is ready, we lay the patterns down onto the material and carefully trace around with a white grease pencil. The portion does take some time. One wrong slip and the coat may not match up correctly when it reaches the sewing department.
Step 3. Cutting.
When all of the patterns have been traced, we then cut the fabric.
Each piece is then set aside for the next step.
Step 4. The Hardback Lining.
In this step, we unroll a large batch of thick cotton lining. This is the material that is put into the hardback to give our shooters that “fence-post” feeling. We take the patterns and lay them accordingly to the size of the hardback jacket. We then trace the outlines and cut.
Step 5. Rubber and Padding
The rubber is what make a shooting coat, well, a shooting coat. The rubber that we sew onto the elbows of the coat provide a non slip surface while the shooter is in the prone position. The 3/4″ felt padding that we place within the elbows reduces the strain on the elbows and makes the prone position a little bit more comfortable.
Step 6. Sewing
This is the final step in the coat making process. Here is where we take all 50+ pieces of material and sew together the Hardback Coat.
This is a very time-consuming step since we have actual sewers on machines doing each of these by hand.
Once the coat is finished, it is packed up and sent right out to the customer who has been patiently waiting.