oh no, another project

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Back in the day there was a company called Frostline Kits. They sold patterns and kits for outdoor clothing and gear, and they even had stores where you could go and sew up your stuff. My mother was crazy about Frostline, and she made down booties, down vests, rain parkas, and backpacks for us. Sadly, Frostline now seems to be nonexistent, but wouldn’t you know, once in a while the kits show up on ebay!
Today my Frostline stuff arrived, and it was WAY more than I expected. I thought I was just getting patterns for a women’s vest and a men’s jacket, but no, they are complete kits, and there’s also a kit for a stuff sack plus thread, labels, scraps of ripstop nylon, all kinds of stuff. I haven’t even gone through the whole box yet. Clearly someone was trying to clean up the basement. Well, now it’s going to sit in my basement along with all my other projects! Must. Get. Motivated.
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12 Responses to oh no, another project

  1. carolyn says:

    no way, dude. i think i STILL HAVE frostline shit my mom made me years ago. winter parkas, sleeping bag stuff sacks, duffle bags. she made them all. that’s so NUTS, i haven’t thought of that stuff in years!!!!!! fair dinkum!!

  2. Eva-L says:

    I just looked thru the food gallery and my god you’re good! I am coming back to get some recipes as soon as I’m done working!

  3. Mary says:

    Ah yes, I remember the days sitting around an open flame with my mom, sealing the edges of the ripstop nylon on many a Frostline kit!

  4. Anne says:

    I have fond memories of Frostline kits. My father made several backpacks and a down comforter. Trying to get the packets of down into the comforter without any feathers escaping was impossible!

  5. I have a pair of Frostline down mittens my sister made for my Mom, who has since passed on. They are incredibly warm and lightweight. Too bad they are white!!

  6. Sara A. says:

    I made a queen size comforter from a Frostline kit over 20 years ago and still use it on my bed!!! Wonderful stuff. I hadn’t thought of looking on Ebay (my favorite haunt!!) Thanks for the tip.

  7. Sara A. says:

    I made a queen size comforter from a Frostline kit over 20 years ago and still use it on my bed!!! Wonderful stuff. I hadn’t thought of looking on Ebay (my favorite haunt!!) Thanks for the tip.

  8. marti says:

    I hadn’t remembered about frostline kits until just now. i did make a ski jacket from one, it was bright spring green. the color looked awful on me, but i was so proud of it!

  9. Becky says:

    I only recently tossed out a duffle bag that my mom made back in the early 1980s from a frostline kit. (I know she made several.)

  10. Sara A. says:

    I made a queen size comforter from a Frostline kit over 20 years ago and I’m still using it!! Thanks for the info that the Frostline stuff might be available on ebay. Never thought of it, even though ebay is my favorite place!!!
    Sara

  11. Alison says:

    My mom made stuff sacks for my dad and all my uncles back in the day. I don’t know about my uncles, but my dad still uses his all the time.

  12. splatgirl says:

    My mom was the frostline queen. In the ’70′s she made this kelly green parka that I think she wore until at least 1990. It was SUCH a tragedy of fashion, but surely very warm. It went great with her afro perm.
    I also remember the sleeping bags she made…how I used them for sleep overs, how they were always WAY too warm and made me all sweaty, and how they were impossible to get to go back into the stuffsack.
    Didn’t you have to seal all of the seams with some kind of stuff, too??

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