Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Its the alien family from outerspace! No…its the family of green turtles ready for Halloween! Well, no, its just really warm, extreme winter clothing, and it happens to be made from foam.
Foam under clothing…What in the world is that? You may ask. It sounds…well pretty much straight up ridiculous and strange, but oh, no, I tell you to the contrary that it is about the warmest thing…around.
As the winter cold sets up here in MN, and its gotten C.O.L.D. I think about our foam clothing, and how, this foam clothing really becomes a blessing, especially when I am sending little children out in those low temperatures to feed the chickens.
. It was developed by a guy named Jim Phillips who was heavy into scouts but poor and couldn’t afford the gear. He was quite the genius and foam is almost like whale fat! You sew fabric onto the top and bottom of every foam piece you use to make under clothing (a pant and top set) and this fabric sewn on to the top and bottom, can’t be wool or something that makes sense, of all things its swim suit stretchy lycra type fabric, the synthetic stuff. Why? It has to do with air going through this layer to let the foam breath, or something like that. The link I send, with Jim Phillip’s links, explain way better.
These foam clothing act as long johns because the wind can rush through, but indoors they don’t need anything on top. (You would wear them indoors if your house were cold and drafty or if your power went out.) If you wear these puppies under water proof layer you can literally sweat. But what is so genius where with name brand winter gear such as Patagonia and such your sweat freezes to you in extreme weather, but with foam clothing, the sweat actually breathes from all the air of the foam, so you stay nice and warm as your sweat evaporates.
Our outer layer is really thin and holey/porous stuff. It wasn’t quite a swim wear, and I found it really cheap from a friend who sold it to me like 25 cents a yard, they got it on a deal. It works, its just a bit more fragile than I’d like, prone to tearing at the seams.
Foam clothing, isn’t actually tough to make they are just really time consuming. For example, if you were making pants, you sew the swim fabric piece onto the foam piece which is cut out in the pattern of a pant let, using a zig zag stitch, over the top and bottom of the piece. You then sew those big bulky pieces together.