The down comforter that covers our bed, and us at night, makes me swoon. It's light and warm and fosters a feeling of cuddled bliss even if the bed is cold on the first edge of the nightly plunge. I love it. Except of one little (big) thing. The pockets of down across the top, that part that is over our neck and shoulders, seem to be really skimpy on fluff stuff. They are totally stitched around so nothing has migrated with the geese when they went south last fall. However, regardless of the thin covering, we've certainly survived the winter. Spring is nearly here. It could easily be set aside until next winter. But wait!
A 25-year-old down vest hangs--unused for the last 20 years--in a distant closet. So many reasons this garment is no longer in active service--too short and too fat are the main ones. "Too fat" makes it the precise antidote for the "skimpy" comforter.
|Vacuum container emptied into plastic bag. |
Vacuum filter still totally clogged with down.
|Inside of eviscerated vest.|
Begin again. Gather vest, comforter and myself to my sewing machine. Open a comforter pocket seam to receive the down. Slit a pouch in the vest. Thrust my hand in, forcing down to the end of its pouch. "Grab" as much as possible. Slowly extract my hand. Hold my breath so as not to cause more movement of the down "cloud" surrounding my hand. Insert hand into comforter. Release. Very sl-o-w-ly extract hand. Repeat. Sew up the seam pocket. Turn head away. Breathe.
|Finished, puffy-pocketted comforter|
*"Down" should really be called "up." I couldn't get any of it to come down.