Had a chat with the father over the phone just now and he told me that the wetsuit kit came with all the pieces pre-cut. You got given a list of measurements to take, which you sent off, and then the wetsuit company did all the cutting. So you just had to do the assembly. So the old instructions in the attic are probably just that, assembly instructions, and not a pattern.
I could never really understand why unperfumed talcum powder was always more expensive than the smelly stuff.
I just found that the price of the Oliain wetsuit from Decathlon has changed from £129-99 to £199-99. I think they're manufactured in France, so this is probably the fault of all those people who were conned into voting for Brexit. Having said that, I've caved (and cave dived, in combination with other neoprene garments) a lot in the suit since I bought it and I do like it, so I'd be tempted to fork out even this much for a replacement. Some of the very similar competition would set you back >£300 if you were daft enough to spend that much on something that may not last too long if caving seriously in it.Incidentally Decathlon does also sell what looks like an equivalent Oliain 4 mm / 3 mm suit but with a back zip for only £69-99. (I don't get on with back zips though.)
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