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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:12 pm

Ok another update...

So at the weekend I took apart the nerf blaster, ready to sand and prime – Only got as far as sanding it as the weather prevented us from going outside to prime (Fingers crossed its better this weekend).

ImageNerf Blaster progress by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

My canvas webbing arrived (ordered from eBay) – it may be a little too light grey but I guess that depends on the belt once that arrives and is dyed. My black webbing also arrived (for my leg flare holder) but stupidly ordered 10m of the stuff :ROFL:

ImageCanvas webbing by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

ImageBlack webbing by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I took a trip down to hobbycraft and purchased some of the little bits and pieces (cotton, zip etc) the chicago screws were purchased on eBay:

ImageCotton and Chicago screws by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

ImageExtra long zip by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I also got some of these hook and bar closures for the collar of the flight suit, will they do?

ImageCollar clasps by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

My elastic ruffle arrived too :grin: I got that from here: https://strapcrafts.com/products/3-inch ... 9dd7&_ss=r

ImageElastic ruffle by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

My sewing pattern arrived as well – I got it because I have not done sewing to this level before so needed a decent start point, It’ll need adapting – pockets added and some taken away etc but at least I have a starting point! Another eBay purchase!

ImageSewing pattern by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

My various grey polypropylene webbing and extra roll pin buckles arrived this morning – I got different thicknesses and shades of the webbing just to cover everything really and as it is so cheap its not really a big deal to buy too much – it’ll always come in useful at some point! Once again these were from eBay! With the roll pin buckles, they just need to have the coating taken off to bring them back to silver.

ImageVarious grey webbing by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

ImageRoll pin buckles by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Still waiting delivery on my fabric – fingers crossed it arrives tomorrow! Also expecting my PLCE Belt then too! Once they are here I can start cracking on with the suit and harness!

I have been sourcing materials for the flight vest and holster – pretty much found everything for them I think, just got to wait until payday at the end of the week! Only things I haven’t started looking for yet are the chest box, leg flares and leg hose adapter!

Things are definitely moving along quicker than I initially thought – lets see how well I cope with the sewing :ROFL:

Thanks as always :thumbsup:
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:08 am

Just a quick post this morning…

Well, my fabric arrived this morning!! :grin: I am excited (but also a little bit nervous I guess) about starting the sewing which ill be doing tomorrow :shock:

So because the fabric I’ve chosen is quite thin I have got some basic black fabric to line the suit (the cordura would have needed lining anyway so its not an extra expense)

ImageOrange Cotton Duck Canvas & Black lining fabric by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I’ve laid the elastic ruffle on top of the suit fabric to check colour – I know it needs to be slightly lighter than the main fabric – what are people’s thoughts on this? Does the ruffle need a bit of dye?

ImageSuit fabric with elastic ruffle on top by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by BigFatCat » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:40 am

The ruffle is supposed to be a shade or two different from the suit fabric so it's OK to have a slight variation between the two. It seems to look like the colour in the pics of the Poe suit from SDCC. As long as that's not too orange.
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:58 pm

The ruffle fabric looks fine, add a bit of dirt and weathering on it and itll sit right where it needs to :)
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:00 pm

Awesome - thanks both!

I’ve started the long process of cutting the fabric and pinning it in between work and training - I’ll pop some images up once I’ve got something more than fabric cut outs!!

I’ll admit I got a little daunted when starting to cut the fabric - felt a bit like I was out of my depth a bit - but that feeling is reducing slowly as I make more progress!

I am also making some progress with my blaster at weekends - I’ll pop some pics up this weekend!

All in all it’s going well and I’m really enjoying the process!!

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by BigFatCat » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:08 pm

hfletcher_87 wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:00 pm
All in all it’s going well and I’m really enjoying the process!!
This feeling, last it does not!
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:49 am

Well, I spent any bit of spare time last week cutting and hemming fabric – I have never done sewing to this level before (in fact my sewing experience was pretty much fixing a hole in a pair of trousers! :shock: ) so when I looked at the pattern I honestly thought I would mess it up – I didn’t know what some of the sewing terms meant – I was enjoying the challenge but also really confused! So spent some time googling about sewing terms and patterns etc. and I got there in the end!

I was struggling with putting it on checking the size etc, so I went and got myself a dressmakers mannequin (some are pretty pricey but I got an adjustable one from amazon for about £100 – I figured I am sure to be making more costumes once this one is done so it’s a worthwhile expense!) and I persevered then I pinned together the arms and the torso and it actually looked right! I was over the moon! :grin:

Here’s a pic of the progress so far on the flight suit, I’ve done the front and back of the torso area, and done one arm – this is where I ran into an issue I am not a standard size – I am different dress sizes depending on the area of the body (just to be awkward :lol: ) so I found that areas fit me fine and some are huge (nothing that can't be worked around but just adds another level of difficulty for a novice like myself!) but I'm making some progress which is always better than none!

ImageStarting the flightsuit! by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I have also got a bit on the underarm that hasn’t quite fitted together right and I’m not happy with the way it sits – there is this weird dart where things must have not quite fitted together perfectly – I had to alter the pattern slightly to add the yoke type seam at the front as well as the back and that’s where I went wrong – I cut out the pattern and then just measured where the yoke seam should be and cut (rookie mistake I guess!) – this meant that the arm hole didn’t match up anymore and I stitched it together, hoping it would fall right when all done and this is the result:

ImageFlightsuit arm area mistake by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

So I am going to re-do it, I bought way too much fabric anyway so no problem there – its all a learning curve! I am able to recover most parts, its just the front panels that need cutting out again so that the arm holes match up better.

The sewing took up so much time this weekend, my blaster and helmet just didn’t get worked on!

Thanks as always :thumbsup:
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by tenebris » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:50 am

Hi Helen

Sorry I didn't get to your earlier, i was away last week.

Normally I always make a mock up of the garment first to test the pattern, in either calico or a cheap fabric with a similar weight to the fabric for the final garment, old sheets are good for this. This way, if things are not quite right or don't match up, you can adjust the pattern and make that bit up again. Just remember with sheets to cut your pieces on the right grainline(that's the kind of thing I forget to do with sheets).

https://www.fabricland.co.uk/product/ca ... 00cm-wide/

The pattern you have apparently runs quite large. This person started, but didn't finish.

http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/ ... hhLR4KjGzQ


With this pattern It looks like you need to eliminate the pockets, create a yoke in the front and reduce the yoke in the back, I would do a straight run of just the basic body, then mark in where the changes need to be made and where i want the yokes to sit and use those measurements to change/create the yokes.

The pattern I would have suggested is simplicity 8722 as you can start with a basic body with the right kind of collar, get the fit right, then draw on where you want the yokes and the chaps and pockets and use that as a template to change the pattern.

https://www.sewessential.co.uk/misses-m ... ttern-8722

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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:11 am

Honestly, I ran headfirst into it so quickly and didn’t even stop to think about making up a mock up first – makes complete sense to do one, especially given my experience (or lack of!). Definitely something I will do in the future

Thanks for the links – I will give them a look!
Yes – the kwik sew pattern does run rather big – especially the sleeves, they are huge! But at least making things smaller is easier than making them bigger! I am different sizes (just to be extra awkward :roll: ) so I am doing everything to my biggest size and then will reduce areas to fit properly afterwards - that way I don't make the mistake of trimming areas and having this mismatching situation again!

Luckily, I haven’t steamed ahead too much. After unpicking the front and back of the torso bit, the fabric is good to use for the pockets so at least I haven’t wasted too much!

I will take your advice and make the basic body and then measure for the yokes and go from there :smile:

I’m just going to look at it as a learning curve – I expected that there would be bits I would need to re-do or mistakes made. At least it gives me a chance improve my sewing technique :grin: so not all bad!

Thanks as always :thumbsup:
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:02 pm

Ok so haven’t had time to do any major sewing this week but I have now unpicked everything and I have pinned the seams again to tidy them up a bit I am cracking on with some sewing today so hopefully with have an update this weekend! :smile:

In other news though - I put my roll pin buckles in a salt and vinegar solution to remove the coating so they are the correct silver colour. I have never done this before so wasn’t sure about how long to soak them for or how much salt and vinegar to put in the bowl!

ImageRoll pin buckles soaking by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

But I just made up a solution – I guessed how much vinegar and salt to put in so anyone looking for a ratio here – I don’t know (not much help there I know – apologies but if there is a specific ratio I’m sure someone will pop it up here!) I placed the buckles in the solution and waited about 1 minute, then took one of them out and scrubbed with my wire scouring pad and it was silver! So by the time I had scrubbed the one the others had soaked longer and needed less elbow grease! :eek: So here is the before and after:

ImageRoll pin buckles - Before (top) and After (bottom) by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

So that’s my buckles done:

ImageRoll Pin Buckles After soaking by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I have also ordered some fabric spray dye (I ordered it from here: https://www.fabricspray.co.uk/shop/upho ... abric-dye/ ) for the belt but I have unpicked it all ready to spray (side note: I had tried dyeing it with regular dye but (as expected) the dye did not take at all). As the spray dye mentioned above hasn’t arrived yet I don’t know if this works – as soon as it arrives I will let you know!

ImageUnpicking the PLCE belt by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Annoyingly I was ever so slightly too big for just the one belt :roll: – it was like barely an inch too small but I want it to fit properly so I bought 2 and will splice them together to make one belt that fits perfectly!

ImageUnpicked belt ready to dye grey by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Thanks as always :thumbsup:
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:40 pm

Buckles look good, Tbh I’ve never taken notes of how long to leave them in other than too long and they can start to rust and corrode.
But looks like you got it sorted in the end!
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Re: Generic Resistance Pilot WIP

Post by hfletcher_87 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:37 pm

Jerrick Sunrunner wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:40 pm
Buckles look good, Tbh I’ve never taken notes of how long to leave them in other than too long and they can start to rust and corrode.
But looks like you got it sorted in the end!
Awesome thanks, I am pleased with how they turned out and it was a lot easier than expected! :grin:



I have made some more progress on my suit! :grin:

So after making the mistake earlier on with the yoke adaption (post about it is a few posts above) I unpicked and started again – so thought that this was a good point to do a nice little step by step. Now as I’ve mentioned before I am a complete novice when it comes to sewing so hopefully for others in the same boat this will be a handy little guide to what I did!

So I got the Kwik Sew K3389 pattern – I got it from ebay. Now before starting word of caution – this pattern does run big. I have also used this link as a help guide - So thank you for showing me this!
tenebris wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:50 am

The pattern you have apparently runs quite large. This person started, but didn't finish.

http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/ ... hhLR4KjGzQ


So here is the pattern:

ImageSewing pattern by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

I cut out all the pieces needed at the size required and then laid out my black fabric, pinned the pieces of the pattern – this took ages, making sure the grain of the fabric was following the line on the pattern and using enough pins so that it didn’t move.

ImagePinning pattern on lining fabric by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then I repeated the process but with the orange duck canvas fabric.

ImagePinning pattern on orange fabric by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr
ImageCutting out orange fabric by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Note here: The kwik sew pattern has a waist strip – which wouldn’t be right – so I just added this part of the pattern onto the end of the front and back sections – this will leave just one seam where the top and trouser sections attach which can then be hidden by the belt!

ImageWaist and Front sections of pattern by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Once this was complete, I got each piece together and pinned the black on the orange fabric

ImagePinning the two fabrics by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then I ran a quick zig-zag stitch along the edges to keep them together. Now both of these fabrics fray (a lot! :eek: ) so I also folded them over about 0.5cm and stitched them again just to keep it neat and stop the fraying.

ImageStitching two fabrics together by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr
ImagePinning to tidy hemline by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr
ImageHemline tidying up by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr
ImageTidying up the hemline by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Now there may be a better way to do this, but I think the end result is ok!

Then I stitched the yoke together on the back piece, and then ran a top stitch on it to keep it in place and reinforce it.

ImageApplying top stitch to back yoke by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr
ImageBack yoke by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr
ImageClose up of back yoke seam by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

Then I pinned the torso area together to check the fit and to measure out the yoke for the front (the place where I made the mistake last time!). So I have pinned the torso shut where the zip would be so that I can see how everything fits.

ImageSuit progress by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

This is where I have difficulty as I go through a couple sizes here – so I have loosely pinned the “jacket” area smaller in the right places so that it shows how it will fit once completely finished. Once I was happy with the pinning I have taken a dressmakers pencil and marked up where I think the front yoke should sit.

ImageMark up of front yoke by Helen Fletcher, on Flickr

What are peoples opinion on this placement?

This is as far as I have got!

Next on the list will be to cut and stitch yoke for the front, add the sleeves and then begin the trouser section! (I will be honest the trouser section looks crazy complicated :shock: so I am going to do a dry run with my lining fabric first so I know how they go together!!)

Thanks as always :thumbsup:
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