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Anja's WIP soft stuff
« on: Sep 02, 2009, 07:20 PM »
I've been working on getting all my soft gear sorted while I decide what to use for my armor and prep my buy'ce. I've spent the last 4 days (many pricked fingers and a chipped tooth) hand sewing and dyeing my vest. I used  thick twill  and a vest pattern with some alterations. (EDIT: The vest pattern is Kwiksew 3128 Pattern B) I'm not sure if the shoulder tabs are too small.  Also started on some pouches and kama, and figuring out what to do for the belt/girth and holsters.
Here is what I have so far... Critiques and advice most welcome and appreciated.  :)

Old Concept (EDIT: New Concept Page 2)

Boots

Vest and Pants

Pants are dyed with iDye Silver Grey. For the vest I used iDye Turquoise.  
Vest  :P

Pouch

Thick grey leather
Gloves

Kama

under construction. I'm using a pair of leather pants opened on one seam with turquoise dyed twill for inside lining.


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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #1 on: Sep 02, 2009, 08:31 PM »
Hand sewn, seriously?? That is extremely impressive (though as I've been sewing velcro for the past two weeks, I also feel bad for you :P ). :D This stuff looks great so far. Very clean and fitting.

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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #2 on: Sep 02, 2009, 09:06 PM »
As a fellow hand-sewer, I feel your pain :P. I ended up breaking down and buying a vest from another mercs member that makes them. My other stuff I did by hand, and it's not fun.

Good work so far ;D. The shoulder tabs do look a bit on the small side, but there should be more than enough space there to attach the shoulder bells, they'll just cover the tabs all the way.

There are a variety of ways to do a girth belt. I've seen people do them by hand, buying rope and fastening it together various ways. Also, I can't remember the exact thread, but Tigris Falco found a horse-riding equipment site that has horse girth belts that serve the trick nicely with a little modification. Personally, I just took a length of faux suede, folded it into a four-inch-wide 'belt', sewed the edges up and added a buckle.

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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #3 on: Sep 02, 2009, 11:02 PM »
Yay, another hand sewer! (ugh...there is no good way to write that)   Looks like you did a nice job of it. :)

At least you weren't trying to sew leather...I did that, and ended up losing about a teaspoon of blood from stabbing myself in the fingers so many times.

Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #4 on: Sep 03, 2009, 05:26 AM »
Thanks everyone and I feel your pain. :)

Vhe: Your metal work skills are seriously impressive. ;D

Slade: Thanks for the advice on the belt. I'll look into what you suggested. Especially since I need something wide to disguise where the pants and shirt meet so it looks more like a flightsuit. (still looking into what to do for shirt )

Pheonix: oh yeah... i know, the pouch is hand sewn as well and I can't bring myself to sew the other one. :'(

I had a hard time deciding on a color scheme. I got inspiration from a drawing of Padme holding a falcon in the episode II artbook,which reminded me of some Turkish jewelry I have (mainly the necklace).

(sorry for the low quality pics. Those are stills from a flip video camera...I do have a digital camera somewhere but rarely use it. Prefer to lug around an big, old Nikon FM2 35mm and a dark, 70 pound CRT monitor :P Nothing like doing things the hard way!  ;D )

Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #5 on: Sep 04, 2009, 02:02 PM »
boots are great although i haven't gone through the process of official memberdon, yet.  colors are unique and they work.
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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #6 on: Sep 06, 2009, 03:22 AM »
Update
Finished (with the exception of top belt loop) one half of the kama. The shape is quite comfortable, it doesn't impede walking/running or crouching but still covers the unarmored back and side of leg. The leather is actually the leg from a pair of pants.

Kama (left side;  1 <---back--front--->  2 <---front--back--->) (Again, sorry for bad pic. My carpet is not orange :P)

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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #7 on: Sep 06, 2009, 11:04 AM »
Looks great!

Pair of pants, lol.  I made my flack vest out of a leather skirt...works well doesn't it?

P.S. your carpet doesn't look orange...might be your monitor.  :)

Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #8 on: Sep 11, 2009, 12:01 PM »
I've made the shoulder tabs on the vest bigger.



Also finished the kama. It needs to be fitted better around the waist, but I'm going to wait until I have a shirt to see where it needs to be trimmed.






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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #9 on: Sep 11, 2009, 12:53 PM »
Your hand sewing is impressive to say the least....beautiful work! It also makes me appreciate my sewing machine even more.  ;)


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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #10 on: Sep 15, 2009, 04:03 PM »
SKILLZ!  Looks real good.

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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #11 on: Sep 16, 2009, 05:06 AM »
Very nice!
High elbow!  As a fellow hand sewer we gotta protect our hands.
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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #12 on: Sep 16, 2009, 06:27 AM »
wow! im very impressed! your skills serve you well!  so what about plates? you got a bucket?

Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #13 on: Sep 21, 2009, 08:00 PM »
Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate it. I haven't made anything for years due to university and life ect. so your comments really motivate me. I hope to make my kit up to the standards of other mercs and am seriously humbled by everyone's skills and creativity.
 
Vid, I've got a 2 piece Jango that is almost ready for painting. I've located a sintra supplier nearby and think I'll go that route. I'm still deciding on designs and colors for the armor.

Also, I've been thinking of modding a pair of Nerf Nite Finders that I have so that I can finish the holsters. I've been thinking of making cross draw holsters. advice/comments? :)

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Re: Anja's WIP soft stuff
« Reply #14 on: Sep 25, 2009, 08:35 AM »
Nerf Nite Finders? D: Those look kinda cheap, TBH (says the gal who's using dollar tree squirguns for her sidearms - though they look awesome and they'll be spraypainted). The pull-device to cock the gun just kinda throws it off. But since you already own them and plan on modding them anyway, might as well. If you ever decide to get something a bit different, might I might suggest something more along the lines of the Air Zone Photon Burst Power Blaster? Anyways, that's my two cents, I guess. We really need to make a time to get together on our armor builds. >_>
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