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Title: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 23, 2016, 03:20 AM
After almost a year of stalking the forms Im finally starting my WIPs....

First I made my flightsuit (not pictured) and finished my vest, and then remade the it when I wasn't happy with it the first time.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/B8B96632-966B-47CE-843A-73E7012D1FAC.jpg)

Cloak- made with a heavy muslin and dyed and then bleached. I'm pretty pleased with how it's turned out.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/5AF5B873-A733-433C-BB62-0E316A4138EB.jpg)

Girthbelt-made from cotton I want to say piping. I dyed it to match the cloak. I didn't want the harshness of the lines of the vest to be too much for how organic the cloak is, so the girth belt is a little bit of both.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/44787253-E662-4052-AB7E-8D145C2BD1ED.jpg)
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/Mobile%20Uploads/F810FA2B-E631-4688-9192-E87C40D62215.jpg)

My belt is in the works- pouches are made. This is the preliminary sketch. I was a little worried that it was starting to look too steampunk, but I'm thinking it will be alright.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/8C055A9D-2C7E-4CF0-A507-E7FF94E88914.jpg)

I appreciate any feedback :)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Evaar'la Kal on Feb 23, 2016, 04:10 AM
Everything looks amazing vod!  I especially love your cape, it's really really pretty :)  Belt design looks good, it doesn't feel too steampunky at all, don't worry :)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 23, 2016, 10:52 AM
Thank you! My cape has received some weathering since the picture- no dirt yet, just started to tatter the bottom and stress the fabric.

I did get the belt cut out last night, so will be getting a hand riveting it together soon (since the rivet gun hates me). It's all moving fast now :)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Feb 23, 2016, 07:33 PM
This, I like this. I'mma stick around and see where it goes.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Havelock on Feb 23, 2016, 08:46 PM
Amazing work.  Your kit is going to be seriously kick-shebs.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 24, 2016, 04:29 AM
Thanks vode! :) this is a labour of love so far-I keep remaking it as I go... I may get OM by the time next year rolls around.

I got the belt all cut out tonight. I'm using upholstery leather that I stripped off of a lazy boy chair at a second hand store. The chair was in too rough of shape for them to sell- so they said yes to me stripping the chair for 2$
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/7AA115AD-1776-4D2E-BD97-AFF56D523469.jpg)

So, after I designed the belt, I drew the design on my leather chunks and cut it all out using an exacto knife and quilting square. I used contact cement on the rough side of the leather, folded it and ironed it. Once it cooled the contact cement was dried and its stiff leather that I'm loving the look of :)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/480CFFF0-A018-4EE1-8519-857DB3766CC5.jpg)

Riveting tomorrow :)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Feb 24, 2016, 08:26 AM
Hehehe nice work. Scavenging is the best way to get stuff :D
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Malek Dair on Feb 24, 2016, 08:27 AM
Great use of materials vod!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Draceline on Feb 24, 2016, 05:59 PM
I'm impressed! This is lovely. Can I ask what pattern you used for the vest? If you used a pattern that is. The one I have just isn't working the way I want it to. It has too much shaping built into the pattern to alter it easily.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 25, 2016, 12:46 AM
Belt is almost done now, pics to follow.

I'm impressed! This is lovely. Can I ask what pattern you used for the vest? If you used a pattern that is. The one I have just isn't working the way I want it to. It has too much shaping built into the pattern to alter it easily.

Unfortunately- I'm not a pattern person. I started out with tracing a shirt to get the basic shape and I did regular darts and a zipper up the side. It was too baggy, so I folded it in half (front) and cut it and the cut off sections to make the princess seams. I based it from some pictures I found online. For the back I did the same but I love the look of a yoke- so I did that part first- then recut the bottom. I added the webbing and clips- as well as a piece of boning on each side in the front to help the structure.

Update:
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/45353A09-F02D-4E41-9C0C-9B31BBBBD0A4.jpg)
The belt base is done! I have pouches to add to the top strap, and a holster to add as well. Hopefully adding pouches on tonight.

And an updated look at the soft parts up to this point- still not sold on the black fabric over the cloak but I think it adds depth. Thoughts?
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/A4E39404-35A7-425B-877E-89EF884C0B31.jpg)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Feb 25, 2016, 02:09 PM
You're going to make all us non-seamstresses feel inadequate lololol

If your hard parts turn out half as good as this stuff you're going to have an extraordinary kit, vod!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Naritir Ka'ra on Feb 25, 2016, 02:16 PM
Absolutely stunning!! I love how your belt turned out.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Evaar'la Kal on Feb 25, 2016, 02:26 PM
So much awesome to be seen here, keep it up vod!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Draceline on Feb 26, 2016, 01:02 AM
You're going to make all us non-seamstresses feel inadequate lololol

If your hard parts turn out half as good as this stuff you're going to have an extraordinary kit, vod!

She's making ME feel inadequate. That vest is exactly what I wanted to make for mine and I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to do it. But I'm a pattern person. I can alter a lot, but it's so much easier working on somebody else.

That belt looks great! And the black on the cloak does add depth. I'd say make the final decision based on how it looks when you're fully kitted up.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 26, 2016, 01:50 AM
She's making ME feel inadequate. That vest is exactly what I wanted to make for mine and I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to do it. But I'm a pattern person. I can alter a lot, but it's so much easier working on somebody else.

Totally not my intention :s I can see what I want in my mind, and then I just...figure it out. I took picturws though! Just for you :) hopefully its helpful.  I wrote out my steps too- (hopefully you can read my writing) with the steps I followed when I made mine, and some of the things I learned along the way. The entire vest has medium iron in interfacing as well to provide some extra body too. I used bias tape for the edging-

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/74E84623-E128-4211-815F-1F28B109CE53.jpg)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/3C51B89E-46E6-4CAC-B34E-9A963312AC08.jpg)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/42DC17F4-3D1E-41C4-ABD0-3339D06B9EF1_2.jpg)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/F71CF9D5-F77F-4738-991F-B723CBFDF273.jpg)

Please PM me if I can help out in any way.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Draceline on Feb 26, 2016, 02:12 AM
That is incredibly sweet of you! I didn't mean to make you feel bad either. Sorry. I always forget text lacks inflection, heh :-[

I'm planning on theater design as a major, and I did costumes for the drama program at my previous college, but it was Elizabethan wear that I specialized in (and those bodices are EXTREMELY flat), not mannequin-less princess seams. That's all. It's simply lack of experience. Hence my frustration with the silly pattern I have. LOL. And pattern drafting is tough working by yourself.

This ought to be very helpful. I've always worked best seeing the thing in front of me. This is pretty darn close! Thank you vod. I'll keep you apprised of my progress ;)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Kris Jasra on Feb 26, 2016, 05:28 AM
lol, that reads much like my guide to vests would. You've used the exact same pattern I do, and I also fit them by eye rather than measurement.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: corriban on Feb 26, 2016, 08:02 AM
This is looking fantastic! I love your vest so much!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Feb 28, 2016, 04:52 AM

I'm planning on theater design as a major, and I did costumes for the drama program at my previous college, but it was Elizabethan wear that I specialized in (and those bodices are EXTREMELY flat), not mannequin-less princess seams. That's all. It's simply lack of experience. Hence my frustration with the silly pattern I have. LOL. And pattern drafting is tough working by yourself.

This ought to be very helpful. I've always worked best seeing the thing in front of me. This is pretty darn close! Thank you vod. I'll keep you apprised of my progress ;)

I hope it's helpful- I wish I could follow a pattern- and have the patience for really extensive costuming- but I like winging it too much, and I cut a lot of corners :p I like making it work any way I can, with what I have on hand.

lol, that reads much like my guide to vests would. You've used the exact same pattern I do, and I also fit them by eye rather than measurement.

It seems to make more sense to me :) My manaquin is set to my size, but nothing fits the same on Diane as it does on me so I spend a lot of time in front of the mirror accidentally poking myself with pins.  I'm glad someone else works the same way I do!

This is looking fantastic! I love your vest so much!
Thanks Corriban! This is the second time I've made it- the first time was a total wash so I cut it up to make this one :)

UPDATE-
Spending the weekend at my dads on the mainland (and going to an AP) and brought along some projects, including my belt- and managed to get my pouches almost done! I just need to get a decorative closure for them- and attach them to the belt. Going to pick up a alcohol ink set tomorrow to age my rivets as well.

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/2ED14316-D72E-4A2F-8B8C-0E5CC12828F8.jpg)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/8A33DDC4-855A-476F-8AB1-BE664BEEADF0.jpg)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Shammah on Mar 01, 2016, 09:17 PM
Bias... iron in... Is that English? Just kidding, beautiful work and I love the recycled chair bit: classic. ;)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Evaar'la Kal on Mar 02, 2016, 05:41 AM
What cute little pouches!! I really like the metal hardware with the three big circles (the closure I assume?), and I was just wondering where you got it?
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Mar 02, 2016, 11:25 AM
The closures are magnetic purse clasps- available at Michaels or Joanns in sets of two. I covered them with leather strips last night, and will have an ornamental closure overtop.  A fellow mando  riveted my pouches on last night too- I'm pretty excited to say my belt is 90% done :)

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/E62C84E3-B609-409C-8DAA-235704EFB8C8.jpg)
EDIT-
What cute little pouches!! I really like the metal hardware with the three big circles (the closure I assume?), and I was just wondering where you got it?
Sorry I just read this again! I got the big metal closure with the circles at fabricland :) it just felt swarzy to me :)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Cy'Mur on Mar 09, 2016, 04:59 PM
Very, very WOW!  You do amazing work. I can't wait to see your kit in troop form.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Havelock on Mar 12, 2016, 01:31 PM
Very, very WOW!  You do amazing work. I can't wait to see your kit in troop form.

Ditto!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Mar 15, 2016, 03:14 PM
Figure I better get in on this to watch for progress 8)

It's coming along amazing so far there, GG! I'm loving that belt! ;D I'm excited to see what's coming next!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Tolsi on Mar 19, 2016, 03:45 PM
Im trying to understand how you did your vest but i cant figure it out :( I dont really understand how you got the shape for the back part (like, the V?? that just looks neat) or really how you did the sides :') I wanna try to do mine like this
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Draceline on Mar 19, 2016, 08:35 PM
This is looking better and better vod! I did make sense of your vest instructions, and managed to follow half of it, but I ended up going with a sewn side back zipped one for now. The straps will be an upgraded vest.

I also stripped a chair... Yay leather. Dark brown rather than black, but free material is free! My neighbor was just throwing it out.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Ran on Mar 19, 2016, 08:51 PM
This is ridiculous. XD
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Mar 20, 2016, 12:19 PM
Im trying to understand how you did your vest but i cant figure it out :( I dont really understand how you got the shape for the back part (like, the V?? that just looks neat) or really how you did the sides :') I wanna try to do mine like this

Let me sit down next week and write up a better tutorial than what I have there. With the yoke it was a last minute thing. What happened was that I made a vest last summer and I thought "I like this, but I can make it better" so I cut it and made alterations and came up with this one by altering my existing one it was finished and wearable but I wanted it to be better. I love yokes, so before putting the princess seams in the back (check out my hard parts thread if you want to see how useless doing all this fancy stuff underneath armour plates is. You can't see it underneath my backplate let alone the cape...sorry I digress)  I folded the vest back in half lengthways and cut the V in and used bias tape along the edge to really define it. After that I lay the cut portion on the floor and cut the princess seams in for the back.

I also stripped a chair... Yay leather. Dark brown rather than black, but free material is free! My neighbor was just throwing it out.

Can you imagine someone just throwing out all that perfectly good leather?!  I work next to a furniture thrift store and when they bring in a leather piece that is ripped or unsaleable they come and get me and I strip it for the leather. I just got the most amazing avacado/olive colour leather...I don't even know what I'll do with it!

 As for the sides- on my original vest I had the sides sewn together, one with a zipper. I figured doing it with clips would be cooler temperature wise, and much more adjustable. All I did was cut the sides open and use nylon webbing to hold the clips in.

Thanks everyone! Kama coming very very soon :)  No sleep till OM right?
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: SkiBlue1737 on Mar 21, 2016, 01:15 PM
Your soft parts are looking fantastic! I love the custom dye job and the salvaged leather belt. And everything. Just love everything! :)

The entire vest has medium iron in interfacing as well to provide some extra body too. I used bias tape for the edging-

Tis a good thing I took the time to read through everything. I've been worried that my vest fabric wouldn't be sturdy enough; I completely forgot about interfacing's existence. Thanks!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Mar 30, 2016, 09:00 PM
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/92FAF46D-96B1-46E7-A22B-D549E2877243.jpg)

Finally found another pair of gloves that I like after I lost one of my other gloves at an armour party. I hope they'll work- no logos or anything, though the chevrons are distinctive- but not noticeable when I'm wearing them.  Any thoughts?
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Shammah on Mar 30, 2016, 09:26 PM
Look fine to me. As far as chevrons go, aren't they kind of like pyramids? Three separate civilizations all independently came up with an interesting design? :P :laugh:
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Apr 01, 2016, 03:43 PM
I don't see why those gloves wouldn't be approvable. They're really nice in my opinion
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Apr 04, 2016, 06:44 AM
Perfect! That's what I was hoping the verdict would be :) I was thinking glove armour, but it interferes with my gauntlets. Maybe later :)

I got around to attaching more buckles to my vest yesterday, along with my backplate!! What we did was attach the back half of the buckle to the backplate, and it clips in to one of the buckles on my vest.
(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/E6E741FF-1ADB-48EF-8800-F9ECAFD41582.jpg)

My Kama is half finished now... soft parts are almost done, which means weathering (which kind of terrifies me). Anyone have any soft part weathering tips or advice?
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Shammah on Apr 04, 2016, 06:27 PM
Dirt is our friend. The best kits look like you haven't had much time to clean them... ever. ;D Think about where you've been (Hoth or Endor? Or both), what you did while you war there (stuck in the rough for a month or a tea party), and how many times has this happened to you over the years?

Think layers as well: a little dirt, then cleaned up (when you got the chance), then more dirt. Each scar, scratch, chip, bump tells a story. They didn't all happen at once well. Some just happened, others happened years ago. What is that going to look like? Weather doesn't have to be filthy to be good, it just needs to be honest looking like knees and elbows getting ground in dirt. Just a few ideas for you. ;)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Avidem on Apr 04, 2016, 07:52 PM
This is looking good.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Aria on Apr 12, 2016, 10:46 PM
I really like the idea of bucking the back plate into the vest....I might 'borrow' it.  ;) Or something similar.
The third plate on mine is starting to pop up for no reason.
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: GardenGeek on Apr 19, 2016, 10:51 AM
I really like the idea of bucking the back plate into the vest....I might 'borrow' it.  ;) Or something similar.
The third plate on mine is starting to pop up for no reason.

Please do :)

Actually finished my vest now- except for the Velcro for my chest diamond :) yay!

(http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac207/azura_3/922EE639-1BB8-40F9-ABF5-D64DDBA2E7F7.jpg)
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Gnar-Gnar on Apr 19, 2016, 06:40 PM
Woot Woot!
 :o
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Havelock on Apr 19, 2016, 09:08 PM
Nice
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Serim Merec on Apr 19, 2016, 11:11 PM
So close! I am excite! ;D
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Aria on Apr 20, 2016, 12:27 AM
Looks very nice!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Bjourk on Apr 23, 2016, 11:26 AM
Very impressive so far!
Title: Re: GardenGeek's soft part WIP
Post by: Mi'ix on May 07, 2016, 09:22 PM
I'm sorry, I just now stumbled on this and these soft parts are amazing. 

Those gloves of yours look pretty good to me.  You could claim that the gray leather is made from Kaminoan, like a set of gloves a certain null trooper is known to have!   :)