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 Kestra's Kit;soft parts

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Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« on: Nov 17, 2015, 06:47 PM »
Ok, time for me to get to getting on my soft parts thread.

I've got several factors in my favor here, first I've got a good amount of experience in sewing, so starting from scratch is not an issue, second I've got a good sized fabric stash to work from.

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Ok, the fabrics left to right are black#1, grey #1, blue #1, black #2, grey #2 and blue #2

Black #1 is Cotton broadcloth and will eventually be fashioned into my two piece flightsuit.

Grey #1 is a suedecloth which will become the pouches for my ammo belt.  It looks nice and soft, but I've got methods and techniques that will allow it to be rigid to some degree.

Blue #1 is a brushed canvas scavenged off an old Renaissance cloak which will become vest, loincloth and kamas.

Black #2 is an interesting piece of animal print panne velvet that looks a lot like a real animal hide, so I was thinking of using this for some sort of trophy piece if I couldn't incorporate it into my kit itself.

Grey #2 is a polyester blend fabric called "silkessense", very silky and soft to the touch, and I was thinking this would work ideally for my cape.  While it is the lightest fabric I'm working with on this kit, I've got ways of adding weight to it so it has a little more character.

Blue #2 is also cotton broadcloth and will eventually become my waist sash.

So time for me to get to work!  I have to figure out how to give a pattern a little more for my waist still, but the cape is going to be a pretty simple ordeal so I'll start on that first.  Then I'll get the flightsuit started.

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #1 on: Nov 18, 2015, 07:52 PM »
Cape complete!  Took a good part of the day considering part of my day actually took me to the fabric shop because I sadly didn't plan on how to use the fabric I had nor had I enough to do what I was wanting. 

I went with a half-circle cape which is surprisingly simple to make given a few tools and enough ambition. 

To make the pattern I started with a piece of paper large enough to fit the size I was wanting to make.  Initially I wanted the radius of my cape to be 30 inches, but I forgot to add for seam allowance so it turned out a little smaller.   I used a corner of my paper to be the center of my circle, measured 30 inches along the raw edge of the paper then shifted my ruler in a rough curve, keeping the point at my 30" mark and then eyeballed the rest of the curve, turned out pretty well to be honest.

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I did have to add some extra paper to one edge to get the full 30 inches, but that's a standard practice for me.  So got the dark grey cut and  then decided an emergency run to the store was necessary.   They didn't have the same color on hand, yet they did have a lighter grey which seems to work out just as well.

I had cut the dark grey on the fold, but wound up cutting that in half for two quarter circles.  I repeated that with the light grey and with some muslin to give the cape a little weight.  I seamed the matching quarter circles together, adding the muslin to the light grey and then sewed the two half circles together around the perimeter, leaving a little bit open along the edge to turn it.  Clipping the curve helps let it lie flat and trimming the seam allowance in half reduces bulk.   Finished product here;

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The way it lies on the table now is how it will hang from my shoulders eventually.  I'm planning on attaching two hooks where I want it to hang on my shoulders and then four eyes to my vest so I can choose to hang it different ways if I so wish.

If anyone wants a tutorial let me know!  I'd love to help with that :)

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #2 on: Nov 19, 2015, 11:12 AM »
Oooh fancy. /watches with interest.

I like the color selection you have there. Looking good!

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #3 on: Jan 15, 2016, 04:39 PM »
Cape looks great. Love the colour palatte.

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #4 on: Apr 19, 2016, 04:21 PM »
Not dead yet!!  I've been busy working on vests for others, but I'm going to give myself a little priority now and then!

Found a terrific deal on boots at a local Kohl's today, apparently April is the ultimate clearance sale on boots.  This pair was originally $119.99 but I got it for about $23.99 plus tax.  I'm hoping this is acceptable but if it isn't they're still sweet! 8)
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Flightsuit is still in the works so hopefully I'll have that ready for pics soon, at least I have it fitting now!

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #5 on: Apr 20, 2016, 08:20 AM »
 ;)  I Don't See These Being a problem ... unless there is something I'm missing ..  :rolleyes:

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #6 on: Apr 20, 2016, 09:32 PM »
What a great deal on the boots! They should work just fine :)

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #7 on: Apr 03, 2017, 09:02 AM »
Sorry I've been neglecting this, but I've had things happen since then and life has gotten crazy (death in the family).  But I'm on track now and just need to kick myself in the shebs.  My plates are cut and have started working on my gauntlets so I'll be posting armor pics soon.

Also have an interesting idea using bugle beads directly on my armor for greeblies.

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #8 on: Apr 08, 2017, 02:43 AM »
Good to hear from you again, Kestra! I'm sorry to hear about the death in your family, vod.  :( Life is hard sometimes and I wish I could help.

I am looking forward to seeing what you have for armor and the rest of your soft parts though!

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #9 on: Apr 08, 2017, 09:19 AM »
Thanks. :) 

First things first though, somehow, during a hiatus on sewing, my sewing room got turned into a junk room and I have to work on getting that cleared up. (Spring fever with a bad case of spring cleaning should help!)  I've got a good start so far, Sunday may be a good day to dig in and really get some work done.

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 09, 2017, 11:32 AM »
Oh no! I wish I could say that's never happened to my sewing room too.... :laugh:

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« Reply #11 on: Apr 18, 2017, 10:41 PM »
Pictures coming soon!  Got a waist sash knocked out in that royal blue broadcloth.  Funny thing is I intended to use a bum roll base as a base for my sash so I could do some interesting pleats and twists to it, but seeing it as it is, I might just use it this way instead. 

I've changed plans on my flightsuit because things just didn't work as I'd hoped and I wasn't able to put as much into it as I would have liked.  For the bottoms, I took a dressy pair of black jeans and removed the back pockets.  For the top, I've got some black canvas that is a good match and I FINALLY got the pattern to fit me well enough that I'm happy with it.  Either that or I'm losing weight, which isn't a bad thing (I chalk it up to healthy eating and cutting down on junk). 

Got the vest cut and ready to assemble.  Planning on a side closure, so I'll see what interesting things I can do with it.

In other words; PROGRESS!  :laugh:

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #12 on: Apr 19, 2017, 12:39 AM »
In other words; PROGRESS!  :laugh:
Sounds like you're making a lot of it!!  :laugh: I am looking forward to seeing pictures. :)

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Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #13 on: Apr 23, 2017, 09:47 AM »
Snags...I hate snags...especially when it comes to sewing, but I think I got this covered.  The sleeve for my top wound up binding my upper arm when I raised it, but instead of doing something drastic (like cutting the whole thing off, remaking and wasting more time and fabric) I'm splitting the underarm seam about 4-6 inches and then inserting a gusset to give me a little allowance.  I'm also going to have to tighten up the lower sleeve to fit under my gaunts.

My vest is together and looking FANTASTIC...I couldn't be happier with it.  ;D  I did something interesting with the inner and shoulder seams.  Instead of just letting them loose, I  zigzagged the seams together where I could namely the sides to front and back and shoulder seams except for the section I left open for my head to.  After that, I then topstiched the seam to the front and back so the whole thing lies flat so it's a little more comfortable.  Also has the nice side effect of making the whole thing a little sturdier.

I've got pics, but right now Photobucket doesn't like me...will post them soon.

Re: Kestra's Kit;soft parts
« Reply #14 on: Apr 24, 2017, 01:59 PM »
Hmmm. I want to see this vest!

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