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 Soft Parts WiP

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #30 on: Feb 07, 2020, 05:24 PM »
This week has been pretty mental, so I decided to eschew more responsible uses of my time today and get more work on the cape done before my shift tonight. Rather than going with my original plan to put small holes in the cape to accommodate the snaps attaching the gorget to the flak vest, I decided to pinch up the ends of the cape that go down over the shoulders to fit between said snaps. The layout of velcro I used to attach the cape to both the vest and the gorget became a bit more involved than I initially expected, and for good reason: one of the main accessories I have planned for my kit is a custom made under arm holster. In order to allow the straps for the holster to go under the cape rather than over and causing all kinds of problems, I attached the velcro between the vest itself and the cape to run vertically up the collar, rather than horizontal across the collar like the velcro between the cape and the gorget. This has taken a lot more explaining in words than might be strictly necessary, so I'll just let the pictures I took do the rest of the talking:





I'd post a picture of how today's work looks when worn, but I'm supposed to be seeing my ruus'alor at an armour party this weekend, and she has eagerly supported the addition of this cape since its inception, so I'd rather wait to show her in person  ;)

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #31 on: Feb 07, 2020, 05:29 PM »
Looking great so far :)

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #32 on: Feb 10, 2020, 10:03 AM »
I do like the look of this, and I think with the mythosaur skill now in place, it will bump it up a notch or three.

Back plates suck though. *haha*

~Shauna

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #33 on: Feb 10, 2020, 12:27 PM »
I do like the look of this, and I think with the mythosaur skill now in place, it will bump it up a notch or three.

Back plates suck though. *haha*

~Shauna

I guess I have one picture for each notch I'm bumping then!  :D

Shauna already knows what's up, but here's my continued progress with the cape. As mentioned earlier in this thread, I have a t-shirt with a perfectly sized Mythosaur skull. I took a sheet of waxed paper to it for tracing, and although it isn't wide enough to get the whole skull at once, I have included the edges of the hooked tusks in the template of the main skull, to make sure I get the spacing right later.



Lucky for me I have a ton of pine green felt kicking around, so getting the skull just right won't be a problem, and neither will frayed edges, which is why I decided to use felt in the first place. Tracing the template did prove to be a bit tricky, with a few elements being easily nudged out of alignment.



Thanks to some help from my trusty ruus'alor, I have the main piece of the skull pinned in just the right spot.



Embroidering the pieces by hand will take a shabla long time, so don't hold your breath on the next update!

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #34 on: Feb 10, 2020, 12:31 PM »
Excellent.

Make sure I get my pins back. ;P

That said, my Sewing machine does semi-do embroidery. Unless you're really bent on the hand-stitched look, bring it back and I can see about getting to appliqué it for you. I had forgotten to mention that I also have Heat n' Bond, which might help keep it in place too.

~Shauna

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #35 on: Feb 10, 2020, 01:47 PM »
Excellent.

Make sure I get my pins back. ;P

That said, my Sewing machine does semi-do embroidery. Unless you're really bent on the hand-stitched look, bring it back and I can see about getting to appliqué it for you. I had forgotten to mention that I also have Heat n' Bond, which might help keep it in place too.

~Shauna

Time consuming as it is, I don't mind doing it by hand. I can take things slow and correct any little mistakes (pinching, bumping out of alignment, etc.) as I go. Plus it gives me an extra personal connection to the work, spending all that time on it  ;)

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #36 on: Feb 10, 2020, 01:50 PM »
Looking forward to seeing the completed piece!

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #37 on: Jul 05, 2020, 12:54 AM »
Vode, I know five months is a long time to go without an update, but... *gestures vaguely at the tire-fire world of 2020*

You don't need me to tell you that a lot has happened, that much is obvious. Because of the pandemic, work dried up to absolutely nothing for three months, cutting me off financially from making major progress on my kit, and what's more the unrelenting deterioration of life as we know it had a profoundly draining effect on my mental state, severely crippling my drive to continue. Depression is a shabuir, and it had me ground to a halt for longer than I'd care to admit.

But then something happened.

I was catching up on episodes of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, and watching the episode about Ludwig Göransson's score was the first time that I'd heard his music for The Mandalorian since things really went to osik. It sounds cheesy, but the music called to me. It broke the back of the ennui that had been crushing me for months, and reinvigorated my spirit to continue the work.

I'm pleased to say that I have turned a corner:



After countless hours of diligent work, the main piece of the skull is finally fully attached to the cape, and I anticipate that the remaining teeth and tusks will follow in short order!

Due to my family's safety-first approach to the continuing pandemic, I'm still cut off from my clan for the time being, but nothing will stop me from continuing to do everything I can on my own to get my kit closer to completion.

This is the way.

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #38 on: Jul 08, 2020, 12:46 PM »
Yesterday I finished embroidering the skull onto the cape, and I'm quite pleased with the results!







As you can see, the narrow cut of the cape doesn't do much to change the silhouette of my kit from the front, but from behind I think it fits right in! My back plate is still in the process of being shaped, so I'm sure that the cape will sit at least a little differently once it's finished.

As for what's next, I still need to properly finish the cuffs of my flight suit's legs, get a girth belt made, and figure out what I'm going to do for gloves. I'm also considering making an extension for my neck seal, just to keep my chin and the back of my head properly covered from lower angles – I'm not keen on wearing the likes of a balaclava under my bucket!

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #39 on: Jul 08, 2020, 12:54 PM »
This is looking amazing Scott. The addition of the cape really bumps it up a notch... and is inspiring to me as well. Now I want to trade out my current cape and spats for something with a similar embroidery. :D You're right that it really does fit on the back and adds something to the shillouette from behind, but from the front it looks like there's only the barest whisper of fabric.

Keep up the good work.

~Shauna

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Re: Soft Parts WiP
« Reply #40 on: Aug 01, 2020, 05:45 PM »
You got skills. Love the sewn in pleating on the side of your flightsuit and the Mythosaur skull

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