LOTS of the links here were lost during the recent server upgrade. Many formerly existing tutorials and discussions are now gone. If you can reconstruct or redirect a link for something you have done, or if you have some new suggestions, please post or pm. Still and always needed!:
Suggestions and recommendations for patterns, styles, and purchasing sources for basic supplies (suits, boots, belts) and more advanced things like patterning your own custom fit vest are what I'm think of.
PM or post in this thread with suggestions please!
This is the collection point for the rough draft of the Femmando Soft Parts links post. Armor version of this is here
. Anything that's non femmando specific should be in the main soft parts forum sticky
.Basic sewing and fitting helpMaking your own fitting dummy
Drafting a body block for custom fitted items Basic blocks Drafting a more advanced sloper (with darts)
PDFMeasuring with a printable chart
Sewing and fitting techniquesBurdastyle
(also has free and very cheap patterns for shirts and pants!)test fit with a muslinUsing a fitting patternFitting pants
(for jeans from a pattern, but really useful for any pants)Tapering or widening pantsFlight suits/body suits
Some of us go with flight suits, some with bodysuits, some do custom under-armor gear. A big subject of discussion has been the bathroom access issue, and that alone has been a big factor in a number of us choosing to make 2-piece "flight suits." Whether you choose that option is up to you. However, whatever you choose, it needs to appear to be a one-piece item of clothing.*
*some Mandos have done a sleeveless style, but I think this now is in violation of the CRL's. If you aren't sure if what you are tinking about is going to work, ask while you are planning it!
Ideas for purchasing feminine/smaller suitsHydra's post regarding female alternatives to flight suitsDiscussion of skintight suitsSource for skintight suits
Custom designed and modified suitshttp://www.rebelshaven.com/flightsuit.htmlHydra's modified flightsuitArmor vest
A lot of us are doing completely custom vests. Those of us who are curvy tend to go one of two ways - completely suppressing the curves or working with them. Some of us have made very fitted vests, some are even built more like corsets, and some of us have used actual tactical vests. If you find a good vintage piece that fits well you can go from there.Vest discussion
Vest makers that make Femmando cut vestsMar'eyce
Examples!Anja's modified basic vest
- you can see how easy it is to modify a male-style vest for a slim female build.Jaia's combination vest and kamaNix's leather vest with zip front closureShan's tailored vestMirta's modified vintage vestVer'ta's tailored vest for a busty figureGabrin's untailored vest (full armor)
How-to's!Nix's vest how to with diagramsBasic untailored male vest pattern
A good starting place even for curvy ladies.Kama/loinclothGeneral discussion on kamasVhe's kamaBelts
As far as the pouch belt or holsters or what have you belts go, use what works with the pouches/holster/etc.
Girth belts you can be more flexible with. Most of us don't have a straight up and down figure, so the equestrian-style girth belt isnt' going to work easily. Here are some examples of what's working for others.Nix's hip wrap/girth belt Gloves, Capes and Neckseals
These are pretty much the same as for the guys. You need some kind of hand covering, neck covering and capes are optional if you have the other back stuff.
Gloves should be comfortable and you will need to be able to use your hands, so they need to fit. For hot weather, consider fingerless sports gloves if you don't want your hands completely covered.
You can mod just about any glove so it has finger armor, too. Don't restrict yourself to gloves with attached pads or plates.Hydra's glovesBoots
Think practical and something you can stand to be walking in all day. Then
find something that looks right for your armor design.Examples go here