Geeze this is taking too long!!
Sorry I've been absent again. I'm taking my sweet time with this because I want to get it right. Tomorrow I plan to work on my plates some more, but I had some time today and went to the hardware store and to an Army surplus store to check some things out.
I found a vest that I like at the army store, but it's rather pricey considering that I will have to modify it. It's got a zipper closure on it, and I'm sure that I would have to cover that with fabric, other than that it might suit my purposes. Undecided. I plan on checking Goodwill and a few other places before I make my decision.
I've done a great deal of poking around on the women's boards and I've noticed that there are some interesting variations on soft parts...so I'm still kind of scratching my head and thinking about it. I'm rather on the short side, so I don't really feel like a flight suit would work well without HEAVY modification, and I fear it would look bulky or baggy, in turn making my plates sit wrong. So, I'm trying to come up with a few different creative ideas and as soon as I make up my mind, I'll post them.
Next thing is, I found an interesting tutorial for knees on youtube, which involves 3" PVC and a heat gun. This would be relatively inexpensive, so I think I may go this route.
My other concern besides soft parts is gauntlets. I have EXTREMELY small wrists...and I realize I may have to post this question or poke around a different board to get a better idea of what to do. But yeah, not sure on that right now. There are also a few other things that I am concerned about, but since this post is getting long I will address those concerns at a later date.
So the plan right now is to work on plates tomorrow. As I get more done, I will share pictures when I have them.
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