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Title: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 24, 2012, 04:22 PM
Well, I finally get to start a soft parts thread! Yay! *chuckle*

Anyway, as you can see in my main WIP I got this set of scrubs for my flight suit. Comments and suggestions are most welcome. :)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7701.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7704.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7702.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7703.jpg)

Here's the link to my main thread. :) http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=47774.msg771686#new
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Remo Jadd on Aug 25, 2012, 11:57 AM
You could really do with extending those sleeves.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 25, 2012, 01:39 PM
You could really do with extending those sleeves.

Yes sir, I'm planning on it. I'm waiting until someone has time to take me to goodwill or something so I can find something to rip the sleeves off of.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: pyromastermuaddib on Aug 25, 2012, 01:46 PM
If you could find the same scrub top in longsleves that would be EPIC. Easiest double sleeve ever.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 25, 2012, 02:10 PM
If you could find the same scrub top in longsleves that would be EPIC. Easiest double sleeve ever.


Sounds good. I'll look into it :)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Niabi on Aug 25, 2012, 03:33 PM
If you could find the same scrub top in longsleves that would be EPIC. Easiest double sleeve ever.

Thats what i did for my Double sleeve ;D but i used overalls and not  scrubs ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 26, 2012, 12:31 AM
More progress! :D

Ok, so I got hold of an old T-shirt and cut it up to use as a pattern for my vest as per this tutorial: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=22566.0

I'll be using eyelets and lacing it down the sides.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7709.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7706.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7705.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dana Black on Aug 27, 2012, 02:37 PM
So what material will you use for your vest?
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 27, 2012, 03:22 PM
So what material will you use for your vest?

I'm thinking vinyl, or something that looks like leather.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Zedrin Ho'dag on Aug 30, 2012, 08:58 AM
I did the tee shirt pattern trick for my latest vest.  While it worked out, it is somewhat difficult to use the tee shirt as the material is so giving.

I took an old shirt, cut it to fit, cut the extra side material so it was a snug fit, then cut the seams on top of the shoulders making a front & back.  While this worked with a bit of creative stitching, I think it would have been easier to fold the front & back in half the long way and cut them out on a piece of folded material; hence making right & left identical.

It looks like your off to an excellent start!  Keep it up.   ;)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Aug 30, 2012, 09:09 AM
Thanks Narseryc. :D

I may be coming to you for advice when I get further into the vest making process.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Oct 24, 2012, 11:06 PM
I went to JoAnn's the other day and got some fabric:

For the vest: It's some sort of pleather, and not as shiny in real life.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7836.jpg)

and for the sash thing to go under my belt.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG7837.jpg)

and today, I got gloves:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8011.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8012.jpg)

and belt pouches:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8014.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8013.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Carid Vhett on Oct 25, 2012, 08:39 AM
I tried the t-shirt pattern. My mum suggested that I put it on to paper to make a template out of it. Then it got refined, and refined. And finally after four pattern attempts I got one that worked. Now despite the fact that it infuriated me, each step of the way, I will give you the same advice. Though the t-shirt may fit. Trace it onto some paper or cheap fabric, make a template from it to work from, refine it until the paper template fits then use your main material for you actual vest. It will take longer but will give you a better vest in the end. Just my two cents hope it helps and good luck with the build.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Oct 25, 2012, 02:50 PM
Awesome, Carid. (see I got it right, that time  :P) Thanks for the advice. :D
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Serim Merec on Oct 25, 2012, 03:02 PM
All right I think i'm following all your WIPs now!  :-X  :D

Gloves are awesome (I won't bother telling you you need to remove the logos cuz you undoubtably know that :laugh: ). Pouches are the best! Very simple and Mando-y!
Now you live in Texas correct? Well not to be the bummer but, I think, your gunna want a different material for your vest. Pleather doesn't really breath so, if Texas is as hot as the steriotype would have me believe, then your gunna cook. You'll probably want real leather or duckcloth. But I'm guessing you've thought this out correct?
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Oct 25, 2012, 03:32 PM
Yep, I've already removed the logos from the gloves, so no problem there.

The vest will likely be a temporary thing. The material wasn't expensive, so I'm thinking that I could use this as a trial run, and if I like it, great, and if I don't, at least it will give me some experience.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Serim Merec on Oct 25, 2012, 09:19 PM
Yep, I've already removed the logos from the gloves, so no problem there.

The vest will likely be a temporary thing. The material wasn't expensive, so I'm thinking that I could use this as a trial run, and if I like it, great, and if I don't, at least it will give me some experience.

Just as I suspected :)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Haran Tracyn on Oct 25, 2012, 10:16 PM
If you haven't solved your flightsuit sleeves issue yet, you could just do what I did and find a very similar colored fabric at Joann's and sew on sleeves.
Outside:
(http://i907.photobucket.com/albums/ac276/DPWolf/Mandalorian%20Armor/IMG_20121025_220724.jpg)
Inside:
(http://i907.photobucket.com/albums/ac276/DPWolf/Mandalorian%20Armor/IMG_20121025_220813.jpg)

The grays aren't the same, but if it's very close and you do enough weathering, it should be passable. Good to see your build coming along!
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Oct 25, 2012, 10:49 PM
yay! progress!
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Oct 25, 2012, 10:51 PM
Thank you, Haran. I was thinking of doing something very similar to that :)

yay! progress!


lol Yes. It's a miracle :laugh:

Ok. I fixed the gloves :)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8015.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8016.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jate Haran on Nov 01, 2012, 07:24 PM
Your progress is awesome!!!!!

I do have a suggestion:

If you can find a long sleeved shirt, you can wear the short sleeved shirt on top of the long sleeved shirt giving it a Boba Fett Jumpsuit look to it. I'm not exactly sure what they call it but i think it's called a double sleeved jumpsuit that Boba Fett wears.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 01, 2012, 07:40 PM

and belt pouches:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8014.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8013.jpg)
ZOMG-I found the Exact same (Austrian?) mag pouches for sale today at my local Mil.surp shop-if you can find a good use for them(idk how I would use "half" pouches like that because not much I could put in them  :( )  PLZ say >.>
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 01, 2012, 08:11 PM
Your progress is awesome!!!!!

I do have a suggestion:

If you can find a long sleeved shirt, you can wear the short sleeved shirt on top of the long sleeved shirt giving it a Boba Fett Jumpsuit look to it. I'm not exactly sure what they call it but i think it's called a double sleeved jumpsuit that Boba Fett wears.

Thanks, Jate ;D

And I do plan on putting long sleeves on the shirt. What I'll probably end up doing is getting a long sleeve shirt of matching material, ripping the sleeves off it and putting them on my scrubs shirt. That way I don't have to wear 2 shirts in 100 degree weather ;)

ZOMG-I found the Exact same (Austrian?) mag pouches for sale today at my local Mil.surp shop-if you can find a good use for them(idk how I would use "half" pouches like that because not much I could put in them  :( )  PLZ say >.>

Yep, the guy at the counter said they were German ammo pouches. Do you mean how much can I put in them?

This is what they look like from the back:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8051.jpg)

and here's what I got in them. On the left I have my three (3) pocket knives and a pen. On the right is my wallet

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8052.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8055.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 01, 2012, 09:20 PM
Hmm....I think you may have convinced me to buy a pair to use as thigh pouches ner'vod....perhaps I could even stich some elastic loops under the flap to bedder hold stuff...   could probably fit an Iphone or soemthing in them too, but I don't have a phone  :(   Once i get some more materials and get set up at my new place, I'm going to look into modifying current leather pouches/holsters to better suit mando uses...I'll inform you should I get any progress on that in the future.

(yup...those are the EXACT same pouches....plus I can link either a rivet or garter to the loop ontop now that I think of it...)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 24, 2012, 08:18 PM
Is a Kama/loincloth combo acceptable?

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8201.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8202.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8203.jpg)

It was a skirt, and I had my mom dye it darker and I slit it up the front. I think it will look pretty cool with a belt and sash and things.

This is what the hems looks like as of now.

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8207.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 24, 2012, 08:31 PM
It looks ok-I would advise making it roughly knee length though  :-\    it kinda retains the skirt look a bit much at that length...
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Haran Tracyn on Nov 24, 2012, 08:38 PM
It's acceptable, though I'd say yeah, either shorten it a little or put some kind of heavier-looking material over it though the belts and stuff may take care of bulking it up.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Serim Merec on Nov 24, 2012, 09:18 PM
Normally I don't like loincloths, but that long one looks ok ;) Just to avoid the skirtiness though I'd reccomend cutting it shorter aswell. I don't think up to the knees though, maybe just halfway up the shins. Also if you put a slit up the back (not as far as the front) too I think that would help.

(man that was bad grammer ??? :P )
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 24, 2012, 09:28 PM
I cuncur about the slit as well: perhaps halfway up the thighs, well-at least that's how mine is.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 24, 2012, 09:33 PM
Normally I don't like loincloths, but that long one looks ok ;) Just to avoid the skirtiness though I'd reccomend cutting it shorter aswell. I don't think up to the knees though, maybe just halfway up the shins. Also if you put a slit up the back (not as far as the front) too I think that would help.

(man that was bad grammer ??? :P )

yeah, normally I don't care for the loincloths either, but due to some religious preferences, I need to keep it as much like a 'skirt' as possible.

Here's my concept art:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/JesseLibarra_zpsb4e4c170.jpg)

I may slit it up the back, though.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Nov 24, 2012, 09:42 PM
Hmm...maybe half-way down the calfs and but a little bit more distance between the loin cloth and kama like in the pic?
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Carid Vhett on Nov 25, 2012, 06:05 AM
Half way up the shins to just below the knees, that will put it in the sweet spot I think. Also I agree with Dresdon needs some more distance between the Kama and loin cloth, try taking some of the Kama away on each side, still connected at the top as one big piece. Great idea though.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Coreysnaps on Dec 05, 2012, 09:47 PM
Can you take some away from the sides, maybe?  The length may not actually be a problem if you can take away some of the fabric on the sides.  That would definitely take away some of the skirt feel.  Someone else (I don't remember who) actually made their kama that long, and then buckled it to her ankles.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Dec 05, 2012, 09:51 PM
Right Corey.

I was planning on trimming it down on the sides to make it the loincloth and kama look like separate pieces
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Kora on Dec 06, 2012, 04:42 PM
Can you take some away from the sides, maybe?  The length may not actually be a problem if you can take away some of the fabric on the sides.  That would definitely take away some of the skirt feel.  Someone else (I don't remember who) actually made their kama that long, and then buckled it to her ankles.

This the one you're thinking of? :
(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u277/barghestdemyshra/FemProtector/appfront.jpg)   
(If so, it's actually taken from the kama style that clone trooper Alpha wears.)

I did a skirt cut up as a temp kama at Celebration 6 with my purple kit; I'll admit the one I used was a bit shorter and had less of the broom skirt look, but once belts and everything are on it becomes less noticeable as a skirt. All of my kamas and loin cloths, even the constructed ones that I didn't make from skirts, are actually one piece, you just can't tell unless it slips below my belt since I make the connecting parts narrow enough they'll be hidden.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Coreysnaps on Dec 06, 2012, 08:38 PM
Kora, I honestly think your work just sticks in my brain.  lol  I think I've recommended your ab wrap before, too.  At least then I remembered which thread I read it in.  :)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 16, 2013, 06:03 PM
(http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/zingmaster/Demotivational%20Posters/threadrevive.jpg)

 :laugh:

Ok, I have more progress!

My wonderful buir (mother) bought me a black shirt, and I promptly ripped it up and re-purposed it.

I pinned the sleeves into the scrub shirt's arm holes like so:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8366.jpg)

Then I sewed the sleeves together like this: (it's blurry. sorry)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8368.jpg)

And I got this:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8367.jpg)

Tada!

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8373.jpg)

Then I had to put on my gloves and gauntlets (excuse the face and hair, please):

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8372.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/CIMG8374.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dana Black on Feb 17, 2013, 08:53 AM
Don't worry about the face and hair: you're pretty!
You have no idea what I look like after a day wearing my helmet... I have curls in the morning...
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 17, 2013, 09:16 AM
Looks like it's starting to come together pretty well: one thing  noticed with the laether pouches is that replacing the bottom spike thingy with just a snap on the front outer face is easier to do while wearing gloves-at least for me anyways....its going to be a cuss-fest if you try and put them on a nylon duty belt though, I nearly destroyed the pouches by the time I got the huge pasltic buckle through  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 17, 2013, 09:37 AM
Don't worry about the face and hair: you're pretty!
You have no idea what I look like after a day wearing my helmet... I have curls in the morning...

Why Thank you! ;D

Looks like it's starting to come together pretty well: one thing  noticed with the laether pouches is that replacing the bottom spike thingy with just a snap on the front outer face is easier to do while wearing gloves-at least for me anyways....its going to be a cuss-fest if you try and put them on a nylon duty belt though, I nearly destroyed the pouches by the time I got the huge pasltic buckle through  :laugh:

 :laugh: :laugh: I'll keep that in mind, Dresdon. Thanks.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Niabi on Feb 17, 2013, 02:24 PM
Looking cool  8)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Lilura Amas on Jul 14, 2014, 11:11 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if you ever finished your kit? I LOVE the idea of using an old circle skirt for kama/loin cloth!! That is genius..I'm gonna have to go rummage through my belly dance stuff and see what I can repurpose.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jul 16, 2014, 10:18 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if you ever finished your kit? I LOVE the idea of using an old circle skirt for kama/loin cloth!! That is genius..I'm gonna have to go rummage through my belly dance stuff and see what I can repurpose.

I haven't finished it, but I haven't given up either! Life has just sort of gotten in the way recently.  :rolleyes: I'm glad you like the skirt idea. ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Carid Vhett on Jul 16, 2014, 10:43 AM
I haven't finished it, but I haven't given up either! Life has just sort of gotten in the way recently.  :rolleyes: I'm glad you like the skirt idea. ;D

Good to hear your still going.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jan 31, 2015, 12:04 AM
(http://www.anime.web.tr/upload/1201/thread-necromancy.png)

I finally DID something!  :laugh: :laugh:

After much procrastination, I took an objective look at what I have to do to finish my kit, and I realized it's not very much. So, with that in mind, I drafted my mom into my service (mwhaha) and made a body form.

Long (and possibly needless) tutorial/walkthrough below:

Bought duct tape: (I ended up with almost half the jumbo roll left, but I'm a pretty small person  :rolleyes:)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_195737.jpg)

Then, after making mom sit through several video tutorials, I said goodbye to a t-shirt, and started the process:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_211239.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_211244.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_212424.jpg)

(In case you hadn't noticed, my kid brother had too much fun with the camera  :P)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_213800.jpg)

(ugly face  :-\)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_214838.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_220228.jpg)

I marked the belly button with a sharpie so I can have some reference when I work with it.

Then we cut it off (a harrowing process, to be sure), and I started stuffing it. We stuffed it with the wrapping paper left over from a rather generous Christmas, and I taped the back little by little as we put stuff in it. Then, at the bottom, we put a piece of cardboard, and a matching piece of Styrofoam board and now it stands up on its own:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_222741.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150130_224442.jpg)

And now I can use to very all sorts of things. ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Serim Merec on Jan 31, 2015, 12:12 AM
(ugly face  :-\)

Don't say that! :(

Happy to see this is picking back up! But now I've gotta get in gear myself :rolleyes:

Again, well done! It's a much better form than mine was! :P
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jan 31, 2015, 01:54 AM
"ugly face"  ok now lets not make this a contest xD

but hot'damn progress!    aaand I still owe you armour for the drawing  :-\

so whatre you using to make the flakvest from?
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Carid Vhett on Jan 31, 2015, 01:11 PM
Nice to see this picking back up.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Kalyn Solari on Jan 31, 2015, 02:51 PM
Good to see you back Jesse! Tape form is something I keep finding I need to make my life easier. Looking solid, keep the momentum going ;)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Jan 31, 2015, 11:14 PM
It's been a trying day....

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150131_213423.jpg)

But I've made progress. ;D (I Think)

As rather clumsy pattern altering goes, I think it came out ok. It's not as wonky as it looks in the pictures (I just didn't pin it to the mannequin very well), and the only thing that really bugs me is the collar, but that will be over a dark flightsuit and neck seal, and under a collar plate, so I think it will wind up being ok.

It's going to lace down the sides (impractical, I know, but I think it'll look cool  :P). I've got the eyelets and the laces, and I'll hopefully be putting those in tomorrow after watching a lot more video tutorials.  :-X

I'll also be hemming the bottom so it'll look more finished and it won't be quite so long. I just figured I'd better take a break before I came out with a monstrosity instead of something that resembles flak vest.   :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Jan 31, 2015, 11:26 PM
DAMN you did a really good job! 4 flakvests down the line for me and I can do nothing that nice....and is that hand sewn? :o

Like I'm legitly impressed that looks like a commissioned Jango vest tailored for femmandos :o

Shaping and darting llooks spot on, I really like how you did the edges on the shoulder flaps too...and the collar isn't that bad, something cool you could try is making a republic commando inspired neckseal to go there, I think it'd look great and tie in with your backstory if your sticking with cuy'val-dar/clone associated....
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Serim Merec on Jan 31, 2015, 11:57 PM
I was curious about the square collar as well, but you're right one you get a collar plate on no one will be able to notice :) You really are close, I'm excited to see it all on you! :D
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 01, 2015, 12:02 AM
I was curious about the square collar as well,

Yeah...

(http://images.patternreview.com/sewing/patterns/simplicity/4079/4079.jpg)

This is the pattern I used (so I didn't have to do everything from scratch), and obviously I had to raise the collar quite a bit. Unfortunately, in the effort to not the make the neck hole so small I couldn't get my head through it, I made it too square.  >:( But, yeah, I don't think it will matter in the long run.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Kalyn Solari on Feb 01, 2015, 02:38 PM
great looking vest Jesse! If you're having an issue getting your head in, might I suggest what I did for my vod'ika and put a velcro flap or zipper closure along one of the shoulder seams? it really helps and that way you won't get the material pulling or risk popping the seams after a while of forcing your head through the vest.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 04, 2015, 08:15 PM
great looking vest Jesse! If you're having an issue getting your head in, might I suggest what I did for my vod'ika and put a velcro flap or zipper closure along one of the shoulder seams? it really helps and that way you won't get the material pulling or risk popping the seams after a while of forcing your head through the vest.

Good idea, Kalyn. I might just do that. ;D

also, Neck Seal, anyone?

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150204_190220.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 04, 2015, 11:35 PM
Ehh looks good, is it like velcro in the back for closing it?
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 05, 2015, 12:07 PM
Ehh looks good, is it like velcro in the back for closing it?

Yeah, it's got velcro strips in the back that hold it shut.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 05, 2015, 01:23 PM
Its a good system  :)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 07, 2015, 09:23 PM
*drum roll*

Tada:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_200514.jpg)

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_200504.jpg)

(I did put it on, but I'll have to remember to post the pictures  :P)

I had to get creative and punch the holes with this thing:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_185901.jpg)

I also did some work on my kama:

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_180830.jpg)

The patches will be weathered to be less brightly colored. I promise. :rolleyes: And that big one is not pink :laugh: It's kind of a peach color

(http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q587/JesseLibarra/20150207_180848.jpg)

Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 07, 2015, 09:41 PM
Damn vod that looks great!
My one critique is the patches don't really look right on it...
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Serim Merec on Feb 07, 2015, 10:58 PM
I love the patches! :laugh: That's awesome! ;D
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Feb 08, 2015, 11:04 AM
Damn vod that looks great!
My one critique is the patches don't really look right on it...

yeah, they do kind of stick out. I will be weathering the whole thing quite a bit. The patches will be dirty, and the entire kama will look pretty beat up, so I think they'll end up looking more integrated into the whole thing. But, if I get down to the end I still don't like them, I can just take them off. They're only tacked on with embroidery floss.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Dresdon Acacin on Feb 08, 2015, 11:37 AM
I'm just saying because like if you look at mine closely its got lots of holes in it but it adds to the look of it as a whole, so holes arn't too big of a deal to leave torn and open like that IMO.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Kris Jasra on Feb 08, 2015, 06:54 PM
I had a cloak at one point that had some of the larger holes either hemmed to stop fraying or resewn. I used a different colour (but weathered cloak and embroidery thread as one thing) to make it look like old repairs.
Once those patches are recoloured/weathered they will likely fit in a lot better. Only thing I'd do is make the patches less square and more 'random bit of spare fabric/leather' that you found lying around.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Feb 11, 2015, 11:38 AM
Nice vest! I say ditch the patches and just leave torn holes. Cha.
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Sep 30, 2018, 05:15 PM
So, I got tired of my vest gradually loosening as I move, so I added some elastic strapping on the inside. There are buttons on the front:
(https://i.imgur.com/LezFd9N.jpg)

And straps that come around from the back:
(https://i.imgur.com/nrZ9RBY.jpg)

And they fasten underneath the laces so I can keep the lacing aesthetic without having to retie my vest every fifteen minutes!   :laugh:

(https://i.imgur.com/lnXRwjN.jpg)
Title: Re: Jesse's Soft Parts
Post by: Jesse Libarra on Nov 29, 2018, 10:00 PM
So, I weathered my Kama. I used a combination of spray paint, bleach, actual paint applied with a kabuki brush, and real dirt. It looks lighter in the pictures than it is in real life (because of the flash), so I'll get some outside soon.
(https://i.imgur.com/7rQcriG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JPp9PFw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/lor03WE.jpg)