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 [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #30 on: Mar 28, 2022, 08:22 PM »
These are looking fantastic! You've put a lot of time into this and it definitely shows!  :like:

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #31 on: Mar 29, 2022, 02:17 AM »
Thanks a bunch, JoyfulPhoenix! I feel like I'm rushing this for the deadline and am learning as I go, so it's great to hear positive feedback. :cookie:





Time to figure out the pattern for my vest! Here's my duct tape dummy. We traced where the chest plate lays and where the center / side lines are. In retrospect, I should have traced those center / side lines when it was off of me, I got a much more accurate line that way.





For the pattern, I started by figuring out where I want to cut open the sides (my design is an open side buckle closure). Then I traced where the basic shoulder blade and princess seams are. Then I cut out those pieces to see if they lay flat. For my body type, I needed a lot more than the basic princess seams to get the pattern pieces to lay flat, so I experimented to find the lines that would do so, then tested the resulting pattern on a bedsheet. It turned out like this:







I wanted the sides of the vest to follow the outline of the chest plate:



Then I threw on some placeholder waist items to see if the pattern needs to be longer, since I want to do a faux connected kama / flak. I need to check over the CRLs again regarding what can and cannot touch...



The bedsheet is much flimsier and stretchier than the canvas I'll be using, so it's not a perfect reference, but it was still an excellent practice piece! I learned more about sewing curves and sharp angles, and that I may need to lower the V-neck and extend the flak.

Okay, TOMORROW's the day I go get fabric. :laugh: I keep falling behind my mini-deadlines I set for myself!

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #32 on: Mar 29, 2022, 01:15 PM »
Nice, starting to come together.  :D

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #33 on: Apr 09, 2022, 12:06 AM »
Thanks!


More progress! I've been working on the sash and the flak.

For the sash, I used hopsack linen from Joann's. I made it one foot wide to allow it to bunch up or stretch wider as needed. It was long enough to wrap around my waist twice, but needed to be a bit longer, so I cut it in half and added a two-foot block in the middle. That way the seams are less likely to be noticed than if I'd added it to the ends. I will likely dye it to tone down the color in the future, but for now, I'm happy! Not much in the way of WIP images, but here's what the center block looks like.



For the vest, I used canvas duck cloth from Joann's. This was tough to work with! Very stiff, but that's what makes it a good plate carrier. I decided to make it one layer to be more breathable.

Sewing the curves and corners were tough. Had to make good use of that ironing board to flatten things out. I also had to cut notches into the seam allowance as shown in order to get it to lay correctly:



The back panel! I used some tan thread to add topstitching details. The stitches are uneven and wobbly -- I wonder if that's because I don't have a heavyweight needle or thread? Even so, I'm embracing the imperfect aesthetic.



I'm digging the topstitching. It reminds me of the art deco architecture of Sundari:



Now onto the front panel -- much more complicated! Lots of curved and angled panels.



The seam allowance quickly got bulky. I tried cutting it away at the points where they meet to keep it from bunching up...



And here's where I am! Getting closer...



Test fit! Featuring some size rings on my helmet.







Really excited to get the buckles on so it fits better! :porg2:

Up next: lower the neckline, add topstitching on the center line, add buckles!

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #34 on: Apr 09, 2022, 11:00 AM »
Excellent stuff vod.  Showing the seams and the construction so others can learn too, love it.

You might try using tea to age your sash - once you've got it all finished, dunk it in some weak tea (make it with used tea bags or cheap stuff) and let it dry to slightly stain it before doing any other weathering work. You can do it a few times to build layers and dip some parts more than others, use resist techniques or scrunch it up and just dip the peaks of the folds - endless possibilities. 

Coming along nicely!

Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #35 on: Apr 14, 2022, 08:18 PM »
Wow! I really enjoy seeing your process, gives me courage to continue my first build, I feel a little less lost now. Thank you for all the informative pictures!

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #36 on: Apr 15, 2022, 12:15 AM »
Excellent stuff vod.  Showing the seams and the construction so others can learn too, love it.

You might try using tea to age your sash - once you've got it all finished, dunk it in some weak tea (make it with used tea bags or cheap stuff) and let it dry to slightly stain it before doing any other weathering work. You can do it a few times to build layers and dip some parts more than others, use resist techniques or scrunch it up and just dip the peaks of the folds - endless possibilities. 

Coming along nicely!

Good idea! I'm thinking of dying it gray in the future, but I may have time to throw some tea staining on it for the con...

Wow! I really enjoy seeing your process, gives me courage to continue my first build, I feel a little less lost now. Thank you for all the informative pictures!

Glad to hear it, that's why I try and remember to take WIP pics! I was intimidated too, but I'm glad that I'm getting started instead of forever procrastinating like I was doing. If I can stumble my way through learning how to sew, you can, too! ;)





The past few days I lost hope in my 3D printer, so I've been Clone Warsin' and flak vestin'!

I started by lowering the neckline and finishing the topstitching on the vest, then I added a panel on top of the shoulder seam. That seam could use the reinforcement since it will be holding most of the weight. Obligatory iron hearts wherever possible!



Next, onto the buckles. These buckles looked much too chrome -- they're shinier than my beskar, that simply won't do! -- so I took the time to sand them down. Seems these were only plated silver, there's a coppery undertone to them, which works out well for me. They were still pretty shiny after sanding so I added some matte mod podge on them, too.



I made adjustable straps using the same canvas material:



Underside shot:



In retrospect, I should have tightened down those strap holders some more -- they move a bit too freely. I'll see if I can fix them in the next few days.

Ta dah! Fits much nicer!







Pretty excited! As a special bonus, the buckles make a delightful jingly sound when I walk. Who needs spurs?

Due to my 3D printer refusing to cooperate and print me a helmet that fits, I've been mentally preparing myself to shelve my mando for the upcoming con next week... but this flak vest is too motivating, I'm going to see if I can make my bad helmet print work. I'll shift focus to my hard goods WIP the next few days!

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #37 on: Apr 15, 2022, 10:26 AM »
This vest looks fantastic, mando architecture asthetic for sure.

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #38 on: Apr 15, 2022, 07:31 PM »
That vest looks amazing!  I am loving the angles and topstitching!!

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Re: [WIP] Arco’s Post-Imperial soft goods
« Reply #39 on: Apr 20, 2022, 02:25 PM »
Been watching this thread silently and I think it’s about time I post. Your work is impeccable Arco! Everything looks amazing and oh so Swarzy.

Keep up the awesome work! :like:

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