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 Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts

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Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« on: Mar 03, 2012, 12:30 AM »
All of my soft parts progress will be covered in this thread.

I bought a pair of coveralls in charcoal gray. It looked a bit too light when I got it so I dyed it a little darker.  I removed the rear pockets and I am planning on using that fabric to make a closure for the "popped collar" so I don't need a separate neck seal.  I plan on using a balaclava anyway, so everything should be OK as far as coverage goes.

Boots - No idea but I do have some black shoes and leather gaiters. That might work, but not final.
Belt - I have a bunch of ammo pouches on a belt that I use for my Jawa bandoleer. I think I will use that for both costumes.
Sash- probably just a long strip of fabric wrapped around my waist.

Cape -Modeled after the one Tor Viszla wears.


I bought a bunch of light gray duck cloth/canvas/denim and used half for the cape and half for the vest.  I dyed it to a rich red with a mixture of RIT Wine and Scarlet, but I want it to be more of a blood red. The fabric wasn't wide enough to do a proper semi-circle cape, so I cut the fabric in half diagonally. I sewed it back together so that the wide ends were connected, giving me a rough diamond shape.  On the narrow end, I cut out the neck hole and hemmed the edges.  On the wide end, I let it fray but I may go back and clean it up a bit.  The cape is about 90% complete but I can't really do any more on it until my armor is closer to being finished.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this yet.

Vest -   I prefer the Jango-style vest but I really like the quilting detail on Boba's vest, so I combined the two concepts.  I also noticed that in the comic book art, one of the Death Watch grunts had a couple of buckles on the side of his vest, so I decided to incorporate that detail also.  I also wanted a more complete vest, so I decided to add a lining.

I dyed the other half of the cape fabric a charcoal gray to match the flight suit.  I made my own pattern from my measurements and made sure I had enough extra for the hems.  Once I had cut out the front and back pieces, I also had to cut out a matching piece of batting and liner for each.  I then pinned all of this together and basted them together around the edges.



Then, I layed out the quilting pattern and began sewing each line.  :'(  This sucked and it took forever.  I decided to not quilt the back because it was going to be covered by a backplate and a full cape.



For the the shoulder pieces, I used two pieces of the main fabric and heavy duty interfacing.  I sewed the interfacing to one of the fabric pieces and trimmed the excess.  I then sewed the other fabric piece to the first on the side opposite the interfacing.  Then I turned everything inside out.  I marked parallel lines along the shoulder piece and sewed them.


I have all of the pieces done but I still need to put everything together.  I also need to figure out how I want to do my buckles.

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #1 on: Mar 03, 2012, 12:50 AM »
I shall be following this with interest. I am always interested in how people make their vests.

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #2 on: Mar 03, 2012, 01:29 AM »
Looking good :) seems like you've done this before. I admire your mettle to stick with that quilting pattern, that looks tedious.

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #3 on: Mar 03, 2012, 10:49 AM »
Thanks.  I'm still pretty new to sewing, but I know enough to get me into trouble :p  Laying out the quilt pattern was tedious, but sewing it was worse because I had to fight the fabric the whole time.  Halfway through, I couldn't stand to look at it.  The thought of quilting the back piece was horrifying, so I put that off for several weeks. After getting some advice from the local guys, I decided that I didn't need to quilt the back since it would be mostly covered anyway.  That was a huge relief and I cranked out the back piece pretty quickly.

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #4 on: Mar 03, 2012, 05:17 PM »
Halfway through, I couldn't stand to look at it.  The thought of quilting the back piece was horrifying, so I put that off for several weeks.

That's why I have like five half done costumes laying around my craft room >.<

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #5 on: Mar 07, 2012, 07:32 AM »
I think you've done a very good job so far.
Looks like you got really small spaces between the lines where you sew. I used about 1 x 1 inch squares. To prevent the fabric from shifting, you can make some lines stitching the layers together, which you later remove. Start in the middle.
Maybe you can see what I mean by looking at Xyyyr's vest.

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #6 on: Mar 07, 2012, 09:14 AM »
Thanks. Those lines are spaced a ruler-width apart, so an inch or slightly larger. I'm just fat so they look smaller. :P
I started at one edge and zig-zagged across.

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #7 on: Mar 07, 2012, 12:01 PM »
Yeah, mine was for my 12 year old Jawa  :D

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #8 on: Apr 09, 2012, 12:15 AM »
I worked on the vest today.  Front and back are assembled and the shoulder pads are attached.  It closes with snaps at the left shoulder.  Now I need to figure out the side closures.  I have buckles for both sides, but I'm not sure how to put them on.


Shoulder seam closed

This is how is should look once I get the armor attached.


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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #9 on: Apr 10, 2012, 09:47 PM »
Very nice...!!!

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #10 on: Apr 12, 2012, 01:29 AM »
Looking GOOD 8)

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #11 on: Apr 23, 2012, 10:44 PM »
Added buckles to both sides of the vest.  I wanted to include this detail from the comic book.  I found these really neat plastic buckles that have a metallic finish. The buckles are evenly spaced along the side and centered over the seam. I only attached two buckles on each side because I am following the artwork, but I think three would work better. I would say the vest is 90% done.  I still need to put a final hem in the bottom and figure out how to attach my armor.





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24 Apr 12
The snaps on my shoulder seam kept popping while I was test fitting the vest, so I added some velcro between them.

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2012, 12:21 AM »
I have started adding velcro to the vest for attaching my armor (Hooks on the plates; Loops on the vest).  So far I have the backplate, collar and both shoulders attached.  I used industrial strength velcro, which I could only find in sticky back.  The sticky back allowed me to adjust the placement of the velcro and held it in place while I ran a stitch around the edge.  I used a heavy duty upholstery needle so I had very few problems.

I will add pictures later.
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I may go back and add velcro to the "wings" ib the backplate.  I will also hem the vest once I get all of the plates attached.




« Last Edit: May 10, 2012, 09:56 AM by Nickel » Logged
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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2012, 11:15 AM »
that is an awesome vest! how hot is it with the extra layers and all?
(Just asking cause Im planning a vest with some kind of foam inside to make ti look thicker)

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Re: Nickel's OSDW Soft Parts
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2012, 12:49 PM »
I haven't worn it for very long other than to check the fit as I made it.  I took it off once I started to sweat, so I'm not sure how it will be after a while.  Even with the batting and lining, this will breath much better than a vinyl vest.  I added the extra layers because I liked the "thickness" of Boba's vest, so the extra heat is worth it.  I only used a single layer of cotton batting, so it shouldn't be too bad.

In other news....
I am currently adjusting the shape of the chest plates so that they fit tighter to the vest before I attach them. They were sticking out in a few places, so I had to tweak the shape a bit.

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