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 Arli's Soft Bits - WIP

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Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« on: Apr 02, 2015, 12:45 PM »
With a few days off work, I've finally got a chance to get a proper start on the Armour Vest as I have the flight suits (purchased). After many failed attempts at making a template, I brought the Cheerleader one to use as the basic starting point and so far, it seems to be working out for me and my limited sewing skills.  I need to make two, so I'm starting with the male one as it will need less in the way of shaping than the female one.  This is where I am so far:





I've sourced a black heavy canvas fabric, the sort used to make protective covers so I'm hopeful it will be strong enough; my back-up plan it to line it if it isn't.  I've adapted the pattern a little to have a solid front and back with the sides left open so that it's easy to put on.  I'll be using side-straps using 25mm webbing and clips similar to those shown, although that's on my dog's harness as the ones I've ordered haven't arrived yet.  This is to enable a tight fit without me stressing over making it fit properly - plus will be easier to get on and off.  The neck is quite small so I will put velcro or a zip on one of the shoulders to aid in getting it on and that will be covered by the shoulder part of the armour vest anyway (yet to be drafted).  It's probably a bit too long but that will be easy enough to sort once the rest if assembled.  I've the interfacing to put on neck/arms yet so that the edges are properly finished, and of course, to get the sewing machine out!.



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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #1 on: Apr 02, 2015, 05:54 PM »
That is a really solid start.. I just started my vest also, but am making a test run first on white fabric so I can get the fitting correct.  Looking forward to seeing your progress..

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #2 on: Apr 03, 2015, 03:42 AM »
I think that's a good idea but I couldn't find anything I could sacrifice so it was put it off again for weeks or just go for it.  Let me know how you get on with yours, getting a close fit that can be easily taken on and off is the challenge for me.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 04, 2015, 04:54 PM »
Have to laugh.. I sacrificed an old curtain as we got cellular blinds and I have no need for them.  I also draped my form around a body double we made with fiberglass bandage strips.  It is a take on the duct tape body double, which works, but we just used the fiberglass bandage strips as I had broken my wrist on one hand and the hand on the others, so seeing how easily it applied and dried so hard, we just went with it.

Just put on an old t-shirt, and have a friend start wrapping.f  Put the first strip under the chest or breasts, and then work off that way.  I should really post a How-to when I'm not running under the gun trying to get my kit okayed for May and Nasa in Houston.

Alternately, you can look up duct tape body double on google, there are a lot of tutorials, and go the duct tape way.  I just hate having to stuff all that with fiberfill, and it loses its shape somewhat.  so.. there you go..

I hope this helps..

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #4 on: Apr 10, 2015, 06:49 PM »
Great start, can't wait to see you progress :)

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11, 2015, 08:11 AM »
I really should have started this thread in the female armour section, which I managed to completely fail to see.


I've spent the morning stitching my armour vest and I'm at the stage where I need to sort out the length.  Should it fit just above the hips, sort of at belly-button level?  Pulling it around, it feels a nicer fit but I'm not sure if that's too short.


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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #6 on: Apr 11, 2015, 09:30 AM »
around the belly button level is good, don't forget you'll have a girth belt/ammo belt etc to fill the space.

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #7 on: Apr 11, 2015, 02:06 PM »
This is the almost finished basic armour vest, I have the shoulder thingies to make and put on yet but that may wait until I have the armour made so that I can get the size right. 


I've pinned it up for length but it seems a bit on the short side, reckon another inch longer?



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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #8 on: Apr 11, 2015, 04:36 PM »
looks good to me but an extra inch wouldn't hurt, really does depend on what ammo pouches and girth you're thinking of using. At least if you go longer and it does get a bit cramped round there you can always take it up later :)

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #9 on: Apr 12, 2015, 09:17 AM »
Lengthened it a bit and happy with the fit now, just shoulder armour thingies to do at a later date:





Please let me know if I need to change anything.

I think I'll look at a Kama & Loincloth next and the chest armour templates, although materials may have to wait a month.   Oh and what options I have for a girth belt as the only clothes line I seem able to find is the nylon sort.

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #10 on: Apr 12, 2015, 09:40 AM »
Kitala forwarded this link to me.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/YOUGLE-Strand-Paracord-Parachute-Shipping/dp/B00F04A5RE/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1428845752&sr=8-14&keywords=paracord
It is from China I believe but it arrived in a week.
Are you going to do Boba or Jango sleeves for the flak?

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #11 on: Apr 12, 2015, 10:17 AM »
Brilliant, thanks!  Now I know what to get, I've found a burgundy coloured one which I've ordered.  May try the macrame belt tutorial else, I'll go for simple!


Edit: Also, wasn't sure what you meant by the sleeves?  The ones I planned to make are like the ones in the armour vest tutorial on the forum, sort of like a capped sleeve?

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #12 on: Apr 12, 2015, 10:36 AM »
yeah, the capped sleeves are Boba, Jango is more like a flap shaped to the shoulder bell.

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #13 on: Apr 12, 2015, 10:37 AM »
Ah thanks, does it matter which I do?

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Re: Arli's Soft Bits - WIP
« Reply #14 on: Apr 12, 2015, 10:48 AM »
Not at all, both styles are recognised. it's just down to personal preference.

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