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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #15 on: Apr 15, 2015, 08:36 PM »
I really like the look of that kama!  The distressing on it reminds of an old, worn flag.  In a good way!  It definitely gives me some ideas I hadn't thought of for mine...

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #16 on: Apr 15, 2015, 10:49 PM »
Uh....no.... :o That part scares me, so I'm going to put that off until the last possible moment! (meaning I have nothing else to work on! lol)
I seriously doubt it will be that difficult, but I tend to get overwhelmed when I look at the whole picture and how much work I have to do (mostly since I have no idea what I'm doing for a lot of it), so I'm trying not to think about it too much. I just started my armor today, so I'll get a thread up and running for that soon.  :)
I know you've got a good start on your bucket, though, so you'll have to give me tips when I do start mine!

I'll be happy to help where I can! The vest was the most intimidating thing for me. I'm still not happy with it! But I just worked on shaping my armor a little more tonight and added something to my helmet. I feel like I had a wasted night for the most part.  :(

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #17 on: Apr 16, 2015, 01:08 AM »
I really like the look of that kama!  The distressing on it reminds of an old, worn flag.  In a good way!  It definitely gives me some ideas I hadn't thought of for mine...
Thank you!!  :) Go for the distressed look! It's A) cool looking and B) much fun to do.

I'll be happy to help where I can! The vest was the most intimidating thing for me. I'm still not happy with it! But I just worked on shaping my armor a little more tonight and added something to my helmet. I feel like I had a wasted night for the most part.  :(

I think we all have days like that, where nothing goes quite right. Especially when we're working on something like kits and we want them to turn out perfect.  But hopefully with hard work and perseverance we look alright in the end...fingers crossed...  :rolleyes: But from what I say earlier your armor looks like you're off to a better start then I am!  ???

I don't know if it helps with your vest or not since I haven't see it (do you have a pic somewhere??), but for my brother's flak vest I'm just using one of his shirts as a pattern and cutting around that. It's going to be a side opening vest like mine, so all I have to do to it is sew the shoulders, which is pretty easy. And then take up the sides a little...So much easier then dealing with patterns and things.

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #18 on: Apr 16, 2015, 05:31 AM »
That is looking brilliant. Love the leg wraps and the arm strip especially.
If you've already got this and it's just not showing on the photos, ignore me - but don't forget that with that much ripping your kama will probably have some amount of dirt or carbon scoring that won't wash out no matter how many times you put it through the Mandalorian washing machine.

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #19 on: Apr 16, 2015, 06:33 AM »
Wow! Truly inspiring work!

I love the way you did your vest. And your neckseal... And, well, everything!

If your doing a scratchbuild for your helmet, just remember to take your time and let every step take the time it needs... I guess that's also true if you're not going from scratch, right? :-)

Looking forward to watching your work progress!

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #20 on: Apr 16, 2015, 04:09 PM »
I don't know if it helps with your vest or not since I haven't see it (do you have a pic somewhere??), but for my brother's flak vest I'm just using one of his shirts as a pattern and cutting around that. It's going to be a side opening vest like mine, so all I have to do to it is sew the shoulders, which is pretty easy. And then take up the sides a little...So much easier then dealing with patterns and things.

Yeah. That's how I did mine too. But I need to go back through and open up the holes for my arms. It's kind of snug up around my armpit right now. Also around my neck it looks rather atrocious Haha. It's cut pretty crooked. This was a learning experience. If I need a new one, I may have to ask nicely for you to make me one Haha. ;)

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #21 on: Apr 16, 2015, 06:42 PM »
That is looking brilliant. Love the leg wraps and the arm strip especially.
If you've already got this and it's just not showing on the photos, ignore me - but don't forget that with that much ripping your kama will probably have some amount of dirt or carbon scoring that won't wash out no matter how many times you put it through the Mandalorian washing machine.

Thank you! Yes, I do want to do some staining on my kama...I'm just trying to figure out what would show up and stain the best. Any suggestions??  :)

If your doing a scratchbuild for your helmet, just remember to take your time and let every step take the time it needs... I guess that's also true if you're not going from scratch, right? :-)
Right! What's the old saying...patience is a virtue? Though granted sometimes one I wish I didn't require.  ;)
And thank you, by the way. I'm glad you like my kit!

Yeah. That's how I did mine too. But I need to go back through and open up the holes for my arms. It's kind of snug up around my armpit right now. Also around my neck it looks rather atrocious Haha. It's cut pretty crooked. This was a learning experience. If I need a new one, I may have to ask nicely for you to make me one Haha. ;)
Haha, yes, by then I should have all three brother's vest done...so I might be an expert! :laugh: Cutting things straight is always hard though...you should see some of the pants I've made!  :o

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #22 on: Apr 16, 2015, 06:49 PM »
You're making three!?  :o Haha. Dang! You'll be happy if you never have to make another vest in your life after that. I think it's awesome that you're doing it as a family. That's definitely cool!  :D

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #23 on: Apr 16, 2015, 06:52 PM »
And here's how mine turned out.





I guess it's not TERRIBLE for a first attempt. Haha

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #24 on: Apr 16, 2015, 07:42 PM »
Kursh, if you don't like your vest (looks fab BTW) you could always mount yer plates on that epic beard!! ;-)

Aria, I wanted to ask about your neckseal. Did you use anything special to get the nice ribbed effect? I tried cotton batting, PVC foam piping, even tried with cheaply skipping ropes.... Can't get as nice a ribbed effect as you did... So, spill it! What's yer secret??

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #25 on: Apr 16, 2015, 09:07 PM »
Kursh, if you don't like your vest (looks fab BTW) you could always mount yer plates on that epic beard!! ;-)

Aria, I wanted to ask about your neckseal. Did you use anything special to get the nice ribbed effect? I tried cotton batting, PVC foam piping, even tried with cheaply skipping ropes.... Can't get as nice a ribbed effect as you did... So, spill it! What's yer secret??

Haha. Thank you! I guess I'm OCD and critical of myself. I'm trying to work my way into BEARDs! 

And yeah! I love that ribbed collar and I'd like to try it out on mine!

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #26 on: Apr 16, 2015, 10:42 PM »
I'm gonna have to agree with jm - that's a good looking vest! The neckline doesn't look that uneaven to me (at least no more then mine is) The only thing I see is what you mentioned about the arm holes being too small.  :P
And yeah, it was one of those things where the sibs found out I was joining and all of a sudden it was like, "I've wanted to join for forever!! Make me an outfit too!!" .... and then the next morning I woke up to three concept sketches posted on my fb. lol

Alrighty, ribbed collar. First thing, it's not terribly comfortable, so I actually have a thin black collar I wear under it to keep it from chafing my neck. Second, it's kind of frustrating (as all things mando seem to be - but we love it anyway), so be warned!

It's black denim, stuffed with fiberfill. (phiberfill? I forget how it's spelled on the package) You can find it at Joann Fabrics or most craft stores...it's the stuff they use to stuff dolls.

I used an old pattern of mine for the collar itself. Cut two and sew them together like a normal collar, but when you flip them inside out (so the seems are in the inside) you're going to sew two lines down the length of the collar. So you sort of have three long 'tubes' down the length of the collar. (you may also want to sew a line just inside the actual seem at the bottom of the collar so you'll have room to sew it onto the flight suit once it's stuffed) Try not to make the tubes too thin in any places, because that will make it difficult to stuff (I know  ??? )

From there you're going to take the big bag of fiberfill and take out little teeny-tiny wads one at a time and roll them up (so they stay stuck together as they are stuffed) and stuff them down the tubes until the tubes are nice and plump. (It takes a lot more stuffing then you think) I used a chopstick to help. I also found that stuffing all from one direction (meaning not flipping the collar over as I worked on it, but keeping one side up the entire time) caused the fiberfill to clump in such a way that it actually curved the collar for me.
From there I just sewed it into my flight suit, trimmed off what wasn't needed and added my zipper.

Does that make sense? It does to me, but I made the thing....if you want I can get up a tutorial post with pics explaining the whole thing in another thread? (Pictures make everything easier to understand  ;) )

AND I also just got my armor build thread started (I'll link it into my signature in a sec) if you feel inclined to head over that way and give me feedback on my horrible armor attempts!  :laugh:

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #27 on: Apr 19, 2015, 07:35 PM »
So your soft parts look AMAZING.

One thing I wanna advise about though is the vest lacing on the sides; I have this on mine and it's hard to deal with. I know with mine I have to unlace essentially the whole thing to get my flak vest off, and then re-lace each time I put the vest back on. The laces may start fraying on the ends if you have to unlace & re-lace each time. I recommend putting a zipper on the back, under where the backplate will go; it will save time & frustration when kitting up. I promise this will make it easier. On the off-chance I missed it & you do already have a zipper; you are way ahead of me & are genius :)

With the above being said, I do however love the look of your vest. I'm a big fan of the lacing on the sides. I am also jealous of the kama because it's gorgeous. This is just phenomenal work all around

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #28 on: Apr 19, 2015, 10:43 PM »
That ribbed collar idea makes perfect sense. We had a clan armor party today and I had a chance to check one out up close. With that close up visual and your directions, I think I can manage! Thanks for taking the time to type it all out for us! :)

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Re: Aria's Soft Parts -WIP
« Reply #29 on: Apr 20, 2015, 12:23 AM »
So your soft parts look AMAZING.

One thing I wanna advise about though is the vest lacing on the sides; I have this on mine and it's hard to deal with. I know with mine I have to unlace essentially the whole thing to get my flak vest off, and then re-lace each time I put the vest back on. The laces may start fraying on the ends if you have to unlace & re-lace each time. I recommend putting a zipper on the back, under where the backplate will go; it will save time & frustration when kitting up. I promise this will make it easier. On the off-chance I missed it & you do already have a zipper; you are way ahead of me & are genius :)

With the above being said, I do however love the look of your vest. I'm a big fan of the lacing on the sides. I am also jealous of the kama because it's gorgeous. This is just phenomenal work all around
First, THANK YOU!!  :D That means a lot, because your kit is amazing.

Second, I've been able to keep one side of the vest laced and slip in and out with only one side unlaced. (saves a lot of time!!) I thought about a zipper at first but I hate how they look, so I'll stick with lacing for now and see how it goes. If it annoys me too much I'll stick a zipper in the back and pretend it was that way originally!  :laugh:

That ribbed collar idea makes perfect sense. We had a clan armor party today and I had a chance to check one out up close. With that close up visual and your directions, I think I can manage! Thanks for taking the time to type it all out for us! :)
No problem! I'm glad it made sense, I might have been slightly sleep deprived when I wrote it...
Let me know how your collar goes!  :)

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