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 Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts

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Since I was visiting the most talented seamstress I know, namely my Mom, I figured I'd venture into the soft parts arena while she was there to bail me out if I messed up too badly...

Got this really cool material for dirt cheap ($7) . It is stretchy and has an almost rubber looking side to it. Not sure if the rubber looking side was meant to be the side showing, but it'll be the one showing here!!!


Started by cutting a piece 20" by 13", which was folded in half to maker it 6.5" (6" + .5 " of extra for the attachment to the dickie part.) Some batting was added, same width, and sewn on 3 sides while fabric was inside out. See below

Once turned back right side out it looks like this

Next step was to model a dickie sort of thing so the seal would stay put while won. I proceeded to draft a template from the T-shirt I was wearing, which wound up something like this:

This was sewn on the bottom of the seal, taking care to make sure the opening would line up (so I could fit my huge noggin' in there...)

Once done, I sewed line all the way across the width of the seal t created the required rings/ribs/raised bits. Sadly, both sewing machines came started aging up just as I was about to sew  the last line across, so you'll notice a wider area a the top on the pics below. I also still have to sew the velcro closure on the tab we made sure to create, overlapping the ends.

Here's what it looks like so far





Vest is next!! Here's what the mock up looks like, please forgive the lovely cat print on the fabric... I couldn't see the point in wasting material on a test of the pattern I drafted...

The actual fabric I'm planning to use is a coarse weave cotton fabric, blue-gray in colour...

I'm pleased with the way the pattern fits. A hidden zipper on the side will allow a fitted vest, which will accommodate my plates better. Flaps will be added to attach the shoulder bells. I'll have to wait until I get back home to do more work on it, however, as we are heading back home tomorrow!

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« Last Edit: Jun 29, 2015, 10:02 PM by jmchabot » Logged
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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #1 on: Jun 29, 2015, 11:15 PM »
I say stick to the kitties! :P

I'm liking the neck seal! looking good so far vod

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #2 on: Jun 30, 2015, 08:38 AM »
Yeah, I thought about keeping the kitties print... Not!

I guess it could be the Mando equivalent of the story Johnny Cash told in "A Boy Named Sue"...  ;D

"Make fun of my kiities, will ya? Now you gonna DIE!!!!"

 8)

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #3 on: Jun 30, 2015, 09:07 AM »
I'm digging the neck seal, looks awesome.

You might want to switch over to a Tooka / Loth Cat pattern on your vest to keep it in universe, but I'd say go for it. It'd definitely be unique.  :P

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #4 on: Jun 30, 2015, 11:20 PM »
Yeah, maybe mythosaurs playing with balls of yarn?

New development in the fabric for the cest front: while digging through her piles of fabric looking for something to use as lining for the fest, my Mom found some leftover fabric she'd woven for a skirt she entered in a sewing competition...

You read that right, she not only sewed the skirt, she wove the fabric...

That's hardcore...

So now my vest is made of this home woven fabric. It looks and feels awesome. Rugged, solid, just real nice! Plus, I daresay there won't be anyone wearing the same fabric... Ever!!

Pics soon, as I'm a little tired tonight, and tomorrow is Canada Day!!!

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #5 on: Jul 01, 2015, 02:34 AM »
You read that right, she not only sewed the skirt, she wove the fabric...

That's hardcore...

Can I borrow your mom for a few days? I need to finish up my kama  :laugh:

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #6 on: Jul 01, 2015, 07:43 AM »
That's awesome!

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #7 on: Jul 01, 2015, 08:28 AM »
Everything is looking Good from What I can see ... Really like the Neck seal ..  ;D

 I will be checking in to see the Progress ... keep up the fine Work ....  ;)

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #8 on: Jul 01, 2015, 10:04 AM »
Wow, nice work Brother.  I will be starting on my vest and neck seal probably when I get back from my trip.  Keep at it and finish that helmet, can't wait to see some paint on it.

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #9 on: Sep 10, 2015, 08:48 AM »
Managed to score myself 2 pairs of very cool boots off of eBay. They are very different from each other, one pair being leather ankle boots and the other being canvas and slightly higher. I'm torn as to which one would be a better choice, so I thought I would ask you fine folks out there!

First off, the leather ones. They are ladies ankle boots, but I managed to get the largest size they had and they do fit, if a little snugly. But I think I could relax the leather and stretch them out a bit and they should be fine.





I will be wearing spats, shin guards and footplates, so the snap looking thing will be covered. They do have a zipper on the instep which would be hard to conceal completely... If I used these, I would be sanding them down to rough up the finish and spray painting them using some spray fabric paints to get the color closer to what my kit will be. I most likely would also be adding accent pieces here and there to add extra visual interest.

The other pair, which I think I favour at the moment, are described by the seller as Police training boots. They are so light and flexible! The soles are vulcanized rubber and the uppers are thick, lined canvas. They are lace-ups, but the aforementioned spats, boot plates and shin guards will handle that. The plan here would be to once again color them to a shade closer to my kit, and change-up the look of the soles' edges to make them look more Swarzy.

Here they are:






So, what say ye, vode? Which one would you fancy??

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« Reply #10 on: Sep 10, 2015, 10:21 AM »
Hmmm. Both are really cool!  If you already have the spats and plates to cover everything up, my vote would be the lace up boots.  They look like they'd be more comfy to troop in.  But honestly, either one would be sweet!

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« Reply #11 on: Sep 11, 2015, 11:15 PM »
Yeah, they're the ones now for sure... Here they are with the plates.

I really have to work on my suit!! And get my vest completed (I need to sew on bias tape on the edges)

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« Reply #12 on: Dec 14, 2015, 04:47 PM »
Girth belt time!

I wanted to go a little different,  so I went with black denim and leather,  as a nod to my metal years...

Put together a 5 1/2" strip of denim long enough to go all the way around me.  Since I'm using leather from old coats I got at Value Village,  I've had to do several pieces to have something long enough.  I also wanted to make sure it'd be sturdy enough to be cinched tight.

You can see the rope I dyed at the top three.  I'm pretty excited about the results as the colour is pretty much bang on.

I went with 3 groups of 6 strands,  which gave me the exact width I needed.  It can be a little frustrating to work with multiple strands of rope that shift around constantly.  I pinned them every 6"or so,  alternating the direction of the pins so they stayed on easier.

Once all three plaits were pinned,  I ran a few zigzag runs on the sewing machine to secure the ends.

So,  all three plaits are now stitched on the ends and ready to be attached to the actual belt.  As you can see,  the 3 plaits are almost exactly the width of the belt.

I still have to finish the ends and get buckles and straps attached so I can wear this thing.  I want to do something with the ends to cover them and add a little more flair.  Not sure what though...  Still thinking...

More soon!

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #13 on: Dec 14, 2015, 07:49 PM »
At first I was going to say bright orange for your belt high light but you might be better off with the same fabric as your vest.

Keep at it brother.

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Re: Neck Seal? Yup! Check (Well, almost...), and Other Soft Parts
« Reply #14 on: Dec 14, 2015, 09:29 PM »
That seal looks pretty sick, does it breath well?

I'm partial to leather boots myself but you'd probably be able to dye the police boots closer to your kit easier.

 


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