Friday, January 6, 2017

Nostromo uniform from the movie Alien

Ash from the movie Alien
One of the big projects at our house in 2016 was for Halloween.  Halloween is our high holy day and most of the family gets involved.  This year we were all crazed for Alien.

So while my husband worked tirelessly on a 3D printed version of Ripley's flamethrower for me I  modded some existing clothes to make him Ash's Nostromo Uniform.

I started out with this white shirt and these white pants:


With much help from the folks on the Replica Prop Forum's Nostromo Uniform forum I found enough reference material to get started modding.  First I dyed them both light blue.  I initially used a diluted liquid version of Rit's aqua but it was a little swimming pool for our taste.  So I re-dyed it with a very watered down version of Rit's liquid royal blue die.

Then I cut the sleeves off the shirt, Ash's shirt is short sleeved, and used the excess fabric to fabricate the pockets, pen loops, pocket flaps and patches the uniform has and piped the collar and pocket flaps me pink piping.  There wasn't much left by the time I was finished!

The blue is really more like the pic below but this pic shows just how modded they are
Ready to fling his 3d printed face hugger at me

I'd actually bought two pairs of painters pants, there were so many extra pockets on the uniform pants I figured I could use one pair for the fabric I'd need.  Good thing too, I used nearly all of it!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Butterick's "Miss Fisher" pattern

I've got some nice houndstooth wool in the stash from a sale while back and I was eyeing the new Butterick "Miss Fisher" pattern and thinking it might be fun to make a jacket out of it with some khaki colored jodphurs similar to the original.

Original left and the Butterick pattern right


Anyway, I realized you could use the exact same Butterick pattern to make the jacket for this Miss Fisher suit!  Check out the link for a high res version and you'll see they are very similar.  Add a vintage fur (or faux) collar and voila!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A new year!

I can't believe it was August since I posted last!  Howembarrassing!  In my defence, right after that last Costume College post my computer died.  And we spent a long time trying to figure out what to get as a replacement, trying to restore back ups, etc.  And to this day I STILL do not have all my photos transferred to the new computer.  Sigh.

Anyway, it was a stumbling block in the way of my posting and then the holidays get the idea.  All this to say I'm back and will try to play catch up with the end of the years costume activities.  And maybe one day I'll get all my old 2016 Costume College photos up.  :/