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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:15 am    Post subject: WIP X-wing pilot In Omaha Reply with quote

Hi everyone, I found an orange flight suit at a surplus store today. Can I get some official (and non official) opinions on what needs to be changed in this flight suit to meet the requirements? Thanks.

To see my new flight suit go here:
http://wookiecostuming.wordpress.com/x-wing-pilot/

If you click on the photos they will enlarge. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, my humble opinion is that will do the trick once you remove all those extra pockets and add the right ones. The color looks spot on. Good find! Ben
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to be the bearer of bad news here, I read through your blog and you have several misconceptions about the xwing flightsuit.

First off, if you didn't buy two flightsuits, you need to go back and buy a second with matching fabric to cannibalize for the pockets and details you'll need to add to the flight suit. Working over a real flight suit is really not a great way to go, you would have much better success with orange coveralls as they are much closer in structure than these are.

Every pocket on that flightsuit has to go and every zipper that's not the main frontal zipper.

And unfortunately that "mandarin collar" is also not acceptable and would need to be replaced. It needs to look like this:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was planning to get a second flight suit to cannibalize for pockets. The additional zippers are easily removed and sewn up, and the patterns for the official X-wing pockets that someone has on this forum would cover almost all of the original pockets anyway so it should be easy to convert. Also, making the official X-wing collar would be a snap. Thanks for the official judgement. I really don't want to do a lot of work and be told it's wrong, and if it's not possible to convert then a basic coverall is easy enough to buy. I appreciate your help.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First off, thanks to those of you on the X-wing forum who have provided answers to my questions (especially, Wedge and JediXXL) you have been a great help. I have cut apart a second flight suit for use in making the new pockets, I made patterns from the Rebel Legion pocket patterns, and I made a new collar to fit the screen versions.

I have ordered a compad and until it arrives I do not have the compad pocket on my suit. I have that pocket made and cut out, it's just waiting for the compad. I will probably also add some elastic stirrups to the bottoms of the pant legs to keep the suit legs down inside the boots and prevent bunching at the top of the boots. I will also order some official data cylinders to replace my "screen accurate" spoons (I just wanted to show the pockets).











On the tool pocket, there are some dark spots which are the guidelines that I drew using a fabric pen and they will wash out.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EDIT Gil: James, I'm going to merge your WIP threads so you have all of your information in one place.

gulywhumpr wrote:
I see the Velcro on each end of the grey web belt, and it looks like they attach to the inside of the front and back of the flak vest. Is that correct? So there should be a patch of complimentary Velcro on the white flak vest, right?


Angelariel wrote:
On my own costume I have them attached to my flight suit beneath the vest. And it might sound funny, but the best thing I have used to attach them is the three-hook bra hook...thingies you can buy at Joann in the notions section where they sell other lingerie notions. It's worked better than velcro, snaps or safety pins. The mom of one of our other base X-wing pilots gets credit for that idea. Wink


TK-POOH wrote:

Oh I like that idea! I might have to try that. Very Happy

On mine I have a plastic loop which the harness slides though and then the harness has both the hook and loop velcro on it so it justs folds over and attaches that way.


JediXXL wrote:
I use Velcro on the inside of my vest. Works really well for me...


I did this after I got the vest...


gulywhumpr wrote:
Alright, here is another clarification I need. When sewing the leg loops for the silver harness web material do you sew the ends of the leg loops together like the first, or second photograph below?



or...



The belt is a separate piece.
Here are some pictures of my harness and how the loops are attached:


The strap ends are somewhat frayed but heat-sealed and sewn to the crossover piece as shown. They do not overlap each other. Does that help?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for merging, Gil, and thanks for posting closeup photos of your harness. I am going to begin that tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished the harness today, except for adding the velcro. Webbing is the 2 inch silver/grey from strapworks.com. I have a lot of webbing left over for making the belt, but first I will need to buy the buckle.




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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started working on my flak vest tonight, by sketching out the front and back patterns. I am putting a 1 inch margin around each side so that I can fold to edge over to make a nice smooth edging that will cover all the ribbing and folds.



I also got the compad in the mail and was able to sew it into the pocket.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The roll-pin buckle came in the mail, but it had anodized gold on it so I treated it with Easy-off oven cleaner, waited 10 minutes, and then wiped off the gold. Now the buckle is silver, but a little dirty looking, good for the Star Wars universe. I sewed on the silver webbing that I had left over from the ejection harness. Finished belt:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great tip on the Easy-Off oven cleaner!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just remember to wear gloves when using "Easy-off"
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and see what you can do about smoothing out the compad, it shouldn't be all rough and textured like that. All the surfaces should be smooth.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do. I will smooth it out. Hmmm....fine sanding block? Would that work on plastic?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need big help please!! I am making the flak vest and am having major trouble figuring out how to keep the edges of the ribs/flat spaces from fraying. Do you fold it under along the sides to create a finished edge and then sew it all to the backing? Do you just leave it as is? How is this done?

I tried making the rib part separate and then attaching it to the backing, but the tutorial seems to just sew it directly on to the backing is that correct?

Also do you use straight plastic tubing for the ribs? I bought a roll of 1/4 inch white plastic tubing and the curvature of the roll is making the ribs go all kinds of different directions and twisting the vest all up. Then I tried using wood dowel for the ribs and that was just a really terrible idea because it wouldn't bend at all and the flak vest was flat and hung off my chest (It looked nice though, unlike the roll tubing).

I am massively frustrated because I cannot make a correct flak vest right now. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi (Gil or Jon), you're my only help!!
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