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  1. Blaxmyth's Avatar
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    Dec 14, 2002, 3:43 AM - Merged: Re: As promised, link to my jumpsuit project #26

    It works fine! Great value. Especially like the tip about the folded sleeve - looks like it'll save a lot of work that way.
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    Dec 14, 2002, 9:09 AM - Merged: Re: As promised, link to my jumpsuit project #27

    How hard was this to do? I'm TERRIBLE at sewing but it looks fairly straight-forward.
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    Dec 14, 2002, 12:52 PM - Merged: Re: As promised, link to my jumpsuit project #28

    Very nice,I think the cargo pockets are a bit too big, but that is only my opinion. Nice sleeves
  4. Dec 14, 2002, 2:46 PM - Merged: Re: As promised, link to my jumpsuit project #29

    Wow, thanks for the feedback.

    I bought the remainder on the bolt at WallyWorld (WalMart) for $4.44 a yard for 5 yards. This is way enough, with much to spare. It came as 60 inches wide. Even after washing (always BEFORE you start marking and cutting), I had mebbe 2 +- yards left. I make alot of stuff, so not a problem (and remember, the belt pouches are the same fabric as the jumpsuit ). I am on the shorter end of the height scale at 5'6", so take that into consideration. If you think it out, you may be able to creatively position your patterns for maximum yield and allow the weave to all "go in the same direction".

    It's relatively simple, but I've sewn alot of stuff. I would say to just remember to allow for seams (I generally allow 3/8 of an inch on both sides), remember to place "right sides together" (this means that when you sew it up it'll be inside out and you've put the outsides together to sew), and remember that you need two opposite pieces when there are two needed (flip your pattern over after you've marked one). Pinning, or even basting, will save you alot of heartache. A helper comes in handy when pinning the sleeves on or adjusting the leg/sleeve length. Just like in shop class; "Measure twice, cut once". . Your garment will only be as good as your pattern, as well.

    As for the pocket size...Yeah, I know . Not a prob since I'm doing a custom. They could actually be 3/4 to even half the size they are now. I'm notorious for pulling something out of somewhere every time the need arises, so big pockets are an old thing for me.

    Forgive me for not getting too technical in the sewing jargon. I learned most of what I know from my Grandmother and Mother, who were/are both seamstresses, and all the lingo they use(d) was/is French . I don't know alot of the sewing terms in English, and I was born and raised here in the US!
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    Dec 14, 2002, 8:23 PM - Merged: Re: As promised, link to my jumpsuit project #30

    Now that is nice. If you are planning on adding knee armor to your custom suit, you may need to relocate the thigh pockets up just a bit.
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    Dec 14, 2002, 8:45 PM - Merged: Re: Opinion question for Lisa Fett and other sewers #31

    The way I look at it is that all the other ends of the cuffs have rings, although not all have the same number of rings. foot cuf rings, long sleeve rings, and short sleeve rings. Why would some one put rings on the long sleeves and bottom of legs. They are covered in the movie. I just have that gut intink that says with all the work that went into the costume they would have real short sleeves. I'll ask Jeromy next time I see him.
  7. Dec 14, 2002, 9:35 PM - Merged: Re: Opinion question for Lisa Fett and other sewers #32

    That's a good point. Very insightful, at least. I will, however, toss this out from an experienced viewpoint; If this garment was made, or even altered from an original coverall, by a wardrobe department, it is very likely that the person doing the stitching simply had no idea what the finished "look" of the character would be. If one set of cuffs was this way or that, then all would match as far as they knew. It's all good no matter how we acheive it, as long as the infernal "double-sleeve" design is there.
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    Dec 15, 2002, 5:37 PM - Merged: Re: Opinion question for Lisa Fett and other sewers #33

    A good question is...do you really want to have to wear another shirt underneath your jumpsuit? I don't.
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    Jan 30, 2003, 12:48 AM - Merged: Merged: Which jumpsuit? Help! #34

    I'm going to the jumpsuit part of my costume after my helmet is done, I have read Dickies coveralls and Big Mac brand worksuits could work for Boba's jumpsuit, but I don't know which one to get. The Big Mac brand doesn't have a grey color and the closest thing is charcoal grey which is pretty dark. They do have a white one, but will this be a hassle to dye (it's twill)? The Dickies have grey, but one of the sites I looked at (All Seasons Uniforms) did not have size 36.
    I don't think I can afford to have a custom one made, so any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,
    Ely
  10. Jan 30, 2003, 1:48 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #35

    If that one is cotton twill, nothing will accept a dye better.


    Why not try making your own? I'm sure the board can help you if you get stuck.
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    Jan 30, 2003, 11:07 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #36

    I went with Red Kap coveralls. They are a 100% coton and come in white so you can rite them any color you want. I believe it was Lisa Fett on one of the threads a while back that gave a recipe rec. for this. Heres the site.

    http://www.automotiveworkwear.com/Me...ategory_Code=C

    The price is right. Just go to a local coverall suplier and try them on to get the size you need without clothes. Hope it helps. Vern
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    Jan 30, 2003, 1:56 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #37

    If you decide to sew your own, make sure to get cotton twill, but get the regular twill, not the 'wrinkle-free'. The wrinkle-free material will not take the dye as well.

    Have you decided on which Fett you're doing? ESB or ROTJ?

    Although it's been discontinued, Simplicity pattern # 8745 is a good base for a jumpsuit. The package contains instructions and layouts for Grease (movie, musical) patterns, along with a standard mechanics (Hyyyy-dromatic!)jumpsuit. With a little modification, this can be turned into a dead-on Fett jumpsuit.

    As for Big Mac jumpsuits, they were available through JC Penney in a steel blue color. Not bad for ESB Fett, and could be bleached a little to lighten the tint.

    Hope this helps...
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    Jan 30, 2003, 2:11 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #38

    Thanks for the info. I'm doing ROTJ as my first Boba.
    The Big Mac brand coveralls doesn't offer steel blue on the site.
    How can I get a hold of the pattern you are talking about?
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    Jan 30, 2003, 2:52 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #39

    Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. I know, because I've been searching for over a month now. A local friend of mine let me borrow the pattern, so I'm just making a copy. But the best source will probably still be online. Either E-bay or sewing websites...

    Don't bother E-mailing Simplicity. They simply restate what you what you told THEM.
    ME: "I understand 8745 has been discontinued, but I've been looking online,..."
    THEM:"We're sorry, that pattern has been discontinued, you might try online,..."

    Here's another spin. For my second jumpsuit, I made my own pattern. I ripped out all the seams from my first one (a Big Mac) and ironed the pieces flat. Then I traced them using brown wrapping paper (comes in tubes from the grocery store). It's worked so far, and all you need to start is ANY jumpsuit that fits you. You can buy custom material at that point.

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    Jan 30, 2003, 6:39 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #40

    Just purchased the pattern for simplicity here
    http://www.grandmashouse.ws/patterns/Costume.html
    It only comes in XS,S,and M, I bought the medium.

    If I can't find anyone to sew this for me, I'll probably buy one of the coveralls mentioned here (the cheapest possible).

    What do I need to fix with this pattern, besides the obvious additions?
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    Jan 30, 2003, 7:46 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #41

    I saw the Granda's House pattern a few weeks ago. All three sizes mentioned come in the same envelope.

    For starters, you'll prolly need to make adjustments to the initial size, since you're working from the medium pattern. A local seamstress might be able to help.

    If you've seen some of the pictures of the costume laid out, you'll notice that the neck of the armor vest is actually attached to the jumpsuit, not the armor vest. I made my own neckpiece without a pattern.

    You'll also need the two thigh pockets. They are the same pattern as the large ammo pouch pockets. You may have to create your own pattern for these.

    There are two lower pockets for shin tools. Although the same size, the pocket 'dividers' are stitched in different places. These pockets are symmetrical, and the same size, right and left.

    And finally, there are the outer sleeves. You'll have to search to find some decent shots, but the outer sleeve comes over the long sleeve and stops right above the elbow. Look closely at the piping. The stitches are what MAKES the Fett jumpsuit.

    In the coming months, I'm going to develop a pattern (based on Simplicity 8745) for use by those here on the Forum. If you can wait a few weeks, I'll send what I have. I have bigger fish to fry right now...

    For now, my best advice is to gather as many pictures as you can, and bring the pattern and pictures to a qualified seamstress (look in the yellow pages). That person will be able to help you achieve your goal.
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    Jan 30, 2003, 8:21 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #42

    Another pattern that works well is a simplicity grease yes the movie grease
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    Jan 30, 2003, 9:19 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #43

    Yeah, that's Simplicity 8745, the one we're talking about. It's not longer in production.
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    Jan 31, 2003, 9:55 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #44

    I made my vest through trial and error, but after three attempts, finally got a pattern I like, and I've been using it for four years. Mine has a zipper up the back.

    If you decide to make your own, remember that the shoulder sections shouldn't be shaped like crescent moons, but rather footballs. I've heard alot of people that got frustrated thinking that the crescent moon shape would work, then ended up having shoulders that looked like they belonged on the cover of a Meco album. Typical 'futuristic-spaceman' design.

    When I get the Simplicity 'simplified', I'll be glad to send a copy of the armor vest as well. I need to sit down and write instructions for these as well, I guess.

    Patience...
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    Feb 1, 2003, 12:13 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #45

    Whew!

    I just transferred the Simplicity pattern to brown parcel paper. What a chore. I laid out several sheets of carbon paper and used a pattern tracing wheel (looks like a miniature pizza cutter) to transfer the pattern. The original pattern is still as good as new. My back, not so much.

    Over the next couple weeks, I'm going to make adjustments to the sleeves (they're HUGE!) and the bagginess of the pant-legs. Then I'll do a test-suit to see what else needs to be modified.

    I will keep you updated...
  21. Feb 1, 2003, 12:18 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #46

    Hey, BN. I tried something on my j/s with the sleeves and really was very satisfied with the results.

    Instead of making a short and long sleeve, I simply made the sleeve extra long and tucked it under for the double-sleeve effect. Worked great, was fast, and especially easy to do. Check my link for pics in my thread on my jumpsuit.

    After you've completed that step, you can adjust the sleeve for length at the wrist.

    I also pinched and made a false seam down the entire front of the sleeve to resemble the ref pics.
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    Feb 1, 2003, 12:27 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #47

    Yeah, I did the piping down the long sleeve, too. I went ahead and made a smaller outer sleeve, so I could get the correct piping on it as well. Wish I had a picture of it..

    I was pretty happy with my old jumpsuit, but since I did it from scratch, the crotch always felt a little weird (doesn't it always?). I hope to correct it by using a 'tried and true' pattern base.
  23. Feb 1, 2003, 12:33 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #48

    You added piping? The thin cloth tubey stuff with a tapelike edge that is sewn into coat seams etc.?

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    Feb 1, 2003, 12:47 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #49

    Awesome BN!
    I know your hard work will be greatly appreciated by a lot of people, especially me.

    Will my height (5'5")and skinny legs be an issue for the fit part of the jumpsuit?
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    Feb 1, 2003, 5:53 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: Which jumpsuit? Help! #50

    I think you'll be fine. You can always hem for height. As for the 'fit' part, I'm assuming you mean the waist area? Your belts will keep all that cinched up. You can always take gathers out of the legs of they are too 'fluffy'.

    A seamstress will know how to alter it.

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