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    Jan 19, 2008, 10:56 AM - NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #1

    Hello All,
    I have been wanting to do this for quite a while, but just did not have the time. Here is a tutorial for the Boba Neckseal. This is one interpretation. I also like Mrs. TK409's version (which is AWESOME) and I am not sure which is considered more screen accurate. Again, it is interpretation, and really subjective. I have looked at the High Def screen caps and here is one version....

    First, you will need a piece of tackle twill, or whatever you would like to make this with. And you will need a different material, a lightweight cotton for the lining and a dickie portion. So, we will have the "neckseal" the "lining" and the "dickie". You will also need some padding.

    The neckseal and the lining are both cut the same way. Take your neck measurement and add 3 inches. This will be the length of the rectangular piece of material you will be cutting. The width will be 7". So here is a pic of what you will have.....



    So you will need to cut one piece of the neckseal material and one piece of the lining material, with the same dimensions.

    Next, put "right sides together" this means take the part that you want to be seen for the neckseal and the part that you want to be seen for the lining and put these two pieces together, facing each other.

    Then, you will sew 3 of the edges with a 5/8" in seam allowance. This simply means to sew your line 5/8" in from the edge of the fabric. This is a standard sewing method.

    *Sewing tip, you have an alternative of cutting only a 1/4" seam allowance. This will help you to avoid the trimming, but the sewing is more difficult. It is easier to sew with a 5/8 inch seal allowance, and trim later.

    So, you will sew the two short edges and one long edge. And you will have this....


    Next, the trimming. First cut the two corners at a diagonal, about 1/4 to 3/8 " away from the stitches. If you cut too close to the stitches, you will risk the strength of the seam, so don't cut too close. Here are two pics...



    Next, you will trim all three edges at about 1/4 to 3/8"....


    Now you are ready to turn so the "right sides" will be facing outward...


    You can take an object with a point and press into the corners to make them sharp. Don't use something too sharp and be careful or you will poke through the seams or material. A No No


    Take this to your ironing board, or some similar facsimile of, make sure the
    iron is not too hot. I like to use a spritz of water and/or steam, and press the edges.....



    Next you will make lines with a very fine pencil. This will wash out later.
    Start at the top edge and make your lines for the ribs, 1 1/8" for each ribs, and make 5 ribs...


    Then you will need to cut the batting in strips that are about 1/2" to 3/4" w wide. 2 pics........




    Next make the strip the same length as the neckseal and put the strip in between the neckseal and the lining........


    Now you will stitch the neckseal and lining along your first line.....


    wash, rinse, and repeat, until you have 5 ribs.... 2 pics....
    you can do it!!!



    When you have all 5 ribs, take a look...... you are almost done!
    You will need to cut the dickie from the lining fabric...


    Then take the dickie to the ironing board, or similar facsimile thereof. You will now need to put the "right side" down. You may not have a "right side" and you may not really care, no one will see this part of the neckseal.

    Press up 1/4 to 3/8" on three edges, the two sides and the longest edge...
    If it is easier you can press all edges, it wont matter too much, but the top edge will be finished when you sew the neckseal to the dickie, so it is not necessary.

    Next you can set your machine to a zig zag stitch, with about 10 stitches per inch and the widest setting. Just practice on some scraps until it lays ok, this is not crucial either, no one will see this and zig zag this edge down...


    Now take the "right side" of the neckseal and the "right side" of the dickie and line up the edge you are going to sew together...


    Then sew these two edges together...


    And Viola.... neckseal..... I will leave it up to you to close as you would like.





    You can take a toothbrush and some bar soap, or Shout, or something and a little water and wash off the pencils line, and there you go........

    CONGRATS!! YOU DID IT!!

    Last edited by LadySewforus; Jan 20, 2008 at 11:55 AM. Reason: corrected a sewing term
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    Jan 19, 2008, 11:04 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #2

    Awesome!!

    I was going to ask my wife to make the neckseal but now I know I can do it myself.
    Members like you make this forum great!

    I love the way it looks all puffy with the RIGHT wrinkly look, like the screen used one.

    i've seen to many neckseal that look too straight and flat.

    THANK YOU!
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    Jan 19, 2008, 11:52 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #3

    This should be stickied for sure!

    Debbie, you are so awesome for sharing your methods with all of us for free! :thumbup
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    Jan 19, 2008, 12:44 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #4

    Great tutorial LSFU...
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    Jan 19, 2008, 2:27 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #5

    MandalorFett said: View Post
    This should be stickied for sure!


    I second that! This is exactly what I was asking for with my first post here on the board. I think that a tutorial like this is a must-have for do-it-yourselfers. Thanks Debbie!
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    Jan 19, 2008, 2:40 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #6

    Great tutorial, great step-by-step instructions!
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    Jan 19, 2008, 4:14 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #7

    Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone. Now i have to learn to use a sewingmachine.

    KoRn3000
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    Jan 19, 2008, 5:19 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #8

    Also, what thickness batting are you using?
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    Jan 19, 2008, 6:50 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #9

    I usually just buy it. I think it's 1/4 to 1/2"
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    Jan 20, 2008, 1:37 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #10

    LadySewforus said: View Post
    I usually just buy it. I think it's 1/4 to 1/2"
    I hope that did not sound kurt! LOL, Now that I am reading it is sounds a little funny.
    Just take a look at what is available at the fabric store and try it out.

    I would probably be a good idea to make one that you will not have a problem throwing out. Just to save some heartache and frustration, make one that you designate for a trial run.
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    Jan 20, 2008, 9:02 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #11

    I hope that did not sound kurt! LOL, Now that I am reading it is sounds a little funny.
    Just take a look at what is available at the fabric store and try it out.

    I would probably be a good idea to make one that you will not have a problem throwing out. Just to save some heartache and frustration, make one that you designate for a trial run.
    No, it didn't sound kurt. The only batting our Wal*Mart (the only fabric supplier even close to here) carries is in bulk bags, it looks like I'll be making a few. Since my girlfriend and I supply costumes for local plays from time to time, anything I make that turns out alright and I don't plan on using, I'll just throw it in the recycle bin and break it out when I need it.
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    Jan 20, 2008, 11:56 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #12

    Sounds like a plan!

    Cheers
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    Jan 20, 2008, 6:25 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #13

    That's a great tutorial! Thanks Debbie, for posting it up...it's too bad tackle twill doesn't seem to exist in my neck of the woods.

    Debbie, would you happen to have time to do one neckseal order for me? Please do LMK and thanks!

    Stay safe,

    Tim.
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    Jan 21, 2008, 12:05 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #14

    Halo_1 said: View Post
    That's a great tutorial! Thanks Debbie, for posting it up...it's too bad tackle twill doesn't seem to exist in my neck of the woods.

    Debbie, would you happen to have time to do one neckseal order for me? Please do LMK and thanks!

    Stay safe,

    Tim.

    will send a PM later today or tomorrow...
    busy at work right now.....

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    Jan 21, 2008, 12:08 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #15

    Great tutorial! This is pretty much the way I did mine. I would love to get some tackle twill and do one though. I vote sticky this thread.
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    Jan 21, 2008, 12:14 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #16

    the link is stickied with Boba Fett Templates

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    Jan 21, 2008, 4:03 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #17

    Huzzah!
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    Jan 31, 2008, 12:14 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #18

    just a little not you dont reeeally need to cut thebatting into strips as your stitching pulls it really tight so both pieces of fabric almost touch.

    nice job though
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    Jan 31, 2008, 1:34 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #19

    younginfett said: View Post
    just a little not you dont reeeally need to cut thebatting into strips as your stitching pulls it really tight so both pieces of fabric almost touch.

    nice job though
    I have done this both ways, and I just prefer putting the batting in strips. I like the look I end up with better, but here is more than one way to skin a cat.
    Thanks for the tip~
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    Jan 31, 2008, 1:38 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #20

    lol no prob just make sure its comfy and isnt too choking.

    remember when you can sleep in your armor you get to go for the new armor record.....we dont have a "longest time in fett armor" do we..
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    Feb 1, 2008, 7:44 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #21

    That is too funny. Maybe you should start a thread to find out who holds the record for longest time in armor, LOL.

    I like your sig bar comments too!

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    Mar 5, 2008, 12:52 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #22

    bump, so it won't get lost.
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    Mar 5, 2008, 5:53 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #23

    LadySewforus said: View Post
    That is too funny. Maybe you should start a thread to find out who holds the record for longest time in armor, LOL.

    I like your sig bar comments too!

    Haha! Well I have 18 hours in my Boba Fett.
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    Mar 5, 2008, 3:02 PM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #24

    Sixxgunn13 said: View Post
    bump, so it won't get lost.
    The link is stickied under "Boba Fett templates"
    I still have all of the pics on my photobucket too.
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    Aug 8, 2008, 2:22 AM - Re: NECKSEAL 101 **PIC INTENSIVE** #25

    I know no-one's posted here in a while but I just wanted to say a huge, "Thank you!" to LadySewForUs.

    I'll be getting my sewing machine today so I'm getting all the soft part tuts I can. I really appreciate this one!

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