|Yeoman Mears - standard red dress. I do like the gold insignia stripe on the sleeve though so following her dangerous mission on the shuttle Galileo (see The Galileo Seven) she might be getting promotion to Liutenant. ^^|
I bought the pattern from USA via eBay seller Katarra8 It is by Kathy Pillsbury called PTN-018 Starfleet Officer Duty Uniform (Female Skant). It is the first season type costume. These were made up of triangular looking panels radiating out from the neck line and made using Velor fabric.
So planned debut at Man Expo 2012 ..didnt happen for me :( Traffic chaos on the Mway AGAIN..stuck in stationary traffic because of a lorry accident (again!). There just wasnt enough time left to continue on so I abandoned the mission and turned around for home. I missed out seeing my cosplay buddies at Manchester Expo, and dint get to wear my Trek costume. Very sad bunny. :(
Cosplay now planned for Oct Expo 2012.
Update: Oct 2012 London Expo
I had SO much fun cosplaying in this, mainly due to the Fact Angelphie decided to wear her Blue uniform on the same day AND we got to do a really enjoyable photoshoot together with some of her photgrapher friends. Brilliant photos, thank you guys and Thank you Angela I had so much fun cosplaying with you. :) When I have time I will edit the photos and make up some photo montages...
insignia (Posted 21st July 2012)
making the insignia, layers - red fabric, gold fabric,tracing paper.
insignia (Posted 21st July 2012)
ok the embroidery was taking forever so for speed I painted in the outlining with black acrylic paint. Then cut around the badge shape and sewed it on.
Black collar fabric is cut from a pair of black velvet trousers I picked up from charity shop - (the dress is seen lying on top of the remainder). Inside the collar for stiffening is a layer of thick linen. After sewing the collar onto the dress it looked deep compared to picture ref so I turned it over and steam ironed.
This is how it looks with the finished insignia and collar
progress so far (Posted 20th July 2012)
One whole day left to work on this. Im pretty pleased with the shape but it is really short! The hem is going to have to be literally just rolled over and sewd. Dont quite understand why it came out quite so short as the pattern shows 2 inches off this length should be available for the hem! I can live with it tho, just have to keep hitching it down. The matching red knicker parts are not included in the pattern. Still left to make are the black collar piece and the insignia badge.
more adjustments (Posted 18th July 2012)
The dress is all back together now with corrected pattern pieces. Test wear results - length is better but omg this dress is SHORT! Im gonna try to give myself a bit more length by inserting some extra fabric at the top shoulder seams. Also arms are still way too narrow, so I am adding some insert strips in the underarm seams. Although I have to say overall I am really loving how this dress is starting to look. More work tommorow...
Fault identified (Posted 18th July 2012)
After seam ripping through all the seams and getting back to the paper pattern I found why my dress wasnt working out. It's not wrong sizing. The fault was.. I had originally traced the pattern lines first onto some seethrough fabric and then pinned that onto the red fabric to cut - it turns out the seethrough fabric is too stretchy and has been distorting so my fabric sections are out quite a lot. Fix - So, I am now half way through editing all the fabric sections to make them match the paper pattern. I might be able to rescue this dress. By tommorow I will know...
Sizing error! (Posted 5th July 2012)
:( After sewing all the pieces together, and seeing this dress wouldnt even fit a 12 year old!..I realised the sizing of USA is completely different to UK. (you have been warned)
So here is the stage at the mo..dress is being unpicked carefully so I can either cut some new sections from my remaining fabric, or patch together some extension panels to increase the size. Darn! I wont make that mistake twice.
Pic shows back of dress, also my accessories - phaser, compact size communicator ^^ and trusty away bag. Phaser is the Franklin Mint, which weighs a Ton! so I wont be carrying that around. I will either just take the small removeable black hand held type I phaser, or I might try to scratch build a lightweight phaser pistol.