29th May 2010: Police nighstick/ baton I started off with a good old broom handle which was sawn to a more suitable length and the ends sanded down (one end has a rounded tip). I did a base coat of black matt spray paint then I did a few layers of black acrylic craft paint over the top. Black electrical tape was wound around near the top to make the grip similar to what I've seen in a US nightstick reference photo.
I just need to drill a hole just above the tape and thread a leather strap through it.
29th May 2010: Skirt belt loops The most suitable skirt I found didn't have belt loops on it so I've had to add those myself. I was so lucky to find some fabric in an almost identical colour and weight to the skirt. I cut rectangle pieces out and folded them in half sealing them with fabric glue (my new best friend). The I sewed the ends over and stitched the home-made loop to the skirt. I did 6 in total, 2 at the front, sides and back. They didn't all come out the same size somehow despite using the first one as a template lol but I don't think people will be paying too close attention.
29th May 2010: Shirt Started off with a police blue Pilot shirt. First I sewed the S.T.A.R.S. patch onto the right sleeve and then I had to make the ends of the sleeve cuffs white. There's not a great selection of fabrics in my area and the white materials seemed too thin so thought the blue would still show through. Then I had the idea to buy another shirt in white (got one from a charity shop) to cut up and use the material in that as it would look more natural as it's "shirt cotton" if that makes sense lol A few broken needles later and I achieved the look I wanted.
Then I just had to change the blue buttons to white ones. The buttons I have at the moment are a sort of clear white so they look tinted blue slightly against the shirt so I will have to get more solid white colour buttons another time.
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