March 9, 2018

TNG skant analysis PDF added!

My TNG skant analysis is now available as a free PDF download! 

I've added a download link to the TNG skant "analysis contents" page, but you can also download the PDF via the direct link below:

Note that because of the large file size, you might not be able to view the PDF online; it may only work as a download. 

Also, I'm putting the finishing touches on our (Bad Wolf Costumes) TNG skant sewing patterns, and they'll be available soon! 

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March 2, 2018

TNG skant - who would have worn it best?

All this TNG skant research got me wondering what The Next Generation might have been like if the entire cast (other than just Deanna) had actually worn the unisex "skant" uniforms. 

Well, if you've ever wondered the same thing, or what the cast might have looked like, I hope you enjoy this gallery of speculative cast photos!

(NOTE: This blog is currently optimized for computer. If you're viewing on a mobile device, I suggest opening the web version and rotating your device sideways. You can also click on the individual images to see them properly.)

The Next Generation

We'll start with Captain Picard, and just damn. Is there anything Sir Patrick Stewart can't pull off?!?
Captain Picard wearing TNG skant uniform
Riker's a good sport.
Commander Riker wearing TNG skant uniform
I think Dr. Crusher pulls it off nicely, too.
Dr. Crusher wearing TNG skant uniform
Data probably wouldn't care one way or the other. It's not like he has any sense of pride, shame, or fashion. He'd just show up to work in whatever the standard uniform was.
Data wearing TNG skant uniform
Geordi just looks so ... ashamed. I feel like I'm invading his privacy or something.
Geordi LaForge wearing TNG skant uniform
Of course, it goes without saying that Worf looks glorious.
Worf wearing TNG skant uniform

How about TNG's supporting cast, though?

What if Q had shown up wearing the skant uniform, instead of the jumpsuit? 

(I feel like he needs an umbrella too for some reason. I don't know why.)
Q wearing TNG skant uniform
I dare say Broccoli might have had a few more issues to work through, but maybe I'm just projecting 21st-century standards onto a more optimistic future.
Broccoli wearing TNG skant uniform
I don't think O'Brien's feeling it. 
Chief O'Brien wearing TNG skant uniform
Bonus entry for O'Brien, since he wore both red and gold that first season! 

(Yeah, he's really not feeling it.)
Chief O'Brien wearing TNG skant uniform
It's a great look for Ensign Ro, though!
Ensign Ro wearing TNG skant uniform
Nurse Ogawa pulls it off well, too.
Nurse Ogawa wearing TNG skant uniform

Deep Space Nine and Voyager

What about the Starfleet crew members of Deep Space Nine and Voyager that would have been in Starfleet during TNG's first season?

Well, there's the Sisko, who would've probably been a junior officer at the time of The Next Generation's first season (since we saw he was a lieutenant commander at the time of the battle of Wolf 359.)

I don't think it's a great look for him, but he's freaking awesome enough that you just take the man seriously no matter what.
The Sisko wearing TNG skant uniform
Jadzia Dax would also presumably have been a junior officer, since she was a full lieutenant when she arrived on Deep Space Nine about five-and-a-half years later. 

Also, damn.
Jadzia Dax wearing TNG skant uniform
Dr. Bashir would have probably still been in medical school, since he was 27 at the time of The Next Generation's sixth season (making him about 21 during the time of its first season), Deep Space nine was his assignment of choice, and he never mentioned any previous history of Starfleet service. 

Nevertheless, I whipped up one for him just out of curiosity, and I think he pulls it off rather well.
Dr. Bashir wearing TNG skant uniform

Overall, though, I don't think the DS9 crew were feeling the skants.

Deep Space Nine crew wearing TNG skant uniforms

And finally, what about the Starfleet members of the Voyager crew?

Janeway would have probably been a junior officer seven years prior to her first command - perhaps a full lieutenant? 

I suppose she could've worn any of the three division colors; we primarily know her as the captain she became, but she also had a strong background in both the sciences and engineering ...
Janeway wearing TNG skant uniform
Chakotay may have still been in Starfleet during the time of The Next Generation's first season. His specific backstory is a bit fuzzy; all we really know is that he left Starfleet to join the Maquis, which were formed about six years later.
Chakotay wearing TNG skant uniform
Tom Paris' backstory is similarly lacking in specifics, since we really only know that like Chakotay, he left Starfleet to join the Maquis.

Considering his apparent age (and the fact that his character was obviously based on Nicholas Locarno, also played by Robert Duncan McNeil, during The Next Generation's fifth season), he was likely a first-year Starfleet cadet four years prior. 

However, I whipped up one for him anyway, on the off chance that he might've been an ensign by that point or something.
Tom Paris wearing TNG skant uniform
And finally, Tuvok may have also been in Starfleet during the time of The Next Generation's first season. 

Yet again, his specific backstory is fuzzy (par for the course with Voyager); all we really know for sure is that he was in Starfleet during the TOS movie-era, left Starfleet for several decades, and returned at some point prior to Voyager.

According to Memory Alpha, he returned to Starfleet in 2349 (approximately fourteen years prior to The Next Generation's first season), but the only dialogue in the episode cited was that he'd left for "over fifty years." 

So just in case, here's a look at what Tuvok might've looked like during the early TNG-era!
Tuvok wearing TNG skant uniform

(Harry Kim would've barely been a teenager at the time of The Next Generation's first season, and the EMH had yet to be invented.)

Overall, I'm glad the skants were confined to The Next Generation. The TNG crew had a sense of fun about them, and Sir Patrick Stewart just radiates nobility and dignity when playing Captain Picard no matter what costume they slap on him.

TNG crew all wearing skant uniforms
TNG crew all wearing skant uniforms

With the exception of Jadzia, the Deep Space Nine crew might've put up with the TNG skants - Sisko was a no-nonsense kind of guy - but they clearly were better suited (no pun intended) for the uniforms they actually wore in that show. 

I just don't see the Bajorans, Cardassians, Klingons, Maquis, mirror universe, or Dominion taking them seriously in those uniforms. 

If anyone could've make it work, though, it'd be the Sisko. He could make anything work through sheer force of will. I'd follow Sisko to the end of the universe no matter what uniform he was wearing. 

Deep Space Nine crew wearing TNG skant uniforms

As for Voyager ... I hate to say it, but that crew in the TNG skants was just kind of embarrassing. 

Janeway'd throw your ass in the brig if you criticized them, though. Tuvok might've been able to pull it off, but only because he was so stoic. Poor Harry in a skant would've just been one more thing for Tom Paris to mercilessly tease him about. 

I'm sure Robert Picardo could've made the EMH just as delightfully entertaining in the TNG skant or any other uniform, but he hadn't been invented yet ... oh well!

Voyager crew wearing TNG skant uniforms

So what do you think? Any real "winners?" Would you have wanted to see more of the cast and crew of The Next Generation wearing them?

February 23, 2018

Why did the TNG skants disappear? A theory ...

The early TNG skants may be alive and well in Star Trek fandom today, but they really weren't around for much of The Next Generation before they quietly and inexplicably disappeared.

In an attempt to make sense of the situation (in-universe), I've devised my own theory as to what may have actually happened ... 

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February 16, 2018

Free TNG skant pattern!

As you've probably seen from my TNG skant analysis, blog post documenting the skant, and TNG skant video tour, I was really able to get a lot of mileage out of the screen-used TNG skant I examined recently.

In addition to measuring every edge, every nook and cranny of the costume, I actually extrapolated a sewing pattern from it, using a technique I learned from a book called 101 Sewing Secrets from the Singer Sewing Reference Library.

Basically, this process entails pinning or hand-basting a layer of muslin to the garment and lightly tracing the seam lines, darts, etc. with a pencil. 

I did this for every single piece of the skant, even including those enormous shoulder pads!

TNG skant "rub-off pattern"

In addition to the shape of the pieces themselves, I also noted the direction of the grain, as well as all the various seam/hem allowances (etc.).

TNG skant "rub-off pattern"

I transferred my muslin pattern to my dot-and-cross pattern-drafting paper, "true-ing" all the seam lines with the various rulers needed and double-checking everything for accuracy. 

Then, I added all the appropriate seam/hem allowances to the appropriate edges and traced the pattern onto the large pieces of paper we usually use for our (Bad Wolf Costumes) sewing patterns.

I've since had it scanned at my local copy/print shop, cleaned it up, and digitally labeled it, so it's all ready to go! 

You can download my extrapolated pattern here for free. 

The pattern is a PDF, with two large 36" x 48" black/white pages. Unless you have a large format printer, you'll need to take it to your local copy/print shop to have it printed.

A few minor notes on the pattern draft:

  • This is a women's skant, with finished garment measurements of 36" bust and 29 ½" waist. 

  • The grain lines indicate the crossgrain, not the straight grain! Use the horizontal "weave" of the jumbo spandex as a guide.

  • I made the neckline/trim seam allowance ⅜" all the way around, instead of the back being ½" (which seemed unnecessarily confusing). 

  • The front yoke "leaned" slightly to one side; I made it symmetrical. 

  • The neckline trim and yoke piping pieces were extrapolated based on the length of the seam lines, rather than tracing the actual pieces. 

  • You'll want to allow about ⅛" in any particular direction for "human error!"

That said, here's a comparison of the original TNG skant I examined, and the replica I made using this extrapolated pattern I'm sharing:

Free TNG skant pattern

I'm still whipping up a couple (Bad Wolf Costumes) TNG skant patterns, both male and female, which will, of course, include multiple sizes for each gender, and those will hopefully be finished soon. 

In the mean time, though, I hope you enjoy this free pattern! Steve's actually selling this skant, so contact me if you're interested and I'll put you in touch with him. 

My TNG skant sewing tutorial will follow soon after the (BWC) patterns, and you should be able to use it with this pattern, too.