January 19, 2018

TNG skant analysis added!

Our tour of The Next Generation-era uniforms has been progressing far slower than expected ... 

Part of this is a combination of me being an over-achiever, and the TNG jumpsuit project being sssoooo much more involved than I ever anticipated. Once it was finally finished, I needed a break from TNG, so I spent some time on 11th Doctor costumes. And in addition to Halloween and the holiday season generally being our busiest times of the year, I needed ankle surgery and have since been recovering. 

Nevertheless, we're back at it, continuing our journey through the TNG-era uniforms - this time with the (in)famous early TNG skants!

For decades, awareness - and even fondness - of these costumes has endured, yet there's also been an air of mysticism around them ... particularly regarding the closure system ("How the hell do you get in and out of that thing?") and the lower interior construction. 

During our research, we were generously provided with the opportunity to examine an original, screen-used TNG skant - a very enlightening experience, and one I'm delighted to be able to share with you! Special thanks goes to Steve Barnes for making it possible.

In our new costume analysis, we not only explore the TNG skant's short-lived niche in Star Trek history and its relationship to the other uniforms, but the construction of the skant itself - which, in my opinion, was bizarre

We also examine a few other interesting variations of the TNG skant; for instance, did you know that costume designer Robert Blackman actually changed William Ware Theiss' original design for The Next Generation's final episode? 

Read all about the TNG skants here, or simply click the "TNG" tab above and select the new skant option!

We have loads more goodies for you over the coming weeks, so check back often and subscribe to our "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter for updates!

September 23, 2017

Updated TNG jumpsuit tutorial + PDF

Now that our men's TNG jumpsuit pattern is finished, we've updated our TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial with a few minor notes specifically regarding the men's version (with a few other minor updates). 

You can download the updated version here:

Updated TNG jumpsuit tutorial

Here's the complete list of updates (as of 9-18-17):
  • Additional links to supplies
  • Additional fabric source
  • Specific notes for men's TNG jumpsuit pattern added
  • Minor typos fixed

We've also updated the online tutorial here on the site, for your convenience! 

September 19, 2017

Men's TNG jumpsuit pattern - now shipping!

Thank you, everyone who pre-ordered! 

Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern

Many more TNG patterns and tutorials (for both genders) will follow, as quickly as we can knock them out!

Subscribe to our "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter for updates! 

September 5, 2017

Men's TNG Jumpsuit Pattern, Pre-order Discount!

Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing PatternOur men's TNG jumpsuit pattern is now available for pre-order, at a 10% discount!

It includes FOUR versions of the jumpsuit:
  • Early (seasons 1-2) version
  • Front-zipping later (seasons 3-7) version
  • Back-zipping later (seasons 3-7) version
  • "Yesterday's Enterprise" variant

All four versions are included in men's sizes 34-52.

The pattern is printed on five large sheets and also includes a printed copy of text-only instructions.

Here are some examples of the uniforms you'll be able to make with this sewing pattern:

Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern

Pre-order your copy today at a 10% discount! Shipping will begin on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at which point it will be listed at regular price.

Updated sewing tutorial coming soon!

July 17, 2017

Mislabeled pattern piece (women's TNG jumpsuit)

On our women's TNG jumpsuit pattern, we accidentally mislabeled one of the pieces. 

There are three "lower front" pieces: two for the front-zipping versions (pieces J1 and J2), and one for the back-zipping versions (piece J3). 

However, piece J3 is currently mislabeled as J1 (so there are two J1s). 

I won't attempt to explain further because I don't want to confuse you, but it's pretty obvious when you look at it. 

Basically, the only thing that needs to change is this piece:

Our next batch of patterns will be corrected, but it may be a few weeks until those begin shipping. 

In the mean time, just make the note above and you'll be good to go! 

Special thanks to Cody Kelso for catching this and bringing it to our attention!

June 27, 2017

Men's TNG jumpsuit pattern update

Hey everyone! 

I just wanted to let you know that we're making some great progress with our men's TNG jumpsuit sewing pattern! In fact, I just finished the prototype uniform yesterday!

We were actually hoping to have everything finished by now, but I (Alex) had a couple music projects come up that demanded my attention for several weeks - one of which was the 50th episode of Doraleous and Associates, so you'll have that to look forward to in the near future! 

The prototype just needs a couple of minor tweaks, then we'll be moving full steam ahead (er, full impulse?) and will hopefully have the pattern ready for you in a few weeks! 

After that, we have some really cool projects lined up over on our ”Doctor Who Costume Guide," and ... <drumroll> 

The early TNG skants! 

Stay tuned for updates!

May 26, 2017

Doctor Who Costume Guide

I've always loved Star Trek

I grew up watching The Next Generation every week with my dad as a child and often watched Voyager as a teenager, discovering The Original Series somewhere in there and often getting in trouble during school for reading Star Trek books in class instead of paying attention. 

A friend introduced me to Deep Space Nine in college, and I was immediately hooked despite jumping in partway through the fifth season. (Yes, he had to explain everything to me!) Now it's basically my favorite thing ever. 

Around that same time, I was also quite surprised to learn that there was an animated series I'd somehow never heard of! Needless to say, I inhaled it. 

I caught a few episodes of Enterprise here and there, but it wasn't until my mid-20s that I finally took the plunge and watched it, if only because I was desperate for more Star Trek and it was the only thing left I hadn't seen. I was sad when it was over. 

Kate was a big fan of Doctor Who (or, at least, the modern era of the show), and once we got married, we decided to do a sort of "franchise swap" and share our favorite fandoms with each other. We'd watched most of the Stargate franchise together while we were dating and engaged, so after that she introduced me to Doctor Who (which I'd only ever vaguely heard of) and I introduced her to Star Trek (which she'd only seen a little bit of).

I started her with Forbidden Planet, because of course I did! Then came The Original Series, The Animated Series, the first four TOS movies, and the remainder of the franchise in chronological airdate order.

She started me with the first season ("series") of the modern era of Doctor Who, helmed by Russell T. Davies, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. I was totally weirded out at first by its zany, quirky, practically bizarre eccentricity, but after the initial "WTF?" wore off, I was sucked right in.

While I loved Eccleston's Doctor (and for a long time after that, he was my Doctor), it wasn't until David Tennant hit the scene as the 10th Doctor that I became interested in the show's costumes. I mean, 10 had a great look to him!

I fell in love with his costume, and that (in combination with a bit of prodding from my friend Michael Cowart) was probably what first piqued my interest in taking my sewing skills up a few levels and learning about bespoke tailoring. 

Fast-forward a few years, and I've not only made a couple 10th Doctor suits, but I've watched all of classic Doctor Who and decided that I want to make some other Doctors' costumes, as well. 

As with my forays into Star Trek costumes over the years, some of these costumes will likely be personal hobby projects, while others will be "business" projects, either in relation to sewing patterns or perhaps even the occasional commission. 

Regardless, I'll be continuing to freely share my research, analyses, and tutorials online, just as I've done the past few years with Star Trek - and, as a sort of counterpart to this, our "Star Trek Costume Guide," I'm excited to announce the launch of our new "Doctor Who Costume Guide!"

Henceforth, I'll be dividing my time between the two endeavors, probably alternating between Star Trek and Doctor Who projects. As much as I love Star Trek, sometimes I need a bit of a break from it! (There are other, non-Star Trek/Doctor Who costume projects in the queue as well, but I'll cross that "blogging bridge" when I come to it.)

So those of you who are fans of Doctor Who as well as Star Trek, or even if you simply have a general interest in sewing/costuming, check out our new "Doctor Who Costume Guide," because we have a lot of exciting Doctor Who costume projects in the queue!

On another note, our men's TNG jumpsuit pattern is coming along nicely, and we're hoping to have it ready for you in a few weeks!