September 23, 2017

Updated TNG jumpsuit tutorial + PDF

Now that I've finished Bad Wolf Costumes' men's TNG jumpsuit pattern, I've updated my 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:

TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial PDF


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


I'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!

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September 5, 2017

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

Star Trek TNG Men's Jumpsuit Sewing PatternBad Wolf Costumes' 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 the Bad Wolf Costumes women's TNG jumpsuit pattern, I 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 my 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!



I was actually hoping to have everything finished by now, but I 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 I'm hoping to have it ready for you in a few weeks!


May 19, 2017

Women's TNG jumpsuits for sale!

No, we're not offering to make these for customers on commission. (Sorry.) 

But what we ARE doing is selling the four uniform replicas we made for the Bad Wolf Costumes women's TNG jumpsuit sewing pattern (and corresponding sewing tutorial)!



These TNG jumpsuits are great for cosplaying, but they also make impressive display pieces, too! 

They were made to fit a woman approximately 5' 8" tall, with a 32" bust, 25" waist, and 35" hips. 

Being made of spandex, they have a degree of stretch, and you or your local tailor can adjust them to better fit your physique if need be. 

If you're wanting to display one (or more) of them, any of these inexpensive mannequins from Amazon should work nicely:

   

(Note that for the "Yesterday's Enterprise" jumpsuit, the collar might not be able to close in the back around the mannequin's neck, but this shouldn't matter when viewed from the front or sides.) 

This is a one-time-only kind of thing, and we're only selling four of them, so grab one while you can!

The reason we're selling them is simple: we're always making new costumes and have many more patterns in the queue, but we simply don't have enough storage space or interest in cosplaying all of them. We'd rather these costumes go to owners who can appreciate and enjoy them! 

The first three TNG jumpsuits are listed in the "Ready to ship" section of our (Bad Wolf Costumes) Etsy shop.

The fourth and final (teal) TNG jumpsuit will be listed soon; I just need to grab some quick video footage of it before letting it go. 

This is a great chance to grab a high-quality uniform replica at a huge discount!


May 15, 2017

TNG jumpsuit tutorial PDF added!

My TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial is now available as a free PDF download! 

I've added a download link to the TNG jumpsuit "tutorial contents" page, but you can also view/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, the Bad Wolf Costumes men's TNG jumpsuit sewing pattern will be available soon! 

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May 8, 2017

TNG jumpsuit tutorial added!

My new TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial is now available for online viewing! 

Check it out here, or simply click the "TNG" tab above and select the TNG jumpsuit!

TNG jumpsuit sewing tutorial

This FREE tutorial includes: 
  • A detailed list of everything you need to make a TNG jumpsuit
  • Potential fabric sources (and comparisons to the original, screen-used fabric!)
  • Step-by-step instructions with HD photos and diagrams for all four (!) versions of the TNG jumpsuit included in the pattern
  • Fitting tips


Although intended for use with the Bad Wolf Costumes women's TNG jumpsuit pattern (and upcoming men's pattern), it can be adapted for use with other existing TNG jumpsuit patterns as well.

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May 5, 2017

How to Make a TNG-style Collar

While dotting the I's and crossing the T's on our upcoming TNG jumpsuit tutorial, I decided to go the extra (extra) mile and put together this FREE sewing video about how to make a TNG-style collar. 

In this video, you'll learn how easy it is to make a proper uniform collar for your costume. It includes several different methods for interfacing the collar, as well as specific interfacing recommendations!



The methods covered in this video can be successfully used while making any of the Star Trek uniforms with TNG-style collars, including the various jumpsuits, jackets, and later DS9/NEM-era formal uniforms.

TNG-style collars


TNG jumpsuit tutorial coming soon! In the mean time, I hope you enjoy this video!


May 2, 2017

Women's TNG jumpsuit pattern - now shipping!

Bad Wolf Costumes' women's TNG jumpsuit pattern is now shipping!

Thank you, everyone who pre-ordered!

Star Trek TNG Women's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern

https://www.etsy.com/listing/525270821/star-trek-sewing-pattern-tng-jumpsuit


The men's TNG jumpsuit pattern is hot on its heels!

Also, FREE sewing tutorial coming very soon (hopefully in the next few days)!

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April 17, 2017

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

Star Trek TNG Women's Jumpsuit Sewing PatternBad Wolf Costumes' women'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 "hero" version
   * "Yesterday's Enterprise" variant


All four versions are included in women's sizes 6-24.



The pattern is printed on four 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 Women's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Women's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Women's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern
Star Trek TNG Women's Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern


Pre-order your copy today at a 10% discount! Shipping will begin on Monday, May 1, 2017, at which point it will be listed at regular price.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/525270821/star-trek-sewing-pattern-tng-jumpsuit


Free sewing tutorial (for use with this pattern) coming soon! Subscribe to my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (upper right corner) to hear about it as soon as it's available!


April 10, 2017

Boldly going ...

After months of research and hard work, we're not only about to release our first TNG-era sewing pattern, but our first ladies' sewing pattern, as well! 

Ladies have literally been asking us to produce women's sewing patterns for years now, and it's been our intention to do so for a quite a while - especially with the ongoing positive reception to our men's patterns! 

Why has it taken so long for us to get around to it, then? 

Well, honestly, costuming was our hobby before it became our business, and I (Alex) was a professional composer who dabbled with making myself Star Trek costumes for fun between music gigs. 

Alex, before Bad Wolf Costumes


Once Kate and I began Bad Wolf Costumes, I was mostly doing music, and I had the idea of making some sewing patterns for our fledgling venture, just for the hell of it; if I was already drafting a pattern and making a costume for myself anyway, why not go the extra mile, grade it in a few more sizes, and photograph the construction process for tutorials so others could make themselves cool costumes, too? 

At that point - and for the first few years of our business - sewing patterns were basically, "While I'm at it ..." addendums to my own personal hobby projects. 

I gave them my best efforts and I wanted other fans to enjoy using them, of course, but I really had no idea my patterns would be so well received and become so popular in the costuming community. 

Requests for more patterns started trickling in, and I began taking things more seriously. At no point did I ever intend this to escalate from an enjoyable hobby to my livelihood, but, well, that's kind of happened over the years.

Whereas at first I was only making myself costumes that interested me, I began branching out into other, similar uniforms, and of course you all probably know how much I love including multiple versions of a uniform in a single pattern! 

I was down the rabbit hole!



However, after the first few patterns, women started chiming in and wanting patterns, too. 

While honored by the (perfectly reasonable!) requests, I was flummoxed for quite a while, not only because it seemed like all this had somehow gone from a hobby I tinkered with to a serious profession (and one in which it was perceived that I was literally ignoring half of the demographic - oh, and I apparently had a demographic now!), but also because I'd never even attempted to draft a ladies' pattern before! 

This responsibility fell squarely on my shoulders; Kate's expertise is in designing and making most of our actual costumes, not producing sewing patterns and tutorials. (She's far too nebulously creative and imaginative to be dragged down by the sort of meticulous, tedious, ongoing work that patterns require. And to be fair, I'm far too scientific, literal, and unoriginal to do what she does! We're great partners that way.)

Basically, me and Kate


So while trying to balance my music career and an ever-lengthening pattern queue, I took it upon myself to begin learning about proper pattern-drafting for both genders, as well as taking my sewing/tailoring skills to the next level. 

In for a penny, in for a pound! 

Meanwhile, the requests for women's patterns grew more numerous, more insistent, and someone even started a campaign for them! (As if I needed any more pressure ...)



Fast-forward past a dozen or so books, months of researching women's Star Trek costumes, dozens of pattern references and mock-ups, etc., and here we are with our first ladies' pattern - finally! 

What can I say, other than I'm sorry it took us so long?



We could've put out lousy, half-assed women's patterns a long time ago, but you probably know by now that when I do something, I really do it, and I take my time to do make sure every pattern is as good as I can make it before sharing it with the world. 

Ladies, you deserve the very best of what we have to offer, and to be honest, it's only now that we feel our best is something worth contributing to the DIY costuming community. 

That said, our first ladies' pattern - the first of many! - is coming very soon, probably next week! 

Sign up for our "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (if you haven't already - upper right corner) and be the first to hear about it! 

Plus, as an e-mail subscriber, you'll be entitled to a 10% discount off all Bad Wolf Costume sewing patterns and pattern bundles!



February 27, 2017

TNG jumpsuit analysis PDF added!

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

I've added a download link to the TNG jumpsuit "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 jumpsuit sewing patterns, and they'll be available soon! 

Remember to join my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (if you haven't already - upper right corner) for updates and a 10% discount off all Bad Wolf Costumes sewing patterns and pattern bundles!


February 13, 2017

TNG jumpsuit analysis, part 3 added!

And now, the conclusion ... 

"Yesterday's Enterprise"
TNG jumpsuit variant
In this third and final installment of my TNG jumpsuit analysis, we examine the numerous uniform variations, experiments, and outliers seen over the years. 

I also note various uniform imperfections, continuity errors, incorrect ranks, etc. that inevitably crop up on productions of this magnitude. 

For instance, did you know that several times in The Next Generation, characters would inexplicably change uniforms from the ending of one cliffhanger to the beginning of the following season? 

Or that Captain Picard and Data wore their season 2-style TNG jumpsuits during "All Good Things ...", rather than the appropriate season 1-style uniforms? 

And finally, we take a look at the division colors and how they evolved over the course of The Next Generation - aka "Fifty Shades of Teal!" 



Learn all about them here, and be sure to join my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (upper right corner) for updates and a 10% discount off all Bad Wolf Costumes sewing patterns and pattern bundles! 


January 30, 2017

TNG jumpsuit analysis, part 2 added!

And now, the continuation ... 

With this second installment of my TNG jumpsuit analysis, we hit the ground running with The Next Generation's third season and its then-new costume designer, Robert Blackman.



Later TNG-era jumpsuit
Blackman, who would continue to preside over the Starfleet uniforms (and most of the costumes) for the remainder of the pre-Abrams franchise, inherited a sticky situation as costume designer; he and his department had to immediately design and construct new uniforms for the main cast while simultaneously handling the "aliens of the week!" 

But they also rolled up their sleeves, did the hard work, and churned out some beautiful and iconic uniforms which are not only still fondly remembered today, but still incredibly popular with fans and cosplayers! 

Blackman also seems to have loved constantly experimenting with his uniforms, tweaking this or that and trying new things on various characters. 

For instance, you probably know that the uniforms changed in The Next Generation's third season, but did you know that they began slowly changing again in its fifth season, arguably culminating in a new uniform "standard" by its final season?


Learn all about them here, and be sure to join my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (upper right corner) for updates and a 10% discount off all Bad Wolf Costumes sewing patterns and pattern bundles! 

(Part 3 coming soon!)


January 16, 2017

TNG jumpsuit analysis, part 1 added!

Here at the Star Trek Costume Guide, my plan is to cover Starfleet uniforms from the entire modern-era of Star Trek over the course of 2017! 

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'll be updating all of my existing costume analyses and tutorials from the Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise eras of the franchise and moving them to their new home here, where they will continue to be free and available to all. I'll also be whipping up some ladies' sewing patterns for the aforementioned uniforms! 

Before that, though, in celebration of The Next Generation's 30th anniversary this year, we're starting 2017 with a journey through the TNG-era, thoroughly examining the Starfleet uniforms seen throughout the show. There will also be some TNG sewing patterns coming, including some for the ladies! 

Early TNG jumpsuit
We're hitting the ground running with the first half of my TNG jumpsuit analysis, which you can check out here! Or, simply click the "TNG" tab above. 

In this first half, we specifically focus on the early versions of the TNG-era uniforms, as designed by William Ware Theiss and modified by Durinda Rice Wood. 

During this portion of my TNG jumpsuit analysis, we examine everything from "The Lost Era" uniform timeline to how the jumpsuit zippers were hidden, from the highly unusual seam lines to the abundance of "redshirt" and "goldshirt" deaths. 

Did you know that costume designer Durinda Rice Wood actually changed several design aspects of these uniforms during The Next Generation's second season? 

Learn all about them here, and be sure to join my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (upper right corner) for updates and a 10% discount off all Bad Wolf Costumes sewing patterns and pattern bundles!


January 1, 2017

Welcome!


Welcome to the Star Trek  Costume Guide! 

Obviously, we're currently under construction, but here I'm building (what will be) the ultimate FREE resource for everyone interested in learning about and/or making Star Trek  costumes!

You may already be familiar with some of my existing (Bad Wolf Costumes) analyses/tutorials, which I'm in the process of updating with new information and migrating to their new home here. 

In addition to updated existing analyses/tutorials, over the coming months I will be posting a multitude of NEW ones from The Next Generation  uniform era!

Unlike my current series of analysis/tutorial "blogs," I plan to actively post new content here on a wide variety of Star Trek  costumes, not only Starfleet uniforms.

I also plan on occasionally producing highly informative videos on various uniforms and uniform eras, and perhaps even hosting webinars on various Star Trek costuming topics (depending on the level of interest).

Now, it will be easier than ever before for you to learn about Star Trek  costumes, and with the help of my thorough sewing tutorials you'll have everything you need to make your own high-quality uniform replicas.

Basically, I'm updating my old material, adding a bunch of new material, all the while organizing and integrating it all together to form one huge, unprecedented costuming resource for Star Trek  fans!



Join my e-mail newsletter as we boldly go, and be the first to hear about new costume analyses, tutorials, sewing patterns, videos, blog posts, and other amazing resources!

Plus, as an e-mail subscriber, you'll be entitled to a 10% discount off all Bad Wolf Costumes sewing patterns and pattern bundles!




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