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 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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