April 27, 2018

TNG skant tutorial PDF added!

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

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

Note that because of the 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 my (Bad Wolf Costumes) men's TNG skant pattern, which will be available soon! 

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April 20, 2018

TNG skant tutorial added!

My TNG skant sewing tutorial is now available for online viewing! 

Check it out here, or simply click on the "TNG" tab above and select the TNG skant! 
TNG skant tutorial
This FREE tutorial includes: 
  • A detailed list of everything you need to make a TNG skant

  • Potential fabric sources (and comparisons to the original, screen-used fabric)

  • Step-by-step instructions with HD photos and diagrams for all three (!) versions of the TNG skant

  • Fitting tips


Although primarily intended for use with the Bad Wolf Costumes women's TNG skant pattern (and upcoming men's pattern), it will also work with the free women’s TNG skant pattern I posted here on the STCG recently.

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April 13, 2018

TNG skants - Men's vs. Women's

Since posting my TNG skant analysis and my examination of a screen-used women’s TNG skant, a fellow known as “Stasiuwong” was kind enough to share some photos of his screen-used men’s TNG skant, so I thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at how it correlates to the women’s version, in terms of construction. 

For the sake of brevity, I’ll rehashing all the aspects that appear to be the same as the women’s skant I examined, and instead simply mention all the details I noticed that are different.

We’ll start with the outer dimensions, then move on to the interior construction, generally making our way from top to bottom. 


I was surprised to see that this men’s skant was only a mere inch longer than the women’s version!
Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used men's TNG skant

I find this curious, since in the show, the women’s version appeared to be quite short – approximately knuckle-length – whereas the men’s version extended down to the mid-thigh or so.

TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"
TNG, 1x9 "The Battle"
TNG, 1x1
"Encounter at Farpoint"
TNG, 1x6
"Where No One Has Gone Before"

One might assume that only shorter men were cast with this particular uniform in mind, but while there were a couple shorter men see in the skants throughout season 1, there were also a couple taller fellows!
TNG, 1x1 "Encounter at Farpoint"

Also, whereas the women’s version had 2” sleeves (measured from the lower, outer corner of the yoke to the sleeve hem, and from the lower armscye/”underarm” seam to the sleeve hem), the men’s sleeves were a bit longer – approximately 4”.

Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used men's TNG skant


Note that the production tag on the yoke is labeled with “39,” which is presumably to indicate the wearer’s size. 

However, also note the tag underneath the arm labeled “40.”

Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used men's TNG skant

After having made several of these, I’ve determined that the ideal wearing ease for a TNG skant seems to be about 1”, so my best guess is that the upper tag indicates a “size 39” and the “40” indicates the garment’s finished chest measurement (which would include 1” of wearing ease). 


Another minor difference is that both the front and back vents on the men’s skant were a bit shorter than those on its female counterpart.

Men's TNG skant
Front vent
("Stasiuwong" photo of original,
screen-used men's TNG skant)
Men's TNG skant
Back vent
("Stasiuwong" photo of original,
screen-used men's TNG skant)


In addition to the dimensional differences, there were also some minor differences in the skant’s interior construction. 

Unlike on the women’s skant I examined, the lower side of the upper/horizontal zipper did not appear to be stitched down onto the lower seam allowance, where it extended past the center front. Both sides were simply left hanging free.

Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used men's TNG skant


Also, on the women’s version, the horizontal zipper only extended past the armscye seam by about 3 ¼”, but on this particular men’s skant, it appeared to be longer – much longer!

Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used men's TNG skant


Interestingly, on this skant, both the front and back “waist anchors” appeared to be hand-tacked to the side front and side back seam allowances, in addition to their outer edges being secured to the side seam allowances.

Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used men's TNG skant
Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used men's TNG skant


The leg straps appear to have been a bit taller on the men’s version – 4 ½”, as opposed to 4" on the women’s version. 

Observe also that, rather than securing via two black snaps, the leg straps on this particular skant did so via black hook-and-loop tape (“Velcro”), which was simply topstitched into place!

Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used TNG skant
Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used TNG skant


And finally, whereas the shoulder pads were actually hand-sewn to the shoulder seam allowances on the women’s TNG skant I examined, on this skant, the shoulder pads appear to have been removable and attached via snaps – more like we saw on most of the modern-era Star Trek costumes.

Men's TNG skant
"Stasiuwong" photo of original, screen-used TNG skant


There are a few more subtle differences between the two skants (men’s and women’s), but I won’t get into them. Those are all the “major” ones. 

Special thanks goes to “Stasiuwong” for all the helpful photos of his skant, and allowing me to share them here on the blog! 

Here’s the full gallery, for your viewing pleasure:

Men's TNG skant
Men's TNG skant
Men's TNG skant
Men's TNG skant
Men's TNG skant
Men's TNG skant
Men's TNG skant


I’m putting the finishing touches on a free sewing tutorial for the TNG skants and hope to have it up next week! 

My (Bad Wolf Costumes) men’s TNG skant pattern should be ready soon, too. 

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April 6, 2018

Women's TNG skant pattern - now shipping!

 My (Bad Wolf Costumes) women's TNG skant pattern is now shipping!

Thank you, everyone who pre-ordered!

Star Trek TNG women's skant sewing pattern




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

Also, a FREE sewing tutorial is coming very soon - in the next week or two, maybe? 

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