November 15, 2019

Free TNG season 2 admiral uniform pattern!

As you've probably seen from my TNG season 2 admiral uniform analysis and TNG season 2 admiral uniform video tour, I recently had the privilege of examining an original, screen-used Admiral Nakamura uniform from The Next Generation’s second season, courtesy of Angelo Cifaldi.

Free TNG season 2 admiral uniform pattern

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.
101 Sewing Secrets - Singer Reference Library

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

Free TNG season 2 admiral uniform pattern

I did this for every piece of the uniform jacket AND trousers!

Free TNG season 2 admiral uniform 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.

Free TNG season 2 admiral uniform pattern

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, comprised of two large-format (36" x 48") black/white pages. Unless you have a large format printer, you may need to take it to your local copy/print shop to have it printed.

A few notes on the pattern draft:
  • This uniform is approximately a men’s size 36 and will best fit a wearer approximately 5’5” tall. 

  • The finished jacket measures approximately 40” around the chest and 34” around waist (jacket bottom).

  • The finished trousers measure approximately 30” around the waist and 37” around the hips. 

  • I used the same pattern pieces for both sides of the jacket. (On the original, screen-used jacket, a couple of the body panels were slightly different sizes.)

  • I used the same pattern pieces for both the jacket shell and lining panels, although there were some minor differences on the original jacket. (Specifically, I omitted the extra back yoke lining seam and added an outer sleeve lining seam.) 

  • All seam allowances are ½” unless otherwise indicated on the pattern. (Specifically, the trousers’ side seams and inseam have 1” allowances. The front zipper seam allowance is 1” as well, but ½” beneath the zipper.  Also, the jacket collar’s center back seam allowance is ⅝”.) 

  • Allow for a little bit for “human error,” especially for the trousers! I triple-checked everything and “trued” all the edges/seam lines to the best of my ability, but the larger the pieces being traced, the more potential for “drift” there is with the pattern.

At the time of this post, I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll be doing fully-graded (Bad Wolf Costumes) patterns for this uniform. As I mentioned in my video tour, it just seems like wasted effort without a source for the trim, or even a decent “substitute” for it.

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy this free pattern!

November 1, 2019

TNG season 2 admiral uniform video tour

As you may recall, I recently had the opportunity to examine an original, screen-used Admiral Nakamura uniform (from the season two episode "The Measure of a Man"), courtesy of Angelo Cifaldi. 

I documented it extensively via photos, rulers, measuring tapes, etc., and gave a sort of "virtual tour" of it in my previous blog post.

Now, I'm delighted to be able to give you an actual VIDEO tour of the uniform!

There was SO much more to this costume than meets the eye, or that we ever saw in the show.

Watch as I reveal its secrets and discuss some of the more unique (even surprising) characteristics of this particular uniform. 

I mention a special surprise at the end, but give me a week or two and check back here on the blog. I'll also send an e-mail once it's available, so subscribe to my "Costume Guide" e-mail newsletter (upper right) if you haven't already for updates and other goodies!