UNIFORM TUTORIALS: COLONIAL TANS
How to make Colonial Warrior Tans
With special thanks to monolith21, Bishop, Spectre, Colonel Bolter, Colonel Archon and Rea.
For all your help, suggestions, kind words of encouragement and for answering my "new guy" questions. I couldn't have done this without you!
Have you ever thought of making your own uniform? Do you want to learn how to make costumes? Don't know a thing about sewing? That's perfectly fine! I'm creating this tutorial to help you in your quest to make your very own Colonial Warrior "Tans".
An introduction to costuming:
When I first started watching Battlestar Galactica, I knew I had to have a Warrior jacket. I did tons of research, found a few pre-made jackets for sale, and found this fine group, Blackstar Squadron. Here, I found a wealth of knowledge, and instructional materials on what to make the uniforms out of, the correct colors and fabrics to use, and some great entries from other members who had made their own costumes. Buying a jacket was way out of my budget, so I thought, why not make your own? I had an old brown suede riding coat left over from my wild-west reenactment days, and I figured, I could just add some piping, change the collar, make a few other adjustments, and it would be good enough. How wrong I was. I quickly learned that doing so was a bad decision, and scrapped the whole idea. I was going to have to make one from the ground up. Well, if I was going to make a jacket, I might as well make the "tans" too. So I set off for the fabric store, with a printed copy of the Colonial Warrior uniform regulations, that I found in the Costume Reference Library (CRL), and went about selecting my materials. Once you catch the costuming bug, it's a hard bug to get rid of. Already, I'm planning on making other costumes. My main problem was, I didn't know anything about making costumes. I had some sewing experience, but clothing was something new that I had never tried. I read and reread all the forums I had found, looked at innumerable pictures, watched the entire BSG show three times, and spent many a sleepless night squinting at pictures, trying to figure out how to actually sew the costume together. After a few weeks, I reluctantly created an account here. I had been poking around this forum for a few weeks and had read a few "horror stories", the people here seemed too picky for my tastes, and I honestly figured that any costume I made certainly wouldn't get approved. I actively pursued the answers to my questions. I found other people that were also making costumes, and I found people who have original costumes, and people who have handled original costumes. I asked plenty of "new guy" questions, and I always got a kind and courteous reply. In fact, everyone I came into contact here was very kind and patient, and helpful. I misjudged this fine organization. If you are reading this, and do not have an account here, please sign up, it will be worthwhile. Don't be afraid to ask questions! If I was stuck, or needed to know something specific about the costumes, I asked. It was that easy. I'm sure my questions seemed silly to some, but they gladly answered, and offered suggestions to improve my costume. This whole ordeal has been one great big trial and error (mostly error), but I have learned (and still learning) from my mistakes. That is why I am posting this tutorial, to help others not make the same mistake that I did.
A few things you will need to know first:
What you will need:
Now, you should be ready to go.
Remember, gather all your materials first, and buy more than you need.
Don't be afraid to ask questions! If you're stuck, just ask for help, there are lots of members here that will be glad to help!
I cannot stress this enough. Buy more than you need!
Please, please, read through all three parts before starting anything. It will be harder than in looks. And remember, STAY POSITIVE! This tutorial will be the first time I have ever made a costume, if I can do it, you can too!
Greetings! And welcome back!
So far, you should have read PART 1, and you should have a pretty good idea what you're doing now.
PART 2 is instructional for the pants, which is the easiest of the two, and good for beginners.
Here's a list of materials needed for the pants.
This entire process will take about eight centars, but procrastinate is my middle name, and I drug it out over several sectons.
And, we're done! Go ahead, try them on! You know you want to!
That wasn't so hard, was it? (OK, it was hard, I messed up my pants twice and had to start over, but don't get discouraged. You can do it!)
Lookin' good Warriors!