Star Trek Original Series Dress
Emerald City Comicon is only a few short weeks away. Nichelle Nichols, aka Lt. Nyota Uhura is going to be doing a photo op, and I want one.
I’ve seen reviews of the original series official dress pattern, and everyone pretty much agrees that it’s awful and needs a ton of adjustment. So I decided to save myself the money on the pattern and just try drafting it myself. I haven’t draped a pattern since college, but I have Agatha now to help me out.
The iconic Trek dress has a “spiral” pattern to the seams. It actually zipped up above the off-center front slit, and had two other panels coming to a point under the dip of the collar.
It’s a little hard to make out the seams there, but you can definitely see one crossing the bustline.
For starters, I found this online:
That gives me a vague idea of what some of the pattern pieces might look like. It also tells me that the sleeves are not set-in to the armhole but cut as one piece with the side panel.
I started off with a knit dress that fits me very well as a jumping-off point for pattern pieces:
I traced that onto my muslin (an old sheet). I decided that I’m only going to do the “spiral” seams for the front of the dress, and put the zipper in at a side seam, both for time reasons and less give-Jenny-a-headache reasons.
Here’s a progress shot of one of my my front panel adjustments:
The middle piece is too narrow in proportion on this version, still needs adjustment. Also I need more muslin. Ran out of old sheets.
I just made the most embarrassingly sexual noise at my monitor.
I can’t believe I spent 30 years in Southern California and approximately 20 Disneyland trips and never once went to Dapper Day.
I’m really going to need to start drafting that Star Trek TOS dress if it’s going to be done for ECCC. I just don’t want to have to clean the sewing room to do it. I have got to get these boxes under control.
Reblog If You Can Take Off Your Bra Without Taking Your Shirt Off.
Girl’s are amazing
I think we broke the notes…
I swear no one teaches us to do this. It’s just something we magically wake up one day able to do around 3 months after we start wearing bras.
Sorry for the lack of updates! I have some projects queued up, but I also have to do some tedious grownup things. Hopefully next week there will be sewing.
So I was going to make an Edna Mode cosplay for ECCC, but I’m only going one day, and I want a photo with Nichelle Nichols and I don’t want to be in cosplay for that. Unless it’s a Star Trek dress. Might be time to start draping.
Ok I had to share this with you guys.
So I guess some troll cave got fire thrown in it by my posts yesterday about cutting my hair, and a bunch of accounts are linking the above picture on Twitter with captions like,”Felicia Day before and after. Which is better?” And “What boyfriend allowed this kind of self-harm?”
I will not credit or point them out, because the BEST THING TO DO is laugh and just block trolls. Giving them attention is exactly what they want. But I had to share the picture because:
THE GIRL ON THE LEFT IS NOT EVEN ME!!! THEY CANT TELL TWO WOMEN APART WHO HAVE THE SAME HAIR COLOR!!!
I was laughing so hard this morning I had to share. I mean…come ON, dudes. It’s so obvious.
My boobs are WAY smaller than hers.
The incomparable Ms. Day, ladies and gentlemen. And a nice lady that sort of resembles her.
Edit: After intensive research (I read all 5k+ notes), because I didn’t think this looked like Karen Gillian either, it appears to be this talented cosplayer on the left.
Q: you did a magnificent job on that blouse! <3
Thank you! I need to trim some threads still, and I actually ended up making the front longer than the back so I may adjust it. It’s certainly different from anything else I’ve made!
Miss Fisher Blouse - Complete!
Well that was a project. It’s actually not that difficult of a pattern, but there’s a lot of fiddly bits that need to line up just right, and since I was doing this in plain white, I couldn’t hide any mistakes in a busy pattern.
So onto pictures! The blouse pattern I used was Vogue 1323. I left off the front flap pockets which eliminated a few steps! The fabric bolt said it was rayon faille. It was nice and drapey and machine-washable, which is really all I care about. It is see-through and requires a camisole.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is set in late-20’s Australia, but I didn’t have any era-appropriate skirts so I went with the pencil skirt.
I widened the sleeves all the way down to make them more billowy. I’ve also extended the front to make sure I have enough room to tuck it in.
This pattern is lovely because it’s designed to leave no raw edges in need of finishing. Every edge is either covered with a facing or sewn in a French seam.
Sorry about the glare, I think my photographer forgot we were taking pictures of the blouse. ;)
Here’s a side-by-side comparison to the inspiration blouse:
The main difference is that her blouse has just facings in the front, and mine has a placket for the buttons. Also, I think my neckline needed to be a bit wider and the collar a bit narrower to get it to lie along the shoulder like that. My collar comes up my neck a bit more.
Here’s the blouse on Agatha:
I absolutely love this blouse, and I can’t wait to wear it out.