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Hoth Trench Trooper - WIP
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:34 pm    Post subject: Hoth Trench Trooper - WIP Reply with quote

So I've been asked to help a few base members assemble their Hoth Trench costumes but I had a few questions on the jacket.

1) The yokes on some approved costumes look to be tan while the yokes on others appear to be gray. Can either color be used and approved?

2) What material have people used for the jacket? We are in California so lighter fabrics are ideal and I was thinking a nice heavy cotton. Would that be all right or is there a specific fabric everyone uses?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welp...got no response to my initial thread so did more research and found out the original costumes were made of unlined cotton so I went with that. Very Happy



This also confirms the elastic at the wrists, in case anyone wasn't sure about it.


Once I had that squared away, I went shopping.

This pattern is perfect as a base for the jacket and I highly recommend it. Needed hardly any modifications to it.



I like to sketch things out before I make them so that I can get a feel for what is needed so here is my primary sketch.


Once I had the pattern and rough estimate of yardage, I bought the following fabric for the jacket itself.

1. 3 yards of Kona cotton in "Snow"
https://www.joann.com/kona-cotton-solid-quilt-fabric/prd57239.html?fbclid=IwAR23clIdpayXDN-Juv2AmRbye94DvC3O4gH-4Ox1N7_IZh7XtsuFejzokj8#q=kona%20cotton&prefn1=prod_type&prefn2=refinementColor&prefv1=Product&prefv2=Whites&start=1

2. 1/2 yard of this already quilted fabric for the yokes
https://www.joann.com/diamond-double-faced-quilt-fabric/prd18961.html?fbclid=IwAR2TDe0Bn5FqzJbIQ9gKBRVVOrPPosFp_h4CqHsb27gVZ41pjhxep7kjHO4#q=quilted%2Bfabric&start=1

3. This zipper in "Ecru"
https://www.joann.com/coats-andamp-clark-all-purpose-plastic-zipper-9in/prd48323.html?fbclid=IwAR2GC5_N_5b8r_sz5E461xxaGYqdQ94JVVPfZ-jgX8oNO4eAKoGUftHxldE#q=Zippers&start=1

The other odds and ends I needed/used were matching thread in white and tan, 3/4 inch white elastic (for the cuffs), a fabric marking pencil for the topstitched quilting on the sleeves and a small piece of Velcro to keep the pocket flap down.

The pattern needed a few mods and I will list what I did to it below.

Add 6 inches in length so jacket ends at mid thigh per reference.

I taped the front center panel and the side panel together (allowing for SA) and made it one piece that was then cut on the fold.

I created a back yoke again adding SA to the new pattern piece.

I patterned the sleeve into the three separate sections needed.


I lengthened the hood by three inches to make it slightly longer.


The sleeve was, by far, the most work intensive piece but even that was simple once I figured out what I was doing. Here are some WIP pics of the sleeve progression.




The pocket and pocket flap I drafted and made them roughly 6 x 6.25" (main pocket).
Here is the elastic for the sleeve.


Since the tan fabric is already quilted, that cut down on time tremendously and here are the finished front and back sides.



Here are the completed sleeves before they were attached to the jacket.



I didn't have white Velcro so used black but plan on removing it and using white once I pick some up.

Lastly, here is the finished result.










I'm very pleased with how well this all came together and am glad the costume is unlined as a snow outfit in California isn't always ideal. Shocked

Next up I'll be figuring out what I want to tackle next in this build and iron on the decal for the right shoulder once I receive it in the mail.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, nice work! I should just hire you to make my vest, rather than struggling though it myself LOL!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kman wrote:
Wow, nice work! I should just hire you to make my vest, rather than struggling though it myself LOL!


That's quite the compliment. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So my jacket was such a success that I was asked to make 2 more. I made a size small for a friend and here are the photos of it on.






I also found a great pair of khaki pants at a thrift store for $8. I bought them slightly bigger than my size so I can cut out the front panel to add the topstitching and then sew them back in. I hope to do that this weekend since I have a lot of free time.

I've been searching for vest patterns but so far have come up emptyhanded. I may have to draft my own.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carry on, they say. So I did.
This costume is so fun but also confusing and stressful at the same time. My next step in this build was constructing the "vest" that is worn over the jacket. There were no patterns to be found and questions, when asked, weren't really answered. I'm not sure if it's because people don't know the answers or care to answer or if it's just I'm asking questions no one has asked before. Oh well. In any case, I carried on.

I tried to join the Echo Base group on Yahoo but for some reason my browser wouldn't load it so I PM Phyllis directly and acquired the hat pattern via email. My friend who is also building a trench with me, had the pattern printed at her work, so we are good to go on that. I purchased the supplies listed with the pattern and I believe it came to roughly $18 for everything. The pattern doesn't specify yardage on some things so I overestimated when purchasing just in case.

The vest greeblies, grenades, and ear piece have all been purchased from a fellow Base member and we will have those very soon.

On to the vest and my construction of it. In my Google searches, I stumbled across this tutorial. It was a big help!

http://costumesandartwork.blogspot.com/2013/12/hoth-rebel-soldierhoth-luke-jacket-vest.html

I wasn't able to follow what she did exactly as she was using a base pattern but I was able to eyeball what was done and recreate it.

For this vest, I used roughly 1 yard of cotton and 1 yard of batting AKA white leftover fleece I had laying around in my fabric stash. I used fleece as batting when I need it. It may make the garment a tad warmer but it was basically free as I had it already and it works great for quilting the areas needed.

In addition to the fabric, I needed 16 inches worth of sew on Velcro in white, (5) 1 1/2 inch buckles (supplied by a friend), and roughly 1.5 yards of white 2 inch webbing. The webbing was used for all the strapping for the buckles in the back and on the sides.

I had some white, cotton leftover from a project that I ended up using since, again, it was in my stash and therefore didn't cost me anything if I messed up.

The first thing I did was measure around my neck to get that measurement and then down the front to get that measurement. I also took my waist measurement into account but actually didn't need it except for the front as the vest is closed with the webbing belt.

Once I had those measurements, I made a mock pattern and tried it on for fit.


The only piece that MUST be cut on the fold is the neck area. Everything else can be free. I saved fabric that way so it worked out. It's not a big deal if you cut the center front panels on the fold either because you can just cut them afterwards.

The fabric I used for my mock was some random stretch knit I had.
To test the fit of the mock, I pinned it in front and checked it from all angles.




I ended up taking off quite a bit from the sides so that it reached to just under my armpits than all the way around. Once I had the fit I wanted, I cut out my pattern. Sewing it was simple and topstitching it easy as well.

The topstitching at the neck was a mathematical thing but I think I figured it out. Each square, other than the center, was 1.5 inches long. I used a fabric pencil to make my marks and then added them in.



I made the back buckles after this step. I believe they are about 3 inches long and the buckles I used were purchased off Amazon. They are 1.5 inches.


I then cut the rest of the loops needed and added them to the front of the vest as needed.






Once I got started, it was fairly simple to construct. I'm quite happy with how it turned out actually. Very Happy

Here is the vest worn over the trench jacket.






Here are closeup shots of the vest with the jacket. The white I used for the jacket and the white I used for the vest are not perfect matches. I "may" sell the jacket I made and make another one so the fabric matches perfectly but then again, if it's going to be weathered, does it matter?



I'm hoping to work on and finish the pants tomorrow. I have the strapping for the belt but am still puzzling over the buckle needed. I may visit Tandy as I know they have similar buckles I may be able to use.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! Any luck on goggles? I got my hat today from Mr. Hemmings!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChrisG wrote:
Looks great! Any luck on goggles? I got my hat today from Mr. Hemmings!


Thanks! I actually had a pair of goggles i bought 2 years ago for Eadu Jyn and never used. I’m going to replace the strap and then they should be good to go.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LeiaAurora wrote:

There were no patterns to be found and questions, when asked, weren't really answered. I'm not sure if it's because people don't know the answers or care to answer or if it's just I'm asking questions no one has asked before. Oh well. In any case, I carried on.


I think, that most of the people that made this costume are not on the forum very much or perhaps not at all because of that there is nobody around that could answer your questions in a timely manner.

Personally, I try to help as much as I can. Unfortunately, I have no clue about this costume. If I need information on a costume that I want to make my first step is to look if Phyllis or KathyvanB have posted a WIP for that costume and try to use that information.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a lot farther on this build in the last few days.

A member of our base modeled the necessary greeblies needed for the Trench Trooper and I was able to pick them up on Sunday. I also found a suitable buckle at Tandy that I plan on modifying slightly and painting.

Here is a sketch of the pattern I made for my vest, by the way. Not sure if I posted it before in a previous update.


I'm very visual so even though I can't draw, I do sketch things out to see what is needed.

This is the acrylic paint I used for my rank badge.


This is the badge before I painted it.


And this is the final result. I gave it a black wash to make it appear aged and I'm pleased with it.


Here are the finished attachments on the vest. They are held in place with earth magnets, 4 per piece.


A friend gifted me the gaiters and I tried them on last night. They are a perfect fit. Just need the shoes to arrive to wear under them.


I found a pair of pants at the thrift store and will be modifying them today hopefully.

The hat pattern should arrive at my house by tomorrow and then I can begin the biggest step in this build. Happy to report so far this entire costume, thanks to the generosity of my friends, has so far cost me only $63. The magnets jumped the price up significantly as you need so many but other than that, building this costume on your own is the way to go. And coupons! Lots and lots of coupons!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a day off today so got a lot done.

I quilted the diamond pattern on the pants. Since I wasn't sure how far down the diamond design went, I did it from just above my knee to the end of the pant leg.



I also found a pair of boots I forgot I had and used them as the base boot. I think they will work.





I am inpatiently waiting for my gloves to arrive so I can finish them off. The greeblie is ready to be attached as soon as they get here.

I received the Hoth pattern for the hat today and plan on cutting everything out and hopefully making it tonight and tomorrow.

I still need to swap out the elastic on the goggles as right now it is red, white and blue.

Oh! I forgot. So for the buckle, I used the base buckle I found at Tandy and a simple silver circle ring. I added Sculpy to the center of the circle and and then added the center decorations by pressing into the clay with the lid of a glue bottle. I then baked the Sculpy and then used Gorilla Glue to attach it to the center of the buckle.

I'm super pleased with how much I have gotten done so far and can't wait to finish and submit. I'm really enjoying this build. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made the hat today! I used the pattern Phyllis so kindly emailed me to make it. I used $2/yard cotton from Walmart, leftover fleece in my stash for the lining and the required bias tape in "white" and in "taupe".

I had to modify the pattern somewhat as my head wasn't as big as the pattern but overall it worked great and I can't thank her enough for sending it over.





I am now literally just waiting for my gloves to arrive and then I am finished! So happy with this build. Despite what the previous pic says, I may be making another of these hats for a friend. Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice work! I wish I had the skills and patience to do this one!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toda wrote:
Very nice work! I wish I had the skills and patience to do this one!!!


Thank you!!
I honestly didn’t think I had the skill set either. Lol
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