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DigistarDBZ
01-28-2006, 02:15 AM
Well, I seem to be in a bit of a bind.

I'm planning what I'm going to use for my Char Aznable costume, and I seem to be doing pretty good so far, but I'm having quite a bit of a hard time trying to figure out what to use for the gold trims on his uniform. (and that emblem on his cape, I just don't know what to use without making it look tacky! :confused: ) My goal is to make it as true to the show as I can, while still making it look like a believable uniform.

Has anyone run into a situation similar to this before? What do people use in professional uniform-making, like in the Marines or something similar? I'd be thankful for pretty much any answer I can get! Thank you so much! :)

(ps, I have some pictures I ganked from Y!J auctions for some of the embellishments on his collar and such, in case that might help some of you identify what I could use)

Sephirius
01-29-2006, 05:02 PM
Well, I seem to be in a bit of a bind.

I'm planning what I'm going to use for my Char Aznable costume, and I seem to be doing pretty good so far, but I'm having quite a bit of a hard time trying to figure out what to use for the gold trims on his uniform. (and that emblem on his cape, I just don't know what to use without making it look tacky! :confused: ) My goal is to make it as true to the show as I can, while still making it look like a believable uniform.

Has anyone run into a situation similar to this before? What do people use in professional uniform-making, like in the Marines or something similar? I'd be thankful for pretty much any answer I can get! Thank you so much! :)

(ps, I have some pictures I ganked from Y!J auctions for some of the embellishments on his collar and such, in case that might help some of you identify what I could use)


unfortunately, the only way I can think of making it look non-tacky is gold embroidery and piping work which = $$$ and Time.

DigistarDBZ
01-30-2006, 09:22 PM
Um.. okay... so does anyone else has ideas? Like something that isn't glaringly tacky but not super-expensive like mentioned above?

PiroPiroko
01-30-2006, 10:10 PM
The wavy shoulder parts need to be tassle ribbon. That's simply how such such things are done. But that's not particularly expensive.

Now, the rest though can be done reasonably well with even broadcloth (please use something nicer then broadcloth). The trick is to sew the gold... um... tree shape... pillow style. In other words, you cut out the whole shape, twice, sew it to itself and pull it inside out. Then sew that to the black cape. The result is a completely closed seam that looks reasonably professional and has some dimension to it.

You see, the cape splits in the front, so its possible to make the halfs of the gold piping and still pull them inside out. If it was a closed shape it would be harder (though not impossible).

Next week I might attempt a cape for a Johnny Ridden cosplay. If I do, I'll post my cape for reference.

FeyMeggan
01-31-2006, 12:34 AM
we made some pretty similar epilettes(the shoulder things) for my friend Laurels Treiz costume. In the end we found a gold material that matched gold fringe trim we got out of the upholstry section of the fabric store. It about killed her sewing machine, but it came out great! A lot of time if you want gold trim try looking there first since there's cording and whatnot created for the edges of furniture so it has an extra bit to help you attach it into the seams.