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Unread 01-12-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Belt and bag help

So I am working on a Derek Stiles from Trauma Center cosplay. So I think I got the overall pattern planned out now, but I need some help and advice for making the belt and bag. I want to make sure the belt would fit and be adjustable, but not sure as I never made a belt like this before nor a bag like that. I made a thread awhile back for the main costume, but for the construction of the belt and bag, I think this would be more of a proper forum as they more accessories. Thanks!

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Of what the belt and bag looks like (sorry, there is no back view)
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Unread 01-29-2013, 03:35 AM   #2
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Can someone please help me. I know making a another post is looked down upon, but it has fallen off the first page down to page 3/4 and I really need some help for this as there are no other treads or tutorial for a bag like this.

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Unread 01-29-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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I love how the plot part of that game uses a dating-sim engine. I kept hoping that if I performed surgery really really well, the blonde chick would be impressed and disrobe. But I digress...

You might need to salvage the buckle from a cheap bookbag or something. Some fabric stores sell them, but not all.

Most of it needs to be sewn together. The fabric is again, gonna be the synthetic nylon (I think it's nylon...) used to make bookbags. All edges must be folded over and sewn down because the stuff frays like madness. Cutting the fabric with pinking shears isn't a bad idea either. Since it's just a costume piece, the underside can look horrible; otherwise, you'd do extra techniques to keep it all pretty.

The larger piece that is under the main strap should be a padding, made by wrapping fabric around a piece of sheet foam. Craft foam is fine.

The upper strap should probably have some woven bookbag strapping hiding underneath for strength. The fabric overtop it should just be decorative and not really bear much stress.

To make the pouch you stiffen it by gluing a piece of card-stock to the fabric leaving seam allowance on the edges, and the folding it around in a loop so it forms the front side, the bottom, the back side, the top, and the flap. Then you sew up the sides. Actually, this can be done with a single piece of fabric if you properly work out the pattern. You probably want to stitch the belt-loop onto the pouch before adhering the cardboard. To hide the seams, you need to sew it together inside (cardboard side) out and then turn the outside in afterwards.

You can find little sewing tutorials on how to make Pouches. I seen some sold at fabric stores, and others in beginner sewing books. They should give you a much better explanation and better tips for working out the pattern and steps involved. I'm afraid most of my pouchmaking experience is in working with heavy tooling leather, which is a fairly different animal.

The red cross can be painted with simple red acrylic paint. For best results, lay the whole thing out with masking tape. Remove the tape while the paint is still ever so slightly wet.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 03:06 AM   #4
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This is all just guessing as the picture is kind of small to see the belt, but...
I can't tell for certain, but that buckle kind of looks like a side-release buckle with a metallic finish (like this or this). As for the belt itself, perhaps you could use some black webbing? The wider portions could be made with black material of some sort with added belt loops (at least it looks like there are belt loops to me). And the pouch on the side, it seems like you could find a large black pouch fairly easily at a military surplus store and then just glue or paint on a red cross. I've found some similar black pouches at a local military surplus store myself.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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Thank you both for the advice and tips! Yeah, the belt is like side release buckle (I didn't know what they were called. Probably why I had a hard time finding it as I just called them click buckles).

I should take a look at Military stores sometimes, I think there is one in town.
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