ALIENS Ellen Ripley - Reebok Alien Stompers

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  1. wetcelery

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    As you can probably tell, I'm quite an ambitious person, not just from the title but also because I've got two costumes on the go before September finishes! However, I reckon this will be the hardest part yet - to try and recreate the look of those legendary, beautiful Alien Stompers. :love So here's my take, along with making the cargo pants and bandolier later down the line, on a budget, with very little costume/prop making experience. Any and all advice and suggestions welcome!
     
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    I didn't remember Ripley's being so tall.
     
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    Sigourney Weaver's about 5'11" or 6'...pretty tall. She dwarfs some of the other actors in Alien.
     
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    ripleys were taller than bishops in the movie. She had a special pair. Reebok probably thought that the conventional height version would sell better. I had the original release shoes and have the re release issue on the shelf.
     
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    ^ Oops! Somehow I read that as Ripley herself being "so tall." Up too late...LOL.
     
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    Yes, found that before but useful to see again, thanks!

    Before I go making any guesses, does anyone know the actual height of the Stompers worn by Siggy?
     
  14. Risu

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    I can't say for certain without knowing her shoe size, but I'd say 8" in the back and the slope upward in the front.
     
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    You're "Allen" Ripley! I think I already told you on Cosplay Amino last night that I adored your build by the way! Do you have any plans on revisiting the shoes again in the near future?

    And I was guessing about 8"-9" too. Think I might opt for the former as I'm quite short and wouldn't want them looking too tall...
     
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    I don't think I know what Cosplay Amino is.

    The Allen Ripley build stopped when I nearly lost a thumb on the pulse rifle build and then the paint job was ruined by blue painters tape. I picked up the rest of the parts and some brown Bess paint, but haven't figured out how to tackle it again just yet.

    As for the costume itself, my girlfriend picked up a classic pair of the shoes in really bad condition and she's probably going to take over the build for a regular Ellen. I might still make Allen some day, though. Or just Bishop.
     
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    Oops, my bad!! Sorry! I had this cosplayer confused with yourself! It's because his photographs are the only ones I've seen of an 'Allen' Ripley, so I just assumed you two were one and the same... In which case, I redirect my comment at you - I really adored your thread and it was yourself and the reddit user Ginnigan who really inspired me to try my hand at this budget build. So I thank you (and apologise again)!

    Crikey, that was a close call. Well, whenever you do go back to it, I'll be dead excited to see what you do, as I'm sure is the same for many others.

    Did you girlfriend pick up one of the reissues? It would be cool if she were to document her build for it. And speaking of the costume, I'm not sure if it's been found or just whether I've not scoured the internet enough but has anyone identified the light blue top and trousers/jumpsuit she wears? I think I recall hers being made by the costume department, similar to Bishops but can anyone confirm? Or what the name of the material might be? As I may have mentioned before, I'm looking to just sew it from scratch, namely the trousers.
     
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    Haha, nope, that's not me.

    The two piece outfit she wears in the final act is definitely custom made. I was never able to find out for sure if the one-piece jump suit it starts out as was custom or if it was an older model European/British flight suit. It had a lot of details present on current flight suits from that area, but it also had some details that matched US flight suits, and other differences as well. It's been so long I can't remember all the details, but it should all be in my thread. The two piece outfit when she removes the top seems to match in all the details like pockets and whatnot, but is definitely made either from scratch or from two separate flight suits.
     
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    It's been hectic these couple of weeks, trying to get another costume finished, enjoying the last of the summer holidays and getting ready back for art school. As a result, this end of the project has had to take a back seat, and I have a feeling this will take me much longer than expected and will be something that I'll only work on when I have some free time... but my hopes are still high that I should finish most of it by the end of September!!

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    I originally had plans to use shoes from Primark, as they were cheap at £8 and were the right shape. I was going to completely alter it anyway so I wanted a fairly low priced pair, and if it were to go wrong (which I seriously hope I don't jinx!) then I wouldn't have forked out too much. Additionally, I'd need to buy the pleathers, foam and velcro etc and I wasn't sure how much that would be so I wanted to keep this an achievable, budget build.

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    My plan was to remove the tongue and use that to create the front flaps, and the rest I'd make up from pleather, cotton batting, and thin EVA foam - as my notes dictate. However, since I didn't make any progress after buying the shoes, I was still on the lookout for a better base, just in case if I were to come across any. And as luck would have it, I did.

    Just last week, whilst I was looking for something else, I came across these in Tesco's F&F clothing department (kid's section) for £14:

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    And they're absolutely fantastic! It's almost twice the price of the Primark pair but to be honest, I'm quite happy to pay that considering it's not too much on the grand scale of things and it was way more comfier. I will be wearing these after all, and hope to keep them in good shape for even every day wear, so it was definitely sensible to go for these much sturdier and supportive shoes than Primark's rather thin pair. Furthermore, it's going to make my alteration process a little easier and looks quite similar to the original Reeboks as it has (in my opinion) similar underfoot patterns, lower rim, front face (i.e. holes and general shape); and the bonus of already having a velcro strap. If I were lazy, I could even just paint it and it would look quite similar from a distance... even then, these would make a great base for an easy alteration to Bishop's low rise pair... maybe I'll buy another and do that too...!

    In any case, my plan still stands: repurpose the tongue into the front flap, build the high rise section from pleather, cotton batting and thin eva foam. Pleather the rest of the shoes.

    So if you've got small feet (size 5 and under) like me, I highly recommend getting these! They would be super for any ALIENS inspired kid's costumes or even mini-Ripley's and mini-Bishops out there!
     

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    DAY 1 (16/9/2015)

    Made a start on the shoes last night by first removing the tongue. As mentioned before, this will form the large part of the front flap. Since there are two parts to the tongue, I'm thinking of taking it apart and transferring the tip onto the red pleather tongue I'll make.
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    Yaay, progress!
     
  22. wetcelery

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    Lmao, this is super daunting!! About to make the first tongue just now!! :wacko
     
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    DAY 2 (17/9/2015)

    First off, here are the materials I bought for customising the shoes:
    red leatherette at £8.99p/m (I just bought 10cm at 90p which was enough)
    a white vinyl leather material
    cotton batting

    Total cost was around £3-5 because I didn't need a lot, a lot cheaper than I was expecting.
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    To make the tongue, I had plans of filling it with cotton batting to make it a little sturdier but all the while slim enough to make it easy to handle to create the folds later. My measurements were 3.5" wide by 22" long. Same for the cotton batting with a bit extra to make the top of the tongue thicker so that it holds better. Right sides of the pleather facing each other and the cotton batting pinned on the outside.
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    Then sewing close to the edge that is open:
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    Once done, I turned it inside out. It's really handy to have a bit of patience and a long ruler at this point to reach the corners and to make the edges as smooth as possible. I tried ironing it out a bit, even with a towel on top to avoid melting the pleather but it didn't work that well...
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    Afterwards, I took a needle and red threat and started to create the folds:
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    So quite simple but time consuming (took me about 2 hours the first go), just fold the tongue as tight as you can then thread it through so that it holds together. The trick to using the thread allows you to adjust the folds, whilst you're working on it and even once you're done, so you don't need to worry about hot-glueing it wrong (and melting it) or messing up. Plus, you can always snip it and redo places you're not too keen on.
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    Do another row of thread in the middle so it keeps the folds quite tight:
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    Then lastly, on the remaining side:
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    And there it is! Once folded, the final length of the tongue should be about 10" (I worked this out from the pre-existing tongue length, and judging from the screen caps the distance between the second velcro strap and the size of the Reebok label and came to the conclusion that the overall tongue length is about 10" for the 9" height Alien Stompers).
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    And this is what it roughly looks like on the shoe!
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    Not too shabby, I'm pretty chuffed that my idea worked. The tongue is a bit floppy but then again, it'll be sitting against my leg and held with the velcro, so I'm not too worried. Now to attach it on the shoe to see what it looks like. This part was pretty tough because it was quite awkward sewing it to the shoe, not to mention very very difficult to penetrate. I ended up only doing enough of the front row (as pictured where my needle sits) and couldn't get any more coverage but it seems to be enough. I just made sure to do as many loops as I could in those few holes. I'm contemplating hot-glueing but again, I worry about melting it and placing it wrong. I think I'll just stick to this for now. It took me a good hour or so getting it on.
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    So that's the first tongue done! Now onto the second one in the next post!
     
  24. ivanj05

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    You're off to a good start. Ambitious project, good on you to swing for the fences here.
     
  25. Mike J.

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    That's not going to be your final Reebok wordmark, is it? ;)
     
  26. Risu

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    FYI, the tongue on the Reeboks isn't wrinkled, it's got topstitching in rows, like quilting.
     

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