Disney 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Crewman

Caliginous

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I've recently been on a bit of a nostalgia kick and I decided to rewatch the 1954 Disney version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre. I fell in love with the costumes again and would really like to get a Nautilus Crewman's uniform done in time for Dragon*Con next year.

I'm not really sure where to begin, so I've taken a few screenshots of some crewmen and found a now-dead auction listing for a uniform used in a Disney ride that roughly details the uniform's materials. Below are some screen grabs I snagged from YouTube clips and the link to the ended auction listing.

Hake's - WALT DISNEY WORLD "20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA" NAUTILUS CREW/CAST MEMBER THEME PARK COSTUME.

If anyone has any insight or tips they'd be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, all!

- Danny

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SMP Designs

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If you’re planning to build yourself, the best place to start is with the pattern. It’s a pretty basic turtleneck and pants pattern. The hat is a version of a toque. You can find very simple commercial patterns for all the pieces.

Then, build some mock ups to get the fit right. Once you’re happy with the fit, make the mods that are needed. Such as, adding the ‘wing’ around the sleeve cap, the flaps on the pant pockets, etc.

To get the right look, I would build this in a stretch wool or use a ponte for the top and similar weight wool for the pants and hat. I’d also recommend you put a short zipper in the back of the mock-turtleneck top so you can get a good fit around the neck (depending on the amount of stretch in the fabric).

HTH and happy building!
 

Marc Cohen

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I've recently been on a bit of a nostalgia kick and I decided to rewatch the 1954 Disney version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre. I fell in love with the costumes again and would really like to get a Nautilus Crewman's uniform done in time for Dragon*Con next year.

I'm not really sure where to begin, so I've taken a few screenshots of some crewmen and found a now-dead auction listing for a uniform used in a Disney ride that roughly details the uniform's materials. Below are some screen grabs I snagged from YouTube clips and the link to the ended auction listing.

Hake's - WALT DISNEY WORLD "20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA" NAUTILUS CREW/CAST MEMBER THEME PARK COSTUME.

If anyone has any insight or tips they'd be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, all!

- Danny

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Those uniforms are definitely cool, and I would also love to have one! I know of three original diving helmets from the movie, and I have seen them in person. Two are in collections and one is in a museum. They are actually WW2 era Japanese diving helmets, that have all those extra (and non functional) fittings soldered on. They look really disappointing in person. As for the uniforms; my opinion is that the two burgundy cushioned trimming over the shoulders, were to cushion the weight of the diving helmet collar and gear. I find it disappointing that not a single crewman had any dialogue in the whole movie (except for the XO, who was also the only one clean shaven).
 

lamay

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I just finished one...I made the pants from wool, a civil war pattern and attached the pocket flaps, also of red wool. I bought a dark blue cotton turtle neck shirt, and sewed on red twill tape with a foam tube inside to give it the dimension it needed, I made a civil war navy hat of dark blue wool and the same red twill tape for the band around it. I wanted to let people know (who haven't seen the movie) so I had "Nautalis" embroidered on the band (ships names were common on hats during that time, and well beyond), civil war brogans or boots to finish it off. Also, a plain leather belt and a civil war pouch.
 

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Marc Cohen

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I just finished one...I made the pants from wool, a civil war pattern and attached the pocket flaps, also of red wool. I bought a dark blue cotton turtle neck shirt, and sewed on red twill tape with a foam tube inside to give it the dimension it needed, I made a civil war navy hat of dark blue wool and the same red twill tape for the band around it. I wanted to let people know (who haven't seen the movie) so I had "Nautalis" embroidered on the band (ships names were common on hats during that time, and well beyond), civil war brogans or boots to finish it off. Also, a plain leather belt and a civil war pouch.
Pretty cool! But you went to all that trouble, and still managed to spell “Nautilus” incorrectly.
 

Dr Jones Sr

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Yes at WDW they used to have around a dozen replica Nautilus submarines for the submarine ride, and the Cast Members who worked on the ride wore costumes. But as a Disney employee myself I wouldn't expect the CM costumes to have much similarity to the film costumes.

You can't see him very well, but here's a CM on that ride.
 

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Marc Cohen

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Yes at WDW they used to have around a dozen replica Nautilus submarines for the submarine ride, and the Cast Members who worked on the ride wore costumes. But as a Disney employee myself I wouldn't expect the CM costumes to have much similarity to the film costumes.

You can't see him very well, but here's a CM on that ride.
They were very different than the film costumes.
 

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joshspiderman23

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Yes at WDW they used to have around a dozen replica Nautilus submarines for the submarine ride, and the Cast Members who worked on the ride wore costumes. But as a Disney employee myself I wouldn't expect the CM costumes to have much similarity to the film costumes.

You can't see him very well, but here's a CM on that ride.
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lol I actually did a take on CM outfits from DW for DCA's Oogies bash last year but yeah wayyyyy different then the movie
 

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