Star Trek - Scotty's Vest

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Felgacarb, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    Since I seem to be in a bit of a movie era costuming mood recently, I thought it was time to do a piece worn by one of my all time favorite engineers.

    This vest actually ended up getting a lot of screen time. I would speculate that it was originally made because either James Doohan wanted a more comfortable costume, or perhaps he no longer could fit into the white engineering jumpsuits made for TMP.

    Guesswork aside, we saw this clothing article worn in Star Trek IV:

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    Again in Star Trek V:

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    Once more in Star Trek VI:

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    On the small screen, we got to see him wear it again in the 6th season TNG episode: Relics.

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    Two things always bugged me about this costume.

    The first is the shirt. Whenever Scotty wears the standard monster maroon uniform, even in Star Trek: VII, he's got the proper gold (mustard? ochre?) shirt that matches the trim on the jacket and pants. Whenever he wears the vest, it's with a white shirt. (Even though the stripe on the pants stays gold.)

    The second, are the use, or lack of use, of the insets. Overall, I love the insets, they appear on a great many of the original cast movie era costumes. On the vest, they decorate the pocket flaps, and are placed on the front for the chest badge insignia and, presumably, the rank pin. The chest badge is always worn- in fact in the TNG appearance he starts with the movie badge and switches to comm badge during the episode. The shoulder inset is never shown being used at all.

    These issues aside, I decided it was time to tackle this . (That and the fact that micro suede was still on sale...)

    To begin, I made some quick patterns-

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    And used iron-on interfacing to give the front panels some structure.

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    I spent a lot of time with the two front panels, since that is where all the detail is. The part that required the most thought was the opening seam- It is very plain, but somehow you have to attach the trim, the zipper, and the lining with only the one seam visible.

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    After that, it was time to make the insets.

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    The pen holder pocket - looks like it mostly is used to hold tire pressure gauges, 'cause you need those just all the time on a starship...

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    I chose to make two of the lower pockets functional- (I suspect that none are on the screen used, but I honestly don't know yet.) To do this I used basically the same technique as the insets.

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    Another typical feature of the costumes of this era are the zipper pulls. Roddenberry didn't really want contemporary clasps, zippers, buttons or even seams to used for his futuristic outfits, but still, they had to be made somehow. For zippers, they compromised by using spherical zipper pulls and hiding the zippers. These seem to have been used on many of the different vests, and on the field jackets.

    The appearance on TNG is the one time we see him wear the vest open, and that was how I figured out that the zipper should be brass.

    (OK, perhaps the figures are not totally screen accurate... but it does show the zipper!)

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    I started with some plastic buttons and a dremel:

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    I cut the original zipper pull and fit the plastic over it.

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    Then I painted my spherical pull gold and glued it in place.

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    Next up, was the 'bump plate' on the left front of the vest. I suspect this was a found item, but I haven't figured out what it is yet. For this project, I used a thin piece of sheet aluminum, some hard rubber 'feet' glued on, and some shiny silver paint.

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    That is then bonded onto a panel on the vest with contact cement.

    So, here's what it has finished up looking like:

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    And in TNG mode:

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    (Yeah I'm wearing jeans... I haven't made the pants with the gold stripe yet... it's on the list...)

    Thanks for looking!
     
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  2. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nicely done as always

    I saw Jimmy right after he shot the TNG Episode and man oh man was he hyped about it

    He is very missed by so so many
     
  3. MooCriket

    MooCriket Master Member

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    Great job(y)thumbsup Scotty would be proud!
     
  4. RC1701

    RC1701 New Member

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    Excellent work there. I especially loved your field jacket. Always nice to see the "other" costumes get some love and attention.
     
  5. Dave Porter

    Dave Porter Sr Member

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    Awesome work :thumbsup
     
  6. sesl

    sesl Active Member

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    That is beautiful. Good job. :)
     
  7. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great work Eric!!!
     
  8. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    To add authenticity, I got another actual engineer to pose wearing the vest:

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  9. rosskow

    rosskow Well-Known Member

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    ermmm, authenticity "confirmed" ?
     
  10. Zendragon

    Zendragon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Seeing this in person, I was blown away by it. Nice work!!
     
  11. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    Well, maybe not screen authenticity, but that guy has an EE degree, and as only Scotty is seen wearing the vest, often while on duty...

    So, yeah! Authentic engineer's outfit!


    Thanks Zendragon! It was nice to meet you, too, and you looked great as Riker-
     
  12. joelgoodson

    joelgoodson Well-Known Member

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    great vest, but I gotta ask, where did you get that amazing turtleneck????:love
     
  13. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    Thanks-

    I made the turtle neck, too. Here's a link to where I posted the details:

    http://www.therpf.com/f24/twok-uniform-guide-107867/#post1883012

    The shirts are pretty easy if: 1) you have a decent pattern. 2) you have an overlock machine (serger)

    The not so easy parts are the collar and cuffs, and those are not actually hard, just very time consuming...
     
  14. peter1701

    peter1701 Well-Known Member

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    You do fantastic work
     
  15. CAndrewNelson

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    "Imahara...my old friend."

    Hah! That's great! I've known Grant for years. He looks good in that vest. Looks darned pleased to be wearing it too!

    You did a really nice job on the vest. Let me know if you ever do a run of those.
     
  16. mobius303

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    Great job on that. I think the screen used one has a black or leather bar with silver dots as opposed to a silver bar with silver bars.

    It must have been hot in the engineering room and that was part of the reason Scotty got a vest.
    When we first see it on him he is a Captain of Engineering so he would have worn a White Shirt for command in that outfit.
    Mobius
     
  17. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Great job. Another fantastic piece.

    I did that vest back in the eighties right after I took this pic on the set of ST4.

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    Great shot of the tools.

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    Then the ones I made

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  18. MattMunson

    MattMunson Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks great man! you really knocked that one out of the park.
     
  19. peter1701

    peter1701 Well-Known Member

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    Man at what point can we just draft you to start selling stuff?
     
  20. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Anytime, that man is a master costume maker.
     
  21. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    Great pictures Mike- I'll have to adjust my tool selection a bit!
     
  22. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    I did find an instance where Scotty wore this vest with his gold department colored shirt:

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    These were from a British TV commercial, so they're totally canon, right? And the TNG sets just make it more, uh... canon-y?

    (I've just noticed something about the RPF- every time I'm getting ready to start a new costume build, I find a picture of micdavis wearing that same costume twenty years earlier!)
     
  23. SquirrellyOne

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    I realize you did this 5 years ago, but do you recall what you used as your starting pattern for the vest, or did you actually draw the entire pattern from scratch?
     
  24. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    Hi Squirrelly!

    Yeah, the pattern was scratch made. A vest is one of the easier things to pattern...
     

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