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Lilybet85
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« on: February 27, 2010 02:37:34 PM »

Hi All!

I'm looking to make a Star Trek: The Next Generation costume, but I'm having trouble finding the right color fabrics. I want something stretchy so it will be comfortable, so I was looking at jersey but can't find just the right blueish/tealish color. Can anyone suggest any other type of stretchy materials I could look at?

And of course a picture for reference!

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010 07:55:33 PM »

I'd look for ponte. It's a heavier polyester jersey that is often used for bottoms.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010 10:15:37 AM »

I work in a craft store so I think I can help. Ask for polyester interlock. It would be good for what you are looking for. Matte jersey is another choice and is a little heavier than the interlock. Feast Your Eyes idea of ponte would work too, but like she said it is a bit heavier than both the other options and may work better for the bottom than the top. Good luck on your project.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2010 10:45:42 PM »

And here is where I reveal my inner super-geek...  Wink

Depending on how accurate you want to go, the Next Gen uniforms from season 3 on (1 & 2 were the one piece spandex numbers) were made from wool gabardine, so not a lot of stretch in the fabric (hence them always pulling down their tops to avoid wrinkling Smiley ).  Feast Your Eye's suggestion of polyester ponte or double knit is probably your closest match if you want a little stretchiness.

This wool gab is a pretty close color match:

http://www.trimfabric.com/wl-81.html

And if you haven't seen this site already, it's a helpful resource for all things Trek costuming:

http://www.startrekuniformguide.com/nextgen32.html


If you have any other questions, feel free to pm me...I've made, uh, more than a couple Star Trek costumes.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2010 03:47:04 PM »

1 Interlock is usually thicker than Jersey. Jersey = plain t-shirt knit.

I made this star trek outfit out of polyester spandex interlock. I think it is also called a double knit. It was on clearance when I bought it. Ponte is a bit scratchy and uncomfortable, think grandma.


It's hard to find the right color. Maybe one of these? http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Cotton-Interlock-Turquoise-Fabric-Front-Page_stcVVproductId49133395VVcatId537258VVviewprod.htm
http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Polyester-Interlock-Royal-Fabric-Front-Page_stcVVproductId49133643VVcatId537258VVviewprod.htm
http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Polyester-Interlock-Turquoise-Fabric-Front-Page_stcVVproductId87155798VVcatId537258VVviewprod.htm
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010 05:24:31 PM »

I have this pattern:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/39857550/star-wars-the-next-generation-simplicity?ref=cat3_gallery_20

(not my listing)

It's the 1989 official pattern. It's a stretchy one-piece jumpsuit that zips up the front. If the jumpsuit is what you're going for, this pattern recommends "heavyweight spandex, heavyweight lycra and lycra blends, double knits."
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010 05:18:22 AM »

Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

Thesingingllamas - That first link you gave me has been the best fabric color wise I've seen! So thank you for that!

Alexus1325 - I'm actually making my own pattern for it. I want it to be two piece because I'm a plus size woman and although I look great, I still don't feel comfortable wearing a onepiece jumper like that. I just needed help finding fabric because I couldn't find anything that was close to the color. Smiley
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