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« on: June 29, 2010 01:10:04 AM »

I had seen several tricorder bags in the past (such as https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326116.0 and http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=tricorder#/d1kg0hj ) and when I found out there was a Star Trek convention in town, I knew I had to make a costume - and a tricorder bag/purse of my own! It was quite function and doesn't look too shabby either!

The bag was basically made of scraps - it was made from leftover canvass-plastic-y fabric from another bag project, parts of a t-shirt, part of a lieutenants' braid, and some silver screen-printing paint (which did not like the main bag material at all!). Between the lining and outer-layer I sewed in a small cardboard box, to help keep its shape. A functional top flap held everything together (and gave you a glimpse of the 'screen area' of the tricorder') and there was a middle flap you could flip down to see more detail.

I was able to jam our keys, id, money, hand sanitizer, cellphone, (stupid dumb) camera, granola bars, cookies, con programs and pamphlets, makeup and bobby-pins and a comb into the tricorder purse!

I have to apologize for the weird image cropping and quality - sadly, after returning from the con, we discover that our camera went haywire and corrupted all the images we had  Cry We were able to save 'parts' of a few (bad) pictures, so that's why I have fuzzy, out-of-focus, oddly-cropped images Sad When we get a new camera, I'll have to take some proper photos!

Hope it inspires others (being trekkies, con-attenders, or just crafters) to make their own!

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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010 01:23:01 AM »

That's really cool! You did an excellent job. I always thought the tricorder looked like Spock's man-purse anyway.

Also, I love what you did with your hair. Janice Rand would be proud.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010 01:31:48 AM »

Whoah! Great purse, and awesome action picture! You really did a great job on this!
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010 06:46:29 AM »

I am very pleased with your ST outfit, life long fan. My first Sci-fi Con I was 4/5 and I met Sulu (George Takei) while wearing a live long and prosper shirt. LOL

I bet a lot of people wanted pics of you!

« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2010 06:49:46 AM »

That's a really cool purse. And: Great hair! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2010 09:44:57 AM »

Wow I love it.

I love it with the whole outfit too.

Great job.

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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2010 10:32:35 AM »

What pattern did you use to make your costume?

http://www.wists.com/Spidersweb  (it's only a little filled out!)

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2010 12:27:20 PM »

Thanks everyone for the comments Smiley

I used the "NEWLY REVISED Star Trek TOS Uhura Uniform Pattern Dress" - a lot of people asked where I bought the costume, so it definitely I think had the 'right' look!

Here is a link to where I bought the pattern (hopefully it won't be taken down) - http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390198160840&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT and to her direct ebay store http://stores.shop.ebay.ca/Katarra8__W0QQ_armrsZ1. I know craftster isn't the place to put links and say 'go buy here!' but I really wanted to share the link with everyone for several reasons:

I was talking to a few people at the con who had made their own costumes. They had all purchased their patterns online from a different source and ran into a few problems; there is an older version of the pattern floating around, and it is a bit confusing! The places they bought from also shipped UPS, which is not-so-great if you live out of the states (the duty and handling fees are VERY expensive with UPS!!). The lady I purchased the pattern from not only has the up-to-date-pattern, sells the braid and insignias (and even fabric!), ships USPS (with options) but she is also the one who made the patterns! So if you run into any problems, she is the gal to go to!

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