Friday, April 29, 2011

[Classic] Battlestar Galactica Dress Uniform

Okay, I know I'm crazy and I should be working on my commission list, but once in a while, I have to stop to work on something for me (keeps me sane). Motor City Comic Con this year is having [classic] Battlestar Galactica guests and on top of working on a set of drawings to have signed, I'm also working on making my BSG Viper pilot uniform tunic & pants into a dress uniform, as well as my husband's blue uniform.

Here's my tans:

I had wanted to get my battle jacket done in time, but I knew I wouldn't even come close, so I decided a dress cape would be quicker. This also meant a dress belt and dress necklace. The belt isn't so hard, we got some leather from Tandy Leather Factory and buckles from the Parade Store.

Here are the buckles, they'll need the pointed edges ground down:

I just ordered our cape fabric from Sy Fabrics. Probably the toughest part is the dress necklace. I found some similar necklaces online, but the place wanted a minimum order of 50 and each necklace was $10 each. There are cast replicas made, but they seem too clunky (not to mention overpriced) so I decided to try my hand at making my own, I took a jewelry-making class in college as part of my BFA after all.

Here is a picture of my progress so far. (I ran out of brass metal, so I'm using copper as a stand-in until I can get more brass.)

For reference, here's a picture of a warrior's dress uniform (the one on the right worn by Starbuck) which is what I'm making for myself:

This is an example of the blue (usually bridge and/or command) dress uniform that I'm making for my husband: