Halo Reach Noble 6 custom undersuit

Discussion in 'Halo Soft Parts' started by electricknite, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. electricknite

    electricknite

    Hello, Im keeping this thread to just the undersuit. I do plan on making the armor, i just don't know how long it will take me between the two.

    Here is the plan.. sort of. this thing may or may not end up looking rather modified.
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    Whats happened so far:
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    I made the pattern. I started with Yaya Hans pattern but ended up scraping it and making my own. i work better when i make my own.

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    here I've started sewing the bodysuit. front and back panels are 2 layers each of nylon spandex, the sides are a fluffy mesh that's usually used on backpacks. I've also used leather on the hips.
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    and I've just started figuring out the back panel detail with spandex pleather.

    This "explanation" was pretty vague so if you have questions please ask and give me suggestions.
    good night, I'm exhausted.
     

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    Last edited: Mar 31, 2017
  2. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Your vague explanation was quite through.......good job so far. as far as time frame......take your time, no rush.
     
  3. mblackwell1002

    mblackwell1002

    Aw...I'm so jealous...I wish I had the skills for something like this. I've been trying to make the H5 undersuit, not by sewing, but I may try it.
    How do you go about sewing stretchy things (spandex) to non-stretchy things (leather)?
    This looks fantastic, are you building armor?
     
  4. electricknite

    electricknite

    Thanks! i would give sewing a try, if you can get your hands on a sewing machine. just to start, I'd recommend sewing details onto already existing clothing.
    I usually use a serger for sewing spandex if it is an edge stitch. I use zig-zag for everything else. Sometimes I'll use masking tape to keep the spandex from stretching as I sew it. masking tape also helps when the material (pleathers and vinyls) is sticking to the machine and bunching up.

    Oh I plan to go slowly. haha, compared to other people, I'm a lady of few words.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2017
  5. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    (y) Well lets see those few words turn in to a great build!!!
     
  6. electricknite

    electricknite

    The Bad news: I didn't make as much progress as i would've liked.. lots of seam ripping, and there's more to do on the hip detail. again. I know I can do better.
    the back detail should be higher but i didn't catch that until too late. and I don't think I can change it unless someone really thinks I should try. And I'm almost out of leather.

    The Good news: my neck seal is looking TIGHT, in a good way, its also perfectly fits my neck. now I just have to come up with a good way of connecting it, and the part that really matters: This bodysuit fits me like a glove. I love it.

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    hopefully by the end of the weekend I'll have the neck and zipper installed and those hips fixed.. possibly the back detail (if you guys think I should)
     
  7. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Unless you were going of dead on game accuracy, I would leave as is and if you were going to make the spinal portion, it should go up higher than where you have the leather now....
     
  8. electricknite

    electricknite

    everything is fixed! a couple miss-alignments but nothing I cant live with. I did end up moving the back detail up. the hips pads looks hella nice and clean. neck seal is in and fits perfectly and the zipper is done!

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    Also, just for fun, here's a pic of all the textures I'm using.

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    Next up is ab details, sleeves and finishing the leg holes. I'm making the crotch either have snaps or velcro because bathrooms.... leggings will be separate.
     
  9. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Great job!!!! Yeah........definitely need to be able to go......w/o taking your whole suit off.......
     
  10. mblackwell1002

    mblackwell1002

    Augh...I'm so jealous of your sewing skills!
    That's very papeesheewoosh!

    I seriously need to learn how to do this!
     
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  11. Thom A293

    Thom A293

    Wow that is some really great sewing. Snaps I think would work better. that way you always line up the top and bottoms at the same spot, instead of Velcro which probably wouldn't be as precise with horizontal strips.
     
  12. electricknite

    electricknite

    Thanks for all the compliments everybody!! :D

    I'm not sure what you mean by precise. The way I'm thinking should be pretty good, I just worry that velcro could ruin the fabric and make it pill up.

    Also, on that note: does anyone know why snaps are the go-to for fastening crotches? is it just whats easy?
     
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  13. mblackwell1002

    mblackwell1002

    I think it's just to prevent Velcro scratchiness on yer' tenders. (A) the corners of Velcro can poke through spandex and reaaaly hurt, and (B) the Velcro fastener itself tends to be scratchy. plus, Velcro is expensive in comparison, and snaps are pretty easy to attach.

    Thom A293 means that when you re-fasten the crotch with Velcro, there may be a misalignment because you can't really see what you're doing without making a big show. With snaps, there's only one way it will fasten.
     
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  14. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    You could always go w/ the "Emergency Flap"........just a thought.
     
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  15. electricknite

    electricknite

    I think that might look a little conspicuous. hahaha
     
  16. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    But cute.......ok more like hysterical..........:lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  17. mblackwell1002

    mblackwell1002

    well, I'm assuming the emergency flap would only be used in the bathroom, but if not, well......you might want to re-think your approach...don't be Dirtdives! :lol:
     
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  18. electricknite

    electricknite

    While this idea is a great one, I'll probably go with snaps, just to keep it simple. Dirtdives I'd love to see a spartan with an emergency flap some day.
     
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  19. electricknite

    electricknite

    Small update, I've attached one arm so far. I couldn't get the shoulder detail to cooperate so I'm leaving that out until i figure out a better way. The ab detail is on, It's a little underwhelming to me. Too flat i think but I'm leaving it unless I have an epiphany.

    The real thing I want to talk about is the mesh material.
    It looks good, however, it's not very sturdy and its starting to fall apart. I serged all my seams so I have no seam allowance left and the mesh is "fraying" i guess would be the word to describe it. Basically, I've had to sew any mesh seams again and It's made the whole suit slightly tighter. I can still wear it no problem but I am sad because my seams don't look professional anymore and I'm a little worried it won't be able to take all the abuse I was hoping.

    My thoughts are:
    1.Take the body suit apart and rebuild it out of new material? I still have a crap-ton of spandex so I wouldn't have to buy anymore of it. The torso is also the fastest and easiest part to build.
    2. Stick with it and wait until it actually falls apart at some inconvenient time?

    You're all thinking wtf, this chick is a crazy perfectionist. (I know. I'm sorry)

    Here, have some pictures

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  20. mblackwell1002

    mblackwell1002

    Haha; most, if not all of us, are perfectionists. so...we don't judge. :D

    I personally don't think it needs to be re-made, it looks pretty professional, but it's hard to tell when you can't see it in person and see how strong the seams are.

    But, yeah...you're the creator of your suit, so do what you like. It looks really good, but I know what you mean by wanting to restart. I always feel like I can do better with my suits (which is why I've made 3 different Master Chief suits for myself :p), so I try again when I think there's room for improvement. I don't have much of a sewing talent, so I can't say

    anyway, it looks great, better than I could ever sew! :D
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2017
  21. PaiganBoi

    PaiganBoi

    Personal critiques and criticism are always harsher than someone else's since you are the one going through the building process.
    I have no sewing experience at all so unfortunately I can't give much advice or solutions. To me the undersuit looks amazing. If I can make any suggestion at all it would be this: have you considered using adhering panels of craft foam to the suit and then sewing your leather panels over it to create some depth? Of course it will add some weight and bulk to the suit.
    What ever action you take or solutions you come up with, I am sure your end results will turn out great.
     
  22. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    Well I think it sucks.........I'm just joking :D. It looks FANTASTIC!!!!! I wish I had the talent to build my own undersuit like this.....As far as underwhelming....Far from it in my opinion. You might consider adding a bit of bulk to certain sections. Some craft foam perhaps. Not sure how well this could be attached by sewing,,,,,,but perhaps some hot glue? I've had some success w/ this method in past costumes.
     
  23. electricknite

    electricknite

    Thanks for the comments everyone,
    I think I've figured out what I'm going to do. I'm not going to rebuild the bodysuit, but I with probably reinforce the seams with bias tape wherever I can to take the stress off the seams. also bonus of doing this: the seams will be less uncomfortable and scratchy.

    Dirtdives I'm trying to keep the undersuit to just fabrics so i can wash it easier. I always avoid using hot glue on fabrics. I could probably make something that snaps or magnets on though.

    Dirtdives and PaiganBoi Good ideas thanks!
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2017
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  24. Dirtdives

    Dirtdives

    OOOHHHHH.......I like that snap removal of undersuit armor pieces......going to steal that thank you very much........:D....
     
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  25. electricknite

    electricknite

    AW snap...
    I hate them. Unfortunately there is nothing else that can quite compare to them when installed properly. They look finished, clean, they're simple to use, they don't deteriorate or bend.
    But damn, installing them properly isn't easy.

    First though, anyone who didn't know, There are 2 different types of snaps: Post snaps and prong snaps.
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    Post snaps need a hole in the fabric and work for non-stretch fabrics and are usually considered heavy duty. Prong snaps go through the weave of the fabric, work well for stretch knits and are easier to remove if you make a mistake installing them.

    Guess which ones I used?

    F**k me.
    Honestly I'm not trying to sound like a know-it-all ass by saying all this, I just really hope nobody else makes this mistake.

    I finished the leg hole seams and added elastic to my suit, the plan was to finish the snaps for the crotch and I'd be done. But because I used post snaps on a stretch fabric the spandex just stretched around the snap and didn't hold anything (on one side). The other side has so many layers of spandex that it basically doesn't stretch anymore, so that side i had to pry apart... post snaps do not like being removed. Now I'm left with tiny holes where the snaps used to be and even when I switch to prong snaps those holes will still be there.
    So plan B: re-build the crotch.
    let me explain. I'm going to take out the existing crotch area, and replace it with a less bulky (possibly non-stretchy) dedicated crotch piece. It'll still be snapped together in the middle. Should be pretty easy... I hope.
    I have no pictures tonight because :mad: but next post everything should be together and pretty.

    G'night everyone.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017

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