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« on: 09 23, 2007, 09:40: AM »

Hello Fellow Klingons!
A long while ago, I remember seeing somewhere here or elsewhere on the web about someone posting the accurate or approximate materials needed to make The Original Series (TOS) Klingon uniforms. Can any of you inform me or help me find this info?  I vividly recall the pants being made of gold-sequin-on-black-mesh fabric turned inside out! It's the striped gold vest that gets me. To recreate this uniform, I have thought of just finding a shimmering gold material and drawing/painting/sewing the lines in, but that would take some time. Someone out there help a Klingon brotha out.

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« Reply #1 on: 02 15, 2008, 05:27: PM »

Well, Kaz asked his question a while ago, but with my TOS Trek LARP coming up this fall, I am also wondering the same thing.

I was also wondering if over-sized tank tops painted silver/gold would work (to keep the cost down)

Any suggestions?

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« Reply #2 on: 03 01, 2008, 10:51: PM »

    You can see that long sleeve black shirts with gold lame' tank tops would be pretty close to the male uniforms pictured below in this shot from the end of "They Day of the Dove".  Finding the material for the pants might be tricky.  It was probably made at one time as a single fabric.   But now a days you might have to start with simple black pants (like sweat pants) and look for a very sheer see-through gold harem pants, and stitch them together.  Though I'm not sure that would be very durable for a LARP...  TOS Klingons
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« Reply #3 on: 03 02, 2008, 02:24: AM »

Klythe, Thanks for the suggestion on the pants, when I start posting on our site for this larp I will add the costume suggestions as well.

Does anyone have a good source for the klingon shoulder sashes?

Ones that are not too expensive.

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« Reply #4 on: 03 04, 2008, 06:03: AM »

Regarding the pants -- if you havenít already, sift through the Uniform pants thread. There may be something there you can use.

A recommendation: It didnít occur to me until I was retrieving my own from the drier, but King Size Direct makes a mock turtleneck that would be ideal for a TOS uniform shirt. They are 100% cotton and wear like iron. The collar has just enough elastic  to hold it in place and wonít sag from the wight of rank pins. A real boon, because few things ruin the look of a TOS costume quicker than a sagging neckline. They start at a size 16 neck/42-44 chest and go up from there. If their smallest size is to big for you, you can run a seam up each side of the torso and the collar. The vest should cover any wandering seams or uneven tension in the fabric.

The downside is that King Size is currently phasing out their winter inventory to make way for summer items and may not have black in stock in many sizes. (Which is downright stupid. Itís still plenty cold in March in many, many places.) If thatís the case, check back in a few months when they start pushing the Big Deal Pre-Season Fall Sale.

Unfortunately I donít have any sash recommendations. Let us know what, if anything, you come up with.
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« Reply #5 on: 07 07, 2008, 09:08: AM »

Does anyone have a good source for the klingon shoulder sashes?

I just recently mentioned TOS pants ideas on the Uniform Pants thread (basically gold fishnet over black cotton), but (though it's been a while) I'd like to answer this question (but I have to start with a quasi-tangent)-
Once, at a discount fabric store, I was wandering through the upholstery section and saw an awesome basket weave fabric made out of actual strips of fake leather woven together and loose enough to undo if need be. It was tan in color, otherwise I would have bought the whole bolt if I could. And I should have! Never seen anything like it since. It looked straight up like the material used in TOS. There is (and I did buy) a vinyl basket weave that is a solid sheet and is available at discount and online fabric stores (and once again, in tan). Hypothetically, one could take a mat knife and cut one side of the "sash" to simulate the fringe, then use a rotary tool to sand down the texture a little on the fringe (you know what I mean?) Then, lastly, spray paint it gold. Voila!
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« Reply #6 on: 07 08, 2008, 03:59: PM »

I saw one fan made sash from that era, it was done by hand weaving thin gold ribbon and leaving one side loose to form the fringe. I believe the end product was then sewn with gold thread to hold it together better but I am not sure.
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