But, when I started looking for a new Starfleet uniform to make, STO was the first thing that popped into mind. What better place to find a large number of new uniforms and uniform variants? So, I started digging, and eventually, I came across this:
It's called the Jupiter Veteran uniform variant, and I was instantly drawn to it. It has the sharp, professional looks of the Wrath of Khan uniform (my personal favourite), with the sleek and modern look of the grey-shouldered First Contact uniforms. It was definitely a winner! First thing I did was make a costume drawing so I could work out how it all went together.
I started patterning the thing almost immediately. I quickly found out that this uniform is a complete beast. There are so many fiddly little panels, piping, quilted things, color changes, and weird seam lines, that this could only have come from the mind of a complete lunatic. (Or, you know, game designers that don't give a flying flip if their super cool uniform translates into real world materials.) Thankfully, I'm no stranger to untangling absurd designs, so after a bit of finagling, I finally managed to make a usable pattern!
Don't be fooled by how simple the pattern looks, it's actually a whopping 25 pieces. The lines are drawn, they just need to be cut out.
I took a bit of a break from the uniform to do some cleaning of the sewing room. I had fully intended to dive right into buying materials and sewing the uniform up, but sharing a car meant that I had to wait. It was a good thing, too, because while I was organizing my fabrics, I managed to find everything that I needed to make the uniform, so this will end up being entirely a Stash Dash project!
Work on the uniform resumes soon, after which I hope to have some fun pics of the uniform looking absolutely atrocious, as things usually do when they're in-progress. XD