Ever since I finished my Star Trek uniform last year, I've had the chance to wear it for both conventions and LARP scenarios. In both situations, bags can be annoying. I usually tote around my pink ita bag backpack at conventions, and I found that it wasn't exactly ideal with this costume. I wanted something that could hold the essentials while looking like it belonged with my costume, so I decided to make a utility belt! I made this right before my first 10-hour Trek-inspired simulator experience in March (before intense social distancing rules were put in place.) I wanted to share my process because this is a very simple design that anyone can make, as long as your machine will sew through leather fabric. This design uses a simple webbing belt and features interchangeable pouches.
The one thing that does complicate this process is that using leather means you can't make any mistakes in the sewing, as each stitch will leave behind holes. If you're a beginner, you could opt to use a heavy woven fabric instead that is a little more forgiving. Make sure any fabric you use is very sturdy, because you don't want to be walking around an event and have any of your pouches tear.
Total time: ~3 hours (if you include all the sketching and struggling with measurements!)
Definitely set aside a good chunk of time to avoid rushing too much, but this could probably be made in under 2 hours if you're quick at visualizing and making patterns.
This has been a long time coming.
I have wanted to create a Star Trek uniform since I was about 12 years old and just barely diving into the world of sewing. When I started cosplaying in jr. high and high school, I got made fun of a lot for liking Star Trek so I never really felt like making my dream cosplay back then. I'm actually really glad I waited because I feel like my skills have developed a lot in the last couple years! The craftsmanship isn't perfect, but I put a lot of work into it and I'm pretty happy with the final product! I first wore this to Salt Lake FanX in September.
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