Introduction: Hiccups Pants, Vest and Buckles
This is another Instructable that will show different pieces of Hiccups outfit and help lead to showing the entirety of his ensemble.
Step 1: Materials and Sewing
Leather Needle (more durable and I find easier to use)
High Strength Thread (tan color works real nice)
Different colors of vinyl material (match as best you can)
Lots of safety pins
Tank top (referential)
Leather straps (used for a "belt")
Use of the Backstitch
Step 2: Design of His Pants
- First things first, I looked at Hiccups pants and it took me the longest time to find a material that would feel good and yet still be comfortable to wear for several hours. I finally settled on some fake suede material that i found that feels nice and still provides the look of Hiccups pants
- Another main thing was figuring out how to make pants. I can only sew by hand and have never made clothes so some easy research showed that the back stitch is a easy to use and durable stitch and all you need is a pattern.
- If you have some loose fitting pants, preferably some workout pants or sweatpants, you can lay them down on your large piece of suede ( measurements vary based off size) and trace around them with an inch and a half worth of give for the seam. Make sure all drawings are on the inside of the pants
- Now just because you have the outline traced does not mean we are going to actually cut them out that way. If you actually look at Hiccups pants you will see that the are actually made up of separate pieces of leather all sewn together. Because of this we are actually going to redraw our design to account for this.
- For Hiccups pants I made it a total of eight pieces, the eighth piece being one large one on the back of the pants.
- The first two is the groin area, if you look in the photos you see the pants go from the high up on the hips, down two thirds of the thigh and goes back in to the groin area. Make sure to look at the photos Remember to leave room for the seams!!!
- The 3rd and fourth is more the thigh area. Cut out the first two pieces with the inch and a half outline for the seam, and use that as reference for the size of the next two. a good rule of thumb is to measure from about half way down your thigh or so all the way to your knee or just past it if you'd like. Leave room for seams!!! That inch and a half comes in handy if your design turns out to be too small.
- Fifth and sixth will be simple rectangles of the same width as the other pieces and as long as you want. So pretty much from the knee down, a good suggestion is down about two inches past your ankles to allow for movement and for when you sit.
- Seventh piece will technically be in the groin area but thats only if you made things a bit too small or need some extra room down below
- Eight piece can be traced from the pants with the inch and a half seam outline. It is more simple because it wont be seen as much and you shouldnt have to make this any more difficult than it already is.
Step 3: How to Sew the Pants
- As said in the last step I said that the Backstitch was a good stitch to work with. First look online how one does the Backstitch its a kind of looping pattern like the running stitch but it goes backwards too. Once you've done some test stitching and test the strength of it and how nice it looks.
- Go ahead and take your patterns and where you have the design outlined, excluding the inch and a half worth for seam (I personally made an allowance of half an inch within the seam area) and go ahead and attach some safety pins all the way along it like shown in the picture.
- Once all the safety pins are in the right place, go ahead and flip the pants inside out and see how they fit, if anything is tight go ahead and readjust where needed until the fit how you like.
- Once you have all the safety pins in there proper place you can go ahead and go along the seams and have fun sewing, it took me quite a while by hand but it can be calming. Id suggest getting the six front pieces (seven if you need the groin area) and sewing them up first before sewing the front to the back.
All sewing is done and then the pants are flipped so the seam is hidden
Remember measure twice, cut once, readjust as needed and sew it up.
I sadly can't give exact measurements because everyone is different.
Step 4: "Belt for the Pants"
- Cut out a two inch by "the circumference of your waist" strap
- Flip it over/"wrap" it around the top edge of your pants.
- Use safety pins to keep it in place
- Use the backstitch all along the bottom of it (the messy part on the inside)
- Feed the Leather strap in one end of the whole and "caterpillar" it all the way through
- Once all the way through, throw those pants on, tie them tight and see how they are
- Hopefully they fit nice, if not hope its too big and adjust the seams and resew as necessary, if its too small...... well you drew the short straw, and need to cut the thread and resew it anyway.
Step 5: Vest Outline
- The main part of my outline was based off a tank top shirt that fit will the the form of my body. The outline you see in the photo was the entire back.
- The front part is much more difficult to guess. So what I did was I took the same design as the back, found the middle, but to account for the flap and seam and made sure to make the design overlap and account for seam. once that was cut out, I just traced it out and mirrored the design for the other side
- I have some pleather flowing down my leg, but you do not need to include it.
Step 6: Sewing of the Vest
- This step lets you see how the design is a bit better.
- Once you have the outline done, use the safety pin method to keep things in place and before you sew anything, flip it over and try it on. Does it fit? Good! If not, mark and slice whatever you may need off, but be careful and make sure anything you cut off is not necessary.
- Design is all cut out how you like it, it fits, the pins are in place, go ahead and sew along the long edges and the shoulders first to make sure it will stay fitting.
- For the flaps, an inch and a half is a good amount to fold over, make sure to do this while its on so that you can see how tight it will be, surprisingly tighter is actually better, more accurate
- At this point the flaps are of the proper size and put in the right place and is ready for the pins. Best placement is a quarter inch from the crease, it will hold it in place very well yet allow you more than enough space for sewing.
- Go ahead and use the Backstitch on the front of the vest, yes the front because it will look the nicest.
Look at pictures
Step 7: Details of the Vest
We have the vest all sewn up but how are we going to wear it?
- Get a leather hole punch and punch some holes all along the center of the vest on both sides as shown in the picture, seven was a pretty good amount you may do more or less if you'd like but seven was secure enough when all strapped up.
- Grab some eyelets and feed them through the hole and punch them into place with the tools usually included when you get the eyelets.
Hiccups vest actually has some scale patterns to it, with pleather it is incredibly difficult to punch designs into it, luckily if you have a soldering iron or wood burning tool it will literally melt a pattern into it. Therefore, if you want to be truly authentic you can spend the time melting the pattern into all of the vest.
Step 8: Making Belt
The belts made are 3 inches wide, though these measurements may be smaller if you feel that will work with the outfit better.
- Start of with cut six inch wide and very long vinyl straps that are one and a quarter the circumference of your waist and lower chest just under your sternum. Six inches because we will fold them and sew them up so that the leather look will be on both sides. (can make them thinner if you'd like)
- Fold the strap and on one end cut a semi circle shape like the one you see in the photos.
- Set some pins to keep everything in place and go ahead and get to sewing. The backstitch works with this piece too and a seam of one or two millimeters will do the job.
- After you got one side and around the bend all sewed up flip it inside out so the nice pleather look is on the outside.
- At this point you have what appears to be a very long sock, go ahead and wrap it around your body and fold it to see how it looks, if it fits accurately then you can continue on to the next step, if not, cut or extend however much needed.
- At this point we will attach the belt to the belt buckles that I will show you how to make in the next step. If you look at the photo you see there is a cut out square piece of fabric about 3 inches by 3 inches, same as the width of the belt (or a bit more.
- With this piece of fabric if you fold it and cut notches along the seams on the outsides you can have it attached really nicely around the belt buckle.
- To attach the cut fabric and belt buckle to the actual belt go ahead and use the Backstitch and sew along the outsides and then overlap with the belt and sew everything together. (Pictures help a lot with this)
- The belt and buckle is attached, now to make the loop strap. This is as simple as cutting a small strap, wrapping it around and if you want to be fast and simple you can super glue it or do as I did and punch to holes and hammer in some rivets. Not sure why i used rivets but it seemed nicer, more accurate, even if i could have just sewed them CX
If you look at the last few photos it is just a demonstration as to how the belt works and how it looks and some better views, remember measure twice, cut once, sew it up
Step 9: Making the Belt Buckles
The belt buckles used were actually 3d printed and spray painted with some Rustoleum beaten metal spray paint. Design is included but must be modified in order to fit your size and how you want it to look. Designs are included as the editable solidworks part and the STL files for both. You may also modify the STL files up to a point depending on what slicing software you use.
Once you have the pieces printed how you like and it fits together nicely go ahead and spray over the pieces with the spray paint mentioned before. Two coats does best and gives a pretty authentic look.
Step 10: The End
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