Nostromo Crew Uniform — The Shirt

Purportedly screen-used shirt, worn by Tom Skerrit in Alien.

Purportedly screen-used shirt, worn by Tom Skerrit in Alien.

The first item I decided to try to tackle was the crew shirt.  In appearance it is basically a white work shirt with large pleated patch pockets, pen loops, and other assorted “greeblies” added.  I spent quite a bit of time looking at publicity photos, screen captures from the movie, and surfing forums to find as much information as possible.  There is an excellent thread at The RPF with large amounts of information about the Nostromo Crew Uniforms, and I spent a good bit of time sorting through it.  I even found a few photos of what were purported to be original screen used shirts: Continue reading

Building Better Costumes – Why am I here?

Dallas consulting "Mother" on board the USCSS Nostromo.

Dallas consulting “Mother” on board the USCSS Nostromo.

I’ve been saying that I am going to make a costume for DragonCon for years now.  Naturally, it has never actually happened.  I don’t have anyone to blame but myself for that, but watching everyone else wander around in costume while I’m just mundane ol’ me has finally gotten to me.  THIS year, I WILL have a costume for DragonCon, and it is already in progress.

You might be able to guess from the URL for this website that the costume I have chosen comes from 20th Century Fox’s 1979 movie Alien, and you would be right!  I am going to go as Dallas, the ill-fated Captain of the USCSS Nostromo, registration number 180286.

Why Alien, you may ask?  To be honest, Alien was not the first movie of the series that I ever saw.  My father took me to see the second installment, Aliens, way back in 1986 when it was first released.  At the time I was just barely 12 years old, and the movie scared the poo out of me.  I remember having nightmares for at least a week, but I absolutely loved it!  Part of that may be the fact that, to my recollection, Aliens was the first and only movie my father asked if I wanted to go see.  Apparently he had seen Alien and liked it, so he wanted to see the sequel!  Sure, we went to other movies, but this one was his idea.  Being a typical boy of the times, I loved the Sci-Fi shoot-em-up action, and Aliens has been my all time favorite movie ever since.  I have considered making a Colonial Marine costume many times, but the armor and equipment required are a little daunting for a beginning costumer.  I have, of course, seen the original Alien since then and it has worked its way into my short-list of favorite movies.  So, one of my favorite movies, plus less complex costume to create than a Colonial Marine equals?  I’m going to be Dallas!

My blog is lagging a little bit behind my costume making progress, so I’m going to have to back-track here just a little bit.  I have already pretty much finished the white crew shirt, so the next few posts will be a little bit of a flash back to show what I’ve done so far.  It may be a little light on photos, because I didn’t take many, but I will do my best to make up for it with descriptions of what I have done.