There is not a whole lot going on with my costume at the moment, as I am still waiting on some supplies to arrive in the mail. During the lull, I thought it might be nice to share an interesting blog I found while researching details for Dallas’s jacket–a project that is way out there on the edge of the radar right now. The little mystery I was trying to solve was this: what font was used to silkscreen the ship’s name across the back of his jacket? I found the answer, and a whole lot of other interesting tidbits about the movie Alien and its typography. I really enjoyed this blog, and thought others might find it interesting as well! Check it out: Alien | Typeset in the Future
I also found another movie I need to watch. There is a post on the same blog detailing the typography of a movie titled Moon. I must admit that I haven’t read it, since it warns that it contains spoilers for the movie, but I will have to go back and check it out after watching the movie.
Dallas wearing the Racal Minilite Headset in the 1979 movie Alien.
I’m still not quite done with the shoes yet, but, while I am waiting for the rest of the stuff I need to finish that little project to get here, I started a little research into the headsets worn in Alien. It turns out that they used the Racal Minilite Headset. Unfortunately so did a whole bunch of other popular movies: Han Solo and Luke Skywalker use them in the gun turrets of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Episode IV, Corporal Hicks and several other of the Colonial Marines wear them in Aliens, they are incorporated into the X-wing pilot’s helmets in the Star Wars series, and most importantly, Dallas wears one in Alien. Why unfortunately? Because that means there are a lot of fans who would like to get their hands on this headset for costumes and collections, and with these things being over 20 years old now they are more than a little hard to come by. I almost got my hands on one that showed up on eBay, but the bidding went a little nuts so I had to drop out. At this point, I haven’t seen another one pop up. Continue reading
In my last post I mentioned a few alterations that needed to be made to the PF Flyers. The first steps are to remove the branding from the shoes and get the colors right.
Using a seam ripper to rip out the stitching on the PF Flyers medallion.
Removing the PF Flyers Logo Medallion from the Uppers
This was by far the easiest alteration to make. Just a little bit of work with the trusty ol’ seam ripper and the medallion just peels right off. There was a little bit of adhesive underneath that left a small yellowish stain on one of the shoes, but I plan on wearing the shoes around so they don’t appear brand new anyway, so I guess the dirt just has a head start. Continue reading
Details of screen used shoes from Alien
I need shoes! Specifically, I need to try to replicate the shoes worn by Dallas, and the majority of the crew of the Nostromo. In fact, everyone wears these shoes except for Kane and Lambert. They must be popular in the year 2122 (kinda like Air Jordan’s in the mid-80s.) More likely though, they are simply company issue.
A little looking around on forums and perusing screen captures of the movie I’ve come to the conclusion that the best shoe to use as a starting point are a pair of PF Flyers Center Hi sneakers from the Archival Collection. They aren’t an exact match but I have a cunning plan! Continue reading
This post will be short and to the point. Here are the patterns for the Nostromo Crew Shirt that I promised in a previous post. Included in the PDF are my takes on the Breast Pockets, Breast Pocket Flaps, Sleeve Pocket, Name Tape Holder, Shoulder Patch, and Epaulettes. I don’t make any claim to complete screen accuracy here, and I think if I were to make another shirt I would make the shoulder patches a little taller (2″ tall overall,) and make the epaulettes wider (again, about 2″ wide.) Overall, I think these patterns make a very good approximation of the Nostromo Crew Shirt.
Nostromo Shirt Patterns
So far, I think I have an audience of zero, but maybe by the 40th Anniversary of the movie people will be making this costume again and it will be of use to someone. Enjoy!
As mentioned in the previous post, there is not a lot left to complete my rendition of the Nostromo Crew Shirt. Basically, I just need to sew the patch on the shoulder, put the pin on the pocket flap and it’s done. Well, it’ll be done except for the gold wings, but I think they are going to be a whole series of posts all by themselves, because those guys are going to take a little bit of effort.
First things first, I needed to identify the correct patch to place on the shoulder. There are two versions of the Nostromo Ship’s Patch available for purchase out there: One with a light blue background, and one with a dark blue background. Continue reading
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