I had mentioned before that the gold wings Dallas wore on his crew shirt were some kind of Goldwork Embroidery, and that I would have to figure out how to make them. Well, now it is done, and here is the epic tale of how it was accomplished:
The gold wings on Dallas’s shirt. They seem to be some kind of military style gold work embroidery.
I have only managed to find a single reference photo on the web. At this point, I don’t really remember where it came from, but I am fairly certain it came from the RPF forums (If anyone sees this and knows the source for this reference, please let me know. I would love to give image credit where it is due.) From studying this photograph I pretty much decided that these were made using a technique called “Goldwork Embroidery.” I then proceeded to search out the materials I would need to re-create these wings for my Nostromo Crew Shirt. 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