I was looking for something on the light side (by that I mean less work involved) to concentrate on for the last day or so, so I decided to tackle Dallas’s belt. Even though it would appear there was something of an “official” belt for the crew of the Nostromo, there is remarkable variety in the belts each of the characters used to hold their pants up. Ash and Kane would appear to be wearing what I am referring to as the Weylan Yutani issue belt. To my eye it almost looks like a toggle style seat belt buckle with some “greeblies” and the appropriate departmental insignia attached. Parker wears what appears to be some kind of woven belt. I haven’t ever been able to pick out what kind of belt Brett wears, if any, as it always seems to be covered by his Hawaiian shirt. Lambert doesn’t seem to wear a belt at all. Dallas wears what looks like a British Regimental belt with a circular, silver colored buckle. I have no idea what regiment is represented on the screen used belt, so I just set out to acquire something that would be the right shape and color.
A quick search found this regimental belt buckle on the ubiquitous auction site, eBay. The one I got is from the Wiltshire Regiment and has a neat little white enamel crest in the center with the motto, “Honi soit mal y pense.” Apparently the motto is an Anglo-Norman phrase meaning “Evil unto him who thinks evil of it.” It seems like a fancy way of saying “if you don’t like us you can go stuff yourself.” Anyway, it is the right shape and the right color, so it will serve my purposes in recreating Dallas’s belt from the movie. I ordered some 1-1/4 inch wide cotton canvas webbing in a dark green color the manufacturer refers to as “Hunter Green.” I ordered a belt slide from the same place. The webbing ended up being a little on the thick side and was difficult to sew once folded into two or three layers. The slide is pretty difficult to adjust, but I guess that is sort of the point. It wouldn’t do any good if it didn’t stay in place; it’s job is to adjust the length of the belt and stay put, so I’m pretty happy with it. I stole the little metal tip off of another belt to finish off the raw end and this little piece of my Dallas cosplay is done!