Fabric - Navy polyester suiting with charcoal heathering. The uniforms on the show (mini-series and season 1) are made from microfiber (polyester) imitation wool crepe suiting. I have learned that after Season 1, the fabric source was changed and a gray wool suiting was custom overdyed to the correct blue shade to match the original suits from the mini-seires. The shoulders are trimmed with midnight ultrasuede light. I used a grey wool crepe for the piping.
Buttons - I used size 36L antique gold buttons. The Brushed Antique Gold #64/b4296 are sold by Capitol Buttons in Canada by phone order, but they seem to be out of stock in brushed antique gold and instead send most customers brushed antiqued silver or nickle which then have to be painted gold. I instead used buttons from Huscho style 10036 which were antiqued over a brass-like base. Once the raised part of the design is polished it is a very good match to the buttons used in the series.
This is the ordering information from Michael at Huscho Buttons:
I found a matching bootto those worn in the series sold by Galls. They are made in both Men's and Women's sizes. GALLS 8" SAFETY TOE ZIPPER BOOT
The belt is made using this 1.5" Duraflex Buckle purchased from Bag Depot (thanks to moviebuff5 and Geoff for finding them. They appear to be the same brand and size used for the show). 1.5" navy nylon webbing was purchased from Strapworks.
pins and pilot wings were obtained from Mara Jades Father through
Wing ASAP. Thanks to Starfire Phoenix for that tip!
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