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16733 No. 16733 ID: 81c52b
Anyone know where I can find some Plate Carrier sewing patterns or plans? I've been thinking about making a night desert plate carrier in my spare time for a fun little side project.

This pic was the only thing I could dig up, just looking for something so I'm not taking a complete shot in the dark.
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>> No. 16734 ID: f2c4ed
Honestly? Take some measurements of your body, go to a fabric store, and find a pattern for a vest or shirt-type thing, then modify as needed.

I don't think you'll find much for a normal tacticool plate carrier, at least not online, since nobody's really bothering to roll their own nylon PC with MOLLE webbing and stuff. What's the point when I could get china-tier shit for the same cost and still end up better quality than what I could make?

Now, for a lowest-pro PC, something I could wear under a dress shirt, that'd have to be super custom, and thus I'd just start taking measurements and seeing what works.

But I'm moderately proficient with a sewing machine, pins, and shit like that, since I grew up with a mother that did all that old-school home economics stuff that's now derided as sexist and oppressive.
>> No. 16735 ID: f2c4ed
>>16734
Clarification: By vest, I mean a normal vest, like you'd see in a super-formal dinner party or a cowboy movie, not as in a bulletproof vest.
>> No. 16737 ID: 81c52b
>>16734
>Take some measurements of your body
>What's the point when I could get china-tier shit

Damn. That gives me an idea. Picking up a cheap ass china/airshit vest and taking it apart.

>I grew up with a mother that did all that old-school home economics stuff
Same here, got to know hot to hand stitch and use machines when I was younger. Shame I never took it anymore serious with the huge surge of gearqueer tacticool stuff, might have been able to ride that train. Oh well.
>> No. 16739 ID: e649f7
>>16737
I actually kicked around making a plate carrier for curved AR500 plates that would ride under a hoodie. My "design" was basically trace the plates, give it a healthy margin, cut a front and the back out of denim, sew three sides and give the top a velcro strip. I'd make a second for the back and then box stitch some backpack straps with padding.

(Yes I know it'd be uncomfortable)
>> No. 16755 ID: 53b610
>>16739
Did you ever start on it? Pics of it in progress would be much appreciated. I might try out the same thing with some old pants or shirts to get the idea/pattern down before I destroy some good camo. I'd like to see someone else's trial and error as well :)


And HOLY SHIT, I looked at air soft plate carriers, some of the cool knock off ones are fucking crazy expensive $100-150 even $200. Why would anyone buy knock offs when you can get a Banshee Shellback, Mayflower APC or even a used LBT in that range? Airsofters are nuts
>> No. 16759 ID: e649f7
>>16755
Afraid I haven't gotten to it yet but honestly I see no reason why it wouldn't work. Denim is cheap though ($10/yard) so you won't be out much.
>> No. 16760 ID: 404fbd
>>16755
Yes, it really doesnt make any sense buying airsoft-tier stuff versus something proper quality on the second hand market
>> No. 16761 ID: 404fbd
>>16755
Yes, it really doesnt make any sense buying airsoft-tier stuff versus something proper quality on the second hand market
>> No. 18055 ID: cd4d2a
>>16733
I thought about trying to make a plate carrier out of leather for funzies.
>> No. 18056 ID: 7718da
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>>18055
Back in the mid-'80s, I saw people assembling leather armor and some patterns were all cut from one piece of leather (sewn with laces on the left shield side). Some had separate pieces for the straps that go over the shoulders. Similar to modern armor vests.
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Those leather armor makers I met in 1986 or so were also making Star Wars stormtrooper armor out of thick leather. I would have loved to see the finished product.

The way they were talking, they had people on hand who were big Star Wars fans who wanted this and were going to get custom tailored stormtrooper suits in whatever color they wanted (white, black or tanned brown leather). If they coughed up the money.
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>> No. 18060 ID: 72cb51
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The hardest part to make out of leather would be the helmet.
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>> No. 18300 ID: 6348f6
I once had some neon fabric lying around, and decided to sew a neon yellow (like construction vest yellow) helmet cover) I forget what I did with it because it was pretty useless. I want to start working more with nylon fabrics to make my own gear, since I have used a lot of gear and usually buy it new to experiment with, I keep finding pros and cons, where if I just built something I liked I could take all the pros and eliminate the cons.

If you want to start from the ground up, go to your local department store or hobby store and peruse the fabric/sewing aisle, you can usually find paper patterns for hoddies or shirts that you can trim down depending on what kind of look you are going for. (maximalism)

alternatively, start with your plates and develop a system to strap plates to yourself (minimalism)
>> No. 18301 ID: 6348f6
>>16739
at that point, I would start with a soft armor carrier (meant for concealability) and they sell for starting at around $30 on any police site.

Just take the sides and then copy them out of 600-1000D nylon


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