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James Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service Action Figure

This outfit was a commission for Jonathan Sheen. I made him a jacket, kilt, socks, sporran, vest, and a shirt with a lace jabot. He has more pictures of Sideshow's George Lazenby action figure modelling this outfit at his Leviathan Studios site. I've never seen this movie, so all I had to go by were the screen captures and other photos Jonathan gave me as reference material. And Jonathan gave me LOTS of good photos to work from - the more images, showing the more angles (front, back, side, close-up, long-shot, etc.), the better. He also asked me to write up a how-to for it. I'll tweak it as I think of additional info, and edit it to make it more coherent, but here are some basics. Bail out now if you don't want to read my how-to notes.

The vest and shirt were based on a commercial pattern. (If you want or need a primer on commercial patterns, there is one further down the page.) The vest now opens lower than the original design. I replaced the pattern's shirt collar with a narrow band to cover any gap between the shirt and the jabot. I decided to make the jabot a separate piece from the shirt, since the shirt closes in the front, but the jabot closes in the back according to the photo references.

How to Make a 1:6 Jabot

Cut a strip of the same fabric you use to make the shirt. You can fray check the edges so you don't have to seam it. Cut strips of lace about three times as long as the finished jabot will be wide. Make some gathering stitches along the top of each strip using the longest stitch length setting on the sewing machine. Gently pull the threads so the lace bunches up at the top. Sew the gathered lace onto the strip of fabric. Sew the strip into a stand-up collar. You can adjust the pattern for the pants waistband of a commercial pattern to make a stand-up collar by shortening it and possibly making it more narrow. I used this method to make a jabot for a custom James Bond: On Her Majesty's Secret Service Action Figure

How to Make 1:6 Tassels

To make the tassels, wrap regular red sewing thread around an item. I used this handy sewing tool whose name I can never remember. You know, the seam-measuring-thingy!
Carefully slice open one side with an Xacto blade. (You can see the Band-Aid where I sliced open my finger doing this, so I do mean "carefully.")
Wrap more red thread around the middle of the tassel.
Tie a knot to hold it all together, about a fourth of the way down. Sew the tassel to the socks.

How to Make 1:6 Socks (with or without Tassels)

Socks are just tubes of fabric. I trace around a foot and leg of the figure to make a pattern, fold it in half, then sew along the back side (where the seams in old-fashioned silk stockings used to be). If I need to make it tighter, I sew it again. It's easier to make it tighter than to make it looser!

Miscellaneous

I'll add descriptions of how to make the sporran and jacket later.

Vogue, Butterick, and McCall's all offer patterns for men's suits in 1:6 scale pretty regularly. Craft stores like JoAnn Fabrics or Hobby Lobby, or even in the craft department at Wal-Mart sell patterns. Check the "Crafts" or "Dolls" sections of the pattern catalogs in the stores or on-line to find the current version available. Hint: JoAnn Fabrics sells patterns for 99 cents or $1.99 or 75% very regularly. You can check their web page or call your local store to find out when their next sale will be. Also, if you sign up for their mailing list, they'll mail you a flyer every week or so to tell you when all their sales will be. Even better, the flyer will always have a coupn for 40% or 50% off one item in the store. I've gotten some great stuff using those coupons. Just make sure to bring them in every few weeks or so to be scanned (even if you don't buy anything). Otherwise, they'll drop you from the mailing list and you won't get the cool coupons any more, the punks.