Make it Sew | The 30-Day Star Trek Costume Challenge


Hey there, Nerds! Well, I’ve been hinting to it for weeks now, and today is the day where I announce an exciting challenge that I’ve imposed on myself. For months, I’ve been noodling this idea in my head, and now I believe I have the skills and patience to accomplish the task at hand.

The challenge is this: to fabricate a Star Trek: The Next Generation uniform in 30 days.

Why 30 days, you ask? Well, the answer is simple: this year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: TNG, which—if you’ve been around long enough, you may know—is my absolute favorite series. While last year was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and we celebrated all of the series then, I wanted to do something that specifically commemorated this milestone for TNG. I’ve also been wanting to make my very own TNG-era Starfleet uniform for some time now, and I feel like I have the skills and tools to accomplish such a task. So, I’m going to combine the 30th anniversary milestone with this sewing project as a personal goal and celebration of my favorite Star Trek series.

While this is completely self-imposed, I would like you to join me along this journey. But for you to keep me accountable to such a challenge, here are some guidelines that I’ve drawn up to which I will follow during the 30-day duration:

Da Rules 

  1. The challenge will start 30 days prior to the 30th anniversary date of TNG’s premiere, which is Thursday, Sept. 28th. So, the start date of this challenge will be Thursday, Aug. 30th. 
  2. I will not start any progress on this costume until the aforementioned start date, with the exception of cutting out the pattern pieces I need to use (*I will explain this rationale later in this post).
  3. I will document the progress of the costume’s construction on social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  4. I will have at least two live video sessions on Instagram (@nerdilyblog), to which you will be able to see the process uncut and unfiltered. These two dates will be advertised on my social media pages prior to the live video date, so keep an eye out for those dates (they will more than likely be on the weekends)!
  5. Due to work and personal life and other things, I may not be able to work on this project each and every day during the 30-day duration. With my current sewing projects, I tend to get a lot of work done overall during the course of a week. Therefore, I will give weekly progress updates on my social media pages, which will document my journey, where I will be at the moment, and what I have left. These will be referred to as “Captain’s Logs,” for obviously nerdy reasons.
  6. The (hopefully) finished product will be revealed on the 30th day on social media (with a follow-up post here), which will be the 30th anniversary of TNG, which is Sept. 28th, 2017. 
  7. If I do not complete the costume by this date, then I will show my shame by displaying the unfinished piece on social media (with a follow-up post here). Then, and only then, you all will determine my “punishment” via a poll. Note: these “punishments” will not be actual punishments, but light-hearted or mildly embarrassing tasks I will have to fulfill and document.

Sewing Notions

Now is the time when I explain some things in regards to this challenge.

  • I will be using a pattern; more specifically, I will be using Simplicity’s Star Trek commemorative pattern for the 50th anniversary (#100301).
  • This pattern will make the original TNG uniform, which appeared in seasons 1-3.
  • *Because this is a commemorative costume pattern, I really do not want to cut it up, so I will be copying all of the patter pieces and using these copies instead. To do this, it will take some extra time, which is why I’m not including it in the 30-day timespan.
  • I currently have all of the materials I need to make this costume. I bought them a few weekends ago in preparation for this challenge. The only pieces I do not have are the rank pips and the communicator badge. I will buy these later.
  • And, in case you’re wondering, I will be using my brand-new sewing machine, which is the Brother CS-6000i.

I am super excited for this challenge, and I can’t wait to work with my new sewing machine, and making a costume that seems both challenging yet fun. This is something I’ve been wanting to do since I first started sewing, so the fact that I now feel capable of tackling such a task is pretty monumental for me.

I hope you will enjoy this journey, and find some entertainment with it! Let me know what you think, or if you have some tips or advice for this task, I would love to hear it all in the comments below!

If you want more Star Trek-themed content, I highly recommend my Data make-up tutorial and this super cute craft by Hannah of Cats & Coffee! There’s a huge backlog of Star Trek content on here to get you in the spirit!

Peace and long life, Nerds 🖖

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy says:

    I’m so excited to follow along with this!!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. mckelodeon says:

      It should be quite a journey! 😅


  2. I made a face prosthesis for 7 of 9 in voyager last year. It was so much fun. Good luck!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      That’s so awesome!!


  3. This is awesome! Can’t wait to see the end product!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. kaycreate says:

    Can’t wait to follow along and see the process!


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