Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

POTA Chimp Costume Update

« Part 1 – Making the Tunic Pattern

planet of the apes
Here is my chimp tunic.
When I first got my sewing machine, I had visions of making my own custom shirts. But buying shirts was so easy, I just never did make the time to start sewing my own. However, when I decided that I needed a Planet Of The Apes male chimpanzee uniform, I was faced with either taking out a second mortgage to buy one, or getting down to sewing in earnest.

planet of the apes

I started working on the costume shortly after last Halloween, by making a paper pattern, but I set the project aside for the following 9 months or so. But with Halloween creeping up, I thought that I’d better haul it out and work on it again.

I got some fabric on sale at Wall-Mart Wal*Mart for $1/yard and dyed it green. Then I cut out and stitched together the front and back panels to form the torso. I sliced the sleeve pattern into 3 strips in order to form the 3 panel sleeves that are customary for chimpanzees. I spaced out the 3 pattern pieces to account for seam allowances before I traced and cut out the 3 sleeve pieces.

planet of the apes

I picked up some brown and green leather upholstery scraps on ebay and fashioned the “bib” and sleeve patches and attached those before assembling and attaching the sleeves. The glyphs on the chest panel and sleeves are cast latex rubber, and were made by Matt Sotis, who is also the creator of my chimp mask.

Yeah, I am making this for Halloween, but in the meantime, I’m really tempted to just start wearing it around (without the mask) and see what kind of reaction I get on the street. I feel like I could probably peddle quite a few Dianetics books wearing this garment.

Next, I will try to learn how to knit in order to make the sleeve cuffs/extensions.

« Part 1 – Making the Tunic Pattern

18 Responses to “POTA Chimp Costume Update”

  1. Will Merydith Says:

    So wait. The photo at the top. Is that one you have in hand?

  2. Steve Says:

    Yep. All 3 pictures are the one that I am making. Sorry, hastily written post.

  3. lavardera Says:

    learned to knit? What? You didn’t raise the sheep first?

  4. jf Says:

    Did you have to mix the color for the latex?

  5. Brianna Says:

    There are easy ways to knit a tube. You can start with a large wooden donut and place small nails all around the edge. You loop the yarn around each nail and for the second row you pull a loop through the old one, pull the old one off of the nail and put the new loop on each nail. Sounds complicated, but once you get started it goes really fast and a knitted tube emerges almost like magic in the middle of the donut. A standard knitted tube requires four needles, three to make a triangle instead of using a ring, and the fourth to manipulate the yarn. Or you can knit it flat and sew it into a tube. I like the ring method the best myself, but you will have to experiment with what size works the best.

    AWESOME tunic BTY. Is the fabric glued into the crevices of the glyphs? If so, what kind of glue?


  6. Steve Says:

    Nice, thanks Brianna.

    I will look into the nails-in-the-hoop tube knitting rig.

    The glyphs are molded in color latex and then applied right to the leather with superglue and a few securing stitches.


  7. Jessica Says:

    Your tunic is divine and delicious!!

  8. Archibald Drinkwater Says:

    whaddya going to do fer pants and shoes ?

  9. lavardera Says:

    you must have missed the boots post, a little while back

  10. Steve Says:

    Arch –

    I am going to make pants out of the same material as the tunic. I think that I will just make the shoes from scratch to look as close to this as possible.


  11. Gen. Aldo Says:

    Pota Matt is an incredible dude!
    I need to contact him.

  12. Flea Says:

    Suh-weet. You have talent. And now you have a kick butt shirt!

  13. archibald drinkwater Says:

    does the neck of the tunic go high up the collar ? i was just reviewing photos from the film and the creases around the neck actually form somewhat of a cone to the top of ye olde ape neck

  14. Hugh Sherrod Says:

    I like your costume and was thinking of doing the same thing this year. I don’t have time to make one though. Do you know who sells them? I’ve been on Apemania but too expensive.


    Hugh Sherrod

  15. Steve Says:


    Apemania is your best bet if you want to buy one. You have the choice of spending either time, or money.


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  17. jim lynch Says:

    do you sell these?? jlynch000@comcast.net

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