Yes,it's Super-Cran himself, Scott Cranford! Here Scott is for the very first time in the new suit. Even in neutral lighting and without a pump, Scott looks like Superman. Fantastic! As he stood there I was feeling so elated (and so exhausted) from all the hard work I almost cried. It was one of those moments when an art project comes together and works just as you planned. It's just rare. (Now why couldn't this have happened with a *Supergirl"?) 62005
me up, Uncle Alfred...Not.
We began hunting the internet for seamstresses and the Kryptonian blankets worthy to clothe Scott to make him a more convincing Superman. Scott checked around his home in LA for assistance and I sat down and 'Googled'. (I like the word, "Google.")
I researched onliine fabric stores, studying blue colored materials with textures for a couple of weeks--getting the most out of an online cut & sew education.(You have no idea what sites you'll end up visiting just by Googling-in the name "Spandex". Holy smokes.)
While it is true I posessed little knowledge of the cut & sew industry, I had even less knowledge of which materials would look ideal in person, or in photographs. More specifically which red or blue stretchy material to choose? The 'Lycra vs. Spandex' questions arose, and 'leather or. vinyl' ?, etc, etc.
search went on, spending a lot of money became more of a concern when
I saw the pricing of some top-drawer Superhero costumes going for bigger bucks. Doubt sorta sank in and I wondered if this was such a good idea
anymore. But relief and interest was regained after finding the right fabrics that I believed would yield a top-notch
costume and could be made inexpensively. (Yes, I like deals!)
And what about the boots? Good quality boots were selling for around 300.00. Cheap boots were available but were smaller than Scott's calves and would need considerable modifications, Plus boots hadn't yet been worked into the budget.Costume-maker search
The first costumer-shop I contacted turned out to be a very artistic bunch. You could tell from their on-line portfolio they could produce an unbelivable Superman suit. This company offered fabric sublimation and screen printing which was exactly what my design concept called for. I was stoked!
The design was emailed over for a construction consult. They agreed the suit could be made. Thinking if I could just get the blue suit from them then maybe I could keep my costs down by providing the cape, shorts and boots, provided from my "Friend." But as the story goes, the price did become an issue--I thanked them for their time and moved on.
Seamstress number two was terrific. An accomodating artist and overall just a great person. Scott emailed his measurements, I received fabric samples to look over and the green light was given. The pricing was right and within a day our project was done. A new custom made blue suit was on it's way to Scott in LA!
Scott was delivered the
suit on a Saturday afternoon. He called me with some interesting news--
suit...it fits...like 'long johns'
Wow! Sure enough, long johns.
"Not yet. But I'll call as soon as it get's here." So I waited some more.
I called again.
"Yes! And I'm-- trying-- it on now! Marcella is helping me, let me call you back!"
Disappointed I emailed
the seamstress with my thanks and an apology for not being able to use the suit made for us. In turn we were graciously supplied with a fresh
3 yards of material to have someone else give it a try.
For many years I've considered
my 'friend' Lisa Huggins to be 'the first lady of cut and sew'. Her resume
is impressive. For over 20 years she's worked as a clothing designer for
various high profile companies like Vanity fair and Russell.
For a long time I wondered what she could do if she was turned loose on a Superhero suit. I mean she's problem solved every fabric imaginable, and knows color theory, Lisa's hand made quilts, bras, dresses, shirts, shower curtains, etc. So why on earth couldn't she make a Superman suit?
Originally when I asked
if she could make the suit she seemed disinterested. In desparation
tho' I went back and asked (begged) again for help. "Oh, I never said
I *wouldn't* make the suit " she said. "I just said I wasn't
all the jazzed about Batman." ( I explained to her, "It's SUPERMAN,
Lisa, NOT Batm--oh nevermind.")
We made a quickie trek
to JoAnns Fabric Store and fortunately found the very same Superman (the
Movie) cape fabric, but a darker shade like my design called for. We also
found the darker red spandex for the briefs, the stiffer red & yellow
fabrics for the "S" shields, and the blue fabric had already
delivered to her house.
The blue is a deeper royal but looks brighter in hard light. The red is darker. not firebright like the movie suits. The cape was a deeper fabric buth patterned from a Reeve's cape.
Most noticibly modified were
the belt and Superman Shield.
The Superman S
Even as a Superman fan, I never realized how the Superman shield had varied so from the comics , serials and movies. With all of the varities I felt I was allowed to use my own artisic license and come up with my take on it, yet still remain true to the character.
Starting off wth the DC Comics style guide 'S' I reworked it in Freehand and about 20 variations later, I decided on the one you see below. It's basically the style guide shield with the Kirk Alyn/George Reeves 'hook" on the bottom. broader and taller than the style guide it's now the shield of Scott Cranford, The Metropolis Superman/ 2000-2007.
Lisa picked was a heavier, stiffer material.No spandex used on the front Emblem. Originally I considered
making a latex shield, but nixed the idea after Lisa
Once stitched onto
the suit the results turned out very nice.
No more tiny "S" shield! It always bugged me that Scott's former suit sported a 'Routh' sized Superman S.
[Considerably Smaller than the Ross Shield,
but Larger than the Routh Sheild.]
CNC Machined metal buckle with all-brass
allen head screws.Imron color finish.
(The Allen head screws were used to mimic the "Kryptonian"
Ship key and design paid homage to George Reeves
1st season style buckle.)
New belt and old belt. (The new belt is all leather
with a rear velcro catch.)
Cape 'S' and darker red material.
artwork © 2005-2008 Stanleyart / Steve Stanley