A Kickstarter for what? Fabric? Well, yes. But here’s why.

Trek fans have been making their own uniforms literally for decades. The problem everyone faces is what to make them out of. The original velour chosen by costumer William Ware Theiss was almost impossibly warm, and had the nasty trait of shrinking when it was washed.

Every. Single. Time.

In the third season, Theiss found new fabric that duplicated the color of “that rotten velour” but did it without the other unhappy side effects. Fast forward to 2015, and professional geek costumer Joseph Kerezman (he does business via CostumeCostumeCostume.com) found himself with a problem on his hands. He was working in the industry and was lucky enough to have gotten his hands on some of the original fabric used for the costumes. The stuff is called Helenka tri-knit. It’s only sold in white, and had to be dyed to get the correct colors. Joe started digging, and was actually able to identify the original manufacturer. Miraculously, they’re still in business. Joe had been ordering small amounts of it over the years, but they now the manufacturer has a 300 yard minimum order. If anybody wants to get their hands on it at this point, the easiest way is to join hands with Joe and get it ordered that way.

Fortunately Kickstarter makes this easy. The stuff isn’t cheap at roughly $60 a yard, but if you pledge $160 or more, Joe will send you not only the fabric you need to make your tunic, but the trim and findings as well. The result (assuming you can sew) will be exactly accurate. Even more accurate than the real thing, oddly, because Joe’s replica trim and insignias are made on better machines than existed in the mid-sixties.

If you’re a die-hard Trekkie, and you want that dead-accurate look for your costume recreation, this is the only way you’re going to get it.

If you don’t sew, and you just want it done right, here’s a place you can get your own screen accurate costume. Yes, it’s Joe Kerezman’s online store.

This has been a public service announcement for Trek fans everywhere. When you contribute to the Kickstarter, tell Joe where you read about it.

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