In the meantime, I just thought I would share with you all a way to easily put together a DHARMA Jumpsuit so you can rock your Lost night, finale party, con, Halloween, or daily life if you’re so inclined.
(Pardon the quality of that picture to the right. It was taken in poor lighting conditions with a less than optimal camera.)
The first thing you’re oging to need is the right kind of jumpsuit. This took more research on my part than you might have expected. Not an easy garment for the non-institutional buyer to find, especially when you want it to look screen-accurate. But I finally found the correct vendor. Buy your jumpsuit from Aramark. If Lost’s costumers aren’t buying from Aramark, I’ll eat my hat.
You’ll want the tan (as pictured…Swan and LaFleur style), the charcoal grey (for the look Radzinsky was sporting), or the navy blue (for Juliet’s motor pool duds). Do not, however, get the embroidery done by them at purchase, since they won’t embroider on the left breast pocket.
Next up, the patch. This site has virtually every DHARMA logo seen to date except the star logo for security personnel and wrench for mechanics (for now). Go generic, or choose any of the known DHARMA station logos.
Once you have the jumpsuit and the patch in your possession, it’s time for the embroidery. Every locality will have an embroidery shop that does this kind of institutional work for local businesses among other things. The shop I went to near me was Artisan Embroidery in San Carlos, CA, just a couple of minutes away from where I live. You’ll have to find your local equivalent. For $20, they embroidered my name and job function and stitched the patch on for me. You’ll want to use Helvetica or Arial font (Helvetica is always preferable to Arial, though!), 1″ (72pt) for name, 1/2″ (36pt) for function. They’ll warn you that this will stitch the pocket closed, but you don’t care.
Grand total for plus-sized jumpsuit (I’m a big girl…what can I say?), patch, and embroidery after tax and shipping was about $80. For smaller folks, I’d imagine about $70 within the US. Not sure what to say to overseas readers, but I’m sure that both Aramark and Sci-Fi Geeks will ship internationally and that you can find embroidery services in your locality as well.
For bonus points, I’ve worked up some designs for relabeling certain food products — cola, diet cola, 6-pack bottled beer, wine, and brie cheese — as DHARMA items. You’re welcome to them. All you need is a PDF viewer, a printer, scissors (though X-Acto and cutting mat is better!), a glue stick, and you’re golden.
Enjoy, and namaste!