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Viewing costume :: Qui-Gon Jinn

Character Profile

Qui-Gon Jinn
Member:  DragonStar (Rob)
Rebel Legion Reserve
Blue Ridge Base
Character Name:  Qui-Gon Jinn
Costume Type:  Jedi
Species:  Human
Lightsabre Color:

Character/Costume Description

This costume began with my first troop. Though I wore brown tunics, had no facial hair, and wore a leather headband, the kids still called me Qui-Gon. This grew increasingly awkward in subsequent troops because I was not Qui-Gon, just some random Jedi.

So this costume was born. It features a robe of designer dark brown wool crepe from the fashion district in New York City. The undertunic is a cream bamboo jersey fabric while the tunic, obi, and tabbards are of raw silk noil. All were custom sewn by norasroom.com. The leather belt is by customsprops (recommended) and the metal food caps are costumebase (but not bad, really!) The pants are women's Dockers stretch (12 Petite Medium, for the curious.) They have two teensy tiny lipstick pockets but no others.

I made the metal buckle from two square D-Rings and a sawn-down cabinet knob which is the precise dimensions of the screen buckle. I used JB Weld to affix the parts. The D-Rings have some movement so it is semi-functional. All told, this buckle is fairly accurate but not exact -- but for a grand total of $7 I'm very pleased with its functionality and accuracy. Nevertheless I plan to cast a new one from aluminum alloy at the local smelters.

The saber is a Stormpath Qui-Gon hilt and if it differs from the screen hilt, you'd need calipers and a jeweler's loupe to see it.

I'm most pleased with the boots. The donor boots were custom made, vintage equestrian boots which I got from ebay for $35. Full-length slits and strips cut from three Dollar General belts ($18) completed the build.

My bias is towards proper weathering and aging, but in this case I have done very little of either. The reason is because Qui-Gon was in his sixties during The Phantom Menace and I'm in my 30's. Should I weather and stain everything to become the 60-year-old Qui-Gon? Or should this costume grow and age as his would have? Still pondering that one.

Finally, it should be mentioned that I created a full-sized blast door set with light-up "molten metal" to go with this costume. Maybe that was taking it too far.


Pictures on other sites

 belt front

 boot closeup

 en garde


 full view

 melting through the blast doors

 robe on

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