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Tips for joining the Rebel Legion?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:13 pm    Post subject: Tips for joining the Rebel Legion? Reply with quote

Hello friends. As I wrap up the last few bits to my Rey cosplay, I'm planning on my next cosplay! Padmé Amidala in the 'Liberty Dies' scene. I'm extremely thrilled about this particular costume, and since I am new to cosplay still, I wanted to ask you all a few questions.

Are any of you part of Rebel Legion or the 501st? How long have you been a part of it (if you're), and do you have any tips for people looking to join?

Also something I'm low-key nervous about asking is how everyone sees people who buy their cosplays vs make them? Although I'm a crafty person when it comes to sketching and writing, I've never been someone who was good at sewing though I learned as a young girl. Is it frowned upon to buy your costumes? I'd love to make friends in this community, but am scared of being shunned for commissioning my outfits.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there!

welcome to the rebel legion forums Smile that's a great choice, all of Padme's costumes are so beautiful!

Most of us are full members, personally I have been a member for 2 and a half years. my only tip is to reach out n get involved! the majority of people are lovely, friendly and helpful. and trooping is a great way to make friends Smile

There is no prejudice between making and commissioning at all Smile I sew most of my costumes but there are occasional items I will commission. Whatever route you go down, the only important aspect is the accuracy of the costume Smile

To get full membership, you have to have your costume 'cleared' by Legion Costume Judges. the clearance process is to ensure your costume is accurate.

the first step I would recommend is to create a work in progress thread, for the costume you are intending on clearing with. this allows other members to give feedback and help advise you if you run into any problems with your build Smile for Padme, this would be in the 'royalty and senatorial' subforum, which will be under the 'costumes and props' heading on the main forum index, just keep scrolling downwards until you find it.

I would also look at the costume standards for this outfit, which is almost like a checklist.

you can find this here;

if there is anything else we can do to inform or help you, reply to the thread and we will do the best we can Smile

love n light,

Beth Mitchell (Naberrie)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if you don't like scrolling a lot, then just click on a headline to collapse all other sections, but the one you clicked. Wink That makes navigating the forums faster.

The direct link to the main Padmé forum:

And if you want quick access to our reference galleries then they are found here:

Like naberrie said the important part is not whether you made it yourself or commissioned it, but whether it looks like the original costume and how it fits you. Smile As long as it's well-made and fits you, then there should be no problems. But yes, do make a work in progress thread, and don't be afraid to ask questions!

Best of luck with your project; it's a beautiful costume.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, the most important thing I always tell people is to contact your local base. There is nothing better than those who know your local resources.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice above. I would also recommend contacting the Base CO for your area. It looks like you are in either Endor Base (Northern CA) or Sunrider Base (Southern CA). My guess would be Endor: You should be able to meet some local members and get some help from them.

Many members are in both the Rebel Legion and 501st, and even the Mandalorian Mercs and other Star Wars groups. You are probably in Golden Gate Garrison: They have a different approval process once you find a costume that you want to build, so talk to their CO.

Good luck on your journey to joining. I joined the 501st in December 2014 and Rebel Legion in January 2015. It is a lot of fun, you meet some great people, and you can impact the lives of a lot of kids (and even adults).

I had someone make my Jedi, Imperial Officers, and undersuit for my Biker Scout. I bought the armor for my Biker Scout and Stormtrooper, but assembled the armor myself. I had someone else assemble the helmets, though. I recommend assembling your own armor (if you decide on a costume that requires it) to make sure that it fits you correctly.

We put together my wife's Jaaku Rey largely from everyday stuff, but she sewed her Refugee Padme herself. We ordered her Imperial Officer.

Use the skills that you have, get help when you need it, and have fun.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say get out to a troop and meet some of the locals even if you are not a member just yet. You can begin asking a lot of questions of them. I know it's sort of hard right now with many events being cancelled due to the pandemic, but hopefully things will come back around at least a bit.

I began with armor parts (stormtrooper, etc.) so I had to buy my costume but I have also sewn a bit and commissioned a bit, a little of everything, I suppose.

But the most important thing about all of this is to have fun!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, I am the XO of Endor Base, which based on your location would probably be your local RL base, and you are always welcome to reach out to us! We actually have a Facebook group for prospects (Project HOPE for Endor Base - where prospective members can post their questions and costume progress for feedback. (If you use Facebook. We understand not everyone does.) We have several approved Padmes who can likely help direct you to build groups or help vet things you are looking at purchasing to see if they appear to meet the costume standard, either on Facebook or on a build thread here in the forums. I would suggest checking out the threads in the Padme subforums of the Senatorial Delegation here: The search function is not the greatest on the forums, but many questions can be answered by looking at other people's build threads!

And based on location, as a previous poster said, you would be Golden Gate Garrison if you want to join the 501st. The 501st has a totally different decentralized approval process than RL.

Rebel Legion has a wide spectrum of skill levels and interest in creating costumes, so don't worry about that aspect. Some people obsess about making every detail themselves and others purchase most or all of their costumes. The club is about representing good guys for charity in screen-accurate costumes, so whatever level you are comfortable with -- we're just glad to have you! Due to the pandemic, Endor has only done a few outdoor events with protocols starting recently, so unfortunately it's a little rough as far as getting to know the Base in person, but we are more than happy to welcome you virtually until it is safer to do in person events. We do have a handler program where interested people can assist the costumers at an event while learning about the club and getting to know people, for when events are again possible.

Please feel free to ask here, PM me or email me at if you have further questions that I can answer for you. Welcome to the Rebellion!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the most important thing with commissioning a 'BIG' Padme is to remember that not all Venders/ seamstresses are equal, these are complex costumes often worn with foundation under garments to make them look right.

My biggest tip would be research and check and check again. You need to make sure whoever you commission knows the costume and the requirements for RL clearance. The last thing you want is to pay for something that doesn't clear.

Have they made one before? If not what kind of garments do they normally make? a Jedi is very different to a Padme. Have people in your base used them before? Get feedback and if picking your own fabrics buy samples before yardage and post them in your WIP.

I always have a WIP on the main forum, a WIP in my local forum and i check in with the Padme FB group (its run by our local Padme specialist). Remember to state you are going for RL clearance as you have people going for RL and people doing casual cosplay and you want the right feedback.

Never use a facebook group in isolation though.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buying costumes versus making them is absolutely no big deal.
It matters which side we choose. Even if there will never be more light than darkness... For every life we touch, it matters. I don't turn toward the light because it means some day I'll win some sort of cosmic game. I turn toward it because it is the light.

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