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Padme Naboo Pilot costume!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:52 pm    Post subject: Padme Naboo Pilot costume! Reply with quote

Hi all! I'm a very new recruit just starting my first costume. I suppose I was attracted to the idea of doing an Amidala costume, but without an extravagant gown. Amadalia I'm having fun searching online for some of the basic things, trying to just get a few things in hand before I tackle the more difficult ones (looks like the belt buckle, vest, and gauntlets will be hardest). Going to be a challenge putting a costume together when I have no skills to speak of!

I like

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U65A0G

for boots, with a few modifications. Looks like the strap across the ankle will need to be wider, along with removing the top cuff. Will also remove the leather pull on the zipper, just to make it the zipper less conspicuous.

I also like the simplicity of her hairstyle as well, 6 small ponytails. Something I can do myself with no hair extensions or fancy styling! I did have an "aha" moment when thinking about how to make the silver bands in her hair....putting toe rings over clear elastics. It's easy to find adjustable toe rings and I should be able to buy a few cheapies and try the idea out. My hair may be too thick for it or it may look bad in practice, but in theory I thought it was a neat idea. Smile And I found lots of different types that come close to replicating the patterns on the ones in her hair.

Hopefully the red-orange leggings won't be too hard to find, although it does seem to be sort of a unique color. At least leggings are kind of in style these days. Very Happy

What do y'all think? I'm very excited about my first costume! Amadalia I can't wait to start collecting pieces and see it all come together.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad to hear you're choosing the pilot costume. Not many people have it. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look forward to seeing your progress.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://disparue.org/gallery/4/movies/starwars/2/index.php?page=1
This page, and the next set, have some good frames of the costume...

http://www.custom-props.com/products/life-size.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=44
This page has some of the harder items to make/come up with.

Look forward to the progress, keep us posted.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow thanks for the link to the stills! I am hoping to have a few things to try on next week and will post pics as I go. Smile Would love some opinions as this will be my first costume and needs to be formal, so I want try to make sure it will qualify. Amadalia
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.padawansguide.com/index.shtml this site will be your best friend for reference pics, good luck with this, I look forward to your progress pics
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I finally got some pieces together and it was nice to try everything on and see how things look together!

Haven't made any changes to the boots yet but I got some leggings, so I've got a good start on the bottom half. Smile





I put my hair up in six ponytails but only ordered enough silver rings for one ponytail to see how it looked. They're toe rings, a little small but I think if I stacked two together for each section, it would work. That would cover up the hair elastics better and be very close to the actual look. And some of them were bigger than others, so if I can find the larger ones and double up, I think it would be a really nice look.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good so far! You could always use clear hair elastics, just in case the ring slips up or down and shows the elastic, it won't be as noticeable.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mieal Deneb wrote:
Looking good so far! You could always use clear hair elastics, just in case the ring slips up or down and shows the elastic, it won't be as noticeable.


Thanks! I will definitely use clear ones in the future. I usually don't use the tiny little elastics so I used purple ones that were in the dog's hair bow stash, lol. The rings were different widths so some need doubling up more than others. But I won't order from that place again because I realized too late that the company charged me like 6 bucks PER RING to ship, which like quadrupled the cost of my order. Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's crazy, why would it cost $6 per ring to ship?! Yikes.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to see another pilot on the way!

A cheaper alternative would be to buy an aluminum embossing sheet from a craft store, emboss it and paint it with black acrylic paint. I bought a roll and it had embossing designs in the package very similar to those on the real costume. Looking at high resolution pictures, I think that's what they did also because you see where the metal is not perfectly aligned.

I think it cost me 10$ max. I painted the embossed part though I should have painted the opposite. This looks like what I bought: http://www.amaco.com/shop/product-360-artemboss-soft-metal-sheets.html

The costume: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/dtg2small.jpg

My costume: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/CC07M-0922cc.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/embosspaint.jpg

I use clear elastics and I just roll the metal around my hair and it keeps its shape and doesn't slip because of the elastics. I made sure to sand the metal after I cut the stripes so it wouldn't be sharp.

Sorry for the long post! Good luck with the rest of your costume. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marianne Solav wrote:
Great to see another pilot on the way!

A cheaper alternative would be to buy an aluminum embossing sheet from a craft store, emboss it and paint it with black acrylic paint. I bought a roll and it had embossing designs in the package very similar to those on the real costume. Looking at high resolution pictures, I think that's what they did also because you see where the metal is not perfectly aligned.

I think it cost me 10$ max. I painted the embossed part though I should have painted the opposite. This looks like what I bought: http://www.amaco.com/shop/product-360-artemboss-soft-metal-sheets.html

The costume: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/dtg2small.jpg

My costume: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/CC07M-0922cc.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/embosspaint.jpg

I use clear elastics and I just roll the metal around my hair and it keeps its shape and doesn't slip because of the elastics. I made sure to sand the metal after I cut the stripes so it wouldn't be sharp.

Sorry for the long post! Good luck with the rest of your costume. Smile


Awesome!! You're right that totally looks just like what they used! I just had no idea what it was. I have to admit I have no idea how to do embossing but I will just do a little googling and go hit up the craft store this weekend. Mr. Green Thanks!!! So excited Dance Chewie
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incidentally, some of the hair rings look like the arm bands for the Padme packing gown. Those were described as very thin metal and you could easily crush them and warp them out of shape with just your fingers. So, embossing metal is probably what the originals were made of. However, that might not hold up very well for troops. You'd have to give it a try and see.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That got me to thinking. In the way back...80's or so they had wrist and hair bands that snapped on. Like it flexed straight and then you slap it at you wrist and it would snap and curl around your wrist. Not sure if it would be strong enough or could be painted out and work. Figured I'd mention it. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's an idea!

I checked and this is what I used. It came in a set with the wooden tool and designs. I bought the medium weight aluminum. The light weight one would be too thin, I think. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/IMG_1949.jpg

I wore the costume approx. 7 times and the hair decorations are still good : http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/Marianne_Solav/Costumes/Pilot%20Padme/IMG_1950.jpg
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