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Adianu- Jakku Rey WIP

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Adianu ()
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:55 am    Post subject: Adianu- Jakku Rey WIP Reply with quote

Hello! I've been working on this costume for well over a year... I think it's time to put the finishing touches on it and submit. I actually started the costume for Halloween 2015, but have been steadily improving it since then. I didn't start out aiming for Rebel Legion membership but after talking to some members including a couple of Rey's at Comicpalooza in Houston last summer I decided that's what I'd like to do (and if I ever finish this I'll also do generic Jedi... in between doing a couple in the queue to join 501st as well!)

I wanted to start a WIP thread to document what I'm doing and get advice. It feels a bit overwhelming to do it all at once so I'm going to start with a summary of what I've done so far and then fill in with more details and photos incrementally. I'd appreciate your feedback!

So, what I have:

- Modified sleeveless top pattern
- Dharma cotton hemp fabric, no dye

Forward work:
- Not hemmed at the bottom (I didn't think it looked hemmed, but CRL says it is)
- Sleeves aren't true cap sleeves- they are the correct cut as far as where they hit the shoulder, but they have a seam along the top. May update this, and bring in the details in the one sleeve.

- Modified pattern from some stretch harem style pants (will link pattern later, but I think the new McCall's pattern is probably better)
- Dharma raw silk, dyed (will update mix, but pulled from a tutorial online)

- Dharma viscose fabric, dyed (again, got my dye ratios from a tutorial that I'll link)

Forward work:
- Add gathering, attachment to tunic

- Po-zu

Forward work:
- Sadly, they're unraveling at the front seam. I got a partial refund on them and they sent me a swatch of fabric to patch it. I need to do this, but may pay a professional to do so given the cost of these boots.

- Resin cast purchased from Etsy:

Staff strap
- Purchased greeblies, used webbing from ammo bags, and made leather attachments (details to come)

Forward work:
More weathering for greeblies, darken leather more

- Made using mods to template found online- will post link to detailed tutorial later (for some reason this was tricky to me so I documented the pattern tailoring step by step)

Arm wraps
- Currently using self adhesive ACE

Forward work:
- I really don't like a lot of the arm wraps I've tried and seen. I love the elasticity and stickiness of the Ace bandages. If I can get by with weathering them I'd love to keep them, but I'm looking for advice here for sure.

- Modified canvas ammo bags purchased from Amazon. Many in progress pics to post later.

Forward work:
- Affix ALICE clip
- Lots of weathering

- Cut in one piece from leather hide and dyed

Forward work:
- Redo twine- current twine is waxed so didn't hold darker color
- Not entirely happy with all of the details- may need dye touch ups, and if I end up losing weight as planned will use the excuse to try it again from scratch

I think that's everything! I don't have many good pictures of the outfit as a whole. Including one here that has a lot of detail blocked by my mini stormtroopers, but for an idea for color... (and I realize looking at this that my wrap is too long!)

Thanks for reading- I'll add more details as I have time, and I'd greatly appreciate feedback!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great!

We were also using the ace ones first and found them to be too tight and too yellow. We switched to dyed cotton crepe ones, which look alot better. You can see them here
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Adianu ()
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I have seen your awesome tutorials before but I don't think you had posted the arm wraps yet when I last looked. I will definitely check that out!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This does look good! Look forward to seeing your finishing touches.
I started out with ace bandages too, but found them to be too small and tight for what I wanted.
These are the ones I'm using; they're super comfy and I think they're screen accurate too.!)!)%20-%20Page%20126&
"So this is how liberty dies; with thunderous applause."
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Adianu ()
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been working on some improvements, including redoing my shirt. In the interest of having a useful build thread to document my progress for judges, I'm going to start posting more details here as I go.

So, here are details for my shirt!

Fabric: Hemp/cotton jersey from Dharma Trading Co.
I was very happy with the look and feel of the fabric. I ordered 2 yards and it was plenty to create two drafts of the shirt.

Pattern: Modified from Simplicity pattern M7421
The shirt pattern from this set was a good start, though it was more complicated than is needed in its construction. I did the following:

Cut fabric for the major pieces based on the pattern- front, back, cap sleeves (single layer rather than doubled as in pattern). Note that I used the “wrong side” of the knit as the outside of my shirt because I liked the texture.

Sewed front and back together at side and shoulder seams. I used a serger to avoid issues with fraying. I did need to go back and make adjustments here for fit.

Rolled fabric under and sewed bottom hem (Note that I don’t agree that this should be hemmed, but it’s in Rebel Legion’s CRL so I just did it).

Rolled fabric under and pinned along neck and collar. I followed the pattern for the slit in the front, which goes very low. Hemmed all the way around.

Put the shirt in and judged how far to close up the front slit. His ended up being about 3″ from the top for me. Pinned and sewed closed, on top of the existing hem.

Cut tiny strips of fabric and laid them out on the left sleeve. I used 5 strips, about 1/8″ wide. Sewed a single line down each strip to fasten to sleeve.

Attached sleeves, leaving edges unfinished.

Dye: Black tea

I sort of regret dying the fabric. I think the natural color was pretty close, but I thought soaking it in tea would make it look more weathered. It did, but it’s also darker than I would like. Lessons learned… however, I’m happy enough with the outcome to leave well enough alone.

Final Product

Shoulder details
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