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Hero Rey - TLJ Rey Costume - Process

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:15 pm    Post subject: Hero Rey - TLJ Rey Costume - Process Reply with quote

Hello Fellow Reys!

Last spring I made a Hero Rey costume! I wore it to Kansas City Royals Star Wars day on May 4th. I was a little hesitant on trying for Rebel Legion approval but I realized after wearing the costume for Halloween that I love being Rey and I would love to start trooping. This was my first experience making a Cosplay costume. I have dabbled in the past with Halloween costumes in the past but lurking in the forums while making this costume I realized that this is an entire new world!

Okay Lets Get Started!!!
I think the first thing I did was the boots and pants. There is no way I could afford the POZU Rey boots (although they are lovely!) I followed JediJainaSolo's blog post for direction on making the boots and sewing up some existing pants http://everydaygeekygirl.blogspot.com/2017/08/hero-rey-cosplay.html (that blog post is amazing BTW and I had it open on every device I own for about 6 weeks!!)

So the boots were pieced together from two cheap pairs from Amazon - I was a little obsessed trying the find the right looking soles that were comparable to the POZU's

https://imgur.com/a/NOx4baN

The pieces from the 2nd pair to make the cover spats in the front

https://imgur.com/a/w2veH7Y

added loops and shoelaces to make the ties on the back of the boots

https://imgur.com/a/P991ckw

Then I got to painting - I originally tried with Leather dye from Tandy but I had a better experience using Leather/Fabric acrylic paint I found at Michael's

https://imgur.com/a/BCI3LzS

OKAY PANTS Time!!!

I found a pair of mens grey pants at Old Navy
https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=205867002&cid=1026270&pcid=5211
- They had a drawstring waist, stretch leg openings, and I think the right color/feel similar to Rey's pants

Ripped out the side seams and got to work on adding the knee seams back seams etc. etc.
https://imgur.com/a/E5KC7Ss


https://imgur.com/a/mLFD6bk

Later, I would add side seams to the center front seam - after seeing a suggestion on the forum to do that!

Once I got into the dye-ing stage with my Vest/Tabards - I dunked my pants in the brown dye for about a minute to get the pants to be a tad darker

Okay I am going to make another post in this thread moving on the best part of making Hero Rey - Dyeing/Making the Vest and Tabards! (Haha Shocked )


https://imgur.com/a/mLFD6bk


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:32 pm    Post subject: Embedding Photos Reply with quote

Seems like my photos aren't embedding properly!

Mmm... something to investigate further....
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's true the photos aren't embedding properly, but the links work if copied and pasted. Looks like you are off to a good start! Smile

PS: Welcome to the Rey Sisterhood!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:11 pm    Post subject: Vest/Tabards Reply with quote

Thank you Wabbit89! Excited to be posting after being a lurker for so long!

Lets see if I can properly embed now... If not I'll make the images clickable links!

Okay the best (worst) part of making Hero Rey - Finding the closest vest material and dyeingggg!

I made a trial run with some leftover IKEA fabric to see if I bought enough tabard fabric and obi material - Just got cotton gauze type fabric from Joann's

[img]http://i.imgur.com/wanEa3Sb.jpg?1[/img]



Then it was on to the real fabric for the vest. I couldn't get my hands on the real fabric from Mode Fabrics (some Lucky Rey's out there did!) So I followed some of the ladies on here and got the Blanket from Amazon to dye.

I believe I followed the Rit Dye formula for CARAFE -

I cut the lining fabric (brown cotton broadcloth from Joann's) and used that to cut the blanket down so it could fit in my sink.





At this point in the process my husband started to think I was crazy!



I was pretty pleased with the result. I had some uneven dye on some parts of the blanket but I tried to place these pieces either as the under part in the wrap of the vest or have it be in a place covered by the tabards.

Then I went on to dye the tabards. I knew I wasn't going to be able to dye the 6 feet (maybe six feet? long a** tabards!) so I cut and pieced them together strategically placing the seams where it would lay under the obi.

My first run of dyeing the tabards was fine but I wasn't completely happy with the results so I went to Joann's and bought another round of fabric. I dyed that fabric and it turned out HORRENDOUS (splotchy and too light) So I was like the first round will do!!!

I don't have any photos of this process because I think I tried to erase this whole tabard dyeing thing from my mind (and phone)

[img]http://i.imgur.com/WzkhOQ9b.jpg?1[/img]

[img]http://i.imgur.com/jYXF2a0b.jpg?1[/img]

Now onto fitting the vest
[img]http://i.imgur.com/1PNEuWKb.jpg?1[/img]


Those side seams are a bit tricky and I have a small waist big bum so the back flaps were a test as well.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/vLVDNu2b.jpg?1[/img]

I had to enlist my mother's help with making the vest fit better on me -

Here is my vest, pants, and boots
[img]http://i.imgur.com/DYPbml1m.jpg?1[/img]

(okay so I hit about 50/50 on being able to embed or link my dang photos) I honestly will get the hang of this someday!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:47 pm    Post subject: Arms/Belt/Blaster Holder Reply with quote

So at a certain point I made the shirt - I don't really remember doing that honestly. I do remember dunking the bright white shirt I used for undershirt into the brown dye leftovers after dyeing my vest to age it a bit.

I also dunked my arm wrap gauze into the grey dye I used for the tabards. Once those were dry I rolled them up and dipped the edges into the blue dye I used for my obi. I dipped them super quickly like a dunk on the edges then quickly rinse.
I bought the amazon gauze arm wraps that have been floating around here as a substitute for the Boots arm wraps that everyone likes.

I originally thought I could used the extra leather for the wrist bracer but that leather was wayyy too thick. Thankfully my local Michaels had a bag of leftover leather scraps that I bought and it had the two contrasting colors in a thinner leather.



Making the bracer, its a good idea to have your arm wraps on hand to test fit. The bracer on my bare wrist doesn't fit but its nice and snug over the arm wrap gauze.



Having the arm wraps with the bracer is honestly the coolest part (at least for me) making the battle Rey. I felt awesome just wearing her arm wraps and bracer.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/KxSls6Qm.jpg?1[/img]

Then I moved into probably my favorite part of making this costume, the belt. I bought a half shoulder from Tandy Leather. When I got it, I determined that I wasn't long enough for making my belt. Thankfully my local Tandy Leather allowed me to return my half shoulder and buy a full shoulder (it was a ton more leather than I needed but I have it when they inevitably change Rey's belt randomly for the third time in Ep. 9! or I'll just make a Scavenger Rey belt)

I made a fake belt from my favorite Ikea fabric
[img]http://i.imgur.com/42qZYBQm.jpg?2[/img]

Then I took the plunge and cut my leather - At the last second I decided to make the belt as big as the leather allowed me


This is a good picture, I might have cried if the belt was too small -



After this I cut it down to make sure it fit me correctly over all the vest, tabards, and obi!



then it was onto dyeing! this was tons of fun to do - adding the hemp after and punching the holes

[img]http://i.imgur.com/RTrN5Ocm.jpg?1[/img]
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:09 pm    Post subject: Everything together Things to fix before trying for approval Reply with quote

After I went to Star Wars Night at the Royals I decided to make the blaster holder.

This weekend I think I am going to attempt to retake my photos to get my Rey approved. Since I will be under 1 million feet of snow!

Some things I will be aware of when I retake these photos - Make sure it is well lit and find a better neutral background - I wish I had some white sheets that I could hang... Also not have my tall husband take the photos!

Anywho, here are my dry run photos of things I want to improve on for the approval photos

[img]http://i.imgur.com/7Ff7waWl.jpg?1[/img]

[img]http://i.imgur.com/gaBt31Ul.jpg?1[/img]



Okay thanks for following along on my random not terribly well documented travel to Hero Rey!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are looking great!

I also used a blanket and dyed it. I am nearly certain I did "carafe," too.

Tiny bits of advice:

One, have someone else (who knows how they're supposed to go) adjust the tabards after you're dressed. They're super stupid and won't lay right no matter what until someone else fixes them.

Two, for a background for pics, if you have one and aren't buried under a million feet of snow, going outside to your driveway and standing in front of your garage door works great. The natural sunlight is so much better for colors than anything inside, and it's (generally) a solid color. I took Rey inside, I think, because it was at night when I got help, but in general, that's what I've been doing for my costume pics. It helps a ton.

PS: I have made the bracer, belt, and holster for others. If you need help/they ask for tweaks, let me know and I'll help if I can.
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Qui-Gon Jinn, Master and Apprentice, Claudia Gray


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS: I think your tabards are fine a bit wrinkly. I agree your undershirt needs to be longer/peek out some at your hips. And I DM'd you about your belt. Also, you did an AMAZING job on those boots.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:25 am    Post subject: Accidentally Hit ENTER while uploading my photos! Reply with quote

I hit ENTER (like a dummy) while working on my costume registration! I had 2 of my 11 photos uploaded I was in the process of uploading all my detailed photos oh man its like someone above doesn't want me to apply for approval!

Well here are the photos I was going to submit! Arghhhh


























Any way I can get my application kicked back out? Should I resubmit? Has anyone in the history of the Rebel Legion done what I have done. (I hope so I feel like a right tosser)

I am in Illinois so I am applying for Nar Shaddaa Base.

Any help from the fellow Reys out there?... thank you in advance!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll be ok. Your judge will email you and you can send them more photos that way. At least I'd expect that's what would happen in this case, as they always email you when you don't get approved to tell you why and sometimes they just ask for more pics anyway.

It'll be ok.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:02 pm    Post subject: I got rejected! Well I was asked to change some things Reply with quote

My judge emailed me with two things to fix - My tabards were too dark and my vest back panels overlapped (visibly).

SO BACK to the DYE-ING BOARD!
sorry that was bad pun!

I had made another attempt at getting the tabard the right color last year but the dye was splotch city so I re-did it and made it dark - current tabard on the left and the one I did last year on the right - you can kinda see the red/blue dots that are on it



I bought some RIT dye remover and was petrified to use it -



ITS SUPER FREAKY! - You can see it work here it brought it back to a neutral (maybe a little pinkish color)

Drying time!




Test strips! So from right to left its 10 seconds 1 minute and 5 minutes - honestly the fabric SUCKED up that dye dang!

Drying (added some more wraps to the dye to weather them)


On to the tunic fixes!

My back flaps overlapped too much I was overcompensating for my big bum

Unfortunately I serged the center seam so it was a painful seam ripping session



Basically was me pinning the flaps in place to have them be flush but not overlaps

There was a lot of trial and error - its hard to fit something to your bum/backside

So here is my redone tabards compared with my old tabards - the judge also said when I resubmitted that I should re-make my obi and I completely agree - will probably remake my obi with the old tabard fabric - since the real (well reproduced) vest fabric is back I will most likely remake my vest with that fabric too!


That little middle strip was the middle option of the redyed tabard swatches

Next post will have my resubmitted photos and a happy outcome!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:06 pm    Post subject: I got approved! Reply with quote

YAY! Here are the photos I used to resubmit!





(those butt flaps will NEVER look that good again btw)



Now I want to do another REY or PADME or LEIA oh man I'm addicted! thanks for following along and good luck with your HERO REY!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! Welcome!
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome costume & awesome build thread.
Congrats on clearance.

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