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Klo Unduli ()



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:11 am    Post subject: New member, costume WIP Reply with quote

Hi everyone! Smile

I've been lurking around for the past few weeks, doing research and getting fabrics & materials. At first I was just making a good quality costume for halloween and conventions, but I quickly got pretty attached to this awesome community and decided to join up! Mr. Green

As for my Jedi costume, the tunics and tabards are finished, I have the pants and boots, and the cloak will be done by this Thursday. My belt is in the works and will be done by Wednesday, and I'm just using a toy hasbro lightsaber until I can afford to build a proper one. Besides the saber, I think the only think I'm missing is some pouches and utilities for my belt.

I have always wanted to make costumes and build props. The sewing was done by my friend this time around, but I've done a lot myself, and all this has got me really into costuming, and I think I'm gonna take me a sewing class Mr. Green I certainly found the right community to use as a resource and learning tool! Maybe some day I will be able to contribute back Smile

Anyway, here are some pictures with more to come soon!



^ I found these awesome leggings at Zellers for five bucks. I got really lucky with these, I think!



^ The boots are very meh Confused They are polyurethane boots from Payless, but they are a *much* lighter brown than any other brown in my costume. I want to get nice leather boots to replace these eventually, but they will do for now.



^ The parts for my belt from Tandy Leather. I'm going back there tomorrow to get a few things that I missed, including a new "buckle" or something that looks a bit better than that thingy.



^ The first coat of leather is dry, and I'm going to do a second because this is too light in colour. It's also more red than I would like, so I might get a more desaturated dye when I go back to Tandy tomorrow.



^ Note to self: wear gloves when dyeing leather!



^ I look like such a boy in this picture; I'm getting a haircut on Wednesday, and probably getting contacts tomorrow. Now that I look at it, the tunic looks much lighter where it crosses over itself... I'll have to ask my costumer about that; I hope it's fixable.



^ My friend the costumer at work Cool



^ The toy lightsaber I'll have to use this halloween. As soon as I can I will build a proper saber.

I will post more pics in the next few days as this costume is (mostly) completed! I would also appreciate any advice on making this costume approvable for membership.

Thanks for being such awesome people and enabling me to make this fantastic costume!!!

*HUGS ALL AROUND!* Mr. Green


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard! ^_^ Aren't Jedi fun? Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When building the belt, remember to frequently bend it into shape to make sure the outer belt fits the way you want it to. When it lays flat it will look like the outer belt is too big but you will need that for it to fit just right. Also measure measure measure. If you even have the slightest thought that something doesn't like right check it again. LOL
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sionna: Thanks! Yup, Jedi are SO much fun!

Zazarus: Thanks for mentioning that! I'll make sure I take that into account when I do my measurements tomorrow Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Legion. Your costume seems to be really coming together.

Defiantly wear gloves when dyeing anything. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Legion!!!! Ben
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a lot of the dyes, if you decide to not use gloves (I have a habit of this because I don't like gloves most of the time), a lot of it can be washed off with alcohol wipes or just use rubbing alcohol. Don't do this too often because it can really dry out your skin. The wipes don't do too bad for small areas which is what I normally use. But I use daubers to put on the dyes so I have some space between what I'm working on and my hands but you still end up with dye in places you didn't think were possible.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I got a lot of the dye off of my hands with exfoliating soap and water. It's been two days, and it's all mostly gone now Smile

So there were some mistakes with my outer tunic, which my costumer is going to fix on Thursday, hopefully. If she can't do it on Thursday, then it will have to wait until after Halloween, which would suck quite a bit. At least I'll have my cloak on Thursday for sure Smile I think I'm going to sew the tabards to the outer tunic at the shoulders; they keep falling down... unless someone has a reason that they shouldn't be attached?

I just got back from Tandy Leather, and I've got the rest of the parts I need for my belt. The second coat of dye is drying, and I think I can finish it tonight Smile I will post more pictures as soon as I start construction when the dye has dried!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are not wanting to sew the tabards directly to the tunic, you can sew a hook and loop to the tunic and tabards that will keep them from falling down.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome! It's looking good so far. Yeah, definitely wear gloves. Disposable latex gloves work well.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Rebel Legion!!

It's looking good so far! Those leggings were a find, they have a sci-fi feel to them. Boots and Sabers are one of those things that lots of people upgrade later. I can tell you a toy lightsaber won't be approvable, but there are some affordable options out there, and sales from people here who are upgrading. You can even go to The Custom Saber shop and just get enough to make Belt Candy til you can build the one you want (or just add the electronics later)

One thing about the tunic, I really like the length of hem and sleeves... is this the actual tunic that is being sewn? I'm not sure if it's muslin, but it looks lighter because it's pretty thin. It's always best to line a tunic, and use a denser fabric, like osnaburg, crinkle cotton, or linen. If the cross-over was made longer it wouldn't be visible if the tabbard slips, but if this is the final you may want to consider tacking the tabbards to the shoulders and perhaps a snap over the lap over to prevent that showing Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Vera, the tunic looks darker at the neck band and where it crosses because the material is thin (and particularly because you're using a dark colored under tunic). Lining your outer tunic should easily solve this issue.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for the advice everyone; this is all incredibly helpful!

Leia: yes this is the actual tunic. Muslin rings a big bell? I think? But yes, it is partially see-through; we couldn't find anything better. My costumer will be re-doing the front of the tunic, making the cross-overs longer. I will also talk with her about lining the tunic; it is definitely annoying to have it so affected by the colour behind it. Also, both tunics are held closed with snaps, which I would like to replace with ties; the snaps come undone very easily. And I'm definitely attaching the tabards to the outer tunic Mr. Green I recently found out about Custom Saber Shop, and I'll definitely be making a purchase from there soon, and like you said, I can add electronics later. This is already waaaay more expensive than I thought it would be. So worth it, though, right? Mr. Green

I'm stuck on my belt for tonight because I realised that I don't have a measuring tape >_< BUT I did take more pictures of the process!

I finally found a good use for that ugly pink blanket my mum brought me from Mexico Dance Chewie (I needed an excuse to use this emoticon!)



^ I took home the costume (minus the cloak) this morning. The outer tunic needs its fixes, but it's taking shape!



^ With the dying process finished, I started construction of the belt using a tutorial that I found here on these forums. These studs will fasten the belt closed. I'm not sure about the mahogany colour (although it looks weirder in front of the pink blanket); I'm almost wishing I had gone with a yellow-brown to match the boots. I'm going to try dying the boots tomorrow, though they are polyurethane, so I'm not sure if it will work. Test patch ho!



^ My mum bought me a Magic Bullet recently, and I used it for the first time today to make a fruit smoothy! Seriously the most awesome thing in my kitchen!!! Anyway, I digress...



^ Stitching the belt loops was so much fun! I'm so glad I did it this way instead of using rivets like I was considering!



^ More belt loop porn.



^ I put a hole here on both belt loops so that I can secure them to the main belt with a hidden chicago screw, but I'm actually going to stitch them on instead, seeing as how I have all that extra thread hanging off of the loops... come to think of it, I think that might be what you're meant to do, although the tutorial doesn't mention it.



^ Yeah, that's gotta be for stitching it to the main belt, right?



^ I cut off the unneeded end of the belt blank, and turns out it fits wonderfully over the small portion of the belt. I don't have pouches yet, so this looks like a neat aesthetic thingy until I get pouches Mr. Green



^ I could not, for the life of me, find a buckle or anything that looked closer to something used in the films. These were the nicest thing I found. They look way better when used sideways. I think I will use the smaller one; the big one fits too loose.



^ This thing is amazing!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(I just realised that all my bed sheets are Jedi colours! Mr. Green)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming along nicely! Lots of nice details! Let me know if you need any assistance since you're local. I'm also a bit of a custom saber expert now, so let me know if you want some guidance there.

Also, check out my boot weathering tutorial here, might help you make your boots look better while darkening them.
http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=32789&highlight=
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