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Sewing Newbie Questions about Generic Jedi

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Sewing Newbie Questions about Generic Jedi Reply with quote

Hey all, I recently acquired a sewing machine and I'm making a generic Jedi for a good friend who wants to join the Legion as both a Christmas gift and a way to better my sewing abilities. However, I'm extremely new at sewing and have no idea where to start.

What is the best currently commercially available pattern for Jedi costumes?

The recipient wants a Mace Windu-like texture with an Anakin AotC color. What is a good fabric to use?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good pattern to start with is the Simplicity #5840. As for fabrics, I'm at a loss, I prefer working with Cotton osenberg (probably misspelling that) for my tunics. Has a nice texture to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always advise taking a beginners sewing class (many retail fabric stores offer these now!) before tackling a pattern on your own, so you can get a feel for sewing and have hands-on guidance to learn how to use a pattern Smile Practice with some pajama pants first, then start looking into working on your costume!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the above. If you just bought a sewing machine, many come with a few free classes.

I also agree about osnaburg. It's inexpensive, 100% cotton, has a nice texture and natural color (cream-tan).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll look into classes! When I was in middle school a family friend made me a Jedi tunic with 5840 and it had gi-like cuts on the skirt. Anyone have any ideas on how to modify that?

Osnaburg seems like a good plan, but how well does it take dye? He wants a dark brown.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't get much simpler than this:

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29112

Well, actually, you can. I'll be updating the tutorial soon...to make it simpler Wink

Use this tutorial to develop your own pattern. All the work to modify a commercial pattern to a more screen accurate version of the Jedi costume has been done.

If you've NEVER sewed before, I would suggest running through the tutorial with some old bed sheets or similar cheap fabric (you can get stuff for $1/yard if you look). That way you figure it out before you use the real fabric.

Osnaburg is a good fabric. Like Kate said, it's cheap, it comes in a good color for Jedi, though can easily be dyed (being 100% cotton).

If you need any help, please do not hesitate to ask. I've got a fair bit of time off from work between now and New Years cheers
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check with your local Recreation & Parks department. In some cities, classes are offered for a small fee.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did everything but the neck band of the outer tunic and it went well! Completely perplexed by that neckband though!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaren Valnor wrote:
Did everything but the neck band of the outer tunic and it went well! Completely perplexed by that neckband though!


Yeah, the neck band or collar can be challenging to get into ye ole brain. Took me a while to figure it out...from the instructions. But, once you do one, they're easy after that. Hollar if you need help.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the problem with the neckband, doing the curve along the back neckline?
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