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Jedi costume - My first costuming experience

Post by Jedi_slayer » Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:14 am

Hi all,
donleow has invited me to write a Jedi tutorial many weeks ago and finally I have managed to come up with this. This long overdue write-up does not actually teach any Jedi wannabe how to sew a costume. It merely documents my experience of putting up one for the Star Wars Bazaar at Singapore Science Center last April. However, I have included templates for the clothing parts for those who have sewing experience.

What character to appear at the SW Bazaar?
It was only 2 weeks away from the SW Bazzar weekends and I needed a costume that I could wear whole day long in an non-airconditioned environment. Troopers and the other cool-looking characters were definitely out of question due to lack of time, fund and the above-mentioned criteria. Jedi was relatively inexperience and 'do-able'. So I had narrowed my choice to a Jedi costume.

To buy or to custome-made?
In the ebay, I had come across the Shop at Chinatown Point called Pan-in-the-box that was selling Jedi costumes and accessories. But the total cost was well over 500 dollars and the clothes (later I learned the names to the different parts) run out of stock. I left the shop but noted the stuffs that were available.
Luckily, my mother, who is a retired seamtress, agreed to sew the Jedi clothes for me. Thus, I had saved about 300 dollars plus from the total cost.

Choosing a Jedi character
Since Obi-wan character was about my age and the shop had the Jedi stuffs that I needed, I had settled on trying to look like the character.
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Challenges
As my mother was formerly sewing conventional dresses, so the japanese-looking costume was unfamilar to her. I had to provide her with some references like pictures and toys. At that point, I did not get enough details of the back of the Jedi master costume and what were the layers underneath it.

Reference source
Finally, I stumbled upon this insightful web site http://www.padawansguide.com/ showing the details I needed. A lot of its members and SW fans have contributed many exhibition costumes pics and tutorials. This site became my main reference source for discussion with my mother.

Here are 2 of valuable pics that I needed.
Front view of a real Obi-wan costume
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Rear view of the real Obi-wan costume.
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Material
I bought all of my cloth material from Textile Centre and Joo Chiat Complex. I have selected the thinner materials due to practical reason and cost. For the PVC or Fake leather materials that I will mention later, these were remnants from my mother's 'treasure'. I heard from fellow members that Arab Street shops do sell them.
I learned from the Padawan Guide site, the actual material for the Tunics (see below what are these) were actually Indian Homespun like those worn by Ghandi. Maybe one of these days when I want to upgrade my costume, I would visit Little India shops.


Overview of my Jedi Costume

Here are overview pics of my Jedi costumes with labelling of the different parts that I learned from padawanguide. While I was taking photographs of these, I had left my regular pants at my parents' so my dark brown working pants just stand in. :D

Front view
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Rear view
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Outer Tunic
This part took up most of my mother's time due to her unfamilarity with it.
Front view of my Outer Tunic
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Outer Tunic with buttons to secure its collar and attach the Tabards later on.
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Rear view of the Outer Tunic. Notice that there are some permanently sewn folds to look neater when the Sash and Belt were worn.
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Tabard/ Sash
The 2 bottons on each shoulder of the Outer Tunic were for attaching the Tabards at their loops.
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Initially, the Tabards I wore to the Bazaar were softer, so the portion at my shoulders would wrinkle. After the event, I have requested my mother to alter the Tabards(and Sash) by adding a hard adhesive material which she called 'collar cloth' underneath them. This had also made me look more board at the shoulders. :D

Another problem with the earlier straight version was both pieces of Tabard would cross each other. This had made them unsightly. It was latter solved by cutting the portion at my waist level and then joint back. They look like Y shaped now. I have also required the portion below the Sash to be next to each other. This could be done by fixing a small button at the waist level but would be hidden by the Sash latter.
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Rear portions of the Tabards were attached with Velcros.
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The Tabards are attached to the Sash that were sewn with Velcro strips too. Care have to be taken to ensure the 2 Tabards form a V shaped at the back.
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The Tabard at the back stops at the Sash or my waist level. This had made my mother's work more difficult. There were 4 Velcros at the Sashs and 1 Velcro at each Tabard.
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So I had noticed the Hasbro EP3 Obiwan's Tabard at the back were not accurate at the back. The figures in EP1 and EP2 were accurate though. So somebody at Hasbro did not do their homework. :D

Generally, most Jedi costumes in the prequel movies have both the front and back Tabards looked like Y-shaped.

Inner Tunic
Due to the hot weather in Singapore, we have made the Inner Tunic a fake one. :twisted:
Its collar, which was the only visible portion, was actually just a rectangle piece of cloth with 3 sets of small buttons.
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It is just tucked into the Outer Tunic collar and also functions to absorb the sweat around my neck.
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If you are a perfectionist, check out how the inner Tunic looks like for Obi-Wan. Pic taken from Padawan Guide.
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Jedi pants
This was the easiest part to communicate to my mother. She just used my working pants as sample. The side pockets were excluded but the hind pockets were sewn for my wallet. The length were shortened and tapered towards the ankles. This was to reduce the excess material that had be tucked into the boots and made me uncomfortable at the ankles.
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Cloak
The cloak required the most amount of material. I would like to highlight that the hood has to be big enough, so that when it is up, there will be two folds on both sides of your head.
Actual hooded Obi-wan promo pic
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Hood up. The folds are still not perfect yet as they are draping down. :(
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Hood down
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Templates
Here are the various templates. These were drawn according to my size and shape ( My height and waist are 1.68 m and 34 inches respectively... Out of shape for my height :oops:) You may alter the measurement to suit you. Note that some templates are just half sides, so you have to flip over the templates for the other sides.

for Outer Tunic
Front Right side of Outer Tunic
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Rear Right side of Outer Tunic
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Outer Tunic's Sleeve.
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For Cloak
Front Left side of Cloak
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Rear Left side of Cloak
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Cloak's Sleeve
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Cloak's Hood
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for Sash/ Tabards/ Inner and Outer Tunics Collars
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Jedi accessories
Most of these accessories were bought from the shop.

Belt/ Pouches/ Food pallets and Jedi Clips
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For Pouch X, I had custume made it at a stall in Golden Mile Hawker that was recommended by GetzJedi. This pouch was not worn by Obiwan but I had found the design by some 3rd party seller's website which I could not locate anymore. I had also made Anakin's rectangular front pouch at the same time.

Food capsules
These were made out of Pen caps (From padawan guide web site too). But unless you have a lots of these pens and gold/silver/ copper spray cans, it can be more expensive to buy them and make them.
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The lightsaber belt clip were actually a Covertec pager belt clip that I got from a fellow member. The actors actually use the pager belt clip to hold their lightsaber in the prequels.
Front view
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Rear view
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You may order one from UK at the website
http://www.swbeltclip.com

If you want to make low budget Jedi belt or just making them for your kids who will grow at alarming rate, you can just use a PVC or fake leather material and fold them at the center. You could add a thinner strip in the middle to look better. Use super-glue to stick the fold and strip. The ends of the belts are attached with Velcro.

Jedi Communicator
This is how the real prop looks like... Source got from the post by Donleow viewtopic.php?t=1081
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The following is fan made found in padawan guide. This was actually made from a female Gillette shavers that can be locally bought in Supermarket. I have bought one with my wife's help but have yet to customise it.
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Boots
Again you could get this at the shop too. You could use army boots, safety boots or other boots that are kneel high.

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The cheap alternative is to use PVC material and cut out the shape to hide the shoe laces of your shoes and lengthened the height. Use a piece of newspaper to draw out a shape and latter use as a template.
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Light sabers
Both of us use the Hasbro's lightsabers. I have just bought the Rubies ones from States as the blades can retract and I can wear them on my clip belt. Eventurely, I would update to Master Replica's FX. :idea:

Both my son, Luther, and myself wore the Jedi costumes made by my mother and enjoyed the last weekends of AoSW at SSC with other costumers.
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Although my costume may require a lot more work before it resembles the real thing...
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but it is definitely very dear to me 'cos of the effort my mother and I have put into it. :D

Do contact me if you need help. I will still update this document as and when I have better props, more details or clearer pics.

May the Force be with you!!!
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Post by GetzJedi » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:42 pm

Wonderful contribution, Jedi_slayer! I'm sure many jedi-wannabes will benefit lots from this tutorial... :wink:
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Post by Haldir » Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:53 pm

Great Tutorial Jedi_slayer! :D

About the Jedi Food Capsules, did you find a source for the Pens in Singapore yet? I used to be able to get it here but lately it been so difficult. Will love to get more to make. :P
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Post by Darsha Assant » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:30 pm

Great tutorial! (Mine was full of safety pins)

Y cover your face in some of the pics?

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Post by donleow » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:30 pm

wonderful and excellent tutorial my dear friend....this has to be one of the most complete Jedi costume tutorial i seen so far and u earn my respect for that and again u are definitely part of the team that have contributed not only ur time but also getting ur family involved...

thks again

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Post by Jedi_slayer » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:10 pm

Thank you all for your encouraging words. I will improve on the photographs when I have borrowed a higher res digital camera from my dad.

Haldir,
I got the food capsules from Pan-in-the-box too. Not sure if he has restock them as the last time he has sold me his last set.

Darsha,
You have also partially covered your face at the last SSC's SW Bazaar what. This Sunday I will mask my face too. :D So you coming this round?
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Post by Plo Strax-Avix » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:59 pm

Great tutorial!

However a word of caution: Making the Jedi Communicator is not as easy as it looks. Although the base unit(shaver) is easily available, the greeblies are not. I've been trying to find the same stuff used on the communicator seen in the movie but haven't had any success for the last 2 years.

Of course you can do what I did and just put any weird looking bits and pieces on the shaver.
Jedi_slayer wrote:I got the food capsules from Pan-in-the-box too. Not sure if he has restock them as the last time he has sold me his last set.
Another note: Pan-in-the-box food capsules are NOT screen accurate, but sufficient for those who're not too picky about being screen accurate.

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Post by Haldir » Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:38 pm

Jedi_slayer wrote:Haldir,
I got the food capsules from Pan-in-the-box too. Not sure if he has restock them as the last time he has sold me his last set.
No, no I mean the real deal; the actual STAEDTLER Pens, Highlighter etc etc. ;) Back when I started going into Props Making too, I can find the same pens as used in the movie and also its alternative (it's slightly longer and fatter, thus I refer it as for "more hungry" Jedi) at selected Bookstores but nowaday, haven't seen any in Singapore, even the alternative. Interested to get even more. 8) LOL! I can't even remember where I put the Photo "Tutorial" of making it. :shock:

The Pan-In-The-Box ones are smaller than the original tho' are functionable. Got it together with my Belt and Pouches a few months ago when I win a bidding for the set at eBay.

As for the Jedi Comlink, how about just using whatever you can find or make the parts like Maggie did? :wink: I noticed that different Jedi Comlink have different greeblies so we are open to use any of our creativity if doing generic Jedi. I am also making mine as soon as I find a way to shorten those "screws" I gotten for the antenas. :? Got all the parts ready.
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Post by Jedi_slayer » Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:28 pm

Plo Strax-Avix, could you post the pic of your com link for us to see your version? By the way, I have not seen your Jedi costume Pic and read that you are already 'retiring'. What a pity.

Haldir,
I agreed that we could vary the Jedi comlink design to personalise our own Jedi. So we could showcase our very own comlinks after we have complete.
For the food capsules, can you show the pics of the real parts used in the movies too?
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Post by Haldir » Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:57 pm

Jedi_slayer wrote:For the food capsules, can you show the pics of the real parts used in the movies too?
Check out this webpage for the photo of the pen they used:
http://www.partsofsw.com/Ep_1/foodpel.htm

For the Bottom, I use one of those Hemisphere (aka half-sphere) Buttons from most Sewing Shops. I used to love to use the Gold ones as the back is whole and not slightly hallow like the Pearls ones but lately I can't find it. But if you want to get the Hemisphere as recommanded by the Webpage and many other US Prop Makers, then I think the Model-Hobby Shop at Centerpoint might sell them.

Hmmm....maybe this Sun I show you the parts I used and the pellets in its various state of making. ;)
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Post by erase » Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:41 pm

Very Impressive....Good Effort!!!

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Post by Plo Strax-Avix » Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:18 pm

Jedi_slayer wrote:Plo Strax-Avix, could you post the pic of your com link for us to see your version?
Sorry for the late reply...couldn't find my comlink to take a pic. When I don't need it I see it everyday, but when I need it...

Finally found it today

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The weathering is real, from using it during events and appearances :D
Jedi_slayer wrote:By the way, I have not seen your Jedi costume Pic and read that you are already 'retiring'. What a pity.
For your benefit, here's me in my Jedi costume during my visit to the AoSW exhibition:
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(Click on the above pic for a large version)

A crest on the upper back of my Outer Tunic, just below the collar:
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And here's a close-up of the embroidery on my tabard:
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Close-up of the embroidery on the collar of my other inner tunic, not the one worn in the above pic:
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Close-up of the embroidery on my sleeve:
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My belt, pouches, and screen accurate food capsules:
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Colse-up of my home made buckle, front and back:
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It ain't pretty at the back, but it works. The weathering is also natural, from being used during numerous occassions.

My boots:
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Post by GetzJedi » Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:42 pm

This thread deserves to be stickified... Thanks for the contributions, Jedi Masters! 8)
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Post by Jedi_slayer » Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:01 pm

Plo Strax-Avix wrote:
Jedi_slayer wrote:Plo Strax-Avix, could you post the pic of your com link for us to see your version?
Sorry for the late reply...couldn't find my comlink to take a pic. When I don't need it I see it everyday, but when I need it...

Finally found it today

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The weathering is real, from using it during events and appearances :D
Plo, nice costumization on your com link and I like your Jedi costume a lot. Hope to meet you in person (in costume) some day. :D

Desmonds, thanks a lot.

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Post by mandalorianBleahhh » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:51 am

ahh..jedis....nice to make, nice to see and nice to blast! good work!
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