I wanna look like a Jedi NOW!
Here you are. You have decided that you wish to look like a Jedi. But your sewing skills are not the greatest in the galaxy. In fact the very idea of a pattern makes you want to break out into a cold sweat.
Donít fear. In an effort to get you looking, like a Jedi, I present a quick and dirty method into getting into gear. It is also geared to the absolute beginner, are far as sewing and costuming skills go.
SO, Lets get to it!
Why make it yourself, you ask? For one, it allows you to pick your one style and colors. If you wish to be a dark Jedi perhaps, or perhaps a more colorful one, you are not stuck to the same colors. Two, Unless you are VERY lucky, most Halloween costumes that you buy look VERY cheesy. Unless you spend LOTS of money. Might as well do it yourself. Besides, practicing with your uniform gives you and idea of what does and doesnít work for you. You can ALWAYS upgrade your uniform, as your sewing skills increase, and you become more confident.
The Jedi uniform comes in MANY pieces. The main ones Iím focusing on are:The Outer Tunic The Inner Tunic The Robe Obi and Tabards (The material that goes around the waist and over the shoulders.)
A Proper Jedi uniform also includes: Pants Boots Belt
The Outer Tunic
This is using 60 inch wide fabric. The cut is most commonly called a T-Tunic. The top part of the picture, is the fold of the material. Fold the width of the material in half. The length in material you will need, depends on how far down you wish it to hang. Usually to about mid thigh on many folks Measure from the top of your shoulder to where you wish your tunic to hang. Double the measurement. That is how much material you will need to cut off for the tunic. It helps to lay out a shit that you are comfortable in, and is large and loose to get an idea of an outline. You'll want the sleeve opening to be wide. Cut on a V from the neckline, so that the shirt will lay as its supposed to when pulled tightly. Let your sleeves flare out, but not too wide, so as not to get too entangled. Look at pictures to help guide you.
To finish off the neckline, cut a really long piece of fabric, maybe 4 inches wide, sewed one side of it, right sides together to the neck. Fold it over the seam and then stitched it to the inside. This gives the neck trim all the way around. If you don't have fabric that's long enough, you can make it two pieces, sew them together, and put that seam at the back of the neck. Usual colors are light neutral colors. (for Jedi, of course)
(The dotted lines are the material. The solid line are what you cut out.)
This shows both the collar trim that goes around the neck and front of the tunic, and a skirt added to help flare out at the hips. You do not have to add this feature if you do not wish to. Make sure to add ties to it, so that you can close it, or use pins to hold the tunic closed.
The Inner Tunic
This is just like the outer Tunic, except the sleeves are more narrower. A word on materials. Items made from natural fibers, such as cotton breath much better, than stuff made from Polyesters. It might not seem like much, but remember your wearing 2-3 layers of clothing. If you have to walk for any length of time, you might wish to think about it.
Buy some extra wide brown fabric. 60" wide if possible. Check the bargain bins. If you can't find fabric wide enough, you will have to add extensions to the sleeves. Figure out how tall you are at the shoulder. Double that number and cut that much fabric off of the bolt. If you are 5 feet tall (60") at the shoulder, cut 10 feet (120") off of the bolt. Spread the fabric out on the floor folding it over on itself width-wise. You can either lay down on the fabric with your arms stretched out and your shoulders at the fold in the fabric, and have someone trace around you, or grab a large comfortable shirt and lay it out over the material, and then trace around it. Don't trace too close to the body or else the robe will not flow right. Be very careful of the area near the underarms, not getting to close to the body. Pin the two layers of fabric together along the trace line. Cut the traced shape out of the fabric about an inch outside of the trace line. Sew along the trace lines. Turn the robe inside out. Make the front opening of the robe by cutting a line straight up the middle of the front of the robe to the shoulder fold. Make sure you only cut up the front of the robe. Try the robe on to make sure it fits fine. Then hem the edges along the bottom of the robe, the ends of the sleeves, and the edges of the front opening.
The hood is one long rectangular piece of fabric 45" by 25". You fold it, and then turn the material, placing the fold at the top. Draw out a small curve, and then stitch the area down along the back seam as well. The other open end will be attached to the robe.
Obi and Tabards
The obi is the band of fabric that wraps around the waist of the Jedi underneath the belt. It is thick, about 8 inches or more, depending on the wearer. Decided how wide you want your own obi to be. Double that amount, and cut out the strip of material, allowing for it to be folded in half and sewed shut - double thickness. Then I you can either close it by sewing Velcro on the back, using hooks, or making ties. The tabards are the strips of fabric that come across the shoulders and tuck under the obi in the front and the back. Just measure how long you want your tabards to hang, and double the length. The tabards are roughly about 6 inches wide. Some people attach them to the back of their obi, to keep from losing them, or having them move about.
For this you can use regular pants, as long as they are not blue jeans. Find colors that would compliment your uniform. The tunic will hide any pockets, and the bottoms will be tucked into boots. Use a pair of pants that are loose and comfortable.
Try to find plain boots that go up at least to the knee. Use boots that are comfortable. Try to avoid things such as combat boots, cowboy boots and the like. If all else fails, you can fake a pair of boots until you do find boots you can use.
There is several techniques for achieving the boot look without the cost of actually getting boots. Find a shoe with a sole similar to the style you need - for flat soled boots tennis shoes work well. Older is better as worn soles will not be so obvious. Using a heavy weight fabric like canvas as a pattern mock-up, either a) cut out a two part pattern (side view- this will give a seam down the front and back of your boot) or b) drape a pattern directly onto the foot and leg. Cut out the rough shape, adjust where necessary, and sew, making sure you leave enough room for the foot to go in and out comfortably. Mark the position for the elastic to go under the instep, and any trims to be attached. Unpick and use as a pattern for the final boot top. If you are using fabric, it may need to be lined or boned to keep them up.
If you want better wear out your boots, you can glue them to the shoes instead of making them removable. If using a tied shoe, cut out the tongue and remove lacing, then use hot glue or shoemakers cement to attach the new top to the under shoe. Don't cover the under-surface of the real shoe. You'll need the traction. You might want to use a tad of double sided tape to keep the tops from sliding up too much.
You will need:
You will be drawing a shape similar to this diagram for your pattern. Have the person stand with their side to you, wearing the shoes or sneakers they will be wearing with their costume.
Using a tape measure, measure the distance around half of the leg for the area labeled "C" in the diagram. Measure the length of the show as shown for "B" in the diagram. Measure the top of the foot from the center of the foot to the floor for the area labeled "C" in the diagram. Measure from the end of the foot to where the ankle starts to bend for measurement "G". Sketch out your pattern using these measurements. On the curved edge of the Pattern, add a 1/2" to the outside edge, for a seam allowance.
Cut 4 of these pattern pieces from you fabric (Cut two with doubled fabric, wrong sides together) With wrong sides together, sew a seam (1/2"seam allowance) as indicated in the diagram, on edge "D". Sides "E" and "F" are left open. Trim and clip the seam so that the covering will bend to the correct shape when opened. Referring to the Diagram on the "E" side, attach elastic at the top, bottom and half way mark. The elastic can be two pieces that you tie or a single piece fit to the leg. Attach a strip of elastic to the "F" edge of the boot to create a "sole" that will hold the covering in place. It is best to use a single piece of elastic that will stretch enough to hold the covering snug.
These are also fake boots tops, but the toes and heel are cut out, so that you can wear regular low cut boots or black shoes with it.
For now, a plain wide belt, 3-4 inches wide will do. But for a more authentic look, you will need two belts. One large belt at least 3-4" inches wide. Buy another belt about Ĺ" to 1" wide. Many people take the smaller belt, and attach it to the wider belt, usually using rivets. The front smaller buckle is usually decorative, and most belts close in the back.
Web sites to help you construct Jedi Wear:
Costuming for the Clueless - The bare bones, and how to cover em!
Convention Etiquette 101 - How to behave at a Convention.
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