Check out how I made my Women’s Jedi Costume!
My daughter’s Ewok costume was easy to make, I finished her outfit within a day. My costume on the other hand I didn’t know what I was going to do. I looked online for tutorials and patterns and came up empty-handed. I knew I wasn’t going to spend a lot of money on this either; it was for Halloween and playing dress up with my daughter. Why did I want to make my costume vs. buying it? I saw the “Jedi” costumes on the market, and frankly, I was disappointed in the quality of them.
So as far as a pattern what I ended up using was a “Jedi” costume. I got a great deal on it! I went to jet.com, and they had an offer for first-time customers, where they got $15-$20 off a purchase along with free shipping. I paid $20 for the costume, which I would use as my pattern. I figured I could use the pattern again, just scale back in size for my daughter. As soon as I got it, the costume’s fabric was so thin and cheap.
Details for my costume:
I already had:
Fall leather boots
black denim jeans
grey long sleeved shirt
Star Wars FX Hasbro Lightsaber-Qui-Gon Jinn
(with it being green, same color as Luke’s in Return of the Jedi)
Star Wars FX Hasbro Lightsaber-Obi-Wan Kenobi
–I found these on Amazon, but the prices of them have gone way up. I have seen that GameStop stores sell them.
Yeah, I would like to have a real lightsaber, but $300+, seriously! Plus, these are more kid-friendly, as my daughter and I like to play with them.
I had to make:
I went to Joann Fabric’s and picked up:
-brown cotton fabric for my robe (you should use wool, but that was way too expensive for me)
-natural linen colored fabric for the tunic
-dark green vinyl fabric for the tabards and belt (similar to Anakin’s in episode 2 and 3, I chose this as it was on clearance for less than $8 a yard)
Let’s Get Sewing!
As far as my hems on the robe, I just had them cut at the proper length and followed with a tight zig-zag stitch. I even put in a pocket in the robe so I could carry my lightsaber. I measured the blade, cut a piece of brown fabric to the length and sewed it in. It came out great!
For my Jedi Tunic, I followed this video on making your patterns from clothes in your closet. Instead of pattern paper, because it’s expensive, I bought a roll of brown packing paper as it was on clearance. You could even use tissue paper and tape it together. In her video she had cardboard underneath, yeah I didn’t do that. I pinned the Jedi tunic costume to the paper and traced half the body and then the sleeve separately. Ladies, if you have a tunic in your closet, you could even use this!
I put in a zipper at the back of the shirt as well.
The Tabards & Belt:
This was very easy to make. I decided on 8 inches for a dramatic look. I multiplied it by two. I measured from the middle of my back to middle of my thigh, for the length (where I wanted the tabard to stop). I folded the fabric in half with the right sides of the fabric touching each other. Sewed it up, except for one bottom side so that I could reverse it. I then sewed it to the belt.
Want more Star Wars?