Saturday, February 28, 2009

Padme Taupe Sleevless Mustafar Outfit

I know, I'm costume obsessed, but I can't help wanting to do another pregnant Padme costume now that I am pregnant again myself. I've been wanting to do the sleeveless "action" outfit seen on Mustafar in "Star Wars: Episode 3" for quite some time.

Image of the actual costume as worn by Natalie Portman.
Image thanks to Padawan's Guide

Recently, I was browsing through JoAnn Fabric's selection in the Red Tag section during a 50% off clearance sale and noticed fabric that would work for the tunic and the pants for this costume. I had recently gotten paid for a commission, and there were no obviously pressing needs for the money, so my husband allowed me to purchase the fabric.

Since then, I have taken the money I got for my birthday from my parents and father-in-law and purchased a nice cosplay wig from an eBay store.

Wig side view, after I styled it.

Wig back view, after I styled it.

Here's a screen capture of the movie showing the back view of the costume, as reference. Notice how long the braid is! There was no way my own hair would pass, so I needed a wig.
Image thanks to Fit For a Queen.

I plan to make the broach and "buckle" out of Sculpey and the leather straps out of some pleather I already have. I got a couple maternity patterns on sale to use as a base for constructing my own pattern. As soon as I finish my Padme aqua georgette gown, I'll start on this one. I admit, I'm getting anxious to start on it! :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Steel Blue Nightgown

Today my family and I were part of a small Star Wars 501st/Rebel Legion event (a child's birthday party) here in town. I have been needing updated photos of me in my Padme steel blue nightgown from Episode 3 since I repainted the broach. So, I had my husband take a few new pictures of me since that was what I wore today. [I'm nearly 5 months pregnant, though the gown has a good way of hiding it!]

To see details on the construction of this gown, click HERE.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Padme Aqua Georgette Update

Here is another update on my progress for my Episode 3 Padme aqua georgette gown. My new goal for completion is March 21st, because I have an event that we are planning on "trooping". I already know the embroidery won't be 100% finished by then, but I want to have as much completed as possible. I've gotten to a suitable "stopping" point for now on the gown embroidery so I am focusing the remainder of my time between now and March 21st on the sleeve/gauntlet embroidery.

Here are some progress images:



*I still haven't washed and ironed the gown, so bear with me!

I have also made good progress on my headband. I have a friend who does resin molding and I asked him to make a mold and pour resin copies of the headband "jewelry" so that all my headband pieces would be uniform. I've recently spent my time cleaning the raw pulls and filling air holes. I have the pieces mounted on the headband form, ready for warm enough weather to spray paint everything.

Here is my original Sculpey mold (seen here with an image of the movie version).

Here are the raw resin pulls before cleaning.

After cleaning, filling, and mounting on the headband form.

Another angle.

To see my previous update, click HERE.

Friday, February 6, 2009

BSG Update #2

Another update on my Battlestar Galactica uniform commission.

Though it has taken me longer than I would have liked to get to this point, I finally have the mock-up of the tunic finished. My pattern will need a few minor adjustments, but I think it's ok to send to my client to have him try it for size and fit. I have taken notes as I constructed it to keep track of the changes that need to be made, but nothing too major.

Here are some pictures of the mock-up. You can't see details very well and the fabric is hideous, I know, (the price was right at 25 cents a yard!) and it is on a small female dress form (I really need to invest in a male form!) but this gives a general idea of how it will look.

Tunic mock-up front view.

Tunic mock-up front view, collar detail.

Now, I need to work on the mock-up of the pants, which will be less exciting, but needed none-the-less. After I finish the pants mock-up, if they go together well, I will send both tunic & pants mock-ups to my commissioner for a fitting. He will help me determine if any changes in the style as well as the fit need to be made.

To see Update #1 click HERE

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker

A costume commission I completed just before Christmas, The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker, has been 100% completed now by the man who commissioned me to sew the soft parts of the costume for him. Here are his completed costume pictures:




It looks much better on him than it looked on my dress form, and I think it looks really sharp with the rest of the costume elements that he has put together.

To see my original post on this costume, go Here.