was...an experience. i like the way many aspects turned out, considering my
budgetary and time constraints.
the grand total
cost ended up being somewhere around $63. not bad, eh? although, theoretically,
it's a bit above my goal.
this was a nightmare,
to some degree. i made all the pieces seperately, which turned out to be a
poor decision, because, at the last minute, it required alot of finesse to
get things finished.
the 'hair fan'
is just that. foam, covered in a stitched black poly cover, wrapped in synthetic
brown hair. the metal bands are wire-mesh based, covered in clay, painted
and varnished. they're held into the fan by extra-long straight pins
the side pieces
were built up and molded to my head using model magic. by drying one layer
at a time, i was able to achieve rock-hard results. there's actually three
different items that create the sides: the base piece with the silver mottled
pattern, the naboo symbol (attached to the base to create a neat raised effect),
and the gold pieces, which were molded to the base with wiremesh, then covered
in clay, painted and such, all seperately. everything was glued together.
the overall base
of the headdress is a skullcap, custom fitted to allow for a headband, which
secures the headdress to my hair. the visible parts of the skullcap (i.e.,
the very back and the very front) were covered in hand-tied wefts of brown
that was fun. i'd had alot of iridescent and white seed beads of all sizes
for ages, remnants of old jewelrymaking projects. i hated to toss them. they
were one of the reasons i chose this costume, aside from the grey kimono fabric
i already had..
thanks to some
massive bead sales at Hobby Lobby, i was able to get the rest for cheap. i
made the bead strands, fifty total, first. in varying lengths. the 'cap' of
beads is in the front, and the back. the entire thing has a grosgrain ribbon
base, fitted to my head with the skullcap on.
i had loads of
fun carrying this bad boy around with me..working on it whenever i had time.
f.y.i.- if you want to meet the world's weirdest drunks, work on this headdress
while at a bar...then try to explain what you're doing to the drunks. it's
loads o' fun! heh heh.
all in all, the
headdress is pretty rockin' and only weighs about five pounds, which isn't
bad. it's pretty comfy to wear, too.
as i become more
skilled at molding and casting, i will more than likely dismantle it and resin
cast it, keeping only the skullcap, hairfan, and beaded piece out of the original.
we shall see, eh?
:: kimono ::
the second reason
i chose this costume? the infamous remnants of the 2 bolt purchase of the
dual sided-platinum bridal satin/steel grey taffeta fabric that i'd had for
ages. no, really. years. yay for $1 a yard!
i altered a kimono
pattern, and tweaked the sleeves and front to get them perfect. i'm quite
proud of their accuracy, granted i look completely stupid in them.
the beading on
the sleeves is actually embroidered in gold thread first, with small-sized
pearls every inch on the curls. it's not very visible in pictures, but it's
accurate, and goregeous. i still feel like i could have extended the swirl
design to be wider, but, under the two-month time constraint i had, i did
the most i could stomach before hitting full-on-panic mode.
i took a hint
from aSurlygirlie, who made this costume years ago, and used an old t-shirt
as the base, stitching the two collars onto it. the fitted under sleeves are
attachable to the t-shirt, and are made from the coordinating baby blue taffeta
($1 a yard-- oh yeeah!), and covered in a off-white crushed voile, courtesy
of the remnant pile. they match the second skirt and the collar.
i had tinkered
with the idea of not messing with the voile, out of pure frustration with
this costume, but i'm glad i stuck it in. it turned out nicely, although photos
don't really capture the textured details.
the top skirt
is the blue taffeta/voile. due to a lack of fabric, i could only extend it
halfway. that means it requires some adjusting from time to time.
the bottom skirt
is the same as the second collar: a deep burgundy/black weave taffeta base,
covered in a layer of seafoam green chiffon, and plum chiffon (all $1 yard,
you guessed it!). i ran out of time to pleat the underskirt, but it's on the
laundry list of things to do someday.
70 container. it definitely is easier to apply, and holds up to sweat better,
but i'm still not completely happy with it. it's still splotchy.
i use the red
maxfactor semipermanent lipstick for the reds, but it's difficult to get off
after a full day of wear, so, you know, don't try that.
:: obi ::
i hate my current
obi. the fabric's way too golden. i just couldn't find anything else-- no
matter how hard i looked. i did, however, the the stiffness right, thanks
to several layers of heavy-duty interfacing mingled with heat and bond.
the obi's constructed
like a back-boned corset, with the back covered by a flap/fold. it's meant
to press down the chest and, hey, boy does it ever. although, i have no doubt
that if i had a much small er chest it would lie flat, and not get the middle
pleat. i consider it a miracle i was able to compress my chest as much as
i did with taping, and then the obi corset....and that i could still sit comfortably.
sadly i don't
have pictures of this on my actual head with the beaded cowrie shell/ strands
piece (which turned out lovely!).
after much searching
i finally found a 35 inch long clip-on ponytail on eBay. styling it in the
three tiers of braids was easy.
the beaded piece
attached at the top very simply by using a stitched-on toupee clip.
and visual research done at www.padawansguide.com,
photos of my actual costume are coutesy of Eurobeat King, Lady Stoshia, and