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Princess Leia comic jumpsuit and cloak outfit - help!
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is looking great as it all comes together! The weight of your cape is really nice.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the length of the cape looks great. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: I wore this for a con last month and got a few more things done on it beforehand!

First of all, I made little loops on the inside on the neck of the cloak to thread the ties through so that they don't hang down and show. It seemed to work well at the con.

Second, I re-handsewed a few of the patches where the threads had snapped in the wash.

Third, I finished the edges of my holster, which made it look a lot more polished and nice!

I still haven't gotten replacement metal pieces for my holster yet. Not sure now if that's something hubby can do or not. Do you all have any recommendations for how to go about making those?

In the current version, I used tin snips and cut some steel sheeting in the right shapes for the buckles and the holster attachments. We found some hardware at the store to use as well — hinges for where the buckles attach to the leather belt, and little round knobs that we JB welded onto the back of the buckles, which the holster part hooks onto. I believe I stated before that unfortunately one of those knobs popped off at a con the week after we glued it on, so the back buckle is currently held on with duct tape! The front knob stayed on though, which makes me wonder if I just didn't give the back one enough time to cure. If that's the case, I could easily remake the back buckle set if this method passes muster. But I'm not sure if it will or not. I'm traveling right now, but once I get home I'll take some closeups of the buckles and post them here so I can get feedback on whether they work or not.

In the meantime, here's a few pictures from the con. I wish I'd gotten one with my hood up, but that will have to wait for another time!









Photo credit for the middle two goes to the amazing Beastmodephotography!

One more question. I haven't dyed my gloves yet — currently I kind of like the fact that they match my boots, but I don't know if that will match the standards. The standards call for the gloves to by light brown to tan and the boots to be light or medium brown or tan. In the comic, sometimes her boots look dark brown, sometimes tan, so it's confusing! Currently I'd describe both my boots and my gloves as a medium brown (in some of these pictures they're in shadow, but in a few where the light hits you can kind of see the color). So, should I dye my gloves lighter, even though that means they won't match the boots anymore? The standards don't say that the boots and gloves have to match; I just think it looks nice. I suppose I could dye my boots lighter too, but I'd hate to do that as the boots are real leather and have a fantastic worn-in look which I'd lose if I dyed them. And then there's the fact that "light" and "medium" and "dark" brown are all relative — I'm not sure what others would classify as what. Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To my eyes, your boots and gloves seem to fit into "medium" brown. If you are unsure, submit a reference photo of the boots and gloves in that color from the comics during your application. We all know that comics can be inconsistent, so it helps to show exactly what part of the comic you are using for reference.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been awhile since I've updated this! I'm still wanting to get this costume approved, but I keep discovering little things I'm not happy with. Before wearing it to SWCC earlier this year, I dyed the gloves a lighter tannish brown and replaced all the metal buckles on the holster with nice machined parts. I also resewed the patches. I was unhappy with the hand-stitching on the patches; it was my first time doing any hand-stitching and I did it very poorly. The stitches were too wide and straight (I basically basted it) and consequently my threads kept breaking when I wore it since the fabric is super stretchy. When I restitched it, I did a sort of whip stitch (except it wasn't over the edge and didn't show on the outside) with small parallel stitches to hopefully allow it to stretch without the threads breaking. I also used thread specifically for stretch fabrics. While it held up much better, unfortunately I think it ended up looking worse. The patches were always kind of bunched up in certain places, but now they're even more bunched up; the edges of the patches aren't a nice smooth line. Another problem is that the seam allowances show clearly underneath where they're folded under. Despite gathering the edges of the corners before resewing the patches so that they would lay flatter than they did before, it still doesn't look great.

What would be a good solution for this? Is there another stitch I should use? Should I try adding interfacing? If so, what kind would be good? At this point I'm about ready to throw up my hands and just try sewing them into the jumpsuit as panels, but I don't know if that would be approvable since they wouldn't technically be patches in that case.

Here's several pictures of me in this costume from Celebration. Note that I'm only trying to get approved with the cape version; I'm aware that the vest is not approvable (though I may someday make one from scratch that is), but I'm including some pictures with the vest so you can get a better view of the jumpsuit. Let me know if there's anything else I need to fix.





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi dear,
I can't explain why this happens to you, but if you want i can share with you the photos of the realization of my approved costume.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VeroLeia94 — that would be wonderful! I'd love to see what you did
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here we go:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/148128894@N07/48792497777/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/148128894@N07/48791990948/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/148128894@N07/48792353441/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/148128894@N07/48792497892/in/dateposted-public/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/148128894@N07/48792497927/in/dateposted-public/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much for the pics!! This is very helpful. It looks like you incorporated the belt as a panel, and topstitched the patches. I'd been reluctant to topstitch the patches myself but it would be a fairly easy solution and yours look so nice that I may just do that.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely. I’m glad i could help Leia Buns
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did press your seams down with an iron? That can help a lot, too. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lora Skywalker wrote:
I did press your seams down with an iron? That can help a lot, too. Smile


Thanks! I hadn't thought of that. I'm not sure how well it will work with this specific fabric but it's definitely worth a try!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can certainly work. I did it with other costumes Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd be amazed how many different materials that trick can work with. (Some better than others, granted). I've done it with leather, too. And yes, it was done very carefully. Razz
I used to skip pressing my seams. No more. It just looks better and neater that way.
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