Rey Updates (miracles happen!)

Updates from the costuming front: 1) I have located some suitable cotton gauze, 2) I got hold of some drapey pants and 3) I acquired a great shirt for Rey. More details below.

First, the gauze. So some weeks ago I was poking around online for natural cotton gauze and was on Amazon, which is the last place I would think to look for bulk fabrics. I located this fabric: Cotton Gauze Tan Cream Natural Fabric by the Yard, and I was encouraged by the look and price but sold when I read reviews stating that it was good fabric for a Rey costume (!!!). So, I bought 5 yards (based on guides I saw online)! It is a bit light and warm in colour for my purposes, and will need to be dyed slightly. I may actually have enough to make both her SA wrap dress and the shawl top from her concept art. We’ll see!

I picked up some drapey pants from Old Navy which I think will work fine!

Third, after looking in thrift stores and other places for a suitable shirt, I stumbled upon an Eddie Bauer shirt on Amazon in the right-ish colour and has a split neck. It also is long enough and has the right fit I am after (I am bustier than Daisy). I got a large and as a typical size 8, it fit perfectly. I ordered two so that I can add sleeves in a matching fabric. I’m very excited!

On the topic of Rey and Poe, I love their new costumes for The Last Jedi and am tempted to attempt those as the hubby and I are both winters and these warm and desert tones really wash us out! 😛 Also, a few of Rey’s things overlap enough that I wouldn’t need to remake them.

Life update: defended thesis; got married; settling into new place. Currently fighting a nasty cold. realizing I don’t have much time to get our costumes together!


Star Wars TFA Rey planning stages

So for this year I will be jumping on the Rey bandwagon 😛 I wanted to make a Rey costume last year but didn’t have the time to make mine or Nathan’s costumes. This year is different! (I am committed as I bought the boots…. no backing out now!)

Rey from Star Wars: concept vs film

Rey from Star Wars: concept vs film

Rey’s outfit looks simple but is actually complicated and hard to get right. So many of her pieces are very distinctive! I am still contemplating actually going with the concept art verison of Rey because that’s a very different look that I like a lot. Though, in actuality the shirt, pants, and boots are basically the same the only change would be the wrap…

For the wrap dress, the official fabric is probably crinkle viscose. While this would probably look the best I don’t know where Rey would have gotten crinkle viscose on Jakku! XD I also prefer working with natural fabrics and so I will probably go with heavy cotton gauze for her wrap dress. I’ll be looking at fabrics soon.

The other question is colour: is her outfit more grey or more brown? I say that as she lives on a sandy world, her outfit would blend with the sands and so it should be warm toned instead of grey.

A few days I actually ordered the wooly Po-Zu boots! I debated back and forth buying them. They are super cute boots, and I do wear boots a lot in winter/fall so I will get use out of them. They are also distinctive. I contemplated DIY-ing a pair of thrift store Uggs but mousy brown wool blankets and lightly-used Uggs in the right design are a little hard to come by… used Uggs are nasty.

It was also compromise with Nathan. The boots for Poe are ridiculously more expensive, but he doesn’t ever wear boots outside of costuming and Poe’s are not as distinctive as Rey’s. That is not to say that mid-calf slip-on men’s boots are easy to find! They aren’t…. though motorcycle boots aren’t my first choice, I’ll probably just pick up a pair of used motorcycle boots and remove the ankle buckle. *shrug* Otherwise, I could afford only one pair from Po-Zu and it also gives me a chance to get brown boots for a potential Cassian Andor costume 😛

Unless a miracle happens, I will need to make my own shirt by making a custom pattern based on an existing shirt. I can’t find the right colour, fabric, and fit in stores. I will probably need to make the Poe shirt along with a Han Solo Ep 4 and Han Solo Ep5/Cassian Andor shirt because the shirts they wore long, long ago (or in the 1970s) just aren’t found in stores, hah. Let it be written here that I have never made a shirt and have never used a sewing machine… O_O

I don’t quite yet know what I will do about her staff but keeping my eyes, ears, and options open.