Sirk (Original Jawa Character) – Star Wars: A New Hope

There aren’t many Star Wars costumes that can be approved in both the Rebel Legion and 501st Legion, but a Jawa is one of those costumes. It’s also just a really fun costume to make and to wear. I finished up mine in 2020, but it took months for me to finally get around to submit it for approval. It was approved in both groups in May 2021!

I largely followed the tutorials by Utinni Army on YouTube. These, along with advice from other Jawa costumers really helped me figure out what I was doing!

Robe & Hood: The base fabric is natural monk’s cloth that I bought at Joann Fabrics. I used Rit Dye in Sunshine Orange (1 bottle) and Dark Brown (2 bottles) to dye all of the fabric brown. The hood is lined with black cotton quilt fabric (I can’t remember where I bought mine, but it’s widely available). To keep the hood in a nice, round shape, I inserted coaxial cable into the hem. I drafted the pattern of the robe and hood by hand. Weathering was done with watered down acrylic paint.

Boots: I bought these boots from Amazon in “Brown.” The boots were covered in scraps of the robe fabric. I used hot glue to apply them.

Gloves: I bought these gloves from Amazon.

Bandolier: I bought this one from Etsy and weathered it with acrylic paint and sandpaper.

Mask: Following the Utinni Army tutorial videos, I constructed mine from a “Jason” mask, LED string lights, acorn capsules, acrylic paint, black speaker cloth, Velcro, and hot glue.

Underneath everything, I wear a long-sleeve black top, black leggings, and a black balaclava.

May the 4th be With You!

May the 4th be with you, everyone! Here’s a bunch of photos of all of my Star Wars costumes: canon characters, original characters, and interpretations/mash-ups (so far!).

Admiral Ackbar, Zara Fenn (Original Twi’lek Character), General Hux, and Ben Solo.
Fem!Kylo Ren, Kaiya Liin (Original Jedi Character), and Rebel, Rebel Princess (David Bowie/Princess Leia Mashup).
Roxi Sunfell (Original Zeltron Character), Admiral Pepper’s Lonely Death Star Band (The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s/Imperial Officer Mashup), Poe Dameron, and Girl Gang General Hux.
Sirk (Original Jawa Character), Unnamed Orange Twi’lek, Burlesque General Hux, Astrid Perri (Original Rebel Ground Crew Character), and Ben Swolo (Shirtless Kylo Ren).

Astrid Perri (Original Rebel Ground Crew Character) – Star Wars: A New Hope

I don’t know how it started, but a bunch of us decided to put together Rebel Ground Crew costumes because they’re probably the easiest costume in the Rebel Legion (it’s a grey jumpsuit and black boots – that’s it). We each have some sort of gimmick – funny accessories, pun-ny names, silly profile photos, etc. Mine is my teal hair and my lunchbox. I named my character Astrid Perri (“Astrid” because it’s a Scandinavian name and I’ve got a lot of Norwegian in my DNA, and “Perri” as a tribute to my great-grandfather, Louie Perry) and opted not to go with a pun-ny name. My costume was approved in the Rebel Legion! It definitely rivals my Ben Solo costume for Most Comfortable Costume.

Jumpsuit: I bought this from Anovos, but they no longer sell them.

Boots: These are X-Wing pilot boots I bought from CrowProps.

Belt: Another fine creation by my friend Paul at PHProps.

Lunchbox: I bought a vintage metal lunchbox from eBay and added a Rebel Alliance decal to the front of it.

Hydrospanner: My friend Paul 3D printed it for me, and I assembled, finished, and painted it.

Wig: This is Arda Wigs’ “Jane Classic” wig in “Teal.”

Goggles: I bought a pair of welding goggles from eBay.

Kaiya Liin (Original Jedi Character) – Star Wars

I created my original Jedi character, Kaiya Liin, a few years ago. The first costume I made was…not great. It definitely wasn’t approvable by the Rebel Legion, and it just didn’t fit me well. I’ve honed my skills since then, too. I created a new costume and it was approved in the Rebel Legion in 2020!

Tunic: I made it out of linen-look fabric from Joann’s (the color is “Honey”). I used this pattern as my base, but made modifications to it.

Under Tunic: It’s a dickey that I made out of brown crinkle cotton fabric from Joann’s, but it doesn’t look like they have that color in stock online.

Tabards & Obi: These are actually made from an old table cloth I bought at Goodwill! The patterned trim is this really awesome ribbon I picked up at SR Harris. The gold trim on the obi is metallic gold ribbon I bought somewhere years ago (it was a craft store, but that’s all I remember).

Pants: I made them from a really soft, brown knit fabric that I bought at Joann’s, but I can’t remember what particular fabric it was. I may end up using a different pair of pants going forward since these aren’t quite what I wanted, but they work.

Boots: These are brown boots I bought at Target years ago (they’re the same ones I use for my Natasha Romanoff costume from Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

Belt: I bought my belt and pouches from my friend Paul at PHProps. It’s so beautiful!

Food/Energy Capsules: I bought mine from Amazon.

Wig: I bought a wig off of Amazon and styled it, but I’m not terribly happy with it so I may repurpose it for my Beverly Crusher costume. I bought a different wig for this costume, though, and might go with that going forward. I bought that one in “Reddish Brown.”

Lightsaber: Mine is from SaberForge, and I can’t remember the model. The orange day blade is also from SaberForge.

Ben Solo – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Photo Credit: Flannery Rose.

After watching Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I immediately wanted to make a “good boy sweater” Ben Solo costume. So, I did! And it’s one of the most comfortable costumes I have. This costume was also my very first Rebel Legion-approved costume! I was the first Ben Solo approved in our base, too.

Tunic: I used this pattern as a base and sewed the tunic from black cotton gauze fabric.

Pants: These were a pair of coated black jeans I bought from Target (they’re not sold anymore, I don’t think) that I modified to Rebel Legion standards.

Boots: These are the Kylo Ren boots from CrowProps.

Wig: I bought this wig from Amazon and did a bit of styling to it.

Lightsaber: I had friends pick up the reforged Skywalker hilt from Galaxy’s Edge when they went to visit in early 2020.

FX Makeup: Since Ben is pretty banged up in the few minutes he’s on screen, I used Mehron’s ProColoRing Bruise wheel and Kryolan’s Fresh Scratch.

Dr. Beverly Crusher – Star Trek: The Next Generation

Photo Credit: Laura Gough.

I’ve been wanting to put together a Beverly Crusher costume for a while, and I finally did it in 2019!

Uniform: I bought it from Cosermart.

Coat: I bought it from a seller on Etsy.

Boots: These are Kenneth Cole Reaction “Salt” Chelsea boots.

Communicator Badge: It’s a magnetic metal one I got from my friend. I’m not sure where he got it originally.

Rank Pips: I bought them from Cosermart.

Wig: I bought this wig from Amazon, but I’ll likely use a different one going forward since I messed up the styling. Whoops.

Tricorder: I bought one of the Playmates Star Trek: The Next Generation tricorder toys from the 1990s. It was new in box; I really lucked out! (I have yet to track down one of the medical tricorders, though.)

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

Burlesque General Hux – Star Wars

Ever since I started making and putting together costumes on a regular basis, my Halloween costumes have gotten more and more ridiculous. I wish I had an explanation as to how I decided to do a burlesque version of General Hux, but I honestly don’t. I can’t even blame it on a fanfic this time. Regardless of how absurd this is, it was a really fun costume to put together.

Corset: I used the same corset that I use for my Black Canary costume.

Shorts: I used the same shorts that I use for my Black Canary costume.

Bustle: I bought this one from Amazon.

Fishnet Tights: I can’t remember where I bought them, but it was probably from Amazon.

Boots: These are the same ones I wear with my General Hux costume.

Bolero Jacket: I bought this jacket from Amazon, added a First Order patch from Etsy, and made rank bands out of satin ribbon to match the fabric of the jacket.

Gloves: I bought these satin gloves from Amazon.

First Order Fascinator: I made a teeny tiny First Order hat by mocking up a pattern based off of my actual First Order hat, and then shrinking it down about 50%, and then sewing it out of satin fabric. The little First Order pin is made from shrink plastic. I sewed a comb to it so it could attach to my wig.

Wig: This is Arda Wigs’ “Jane Classic” wig in Dark Copper Red.

Riding Crop: I bought this riding crop from Amazon.

Black Widow – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Adding to my growing collection of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow costumes, I decided to put together her look from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is definitely one of my favorite costumes! I hope to get some good photos of my costume soon.

Suit: I ordered mine off of eBay, and the particular seller doesn’t seem to sell it anymore, sadly, but I know there are a lot of other vendors that make this suit. The suit ended up being a little big in areas, so I had to do quite a bit of tailoring, but I think it looks decent.

Boots: These are the same Intaglia “Brooklyn” boots that I seem to use for a bunch of my costumes. I wish these were still made so I could buy a few more pairs as backups.

Widow Bites: These are from Etsy, and are actually The Avengers-style, but they still work well for the costume.

Belt Buckle: This is from the same Etsy shop as the Widow Bites.

Belt/Holsters: This whole rig is a mix of random pieces. The main belt is a tactical belt from Amazon, and the holsters were made with 1 1/2″ black webbing, two plastic buckles from Amazon, left and right Blackhawk Sherpa holsters, and I salvaged some of the decorative bits from the belt that came with my suit and added them to the belt as well.

Glock 26 Props: I bought two Glock 26 prop guns from Matt at Act Tactical.

Gloves: These are a pair of tactical gloves from Amazon.

Wig: I bought the wig from Amazon, but it doesn’t appear to be available anymore.

Gamora – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Photo Credit: Mary Kirk.

After tackling body paint for the first time with my Twi’lek costume, Gamora didn’t seem quite as scary. This costume is incredibly fun to wear, even though it takes a very long time to get into costume.

Jacket & Black Top: These were parts from a Cosplay Sky costume.

Tank Top: I bought a white ribbed tank top from Target and sliced off the bottom hem to look like the one she wears.

Pants: They’re wet look leggings that I bought from Target, I think. They’re no longer sold.

Gauntlets: I made mine from stretch pleather fabric.

Knee “Pads”: I made them from stretch pleather fabric, lined with thin EVA foam.

Boots: These are the same ones I use for my genderbend Kylo Ren. They’re Intaglia “Brooklyn” boots, but they’re no longer made, unfortunately.

Arm Socks: I bought a pair of tights off of Amazon that apparently aren’t sold anymore and sewed them into arm socks. I painted acrylic nails with Sinful Colors nail polish in “Exotic Green” (which is supposedly screen accurate) and attached them to the fingers.

Wig: I bought this wig from Pose Wigs and styled it.

Belt: My friend Paul from PHProps made it for me.

Godslayer: I purchased a 3D printed Godslayer from Etsy and finished and painted it myself.

Body Paint: I use Silly Farm’s FAB paint in Lemon Lime.

Makeup: I can’t quite remember all that I use (it’s been a while since I last wore this costume). I use some sort of green eyeshadow for the contouring. I use NYX Cosmetics Slim Eye Pencil in “Emerald City” and “White” for the face markings, Graftobian Pro Lip Color in “Green,” and M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Shadow in “Humid” and “Goldmine” (screen accurate).

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Bridge Battle) – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Photo Credit: Alex Hall.

One night in the middle of a Facebook Messenger chat with my friend Paul we came up with the idea of doing a photoshoot of the bridge battle scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since Natasha isn’t in her Black Widow costume for that scene, I said, “Oh, I’ll just put together her look from that scene.” Because…why not? We still haven’t had a chance to do this photoshoot (thanks, pandemic) but we will soon, hopefully!

Jacket: The jacket came from White Sheep Leather.

Jeans: These are the Torrid Luxe Skinny Jean in Black, but I don’t know if they make these anymore (which is a huge bummer, because they are SO comfortable).

Boots: I bought these boots years ago from Target, so they’re definitely not available anymore.

Tank Top: This was another Target find a few years ago. It’s just a basic black tank top.

Wig: The wig is from Amazon, but it doesn’t look like it’s available anymore. I have seen very similar wigs on Amazon, though.

Arrow Necklace: I bought mine from Etsy.