Max’s Memorial Birthday Party

Last August, we visited Max, a really cool kid who was battling a multitude of health issues. We had a wonderful time and Max and his family became part of our Star Wars family. Sadly, late last year, Max passed away. We’ve been staying in touch with his family since last August, and they asked us to be part of Max’s memorial birthday party on July 10th. It was a wonderful celebration and a lovely memorial, but it was really difficult to hold it together emotionally. While this is such a huge part of why I do what I do, it’s also the most difficult part. Last year, two of the kiddos I visited passed away, and it was just so incredibly heartbreaking.

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).