Poe Dameron Pants V2 (AKA Pantsgate 2017)

In the spirit of redoing almost my entire Poe Dameron cosplay, one of the pieces I wanted to redo was the pants. The pants I used originally were pretty close to the right color, but the style wasn’t quite right. I found a pair on eBay that were just about right after a few modifications and some dye. This is what they looked like before I made any modifications:

The things I ended up modifying:

  • Removed the cargo pockets from each leg
  • Removed the back pockets
  • Removed thin belt loops
  • Replaced the buttons on the fly
  • Removed the adjustable buckles on the waist
  • Converted the buttoned belt loops to regular belt loops
  • Created two new belt loops in the front
  • Removed the cinching ties in the leg hems

It sounds like a lot of work, but it didn’t take very long at all. It was mostly taking my seam ripper to everything, and just a little bit of sewing.

This is what they looked like after the modifications:

A lot less “stuff” on them, that’s for sure! That meant only one thing…DYE TIME. I used Rit Liquid Fabric Dye in Dark Brown, because I assumed (and this is where it will come back to bite me later) that the pants were 100% cotton. Why? I have no idea. Because of that assumption, this is what they ended up looking like when they were dyed, washed, and dried:


The dye only dyed some of the fibers, and the rest were left khaki. If I wasn’t going for a particular color, they would have looked really cool, but…unfortunately they were all wrong. A comparison shot of the before and after:


I immediately checked the listing on eBay to see if the fiber contents were listed, and it turned out the pants were actually 65% polyester and 35% cotton. Whoops. I purchased a bottle of Rit DyeMore in Chocolate Brown, which is meant for synthetic fabrics. That also meant I needed to borrow my mum’s giant stock pot for some intense stovetop dyeing fun. This is what they looked like after the second round of dyeing:


Darker, but not quite the dark chocolate brown I was hoping for. Sigh. Here’s the comparison between the original pants, the first round of dyeing, and the second round:


For the third attempt, I bought a packet of Jacquard iDye Poly in Brown and a packet in Black. I used the entire packet of brown and about 1/3 of the packet of black. I figured the black might help darken the brown a little. The result was more of a dark olive green than I expected:

I’m not really sure what happened. The dye coverage was definitely better with the iDye Poly than the Rit dye, which made me happy. Here’s a comparison of all four iterations of the pants:


At this point, I’m going to call it good and go with this sort of brownish/olive/whatever color they ended up being.

The plus side of all of this is that the Rit DyeMore and iDye Poly dyes will actually dye plastic buttons and zippers, so I didn’t have to replace the zipper in the pants. I guess that’s something that turned out better than I expected!


IMAX 20th Birthday Celebration


On Saturday, April 15th, the Minnesota Force (and the 501st Legion, Minnesota Superheroes United, and The Royal Sisterhood) made an appearance at the IMAX theatre at the Minnesota Zoo for their 20th birthday celebration. The day started off rainy, but it cleared up in time for us to take photos with kids outside before doors opened, and then mingled with the crowd in the lobby.

It was also the debut of my General Hux costume. It’s not quite finished (the belt hasn’t yet arrived, and I need to get the greatcoat tailored) but luckily my old Poe Dameron belt worked just fine for the time being. There’s a plus side to having a black/brown reversible belt, I guess!

It was super fun, since this is my first dark side costume. There was a guy wearing a hoodie with the rebel alliance symbol, and I yelled, “REBEL SCUM!” and he laughed and said, “Thanks!”

I also told a little girl she should come to the dark side because we have cookies, and the best chefs in the galaxy.

All in all, it was a good day.


Guarding the Guardians of the Galaxy! (Costumers: Lisa Duffy and Jason Brezina)


Getting cozy with Star-Lord.


Rey joins the GotG! (Costumer: Lindsey)


Legacy Stormtroopers? Just as good, but less traitors. (Costumers: Lisa Duffy, Kris Heding, Jason Brezina)


General Hux woos Giselle. (Photo by Laura Gough. Costumers: Kris Heding, Laura Gough)


Entire group! (Photo by Alex Hall)

HungerCon 2017


Battling a young Padawan! Photo by Rick Rietow.

This past Saturday I went to HungerCon 2017 at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. It was a really fun event for kids with a bunch of costumers (the Minnesota Force, Minnesota Superheroes United, 501st Legion, and The Royal Sisterhood were all represented), games, crafts, and other fun stuff. The kids seemed to have a fun time, and I had a blast, too!


My favorite Padawan, Molly! (Photo by M Porter Photography)


Hanging out with Thor! (Thor is Joshua Pinson) (Photo by Marie Porter)


I’m 90% sure Matt is Kylo Ren. (Matt the Radar Technician and photo by M Porter Photography)


He was like this when I got here.