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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I bought this amazing Totoro (from My Neighbor Totoro) costume from another costumer who was looking to sell it because he was moving and wanted to downsize his costumes. I jumped on it immediately because I absolutely love Totoro, and knew that this costume would bring so many people joy! I’ve only been able to wear it a couple of times (it’s quite a large costume, so it’s not super easy to transport) but it’s been absolutely worth it. It’s so much fun to wear!