FOX 9 News Promo

On February 11th, I appeared with other members of Costumers for a Cause on FOX 9 News to promote the Costumers for a Cause Launch Party on Saturday, February 17th. It was my first time on television, and it was really fun! I didn’t have to speak, which is good. I also debuted my Kylo Ren costume, which was cool.

Here is the video of our promo:

This shot made me crack up when I watched it. I look so depressed!


And here are a bunch of photos! These were taken by Kelly Rietow.


During the broadcast with news anchor Leah Beno! Costumers: James Konicki, Erich Schwab, Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Rick Rietow, and Jonathan Palmer.


Another shot during the broadcast. Costumers: James Konicki, Erich Schwab, Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Rick Rietow, Jonathan Palmer, and Isabella Taylor.

Green Screen fun!


With news anchor Leah Beno and meteorologist Cody Matz. Costumers: Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Isabella Taylor, Erich Schwab, James Konicki, Jonathan Palmer, and Rick Rietow.

“In other news, I still have daddy issues.”


Uh, just forward the repair bills to the First Order. Hux will take care of it.



Kylo Ren Makeup Test

Last night I did a test run of my Fem!Kylo Ren makeup, including the scar. I decided to go with smoky eye makeup (using my Tarte Sex Kitten palette) and pretty much my usual day-to-day makeup for the rest. For the scar, I used Mehron’s Rigid Collodion to create the base. I did a few coats to make the scar a little deeper-looking. I used a pinkish/nude eyeshadow to make the scar look a bit pinker. Then, I used a medium brown eyeliner pencil and traced along the length of the scar, and then softly blended it to give the scar some depth and to stand out a little more.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! I had some fun taking photos, too.

Kylo Ren approves, except when it comes to porgs.

TFW your parents don’t understand you and don’t believe it’s not “just a phase.”

Well, at least Kylo Ren has an eight-pack. And is shredded.

Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Sometime in late December/early January, I had a dream that I made a really cool genderbend Kylo Ren costume (complete with an awesome scar). I laughed it off because I’m not really a Kylo Ren fan. But, then I couldn’t stop thinking about it and how much fun it would be to create, and so I decided to go for it. My goal was to create the costume pieces close enough to the ones used in the movie, but not go too crazy trying to make them screen accurate – mostly because my skill level wouldn’t allow me to be able to perfectly recreate everything. As long as people could recognize who I was trying to emulate, then that would be good enough for me.

So, let’s break down the costume pieces!

Undertunic: I bought a black long-sleeved tee shirt from Target and removed the sleeves to use one as a pattern. Then, I bought a bunch of black linen-like fabric and used a sort of pintucking technique to two large pieces of the fabric to create about 26 1″ rows on each sleeve to give a sort of pleated look, but not actually creating pleats. While I used the sleeve from the tee as a base, I had to make it a bit bigger since the tee is made from knit fabric (so, super stretchy) and the linen I used had no stretch at all. With a little bit of adjustments, I made a mock-up pattern from some scrap fabric and cut out the sleeves from the pintucked fabric. Then, I just sewed them in place of the old sleeves in the tee.


Vest: Using the Simplicity 1499 pattern as a base, I made a mock-up of the vest using an old bed sheet. I had to make quite a few adjustments: I had to make the front collar a bit higher, had to add some fabric to the underarm area, made the shoulders a bit pointier, created a whole new collar, and took in the sides a little bit. Once the mock-up was complete, I cut out the pieces from the same linen-like fabric I used for the undertunic, and then made a lining from black cotton fabric. The basic construction didn’t take too long, but then I wanted to create a quilted grid pattern. That part took quite a while, but I think it turned out well.


Cape: I bought this really cool stretchy black fabric that has sort of a wet look to it, so it’s somewhere between looking kind of metallic and also kind of like leather. I used Simplicity 8201 as the base for the cape (just the two back panels, really) and made a mock-up using an old bed sheet for the front two panels. Then, I sewed in woven cotton laces at the shoulders to create “opera straps” to tie behind my back to keep the cape on my shoulders.



Leggings: I bought faux leather leggings from Torrid.

Belt: I bought a stretch corset belt from Torrid, but I’ll eventually commission a proper Kylo Ren belt from my friend Paul at PHProps.

Boots: I bought some cool boots off of eBay that have multiple straps. They’re awesome, and I plan on wearing them outside of my Kylo costume for sure!

Gloves: I used my black leather gloves from my General Hux costume.

Wig: I bought the “Jane” wig from Arda Wigs in Black. It’s such a cute wig that I kind of want to wear it all the time.

Lightsaber: I went with the Black Series Force FX Kylo Ren lightsaber. I want to add the texture to the blades to give it a fiery look, but I want to make blade covers as opposed to modifying the actual blades. That’ll be a project for another time.

Makeup & Scar: For my makeup, I did a smoky eye using my Tarte Sex Kitten palette. The rest of my makeup was pretty much my normal daily makeup. For the scar, I used Mehron’s Rigid Collodion to create the base. I did a few coats of it. Then, I used a pinkish/nude eyeshadow to make the scar look a little pinker, and then used a medium brown eyeliner pencil (softly blended) to add depth to the scar.

This is the costume put together:


I had my friend take a couple of photos of me wearing the costume, but I didn’t wear any makeup for these photos (the makeup test was done on a different day). I’ll edit this post to add more photos later.


I’m hoping to debut this costume soon, and then I can have some photos taken with makeup and everything. But, I have to say I am extremely happy with how this costume turned out, and I think the undertunic and vest are my best work so far.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

The week of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was nuts (in a good way). I did four troops between two theaters in three days. Whew!

Thursday, December 14th: Plymouth Grand 15

I love doing events at this theater – the employees are all so incredibly nice! I went as Poe, and brought my BB-8 Hero Droid with me to see how he’d do at events. He was unruly (in true sassy droid fashion) but people seemed to like him.


Costumers: Lindsey Rae, Dylan Scherer, Jeff Allen, Kris Heding, Anna Sawyer, and Jeffrey Knotz.

There was a local reporter there interviewing us and some of the theater staff. Here’s the video clip:

After the troop, we watched the movie and I had ALL OF THE FEELINGS. As you’d expect.

Friday, December 15th: Plymouth Grand 15

We had a huge group for this one, and it was awesome! We had a ton of fun, took some silly photos, and had a great time. (All photos below were taken by Madeline Anderson, and a couple were taken with my phone.)


Costumers: Brian Nguyen, Meg Lehman, Erich Schwab, Eve Zabronsky, Phil Glover, Steve Fuchs, Madeline Anderson, Erich Ludwig, Trevor Bailey, Kris Heding, Mike Giralico, Sara Rae, Jordan West, and Pari Elizabeth.

First Order Colonel and General Hux take a much-needed break to indulge in tasty ICEEs. Unfortunately, Hux got a huge brain freeze. (Costumers: Sara Rae and Kris Heding.)

Join the First Order! We have droids (and we try to steal some from the Resistance.) (Costumers: Jordan West, Kris Heding, and Sara Rae.)


Taking advantage of the lineup of Stormtrooper balloons. (Costumers: Kris Heding and Sara Rae.)

Saturday, December 16th: AMC Southdale

The Boy Scouts of America rented theaters in four locations throughout the Twin Cities on Saturday morning, and a handful of people trooped at each location. We got to see the movie with them after our troop, too.

I brought BB-8 along again, and he was much better behaved than he was on Thursday.


Costumers: Amanda Fineran, Matthew Bastyr, Amber Rae, Erich Schwab, and Kris Heding.

Saturday, December 16th: Plymouth Grand 15

Second troop of the day! I switched to General Hux and we had another great turnout for our troop.


Costumers: Mark Fisher, Jordan West, Henry Fisher, Kris Heding, Katherine Hickman, Amanda Fineran, Nick Hickman, Madeline Anderson, Aaron Weiss, Diana Patraw, and Leonard Patraw.


Rebel scum. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Nick Hickman, and Amanda Fineran.)


Very funny. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Nick Hickman, and Amanda Fineran.)


Aaaugh! (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Amanda Fineran, and Nick Hickman.)


General Hux and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Jordan West, Kris Heding, and Nick Hickman.)

Star Wars Holiday Special @ Bryant Lake Bowl 2017

This event marked my one-year anniversary of trooping with the Minnesota Force!

Every year, the Bryant Lake Bowl shows the Star Wars Holiday Special. There were three showings, and I was there for all three. We had a great turnout this year!

I know there will be more photos trickling in over the next few days, but here are some of the initial photos.

SWHS - Anna Sawyer 2

I’m pretty sure there’s a Like Skywalker/General Hux dance party happening. Costumers: Rick Rietow, Kris Heding, Henry Fisher, Mark Fisher, Mike Giralico, Phil Glover, and Madeline Anderson. Photo by Anna Sawyer.

SWHS - Anna Sawyer

Costumers: Rick Rietow, Amanda Fineran, Anna Sawyer, August O’Meara, Madeline Anderson, Mike Giralico, Jordan West, Sara Rae, Kris Heding, and Sarah Grap. Photo by Anna Sawyer.

SWHS - Kelly Knowles

Costumers: Amanda Fineran, Rick Rietow, Anna Sawyer, August O’Meara, Madeline Anderson, Mike Giralico, Jordan West, Sara Rae, and Kris Heding. Photo by Kelly Knowles.

SWHS - Chris Grap

Costumers: Todd Murray, Madeline Anderson, Sara Rae, Larry Spychalla Jr., Jordan West, Jeff Allen, Tatiana Allen, Sarah Grap, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, and Erich Schwab. Photo by Sara Rae.


Grumpy trio. Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding.


I don’t care, he’ll always be BB-H8 to me.


Fabulously contemplating blowing up another planetary system. Photo by Sara Rae.


Evil, but fabulous. Photo by Sara Rae.

Photoshoot @ Fantasy Flight Games Center

On December 10th, a bunch of us from the Minnesota Force/501st Legion/Rebel Legion went to Fantasy Flight Games Center to make use of their awesome Star Wars backdrop for photos. Some people took photos for 501st/Rebel Legion submission photos, some took photos just for fun, and some were group photos. Since I don’t have my commissioned General Hux costume yet, I just did some fun photos in my current Hux costume.

These photos were all taken by Katherine Hickman, unless otherwise noted!


Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


This is one of my favorites! Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Who needs a Force choke when an actual choke will do? Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


Everyone’s favorite First Order Odd Couple. Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.


My favorite photo of ALL TIME. My shirt says, “Kylo Ren is a Punk Bitch.” Costumers: Kris Heding and Paul Haga.

I STOLE KYLO’S LIGHTSABER! (Photo on the right by Alex Hall.)


Who’s Snoke’s favorite now?


Fire when ready.


Awesome shot of a bunch of Imperial and First Order staff! Costumers: Kris Heding, Kyle McKean, Alex Hall, Lynn Sessions, Jeff Scalise, Aaron Lilyerd, and Erich Schwab.


Have some sassy “snapping in a Z formation” Hux. You’re welcome.

Get your own “Kylo Ren is a Punk Bitch” t-shirt at!

The Cantina Strikes Back @ First Avenue

On December 9th, my favorite Twin Cities DJ, Jake Rudh, hosted a Star Wars-themed dance night at First Avenue. The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion did the official troop for the event, but I went as Amanda’s +1.

It seemed appropriate to wear my Rebel, Rebel Princess costume again!

We all had a blast!


Backstage at First Avenue with Prince photobomb!


Getting some dancing in before everyone got in costume! Well, Lindsey and I were in costume, but we weren’t trooping. (Photo by Lindsey.)


Badassery! Costumers: Kris Heding and Lindsey Rae. (Photo by City Pages.)

Jake asked me to film the troop going onstage, so I did that for him. Click here to see the video! It was hard not to cheer at the top of my lungs because I was filming. But here’s a shot that Lindsey took of everyone on stage:



Leia with the son she SHOULD have had, and bonus Mon Mothma for extra awesomeness. Costumers: Amy Scalise, Jeff Scalise, and Kris Heding.


WHEEE! Costumers: Jeff Scalise, Lindsey Rae, Amanda Fineran, A. Tom Rehn, Anna Sawyer, and Nicole Webinger.


And I found Lando!