London Film and Comic Con Summer is coming up from 29th July 2016. I’ve been to a few cons before, but I’ve yet to attend in costume. This year I’m planning to go as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ll be going with my sister this year (I dragged her along once before.. and now it appears she’s got the bug!) and also another friend. Hopefully we’ll all be dressing up!
I’ve spent a lot of time just thinking about how to create my costume. I’ve managed to cobble together some of the accessories, so now I’m going to have to get on with creating the tunic top and trousers.
Here’s what I’ve pulled together so far:
Arms: Crepe bandages to wrap around my arms on the day, and I’ve made a leather cuff for the left wrist out of leather off-cuts purchased online. Just need to get a buckle to complete the cuff fastening.
Waist: Rey has two belts around her, one with a small bag attached to it. I’ve found 2 brown leather belts, one a bit larger than the other, and I’ve punched several more holes in both of them to allow for different adjustments. I’ll also wrap some leather cord around it in places to make it look more “salvaged”. I found a great tie-in bag made by DarkBunnyTees, which has “Rey’s Salvage” emblazoned on the front! It’s a bit bigger than the one in the film, but should come in handy at the con. Now to decide whether to completely attach it at the waist, or to keep the shoulder strap (to hold the weight). I’ve also made two additional leather straps which I’ve attached to both belts – this is going to be a makeshift light saber holster… so I don’t have to carry it around all day! The light saber itself is from the Disney Store, of course.
Clothing: So far I’ve just made the two sash-things that go across the body. Took me a whole day just to cut and hem 2 strips of fabric! I’ve added Velcro into the shoulders, and when I make/find the tunic top I’ll add the Velcro to the top of the shoulders to stop it falling off whilst walking around. I’ll have to see if I need further Velcro strips to keep it in place at a later date.
Things still to do:
Find a wig or clip in hair extensions to create the 3-bun hairstyle. I’m not growing my hair out.. it costs good money to keep it in style!
Work out what type of shoes/boots to wear. Along with some material strips to wind around the legs.
Make the tunic top and trousers. Still trying to locate the best pattern for these. I may have to create one – but that’ll be an experiment! We’ll see.
So that’s where I’m at right now. I’m currently going to London Film and Comic Con on the Friday 29th July. I’m thinking I might possibly buy a Saturday ticket also.. as a couple of the guests that I want to meet won’t be there on the Friday. Possibly, maybe.
In the mean time… May the force be with you!