Previous post was ‘My lightsaber and how I built it’. This post is ‘My new Jedi gear and how I built that’. Basically I’m doing this as an act of mercy to everyone I know, because I’m ridiculously excited about this stuff and will burble about it given the slightest indication of interest, and hopefully writing it down will quell me.
I’m not quite done; still have some belt-pockets to make up before I can apply to the Rebel Legion, but I’m super-happy with what I have so far.
Yeahhh so I literally only just noticed my cloak blends really well with the beat-up old sofa we brought back from England. Whoops. Anyway, the random camo pattern was a happy accident, due to the Dylon Forest Brown powder mix having variable solubility. Could be worse. I had to tone the whole thing back with the biggest, strongest, nastiest pot of tea you ever saw in your life, because it came out of the original dye purple in a lot of places, I kid you not. I kind of like it, actually, it wasn’t intended to look like that, but it’s beat-up looking like a Sentinel cloak, and flip, the Legion never specified solid color. And it fits and flows like an absolute dream. And is surprisingly warm and easy to wear.
I’ll have you know there’re two different kinds of curtain on this gear: the cloak used to be a pair of white, tab-top, canvas curtains that I picked up for a pound and used to divide my end of the room from my sister’s end for about a year, then brought home, then used briefly as a bedspread until the container arrived back, then forgot about for a while, then turned into a cloak! Found out in the process of dyeing it that that hem is about four yards around. The tabards and sash are made out of the horrific curtains that used to be in… I think the rumpus room, actually. There are very, very fine golden-orange Lurex threads in places – fortunately they got tarnished, these are old curtains, man – not super-visible, and the weave is rough enough to hide what’s left, besides being a really lovely texture. I had to line all the pieces because these were blackout drapes on a budget, which basically means they had white acrylic paint on the backs of them. HOWEVER. Rescued-from-the-bin fabric is one of my favorite things.
The fabric for the tunic was new unbleached calico, and I dyed it in the same nasty tea as the cloak toning. I did not expect it to come out that color, but, again, it’s kinda growing on me, and it’s not a color the Legion would object to. A friend described it as ‘rose colored’. (I go by Rose in my everyday life, ever since that first biology class where the tutor taking the roll looked around and asked loudly ‘where is the girl with the 1950s name?’) I’m not used to jokes on my first name. Surname, yup, absolutely, it’s a total trainwreck of a surname. First name jokes are unusual. I’m keeping that one, I loved it. MA ROSE-COLORED GORRAM JEDI TUNIC, cheers, mate.
Belt is actually two belts, both from charity shops. The wider one started out purple, the narrower one orange. O the joys of boot polish. Boots are from a charity shop in England. Jeans are Tommy gorram Hilfiger that I found in a charity shop reject bin for a dollar… yes, when I got them they were bootcut and about three inches too long, but I have enough determination and optimism to make up for my cluelessness, and a sewing machine that emigrated from Scotland in the ’50s (with my grandma, who is also extremely determined but not particularly optimistic). Problem solved.
The hair you’re all familiar with by now. The blue thing is a colored hair elastic with a thread tassel on it that is a bit of a mish to put on, hence it’s only for occasions.
So yeah. Gear.
Thanks for reading.
PS. I’ve been reading a lot of Space Australians lately, so I have no idea how the LATE post on the 13th is going to turn out. Wish me luck.