Methods For Drafting Star Wars Patterns Part – 1 Piece & Preexisting Patterns

There are no patterns as of yet that are available for the movie accurate Costumes of Star Wars. So where to start? Well it depends on what you want to costume for? Assuming that you want the costume for movie accurate costuming purposes then there are 3 basic options. In this post we’ll talk about the piece together preexisting patterns options.

Note: As to date none of the official or none official sold Star Wars costume patterns are accurate to the screen (that you can buy in stores such as Simplicity, Butterick or Jo-ann’s Fabric ect.).  This includes the patterns sold in the 1970’s and though they are good places to start if your interested in them, however, don’t drop a lot of money on them and expect your getting the real thing. We’ve seen them being resold by online sellers from $40 – $60+ and we really think this is not grate as they originally retail for much less and again are not accurate to the movie. So here are some other options.

Overview:

Maybe the lest intimidating piecing together or using already existing patterns can be a good place to start. You can find a pattern that already is similar to your needs and use it strait without any alteration. You can use a pattern that is similar and alter it to be more accurate. Or piece several existing pastern together to make a more accurate version of the pattern you need.

Maggie’s Costuming Site talks a little about this in her wright up of the making of her Padme Tatooine Pancho costume. Here she talks about what patterns she used that already where made by a pattern company. As you can see from her pictures she had very good results from this method of creating a pattern. KayDeealso has a grate example of using already existing patterns are a starting point for her costume making.

Pros:

  • Similar for beginner sowers
  • Easily accessible for almost everyone
  • Saves time of pattern drafting

Cons:

  • If buying knew can be expensive
  • Lots of time looking for a pattern that is the right
  • Having to alter patterns to be the right

Slave Leia Costume Measurements Chart Part-2

(Slave Leia is problematic when taken out of it’s story context as a position that Leia is forced unwillingly into by Jabba. The difference between Padmé and Leia wearing sexulized outfits, is consent. Padmé elects to wear her revealing clothing Leia does not. See article for further analysis: The Washington Post: The Fraught History Of Princess Leia’s Infamous Bikini.)

Please also note that though StarWars.com is an interesting site and often times has good general information that first and foremost it is a marketing tool for the Star Wars brand and the information in some of its articles are not always the most accurate.

Here are some documents that where put up by StarWars.Com. The article is about the Slave Leia costume having been sold but also shows some pics that say they are measurements for the costume. (Please not that all the numbers on this chart are specific to Carrie Fisher. These chart numbers are also in a range and thus are likely meant only to indicate the rang of measurements the costume would fit and are not meant as the accurate measurements for Leia. ie. Carrie Fisher never weighed 89lbs, this is a rang of wight the costume would fit). Like this the other post on Slave Leia measurements knowing what generally the measurements are for the movie costume will help in finding the proportions for making this costume fore each individual Leia.

Again this purpose of this post is to help all the Leia’s out there in figuring out scaling proportions for their own individual costumes. At no point should any Leia feel they need to fit into these measurements because they are in some cases unrealistic and all are meant as a rang for fitting and not an accurate costume size.

Slave Leia Bakini Concept Art 1Slave Leia Bakini Mesurment ChartSlave Leia Bakini Concept Art 2

Return of the Jedi: Leia’s Slave Bikini Measurements Part – 1

ESB: Leia’s Hoth Crown Braids

Front:

Leia’s Hoth crown braid has no part, the hair is brushed back from the front of the face.

hoth leia no part
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: No Part)

Back:

The back of Leia’s Hoth drown braid has no part, this is the tricky part, but there is no back parting to the hair, this is likely because the braids are a hair piece that is pinned on and not an actually crown braid. More on this later.

hoth leia no back part 2
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: No Part)

Side:

Leia’s Hoth crown braid has a side curl in-front of the ears where the side burns are, these are small and not very thick, they also do not go lower then the jaw line generally.

hoth leia side curel 2
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Side Curl)
hoth leia side curel
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Side Curl)

Crown Braids:

Leia’s Hoth crown braids are actually two braids, or if you like, one very, very long braid that goes over the top of her head. however, when the braid is wrapped around her head it forms two rows of braids. On the back of Leia’s head the two rows are very clear and separate. See pink and green marking them. Over the top of Leia’s head the narrower part of the braids are crossed over each other to look like one thick braid. Where as the back of Leia’s braids are positioned to look like a double braid.

hoth leia two braids 2
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Double Braid)
hoth leia two braids
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Double Braid)
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(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Double Braid)
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(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Double Braids)

Hidden Little Bun:

Leia’s real hair is short and appears to be pulled back into a small bun at the base of her neck. This bun is flat and hidden beneath the double row of braids that cross over the back of her head. This is why there is no back part to Leia’s hair, the braids are a hair piece and not a real crown braid so there is no need for there to be a part in the hair.

Leia's Hoth Bun 3
(Behind the Scenes Star Wars 40th Anniversary: Time 1:13:09 Video) (ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Small Bun)
Leia's Hoth Bun 4
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Small Bun)

Position:

Leia’s braid is positioned further back on her head and behind the ears, notice the soft C shape that the braids back curving over the back of her head.

hoth leia position
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: Position Behind Ears and Back From Front Of Forehead)
hoth leia C curve
(ESB: Leia Hoth Hair: C shaped curve of braids positioning)

 

These behind the scene photos show Leia with the braids hanging loose and though it hard to see it dose appears that the braids one long braid that is pinned on the top of her head and wrapped around the sides.  

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Return of the Jedi: Leia Ewok Village Dress: Fabric

The dress that Leia wears in the Return of the Jedi while at the Ewok village is her simplest outfit, (follow link to see an image of the dress). The majority of the dress is made out of chamois leather with a blouse underneath made out of crepe, (I’d venture to say silk crepe). Chamois leather is soft leather made from goat or sheep; it is a very soft leather and comfortable leather.

Ewok Leather Dress
(Leia Ewok Village Dress Fabric) (Image By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Star Wars Costume: The Original Trilogy)

Crepe is a kind of fabric, more a texture than anything else, it can be made out of many different kinds’ fibers, but for Leia, I’d say a crepe silk would be the best bet. Much of the fabric used in Leia’s wardrobe is silk so it goes to reason that the blouse used in Return of the Jedi would not be an exception.

Ewok Leather Dress 2
(Stitching and Decorative Lacing on Leia’s Ewok Village Dress) (Image By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Star Wars Costume: The Original Trilogy)

The stitching that was done to put Leia’s Ewok village dress together can be see under the decorative chamois leather lacing done over the top on many, but not all, of the seems of the dress.

Twi’lek’s: Part 4: Brows & Teeth

Brows:

Twi’ek’s have a widely varied representation in Star Wars; eyebrows are one of the facial features that seem to vary a little. Pretty much all female Twi’lek’s have human-like hair eyebrows, Oola, Aayla, the purple Twi’lek singer Lyn Me, Hera, Numa and more all have this feature.

aayla eyebrows
(SWTCW: S1.Ep14: Aayla: Human-like Eyebrows)
eyebrows 1
(SWR: S2.Ep15: Numa: Human-like Eyebrows)
Oola eyebrows
(ROTJ: Oola: Human-like Eyebrows)

Males on the other hand seem to have large and heavy brow that protrude out from the forehead. Bib Fortuna has one of the largest brows seen in Twi’leks. Cham Syndulla and other male Twi’lek’s seen throughout Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars also seem to share this heavy bulbous brow. And also do not appear to have hair on their brows.

bib brow
(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Heavy Brow)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Heavy Brow)

Teeth:

The shapes of Twi’lek teeth tend to follow to veins, female Twi’leks tend to have flat human-like teeth. Aayla Securra, Hera, Oola and others all have these kings of teeth.

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(STR: S2.Ep15: Hera Syndulla: Flat Teeth)
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(ROTJ: Oola: Flat Teeth)

Male Twi’lek’s tend to have pointed teeth, like Bib Fortuna and Cham Syndulla, however, a little Twi’lek boy from the Clone Wars has flat teeth. It seems that male Twi’lek’s may vary between pointed and flat teeth.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Pointed Teeth)
teeth 5
(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Pointed Teeth)
teeth 2
(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Twi’lek Boy with Flat Teeth)

Images from Cap-That.Com

Return of the Jedi: Leia’s Slave Bikini Measurements Part – 1

(Slave Leia is problematic when taken out of it’s story context as a position that Leia is forced unwillingly into by Jabba. The difference between Padmé and Leia wearing sexulized outfits, is consent. Padmé elects to wear her revealing clothing Leia does not. See article for further analysis: The Washington Post: The Fraught History Of Princess Leia’s Infamous Bikini.)

It is rare to have actual measurements on costumes from movies, however, in the book, [Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy]. Leia’s slave bikini that she wears in Return of the Jedi at Jabba’s palace, appears in the book next to a ruler. The costume items seen in the pictures are not aligned perfectly on the ruler so a little figuring is required to get actual measurement. These pieces of course are measured to fit Carrie Fisher, and would have to be adjusted for every individual Leia. If you feeling like doing the math, these measurements plus knowing how tall Carrie Fisher was, can give you pretty exact proportions on the original costume. and from there adjust the costume to each individual Leia’s needs.

My measurement figuring comes out to roughly 8″ 1/2 inches for the bikini bottom at the top, (which in the photo is at the bottom of the picture, against the ruler). Leia’s armband is roughly 5″1/2 inches in length, measuring from one the curling end to the other.

Leia Bakini Mesurment 3
(ROTJ: Leia’s Slave Bikini Measurements: Bikini) (Roughly 8″ 1/2 Wide At Top)
Leia Bakini Mesurment arm2
(ROTJ: Leia’s Slave Bikini Measurements: Arm Band) (Roughly 5″ 1/2 Length)

 

 

Twi’lek’s: Part 3: Colors, Patterning & Tattoos

Colors:

Twi’lek’s have a rainbow range and more in coloration, they can be any shade of red, green, blue, purple, pink, yellow, and much more. These skin colors can come in modeled combinations or solid.

Lip Colors:

Twi’lek’s typically have lips colored differently than their bodies, however, sometimes a slightly darker version of their body color. Sometimes their lips are the same color as their body, this lip coloration patterning is the same for both female and males.

lip 1
(SWR: S2.Ep15: Hera Syndulla: Lip Color Different then Body)
lip 2
(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Suu Lawquane: Lip Color Darker Version of Body)

Modeling:

Twi’lek’s body colors can also include modeling, both male and females can have modeling, typical of two colors. Such as Cham Syndulla who has orange and cream modeling that almost takes on a semi striped pattern, though it should not go as far as actual strips. (See: green and red arrows for modeling, blue rectangle is tattooing.)

pattern and tattoo 1
(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Modeling, Orange and Cream, the Blue Rectangle is Highlighting Tattoo’s That Are Not Part of the Modeling)

Other modeling  appears blotchier such as the little Twi’lek girl in Star Wars The Clone Wars: Season 2 Episode 10. Blue and pink modeling appears in her body color, (see: green and red arrows.)

pattern 3
(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Child Twi’lek: Pink and Blue Blotchy Modeling)

Patterning:

The patterning that appears on many of the Twi’lek’s does not appear to be tattoos, Aayla Secura has light blue specials/dots on her Lekku. Patterning is similar to modeling, however, patterning does not always or even typical cover the entire body, where as modeling typical does.

pattern 4
(SWTCW: S1.Ep14: Aayla Secura: Spotted Patterning On Her Lekku)

Other Twi’lek’s have speckling patterns on their bodies and Lekku such as the blue senate Twi’lek. She had a lighter blue speckling on her Lekku and her arms,

pattern 2
(AOTC: Senate Twi’lek: Modeling on Body and Lekku) (Image Not From Cap-that.com)

Hera has skin patterning of a lighter green circular patterning on her Lekku only, similar to Aayla Secura.

pattern 5
(SWR: S1.Ep13: Hera: Circular Patterning on Lekku)

It seems that only Lekku being patterned is the most common variant, there is a range from no patterning, to just the Lekku, to the Lekku and body patterning. The most common variation for Twi’leks is to not have any patterning at all, such as Oola or Numa (see picture below.)

tone 1
(SWR: S2.Ep15: Numa: No Patterning)

Suu Lawquane, the mother of the little Twi’lek girl with modeling, that appears in Star Wars The Clone Wars: Season 2 Episode 10, has dark pink patterning over her entire body in a dotted-spiral and circular pattern. It is also possible that Suu Lawquane’s skin patterns are actually tattoos.

patterns 1
(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Suu Lawquane: Patterning on Body and Lekku)

Tattoos and Scars:

Cham Syndulla has tattooing over his Lekku and face, other Twi’lek’s also appear to have tattooing. As above mentioned, Suu Lawquane might have tattooing instead of pattering, Darth Talon is an example from the Legends EU of a Twi’lek with tattooing.

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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Tattoos on Lekku)
twilek scare
(Rebels: S:2 Ep: 15: Scares)

Images from Cap-That.Com

Mara Jade: General Info

Maranjo
(Image From: Wookieepedia)

Mara Jade is a great character first introduced in the Star Wars trilogy, Heir to the Empire, written by Timothy Zhan. One of the few woman to populate the galaxy before the Prequels came out, Mara Jade becomes the wife of Luke Skywalker and mother of Ben Skywalker in the now Legends EU. Originally an agent for the Empire, Mara Jade later becomes one of the first new Jedi.

Mara Jade’s Black Jumpsuit Outfit that is her most recognizable look appear in the Dark Horse Comic adaptation of the Heir To The Empire, Thrown Trilogy. (Images From: Dark Force Rising Comics: Mara Jade: Black Jumpsuit)

Mara Jade Has Three Recognizable Outfits:

Other Mara Jade Resources:

Twi’lek’s: Part 2: Ears & Ear-Cones

Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars, this post is part of a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.

Ears and ear-cones, these are variously listening appendages that Twi’leks have and can sometimes be a little inconsistently represented in Star Wars. In Return of the Jedi, Bib Fortuna has human like ears, these ears where actually part of the prosthetic that was built for the actor.

bib ears
(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Rounded Human Ears)

Oola has a headdress that covers her ears and is where the idea of the ear-cones most likely arose. In the concept art for when Oola’s design was human shows that the white cones are a part of her headdress. However, since than Oola’s headdress seems to have morphed into ear-cons for female Twi’leks.

Oola ear
(ROTJ: Oola: Headdress Covers Ears)
Oola concept art 1
(ROTJ: Oola: Concept Art: Human Headdress) (Images By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Images From: The Art Of ROTJ: SW:)
Oola concept art 2
(ROTJ: Oola: Concept Art: Human Headdress) (Images By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Images From: The Art Of ROTJ: SW:)

The purple Twi’lek singer Lyn Me does not appear to have ear-cone, instead her headdress covers her ears and as there are no lumps under the headdress it appear that her ears are likely to be like Bib Fortuna’s and are humanoid ears. Which is why it seems likely that Oola’s headdress is the point origin for ear-cones.

No ear nub
(ROTJ: Lyn Me: No Ear-Cones, Likely Human Ears)

Getting into the prequels, Aayla Securra and all other Twi’leks have what appear to be ear-cones. These ear-cones are the same color as their Lekku and skin so it looks like they are what female Twi’lek’s have for ears. No male Twi’lek to date has been represented with ear-cones. (see further down article for male Twi’lek’s ears.)

aayla ears
(SWTCW: S1.Ep14: Aayla Securra: Ear-Cones)
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(AOTC: Senate Twi’lek’s: Ear-Cones) (Image not from cap-that.com)

Males:

Star Wars The Clone Wars has several different episode that future Twi’lek’s heavily, in these episodes the male Twi’lek’s have humanoid ears and humanoid ears with points.

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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Pointed Ears)
male ears
(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Male Twi’lek: Human Ears)

My Unfounded Theory:

It’s possible that the first Twi’lek’s from [Retune of the Jedi] had normal humanoid ears, but Oola’s headdress has been interpreted into ear-cones. (Note: that in concept art as seen earlier in this post, the ear-cons are a part of Oola’s headdress, particularly in her human design.) The idea of Twi’lek’s morphed from what they had stared as in [Retune of the Jedi] and developed into something new. So in this theory the female Twi’lek’s ears have been retconned and now they have ear-cones instead of humanoid ears.

It also appears that some of the hats that Twi-lek woman wear have decorative covers that go over the ear-cones.

decorative ears
(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Child Twi’lek: Decorative Ear-Cone Covers)

 

Images from Cap-That.Com

The Empire Strikes Back: Leia’s Snow Suit Boots

In The Empire Strikes Back Leia wears a white snow suit through most of the movie, and with this snow suit she wears two different pairs of boots. On Hoth and while on the run on the Millennium Falcon Leia wears light grey boots with wedge heals. According to Star Wars Costume: The Original Trilogy, Leia’s boots where styled loosely off of mukluks,

TESB Boots 3
(TESB: Leia’s Hoth Snow Suit Boots) (Image From DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars)
TESB Boots
(TESB: Leia’s Hoth Snow Boots) (Image From DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars)

when Leia’s in cloud city after she’s been captured by the Empire she changes her boots to a pair of white leather boots with a tall heal and a zipper up the back.

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(TESB: Leia’s Cloud City Boots) (Image From DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars)
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(TESB: Leia’s Cloud City Boots) (Image From DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars)