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

SWTCW: Naboo Royal Makeup: Queen Neeyutnee

Neeyutnee is Queen of Naboo in Star Wars: The Clone Wars: she is featured in Episodes such as Blue Shadow Virus.

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(Queen Neeyutnee)
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(Queen Neeyutnee)

These measurements and proportions in this breakdown are based on an Animated face and are not going to translate perfectly to real faces. There will need to be some interpretation, however, this post is meant to help with figuring that out.

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(Cheek Rounded Triangles)

Queen Neeyutnee has burgundy/wine red large rounded corners cheek triangles on both cheeks.

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(Forehead Rounded Triangles)

She also wears small rounded triangles on her forehead placed on either side of the large half oval section on her forehead that is filled in. Note: that these small rounded triangles on her forehead are in line with the bottom edge of her half oval with the royal crest in it.

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(Placement of rounded face triangles)

The edge of the cheek triangle is in line with the point of the rounded forehead triangle. the back flat edge of the rounded forehead triangle falls roughly in line with the center point of the cheek triangle see the pink line in the image above for this.

The outer edge points of the rounded cheek triangles fall roughly in line with with the outer corners of her eyes.

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(Cheek and Forehead Rounded Triangles, Placement and Preportions)

The rounded cheek triangles top fall in line with the bone of the eye-socket, the center of the rounded cheek triangles fall in line with the tip of the nose, this is shown by the pink line in the image above (the same as the cheek dots that Amidala wears). The bottom point of the rounded triangles fall in line with the bottom of the nose where it connects with the lip.

The the bottom edge of the forehead small rounded triangles are in line with the bottom edge of the half oval with the royal crest on Neeyutnee’s forehead. The top edge fall in line with the center of the royal crest.

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(Half Oval Forehead Center With Royal Crest)

In the middle of her forehead a long half oval shape is filled in with the same color that the cheek rounded triangles and lips are. In the middle of the half oval is the Naboo royal crest the color is charcoal grey.

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(Royal Crest In Charcoal Grey)
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(Eyeliner)

It’s hard to tell because it’s animated but it appears that Neeyutnee is wearing black mascara and a very thin natural eyeliner. Because this is more open to interpretation then the live action makeup we think that if so desired a small winged eyeliner could be added to this look.

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(Eyebrows)

Neeyutnee’s eyebrows are likely filled in with a dark color in their natural shape much like Jamillia and Amidala.

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(Lips)

Neeyutnee’s lips are filled in with the same color as the rest of her face markings makeup. Both the top and bottom lips are filled in. In the middle of her bottom lip she has a narrow rectangle of blue. This is unique and the first time we see the bottom lip filled in with color instead of white like the face base.

Myths About Star Wars Hairstyles

One of the common myths about hairstyles in the Star Wars universe is that these intricate styles are achieved with a person’s own natural (often times long and thick) hair. In reality a combination of wigs, hair pieces and hair extensions, among other techniques, where used to give the length and volume needed for these styles. Princess Leia’s and Queen Amidala/Padmé’s hairstyles are commonly attributed to this myth. However, both Leia’s and Padmé’s hair is achieved through the for mentioned hair help. Within universe the characters achieve these hairstyles with wigs, hair filler and forms among means other than their own natural hair. In [Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season: 3 Episode: 11, Pursuit of Peace,] a short scene near the end of the episode shows Padmé talking with her handmaiden Teckla Minnau. In the scene Teckla is holding Padmé’s senatorial wig/headdress which Padmé wears with her (blue and gold) senate dress from the Clone Wars TV show.

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(Cap-that.com) (Teckla Minnau, SWTCW: S:3 E:11)

A behind the scene photo of Padmé’s [Star Wars: The Phantom Menace] (black Coruscant) wig/headdress from [Padawan’s Guide] shows that the wearers real hair is tucked beneath the wig/headdress.

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

Padmé’s (senate address) headdress from the same movie can also be seen here in makeup-chair, (Also from Padawan’s Guide).

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

All in all, the notion that Star Wars hairstyles can and only should be achieved by your own natural hair is a myth in our galaxy and one far, far away.

 

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