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.
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.
Similar for beginner sowers
Easily accessible for almost everyone
Saves time of pattern drafting
If buying knew can be expensive
Lots of time looking for a pattern that is the right
Queen Amidala, and other queens of Naboo, have some very recognizable makeup, this post is about Queen Amidala’s makeup, which, while having similar makeup, other Queen’s of Neboo have slightly different makeup and will not be featured in this Amidala specific post.
These are good videos the show the application technique for the Queen Amidala makeup.
(Note: That the makeup technique for applying is helpful, however, it it not movie accurate.)
(Note: These may also help with the application of makeup for other Queens from Naboo, however, other Queens of Naboo’s royal makeup is not the same as Amidala’s even though it is similar so there will be some differences.)
Makeup Application To Avoid For Movie Accurate Makeup:
Eye Shadow (of any kind, other then white for setting powder)
Tight Lining Or Lining The Water Line
Colors Other Then White For The Setting Powder
(Note: using setting powder other then true no color or if you can’t get that white will change the color of the cream base)
Forgetting To Use Red Setting Powder For The Lips And Dots, which can result in smearing
Colors Other Than White For The Base
(Note: the makeup used in the movie was a porciline white, it is a warmer softer white not as harsh as clown white.)
(When its suggest that colors other then white should not be used, this means that even the lightest shade of regular foundation is not going to be light enough for Queen Amidala’s face base makeup, the makeup used in the film was a specific movie foundation.)
Hair is one of the most stunning pieces of costuming in the Star Wars franchise, however, sometimes working with synthetic hair can be difficult. Here are some suggestions that might make working with synthetic hair easier.
Why Synthetic Hair?:
Synesthetic hair is a better option for making hair pieces for achieve Star Wars hair styles then human hair in most cases. Often times human hair is unethically sourced so avoiding it is a good idea, unless you know it’s origins. That said, if your human hair can he ethically sourced then it can also work well, however, it is always going to be a less affordable option.
Some articles that break down the ethical issues of human hair extensions
Synthetic hair is also more affordable, for many of the hairstyles in Star Wars a lot of hair is required, and that can become very expensive. Synthetic hair like Kenekalon Braiding Hair and other brands like it are typically a more affordable option when buying a lot of hair. Synesthetic hair can also hold up longer then human hair when taken care of
Another alternative to human hair is horse hair, buying horse hair extensions, they are less affordable and depending on the sealer may also be unethically sourced. However, as an option, the hair is natural and looks so.
Weight, real human hair can be heavy, synthetic hair is often times lighter weight then real hair and can be worn longer because of this.
Styling products, when styling with synthetic hair, styling products such as hair spray or moose, are not needed, because the hairs are all the same length unless altered there are few if any fly-always that need to be smoothed.
When using synesthetic hair for a costuming it can be hard to find a matching color, this is partly due to the fact that natural hair is not one color, humans have several different colors making up teach individuals hair including high-light and low-lights. Synesthetic hair is typically one color, and it’s hard to match and make it look natural right out of the package. For a more natural look blending 2 too 3 colors of hair together will help, see video for tutorial on blending. (Note: for making hair look more natural, using more of the base color and chose a smaller amount of your high-lights and low-lights.)
2 of the main textures for synesthetic hair are natural or yaki and silky, both will work great, however, most Star Wars hairstyles in the movies use a silky finish, this is not as important when doing a hairstyle such as Classic Leia (a.k.a Political Gown Leia), however, most of the headdresses that Queen Amidala wears require silky hair finish to be used, such as her Red Invasion Gown headdress.
Synesthetic hair can tangle easily, so to untangle it start by brushing or combing depending on the need, at the ends and slowly working up the tail of the hair. Starting at the top and going to the ends will only make the tangling worse and more difficult to get out. Sometimes using fingers to come the hair can be easier then a brush, and if using a brush a wig brush would probably work better then a normal hair brush. For general untangling and styling a wide toothed come works grate.
For some people synthetic hair can be itchy right out of the package, to remove the coating the hair comes with make a bath or water and vinegar and let the hair sock a while, then rinse and let dry. This processes might be easiest if the hair is still in its loosely braided form that it comes in right out of the package.
Storing the synthetic hair for reuse, put a fabric covered elastic at the center of the hair bundle and loosely braid the hair. Coil the braid into a circle and place inside a hairnet. See Alexa Poletti’s video on storing wigs.
By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens. If you’re like me, you’ve already bought your tickets (come on, December 18!) But even a casual observer of the Star Wars phenomenon is probably at least a little bit curious about the massive film’s newest star, 23-year-old British actress Daisy Ridley. She plays the lead role of Rey, a droid scrapper living on the desert planet Jakku. “When we find Rey, she’s covered in grease and dirt. She’s been living alone for a long time,” says Amanda Knight, the film’s makeup-department head. “She’s dirty because she was scavenging parts from spaceships, so she had to really look like she’s hard-core and gets into fights. This girl kicks ass.” Here’s how Knight, hair designer Lisa Tomblin, and their teams brought Rey to life.
Minimal makeup. What does a droid scrapper wear for an even complexion that’s not trying too hard?Tom Ford. His Traceless Foundation is sheer and just a little glow-y. Knight flicked a few freckles on top with brown cream pigment. Knight added subtle warmth to Ridley’s cheeks withBy Terry Brightening CC Lumi-Serum in Sunny Flash. “It’s very sheer, so it gives you a real sun-kissed look and the tiniest amount of contour,” she says.
Desert sands. Knight got down and dirty bytapping brown M.A.C. and Skin Illustrator pigments all over Ridley’s skin. But she also used actual dirt—or rather sand. “We took sand from the desert where we were filming and boiled it in water to sterilize it,” she says. “Then we’d stick it on Daisy’s face before each take. But it didn’t really matter. When she was filming fight scenes, she was facedown in the sand anyway. And there was nothing sterile about that at all. Poor Daisy really went through it.”
Her eyes. Ridley’s eyes were smoked out just a little bit (“J. J. [Abrams, the film’s director] didn’t want too much,” says Knight) with adark-brown liner from Bobbi Brown that she smudged and smudged. She applied ataupe shadow just in the crease, then coated her lashes with Kanebo Sensai 38C mascara, an intense formula that locks onto lashes until it’s removed with superhot water (hence the name, or about 100 degrees Fahrenheit). “We didn’t want her looking like she had full mascara on. The Kanebo mascara has a tiny little brush; it worked well and didn’t smudge. We put it at the root and didn’t brush it all the way through,” she says.
The new buns. Rey wears her hair in three segmented buns (or “knobs,” as Tomblin calls them) throughout the film. “I tried to think of a style that was cool, practical, and different—and not so fussy,” says Tomblin. And of course, “it’s a nod to Princess Leia,” she says. To secure each knot, Tomblin chose a piece of brown wool. “It’s rustic, like something she’d find in the desert.”
Serious sun protection. On the Abu Dhabi desert set, sun protection was a top priority. (See? Even Jedis wear sunscreen!) “We took it very seriously,” says Knight. “In the morning, we’d apply SPF 50+ under Daisy’s makeup.” Knight also discovered a Banana Boat mist available locally. “We’d apply it to her face every hour. It didn’t mess up the makeup, and it wasn’t too shiny. As soon as the take was over, we’d duck under umbrellas. Not only was it over 100 degrees, but the reflection off the sand was brutal.”
Padmé has many hair styles thrghout the Prequel Trilogy, often when Padmé’s hair isn’t in an official style she wears it hair in curls. Padmé’s curls are usually medium to small size curls that fall in soft romantic rings, it is also important to note that Padmé also has different kinds of curl patterns depending on the outfit. Studying reference images helps to get an idea of what kind of curl patterns are needed. Like with all costuming, study the reference images for proportion, and adjust to fit your own unique features from there is one of the best places to start.
There are a lot of different method to curling hair, the main two being heat and heartless curls. If you have naturally curly hair you may want to change your curl pattern, (the natural way your hair curls,) to one more similar to Padmé.
Before curling your hair some tips that can help, use a product in your hair such as, moose, curling serum, or hair spray. Also consider using hairspray on the curls after the curls are finished forming.
When curling hair, wrap the curl on the wand or the roller in the opposite direction every other curl, (curl 1 away from the face, curl 2 towards the face ext.) This helps prevent the curls from tangling together and helps keep them more defined as separate curls.
When using a heat tool using a heat protective product can help keep the heat tool from damaging your hair.
Leia’s Bespin hair consists of a bun with two looped braids tucked underneath the bun, this hair style is most likely achieve with the addition of hair pieces and or hair extensions. This style is not hard to do, however, most tutorials don’t have the right preparations, even if they have good technique, to get the right volume and length most people will need to use synthetic extensions.
Leia’s hair does not have a part of any kind; it is smoothed back into the style,
Leia’s bun is a medium sized bun of un-braided hair that is wrapped into a bun with the ends hidden within the bun. Follow the numbers from 1 to 5 to see the wrapping pattern of the hair.
The bottom edge of her bun is roughly in line with just above Leia’s eyebrow however, this sill chance from Leia to Leia.
The top of Leia’s bun is roughly in line with the crown of her head, Leia’s bun should not be higher than the top of her head.
Leia’s bun is placed in the center of her head; the width of her bun leaves an inch and a half at least on either side of her head. (Note: that a hair net matched to hair color should be put over the bun to finish it.)
Leia has two, English, or three strand, braids that loop from underneath her bun, the braids come out from the sides of Leia’s buns, this is important, as there are several inches left between Leia’s braids.
The bottom edge of the looped braids comes down to just above Leia’s shoulders. (Note: that Leia’s braids need to be about an inch in width if not a little more. They should also be a consistent width all the way through.)
To finish off this style, Leia has the hair in front of her ears are curled into a soft spiral curl, note: that these curls can be a little longer or shorter than the bottom of Leia’s ear lobe, however, they should not be much longer than this.
DIY: Bespin Leia Hair:
Version – 1:
Follow the steps in the video links, (Note: that this tutorial needs tweaking to be movie accurate.) Put your own hair into a ponytail on the crown of your head, if your hair is long enough leave it out to make the bun, if not then make sure to add in some synthetic hair to make the bun large enough.
Take synthetic pre-braided hair in a long enough length to loop down to the top of the shoulders. Pin this hair on the top of the ponytail, and loop the braids as shown in the video, however, make sure to loop them down to the top of the shoulders. (Also: make sure that the braids on hanging down from the sides, this is easy to achieve by pinning on the top of the ponytail, there should be several inches between the loops.) Hid the ends under the bun, make sure to wrap the bun following the pattern in the above picture with numbers. Make sure to position the bun in line with the top of the eyebrows and the head, also make sure that the bun is not too big. Finish the look with a hair net.
(Note: this video link has a bun that is note wrapped the right way and is too big, it also has loops that are too short and the braids need to be a little wider, it also leaves out the ear curls. However, the technique is good for achieving a movie accurate hair style.)
Version – 2:
If you are using a wig you may not need to add in any extra hair, follow the steps above with your wig hair to achieve the right look.
Version – 3:
Like with End Ceremony Leia, you could make a hair piece that you pin on over your own hair, make sure to follow the proportions indicated in the pictures. If you have long enough hair you can add a little synthetic hair into your own to make the right width and use your own hair to make the loops and use a clip in or pin on bun (See Links.)
Ray’s tri-buns are simple to do, like with all Star wars hairstyles, following proportion is the best way to get a movie accurate look. Many tutorials, though perfectly accurate in method, have their proportions off, with studying and following the movie proportions, the methods liked at the bottom will work wonderfully for Rays tri-buns.
A small triangle of hair it taken from the front of the hairline, roughly in width from the center of the one eye to the other, this hair is then tide with a little black hair tie and is roughly in line with her ears.
The tri-buns are simple, the hair is sectioned into three parts and pulled back into a ponytail that is halfway pulled through the hair tie and has the end wrapped around the base.
(Note: that these buns are not all the same size and these are smaller at the top of the head and going down to the largest.)
(Also Note: that Ray’s hair, though easily done with your own natural hair, is a very stiff hair style, it doesn’t move a lot, this is likely because she has extra hair extensions in her style.)
(Also Note: that that the buns should not touch each other when finished, and that it will be easier to achieve this style is your hair is between shoulder length and mid back.)
The first bun is a mini-bun, the hair is pulled from the front of the ears up to the crown of the head and put into the first tri-bun. the Mini-bun loop is roughly in line with Ray’s hair line.
The second bun is a Small-Bun; the hair is pulled back from the base of the skull in line with the jaw. The top of the small-bun is diagonally from the top of the ear a straight line, all this hair is up into a slightly larger bun then the first making a small-bun. The small-bun’s loop is roughly in line with the upper to middle part of the ear.
The last bun is the largest and is a medium sized bun; the remaining hair is put into a medium-bun. (Note: that none of the buns touch each other,) the medium-bun’s loop is roughly in line with the base of Ray’s neck close to the shoulder.
In front of the ears there are small sections of hair left out and slightly curled, these hairs are left out from the hair style and finish off the look. They should not be longer then her shoulder and often times appear shorter.
Ray does not have any apparent hair pins holding the hair that is wrapped around the base of her bun in place. Using a topsytail tool, after wrapping the hair around the base of the bun, pull the tail of the hair back inside the elastic, hiding it inside the bun for a seamless look.
Devorè velvet, also known as burnout velvet, is used a lot in Padmé’s clothing, and also in many other costumes throughout the prequel trilogy. Devorè velvet us usually made by using a blended fabric such as, silk/rayon. A blended fabric of portion based fibers like silk, and cellulose based fibers like rayon have a mild acid is used to eat away the cellulose threads leaving a shire cut out panel.
There are several costumes in Star Wars that require fur, faux fur specifically; the most notable are the Ewoks. Less noticeable is Queen Amidala’s Red Invasion gown from [The Phantom Menace], as well as the cape that goes with Amidala’s Senate Address gown from the same movie.