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
Neeyutnee is Queen of Naboo in Star Wars: The Clone Wars: she is featured in Episodes such as Blue Shadow Virus.
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.
Queen Neeyutnee has burgundy/wine red large rounded corners cheek triangles on both cheeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neeyutnee’s eyebrows are likely filled in with a dark color in their natural shape much like Jamillia and Amidala.
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.
The pearls that Queen Elizabeth I wears in her hair are similar to the placement to the white shell or flower like hair decor that Satine wears. The collar is also similar, the large collar that extends over and around her face and head as well as extending over the top head and onto the for head. Satine’s entire aesthetic is recalls Queen Elizabeth I in many ways.
Padmé wears this Purple evening gown in Star Wars The Clone Wars, Season 2 Episode 4, Senate Spy. If looking for a very sexual costume from Star Wars without the problematic issues of Slave Leia, then this might be a good choice.
(In summery: Slave Leia is problematic when taken out of it’s story context as a position that Leia is forced into by Jabba. The difference between Padmé and Leia wearing sex-ulized outfits is consent. Padmé elects to wear her revealing clothing Leia does not.)
Because this dress only appears in cartoon form there will have to be some adjusting to translate into the real world. It can be easy to translate cartoons into the real world exactly, however, this often times can looks very cartoonish and if that is not the aim isn’t important to pay attention to the details. Being careful of watching proportions so that translating it into the real world looks good. Also consider that all of these proportions will have to be adjusted for each individual Padmé.
Because it is a cartoon that is specifically designed to look like painted wooded puppet, the fabric Padmé’s dress is made out of is difficult to figure out. The dress seems to be made out of a fairly heavy fabric the way it moves, the dress appears to be made out of a semi shiny fabric, such as a heavy satin. The gown color is a dark dusky purple, there is a light purple color on the front of her dress that makes up the symbols on her gown. (Because its used so widely in Star Wars, silk would be a good fabric to use for this dress, silk often times has a semi shiny look while not being overly lustrous.)
(A possible fabric for making this gown might be Silk Crepe De Chine, as its a light silk fabric with a lot of drape and movement, it was also used in Leia’s Classic Political Gown in A New Hope 🙂 )
Padmé’s purple Clone Wars evening gown has a fishtail skirt, also known as a mermaid skirt. Padmé’s dress also appears to has a narrow ‘A’ line skirt, meaning that the skirt of the dress does not fit tightly around her legs, instead it it snug around the hips and follows an ‘A’ shape down to the hem. (Note: That the ‘A’ line dress, is a more narrow ‘A’ line so it resembles a closer fitting fishtail dress.)
Padmé’s evening gown also has a clear train, the train is noticeable, however, it is not very long. a good estimate would be a little over a foot so many 14″ for the train. this of course depending on each individual Padmé.
Padmé’s skirt is very full, there is a lot of fabric moving when she comes down the stairs, the fishtail part of the skirt which is the widest part of the dress is very full.
Padmé’s dress also goes all the way down to the floor and her shoes cannot be seen when she is standing. The floor length of the dress seems to be just touching the floor in front and a small but significant train in the back.
The bodice of Padmé’s dress has a slight sweetheart neckline, the bodice also does not come up very high on her chest.
The bodice appears to come up to roughly top of the triceps below Padmé’s shoulder,
Padmé’s bodice is open on the side, there is no back to her dress, the bodice comes completely around her breast and onto the side of her ribs (see green line for edge of breast and pink line for edge of dress in picture below).
The bodice of Padmé’s dress is also very structured, from the top down to the bottom of her rib-cage. The bodice hugs closely to her body, until the bottom of her ribs, then the fabrics of her dress becomes somewhat less structured and is looser and has a very slight drape around her lower back and side (see blue arrows for drape of fabric in picture below).
The gaping between Padmé’s dress and her back is more obvious in the picture below, however, note: that the gaping in not very much just enough to tell that the dress is not structured in its lower half.
There is no back too Padmé’s gown, Padmé’s dress comes down very low into a soft round shape. The dress back is lower then Padmé’s natural waist, and appears to show her upper lower back, much like her lake dress from Attack of the Clones. (See blue line for bottom edge of dress, green for waist and red for shape of back of Padmé’s dress.)
The gloves that Padmé wears with her evening gown also double as sleeves, these gloves have a cut out that is the shape of an rectangle with rounded ends. The top of the cut outs on the sleeves falls in line the middle of Padmé’s chest. The bottom of the cut outs on Padmé’s gloves falls roughly in line between the bottom of Padmé’s rib cage, and her natural waist, the cut outs also end several inches above the elbow.
Padmé’s gloves are cut very high, the fabric goes up to her underarm but does not attack to the dress in any way and also does not have a lot of extra fabric there.
The top of Padmé’s glove is a rounded shape that comes up over her shoulders, the sleeves also seem to be structured. Note: that the rounded top of the sleeve that covers Padmé’s shoulder is flush to her body. This indicates a form of structure that also allows glove to stay in place on her arm, (see blue arrow). The lower half that comes around the under Padmé’s arm is not flush with her arm, (see green arrow).
Padmé’s gloves also have a detail on the top rounded part that covers her shoulders, it appears to be cut wide enough to allow for several small folds to occur through the structured part of the glove. almost reminiscent of a very, very slightly puffed sleeve (see link for reference image of puffed sleeve).
Padmé’s hair is styles in a simple three strand braid down from the base of her back and down her back, the braid falls down to middle of Padmé’s back. Her braid is fastened at the end if a apparently metal semi cone shaped decorative fastener.
The Shoes that Padmé wears with her evening gown are the same color of purple as her gown. though it is hard to see it appears that she has a squared/rounded toe to her shoe, in the lower second picture vaguely appears to be middle average in height high heals, or more accurately pumps they appear to have some kind of back to them.
Padmé’s dress has seven symbols on the front of it in descending size and order from her lower abdomen.
Padmé carries a bag with her evening gown, one of the few times she is ever seen with a bag. Her clutch bag is the matched to her dress and is the same purple color with silver accents like her hair fastener.
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.
Blood Stripes appear in several Star Wars costumes (blood strips are the different colored stripes that go down the sides of paints.) The stripes appear in all of Han Solo’s costumes, which is likely why in the Legends EU, they are called Corellian Blood Stripes.
However, blood stripes also appear on Leia’s Commando outfit in (ROTJ), Luke’s end metal ceremony pants in (ANH) and also in the battle handmaiden outfit that Padmé as well as her handmaidens wears in (TPM).
Typically blood stripes are made out of one continuous piece of fabric; this is how the stripes on Leia’s commando pants are done. However, Han’s stripes are done differently, instead of being a single stripe of fabric; Han’s stripes are actually embroidered in a dashed line.
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.
Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars; they are also some of the most varied in representation within the movies and TV shows. This post is part of a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.
What Is Orn Free Taa?:
Compared to all other Twi’lek’s, whether for the Original Trilogy, Prequel Trilogy, or in any of the other Star Wars media, Orn Free Taa is drastically different then all the others.
Where all other Twi’leks from both the original and prequel trilogies, as well as all other Star Wars media, have five fingers. Orn Free Taa has three, this is never explained as to way. Below is a picture of Orn Free Taa next to Cham Syndulla, it is very clear that Cham, a typical male Twi’lek, had four fingers and a thumb and Orn Free Taa has three and a thumb.
Where all other Twi’lek’s represented in Star Wars media have two Lekku, Orn Fee Taa has four; two that hang on either side of his face and over his shoulders, and two that hang down his back like regular Lekku.
Orn free Taa has humanoid ears like other male Twi;leks, however, his are much smaller then any of the other male Twi’lek’s, strangely small in fact. This goes for his live action movie as well as the cartoon.
Similarities To Other Twi’lek’s:
Orn Fee Taa has pointed teeth, yellow eyes, regular body color and skin patterning, he also has pointed humanoid ears, however, as mentioned above, they are much smaller then other Twi’lek’s ears.
So why these differences? A theory could be just about anything, elective surgery, a terrible accident, born with a birth defect? We may never know, whatever the story is, it has got to be interesting.
The Most likely reason for Orn Free Taa looking this way and the differences from other Twi’lek’s is what they say about the character. All costumes and character desinges tell us something about them, Orn Free Traa is no exception. The idea behind his character is excess, he has excess in everything about him, even down to having twice as many Lekku.
(Send a link to any fan fictions about why Orn Free Taa does not look like other Twi’lek’s by leaving a comment on this post with a link or a message on the DIY Galaxy Tumblr. Love to see them 🙂 )
Most female Twi’lek’s wear a little hat like headgear or headdress, this is most likely due to the practical need of hide hairlines and Lekku seems.
These hats seem to be only worn by the female Twi’lek’s and have several popular variations, but they almost universally cover the ears, hairline, including the back of the head, and side of the head. Often times they have spaces for the ear-cones to show through.
Concept art for Oola, shows the inspiration of the Twi’lek hats, Oola’s human design has a hat that covers much less of the head. A gag was included originally as well in the concept design, and the ear-cons appear to have originally been a part of the headdress. (Images By: DIY The Galaxy of Star Wars) (Images From: The Art of Return of the Jedi: Star Wars Book)
Sometimes these hats have chin straps, such as Oola, Hera and Aayla’s.
Some of these hats cover the cheeks with little flaps
While others don’t cover hem at all.
Many of the hat’s feature medallions on the forehead.
Some of the hats cover the ear-cones, such as Oola and Hera and the child Twi’lek, they can sometimes be decorative when covering the ear-cones.
These hats can be completely decorative such as those of senate Twi’lek’s, or only have decorative parts, such as Oola’s.
Some of these hats come in multi colors,
while others come in brown which seems to be a popular color,
Or, like Hera and Numa, have different colors and patterns on their hats and they also cover more of the Lekku.
In combination with these hats some Twi’lek’s wear their Lekku wrapped in strips of fabric or leather or with a sleeve over them. These can be done only a little or almost all over the Lekku, or not done at all.
Males typically don’t wear hats, a few wear helmet like hat,
For the most part the males only form of decoration or headgear is wrapping their Lekku.
Some don’t wear any form of Lekku decoration at all.
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.
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.
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.
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.