Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with dress up and make believe. Coming up with my Halloween costume was a major highlight of the year. So I thought I'd share a few costume items that I've crafted and a few tips I've learned along the way. Last year I dressed as an X-Wing pilot for our big Star Wars charity fundraiser. I enjoy putting my costumes together myself rather than buying the expensive-to-buy-cheaply-made-off-the-rack costumes, which don't get me wrong are great time savers but I like the craft of making things and the end product usually looks and holds up better. I think for under $30 I was able to cobble this costume together. The helmet was the most involved and here's how I did it.
1. My dad found this 1970s motorcycle helmet in our barn. It was beat up and scuffed but the bones were good :) So I drew center guide lines for the mohawk piece.
2. I cut a strip of foam rubber from a yoga mat and affixed it tightly to the helmet with clear packing tape.
3. Since the helmet was red, I cut the Rebellion symbols out of painters tape and affixed them to the sides of the helmet. Then spray painted the whole thing white. It took a few coats.
4. I then pealed off the painters tape to reveal the Rebellion symbols.
5. Then after paying close attention to photos of the set costumes I began painting all of the designs with Testor's enamel paints and some acrylic. I knew it didn't have to be perfect but I tried to match it with whatever I had lying around the studio.
6. Once the painting was done, I printed out the rest of the symbols from a site that showed the breakdown of each pilot's helmet, cut them out and glued them on (this is Luke's helmet by the way). Then I broke out the gray paint and smudged on some fake carbon scoring.
For the costume, I wasn't concerned with it being "Legion Approved" here, I just wanted it to be good enough to look kinda legit. So I found a pair of khaki cargos and a khaki work shirt and used a $3 pack of orange dye to color them. The flack vest is just a t-shirt I cut up, drew lines on and attached elastic to. The support pack was a plastic box that I painted gray and glued fake buttons and a hose to. The belt was seat belt strapping. The gun was from goodwill, the gloves were my uncles, the yellow safety glasses were from my dad, and the rubber boots were mine that I spray painted black.
Voila! X-Wing pilot! Tell me about your favorite cosplay, I'd love to hear your stories :)