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  1. Thank you, Thomas. That was really nice, and it truly brightened my day. Pam
  2. I didn't want to post for a while so I could focus on getting better, but this needs a reply. The intention of the CRL is to GUIDE people, showing them what details to include in their costumes. There is no rule that says a costume must be identical to every word in the standards in order for it to be approved. As we've said many, many times on the forum, it doesn't matter what method or material you use to make a certain look, as long as you get that look in the end. The intention behind putting that section of the outfit together was to reduce the number of layers worn about the body. Dresses have additional layers sewn to them all the time, ruffles and insets and such... and we still call it one dress. As always, interpretation is fine, so long as you get the correct final look. I would personally sew an inset behind the main dress, a false inner layer sewn just in that one spot. If you don't like the wording, ask someone with the power to change it to do so. I did the best I could, and I made multiple revisions while we were working on those standards as folks pointed out details to improve, but I never know which word or phrase somebody will decide is wrong years and years after the thing was written. Please, everyone be patient and kind to the folks who work on the CRL all throughout the legion. It's frustrating to spend so many countless hours of your free time writing and revising all this stuff and working on the pictures, trying to help other people out, only to be told over and over again that you messed up, or that you didn't do enough. This thread has been calm and not at all demeaning, but that is not always the case. We as a group have been belittled for not doing enough or for being wrong FAR more often than we have been told thank you for trying. The CRL is a spirit sucker, I tell you. Pam
  3. I think your fabric choices look pretty good. It's always a challenge to judge based on pictures since every computer screen shows them a bit differently... but they look spot-on from here! Pam
  4. Hi everyone, I just wanted to let the general membership of the detachment know that I am stepping down as detachment leader. For a while now I've been having some health problems, and my doctor keeps lecturing me that I need to make some pretty big lifestyle changes if I want to get better. He seems to think that the first steps must include reducing stress and spending less time sitting at my computer. Considering that I've been on medication for several months now without seeing the improvement that I really need to see, maybe he actually knows what he's talking about! To that end, I have requested a mid-year election to select a new detachment leader. The nominations are concluded and we are currently in the Q and A phase, which is being held on the 501st Legion forum. We will be moving into the voting period soon, and then we'll let everyone know who the new DL will be. I wish them the best of luck, whoever it turns out to be. Thank you, everyone, for being a part of a truly wonderful group. I'll still be around from time to time after stepping down, I'll just (hopefully) be more relaxed and a bit healthier! Thanks, Pam
  5. I've found myself returning to this thread several times to enjoy the pictures, and even called a couple family members in to show what great stuff has been happening around the costuming world after they were posted. I'm really jealous about your Weta adventures as well. I'm so thoroughly hooked on behind the scenes stuff from LOTR and the Hobbit... I really need to do a Tolkien costume someday! Thank you for sharing, and I'll look forward to seeing more in the future! (And if the staff mysteriously disappears, it wasn't me. Nope, don't know anything about that missing staff....) Pam
  6. I like the way you're taking this costume step-by-step and thinking each part through. (And yes, washable is good!) I'm looking forward to seeing the whole thing come together! Thank you for sharing your progress with us. Pam
  7. Visas is a lot of fun to wear. The overdress is hot, but it's worth a giggle to say "Who said that?" when somebody standing right in front of you asks, "Can you see?" (It's the most frequently asked question when you're in a Visas costume!) I highly recommend making sure that the red fabric has some stretch to it, such as a knit fabric. That will make shaping the veil soooo much easier! Stiff fabric doesn't drape well, and you end up looking like the flying nun! I listed my pattern choices here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=1506 Pam
  8. Nice work! Some details that might be a concern: The harness piece on your back is too large. It's considerably larger than the reference images. The jumpsuit is well made. It looks sturdy and fits you very well. (I wish I was that skinny!) I can see that the jumpsuit has the piping on the front. Does it also have the quilted panels on the thighs? I think I can see them, but they tend to be difficult to confirm in pictures sometimes. I recommend being sure to submit a picture that shows them clearly when you apply for approval. Even a closeup can help show the LMO that they're present. Your hair has a red tint, but I don't think it's red enough for approval. Do you have a wig to match Mara's hair color? Yup, paint the shin guard designs. You're right for that detail! I have not seen a reference that shows a thigh strap on the holster. However, I would leave it there unless the LMO asks you to remove it. That is a piece that is regularly seen on thigh holsters, so he may be willing to overlook it. If not, it should be easy to remove. If he does tell you to remove it, but you still want something there to keep the holster in place, it may work to put a black elastic strap there. It wouldn't be visible, but would serve the same purpose. I'm glad to see another Mara about to join the Legion.... it's such a fun costume to wear! Pam
  9. Pretty! I'm very fond of this costume, and I'm glad to see another costumer working on it. We would enjoy seeing your progress on this! Pam
  10. Good answers, guys. I get emails and PM's from folks with custom/generic Sith or Dark Jedi costumes several times each month, asking if they can join the 501st with their costume. I regularly send them over to the Dark Empire site, and let them know that all 501st costumes must match a reference from LFL approved material. Some happily join TDE, some say nevermind and I never hear from them again, while others have gone on to make some terrific approved legion costumes. It's all in the personal goals and interests! Pam
  11. Hi, There have been some great discussions about this over the years. According to Japanese tradition, the left side should always cross over the right side.... unless the person is dead. For their burial, the right side is crossed over the left side. So there are people who say that the left should pass over the right, while others say that since Nihilus is a Force ghost, he's dead and the right should cross over the left. In all honesty, when you're getting ready for an event and scrambling to get dressed, which side goes over which is usually the last thing on your mind. To be true to the reference image, it's left side over the top of the right. I had forgotten that some of the information was backwards on the CRL. We talked about that a while back, but it slipped my mind. I'll fix it right now to match the references. Thanks. Pam
  12. . To see the official Legion CRL entry and a downloadable PDF file for this costume, please click here: http://www.501st.com/databank/Costuming ... th_Acolyte
  13. . To see the official Legion CRL entry and a downloadable PDF file for this costume, please click here: http://www.501st.com/databank/Costuming:DZ_asharad_hett
  14. . To see the official Legion CRL entry and a downloadable PDF file for this costume, please click here: http://www.501st.com/databank/Costuming ... ght_sister
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