Hey all! I'm Amber, and my husband (Andy) is a new member of the Rebel Legion. We attended our first event (him as a Jedi, me as a handler) a few weeks ago with the Carolina Garrison and Blue Ridge Base Rebels at The Booth Amphitheatre.
I'm working on two costumes currently (with others to come) , and I wanted to get some opinions on this one, since I'm planning to join the 501st with it (with Dark Side makeup) as well as the Rebel Legion. We got it pre-owned, but the previous owner and I are pretty dang close in measurements. The dress, headpiece, boots, and gloves all fit perfectly. However, I don't care for the fit of the outer dress and I've decided to get a new one. My sewing experience, however, is rusty and I've had little practice with clothing. So I think I am in need of someone to commission. Take a look!
^Here is where you can see the fit of the outer dress. I don't care for all the extra fabric in the front, which is caused by the way the darting was done instead of making it with separate panels.
^See all the excess fabric? I would much prefer it be fitted as it shows in the game. Also, it is too heavily textured for my tastes. It has also had some wear and tear, so I'm not sure it will hold up to all the changes I want to make. Every time I rub my fingers across it, paint comes off. I've decided it's not worth all the work to get it up to standard, especially since I don't have the skills to do it, it can only hold up for so much longer, and I'd rather pay for someone to make a new one than fix this one.
^Lots of excess in the back as well. My concern was that even if I did get it fitted properly, the zipper would need to be removed and replaced with a longer one. And I've only ever sewn one zipper in my life. So a hidden zipper in pleather (by hand because I have no machine right now) is pretty impossible at the moment. So yeah, by the time all is said and done, I'd rather just spend the money for an all new one.
If you know of anyone who could put the outer dress together, I'd really appreciate it if you could send me in their direction! I'd like to get this costume completed by the end of July, as I start school in August and would like to use what free time I have left to go trooping.
P.S. I am going to put a seam in the headpiece to keep it down. And I am going to make a new belt, as the one it came with was 1) a bit too small for me, so it didn't tuck into the loop much at all, and 2) it was just too stiff, so it didn't drape naturally or even wrinkle. (I've already bought belt fabric and snaps, and I am planning to match the veil fabric so I have some for back-up just in case!)