"The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of crochet."
I am slowly creating a crocheted cast of Star Wars, and here's the latest addition. I have a vague plan for each one that I make, and I've been trying to work up a real pattern, but the shoulders always throw me! (Sorry, jmigs -- that's what's taking so long!)
Here's a bit of a close-up on his chest and belt. I thought this would be so easy to embroider and make it look great, but then everything I tried just looked lame. So after this version, I gave up and called it done.
I'm pretty pleased with his helmet, but if I had it to do over again, I'd make his head one or two rounds taller, because the helmet would look better if it sat up just a little higher off his shoulders. But I think the cape turned out really well.
Here's a photo with my hand to show size perspective, but it probably would have made more sense to show him with a ruler.
I would love to hear what you think (especially if you have any advice for writing up patterns!)! Thanks for looking!
I went the lo-cal route, with a bunch of glowstick bracelets (eBay!) and a dollar-store plastic bowl. Here my son almost holds still enough to get a good photo.
I used plenty of clear tape to hold it all together, and I also used some strong packing tape to attach a circle of elastic at the front and back. That way I could stretch the elastic out and lower it onto my head, and the elastic would hold it more or less steady. It turned out really well.
My younger son will be two in December. He loves R2D2, whom he calls "R2 2D." Close enough.
The costume is white fleece with colored fleece and sewn details. The arms attach to the shoulder with a tab of Velcro, and then some elastic (held together with a toggle) keeps the arm attached around his forearm. We live in Minnesota, so it has to be wearable for a variety of weather -- either over a T-shirt or over a snowsuit.
The hat is some stretchy silver material that wasn't as hard to sew as I thought it was going to be. (Phew!) But by the time I got to the hat, I was sort of done. So all the details are just hot-glued on. (Sort of humiliating, but a person can't stay up drinking wine and making costumes all night long ... at some point, she hast to sleep. Right ...?)
My 3 1/2 year old son has become obsessed with rockets and spaceflight. Someone suggested that we let him watch the Jimmy Neutron movie. (Hardly Star Wars, but harmless enough. Of course Tom loved it.)
Jimmy is 5" - 6" (12.5 - 15 cm) high without his hair, which added another 2" (5 cm) or so. I tried his hair three different ways. I'm still not delighted with how it turned out, but my son tells me it's fine.
Jimmy gets around in a rocket ship.
The rocket had no form at all, so after I finished, I stuffed the tail section and put a circle patch over it to keep the stuffing in. Then I cut 1" strips of plastic canvas and sewed them inside the main body of the rocket to form a sort of framework or skeleton. I wish I'd taken a picture of that -- boy howdy, was it ugly. So then I made a liner and sewed that inside to cover the skeleton. Much nicer.
I wanted his hair to be all carefree 70s-ish, but it came out a bit more Harry Potter-ish than I envisioned.
Here's a close-up of his holster and leg. You can see much better here that the pants are navy. Hilariously, this yarn is called "Bright Navy," but it's nearly indistinguishable from "Black" in any light other than noonday sun or a camera flash. I didn't continue with the red stripes on this side because I figured they'd be covered by the belt and holster. Well, almost ...
I'm going to do Luke, Leia, and Obi-Wan next ... but probably not for another month, because it seems I'm actually going to have to start paying attention in chemistry class. Egad.
I've been wondering if my friends do an intervention if I do the entire cast from Star Wars.
I should have used a smaller hook, or bought more Glitterspun to stuff him with, but I got impatient.
I wanted to do the chest detailing, too, where his pecs are outlined like the circle on his belly -- but it always looked like he was wearing a bikini. So funny, and so, so wrong.
C3PO's eyes are kind of lit up in real life (well, in movie life), so I used yellow thread to embroider that on, then outlined it with yellow yarn. I'm not terribly pleased with how it turned out, but you get the idea.
I am pleased with his legs, though. In movie life, his knees are horizontal cylinders. This turned out pretty well. (In real life it looks better.)
His arms have those shock-absorber things connecting the forearm to the bicep.