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« on: February 01, 2009 11:11:54 AM »

For my "to school" costume (I am a teacher) I made this.  Halloween is a big deal where I work, as it is the one day where students don't have to wear their uniforms, and they get a half day and put on skits.  Anyway, this is the third time in my life I have been Leia, only this time, I had to make a new costume.  (My previous one fit me before I had hips and before, apparently, my arms got buff!)

I didn't use a pattern, I just kind of winged it.  (There was a lot of laying on top of the fabric and marking where my ankles were and that sort of thing!)
I got the cheapest fabric Jo-anne's had to offer.  The belt is made from Diet Pepsi cardboard, painted with some leftover white house paint, topped with more cardboard covered in foil.
I did buy the wig, as my hair is too short to do anything with.  Plus, it was much easier to make those buns when I could put the wig on my husband's head!

This is my "Help me Obi Wan" face.


Pardon my tired face! I stayed up super late the night before Halloween to finish, as I had spent all my evenings for the previous week finishing a costume for one of my high school students.  (Which, sadly, I never did get a picture of!)
 
Several of my elementary school studnets were Jedis and they were excited that we were from the same movie.  One student was Darth Vader and I think I might have creeped him out a little when I made some reference to him being my dad...



Here is one from years ago, with an ex-boyfriend as Han.  That dress was originally made when I was in 8th grade (out of a sheet).  Both that time and this one I had hair long enough to work without a wig!  Anyway, I think I did a much better job with my latest version!




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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009 12:01:04 PM »

love it! great job girl!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009 02:42:40 PM »

OMG this is so cool! And your likeness to Leia is outstanding. Your earlier version was great too,  Tongue showed off your figure nicely.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2009 08:23:18 PM »

Nice costume!  I went as Princess Leia last Halloween too, with my fiance as my Han Solo.  I made both our costumes...mine won the college costume contest (which, being an alum, I was not technically eligible to enter...whoops).  Yours is better, I think..but given that I'd only been sewing for a few months when I made mine, I am quite pleased with it!  Grin

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Me as Leia (unfortunately, none of my pics show the hairstyle or the belt very well)



DF as Han (the funny thing is, he HATES Halloween and complained for months about my making him wear a costume...until I showed him the finished product, at which point he refused to take it off for days, lol)



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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009 10:53:51 AM »

Elsinora, your costume is amazing!  You and your fiance both fit the parts so well!
Is that your real hair?  Because it looks perfect! What did you make the belt out of?
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2009 12:12:02 PM »

Elsinora, your costume is amazing!  You and your fiance both fit the parts so well!
Is that your real hair?  Because it looks perfect! What did you make the belt out of?

Thankies!  No, it's not my real hair...my real hair is blond and not NEARLY long enough, unfortunately, so I bought a black witch wig from the local halloween mart and styled it myself.  It took almost a hundred bobby pins and ended up looking quite sparse in the back, so I had to wear the hood up most of the time.  I am envious of your hair!  Embarrassed

The belt was a piece of white felt with velcro closures--I would have used white pleather, but I couldn't get any in time.  For the silver doodads, I wrapped aluminum foil around pieces of posterboard cut into the right shapes, hot glued the round buttons onto them, and then hot glued the whole shebang onto the felt.  The round pieces are from a fabric-covered button making kit I got at Joann's for $2.50.
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