Star Wars Costuming Comlinks: Research and PlanningJune 14, 2016
After deciding which costume is suitable for your body type and budget, the next steps to take are researching and planning your costume build. Creating a costume can get overwhelming very quickly and sometimes you might feel like no progress is being made. However, if you research and plan your costume properly, all of these hiccups and discouragement can be avoided.
|An example of my reference photos for a Sabine Wren costume.|
Assess your work space. Having room to create a costume can be challenging if you live in a small apartment, dorm, or don't have a garage. Most costume items can be worked on inside your house, but you will need to clear off a desk or work table to use. Set up a space for your sewing machine, spray paint cans, and other tools. This will help you put things back where they came from and you'll never be searching around the house for that missing pin cushion or bottle of glue. Spray painting and using other chemical based products should be done outside with good ventilation. If you don't have an outside space or garage, ask around in your circle of friends if they have a garage or yard that you can use for a weekend. If you're a student attending a university and live in a dorm, ask your art department professors if you can use their areas for painting projects. I built an entire clone trooper costume while living in a tiny dorm on a college campus so it's definitely possible. Several of my friends offered me their garages for a few weekends, which helped me complete all of the painting, gluing, and Bondo steps in a safe environment.
Gather the tools you will need. Some costumes require very little tools when building them and others require all sorts of expensive devices. If you're creating one costume and have no intentions on making any more, ask friends or family members if you can borrow their tools. However, if you feel that cosplaying is going to become a new hobby, invest in the essential tools. If you're making a costume with lots of fabric, it might be a good idea to save up for a good quality sewing machine. If you're creating a stormtrooper costume, definitely purchase a Dremel and several different cutting wheels. Sandpaper, spray paint primer, and glue are always staples for creating armored costumes. Pins, patterns, and a fabric cutting mat would be needed for fabric costumes.
Each and every costume build is different, but if you consider all of these tips, you'll be on the right path to creating an awesome Star Wars costume. If you have any questions regarding these topics or anything relating to costuming, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @Savanna_Kiefer.