DIY Halloween Costume Inspiration: Star Wars
So my boyfriend would love it if I wore this for Halloween:
The infamous Princess Leia slave costume from Star Wars. I don’t do sit-ups for a living though, so I don’t know if that’s gonna happen.
BUT, there are plenty of awesome ladies out there who DO love this costume, and who have made some pretty epic Star Wars DIY Halloween costume versions of their own. (Much more screen-accurate and DIY than the store-bought version above!)
They belong to a group called Leia’s Metal Bikini, a huge Star Wars fan group, where members get serious about making their own costumes, just like the one seen in the movie.
Want to figure out how to do it yourself? Check out their tips here on how to make your own bikini just like the one Carrie Fisher wore in Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Speaking of serious DIY costumers – my boyfriend David has wrangled me into a group of the most SERIOUS of serious Star Wars costumers – the 501st Legion! That’s us above (me on the far right), with fellow members of the local Louisiana group, Bast Alpha Garrison, at an event celebrating Free Comic Book Day at BSI Comics.
The 501st Legion is an international costume fan group, comprising all of the bad guys of the Star Wars universe. (There’s a separate group for the good guys, called the Rebel Legion, and we often do events together.)
To get in the group, pretty much all you have to do is create a screen-accurate costume and submit it for approval. It’s pretty DIY, in a time-intensive way, that’s for sure – you don’t want to know how many hours have gone into David’s TK. (That’s his white Stormtrooper costume for you layfolk.) But if you want to create an epic Star Wars costume, check out the resources page at the 501st Legion. The people at the various message boards are all really helpful.
Even before I officially joined the group, I helped out as a “wrangler” at various events, including Mardi Gras parades. David and I created this Death Star inspired fascinator hat for me to wear to one of the parades.
What if you don’t want to go as hardcore geek as the costumes above?
There is plenty of other DIY inspiration for everyone in between too!
I personally love the idea of building outfits around the Star Wars & comic book inspired corsets by Castle Corsetry. (That fabric on the corset above? If you’re lucky, you’ll get a boyfriend like mine who will make you a dress out of it!!)
Speaking of dresses, and corsets, made out of Star Wars fabric, you should really check out my friend Kendra’s shop, Bonga Chop. Instead of new fabrics, she tracks down vintage bedsheets featuring your favorite Star Wars characters and all of your other beloved childhood memories!
Want to knit your own Princess Leia wig? Check out this DIY pattern, by Ansley Bleu, and make one your self!
Want to get your little ones in on the action? Check out this adorable toddler Yoda costume, handcrafted by Studio Wren.
I’m also obsessed with this femme steampunk Darth Vader inspired costume by Jen from EPBOT. Seriously amazing, right?
Oh, and while we’re at it – have you seen this amazing DIY dog costume, where someone transformed their greyhound into an AT-AT walker??
Creative Star Wars Costumes from DragonCon
While David and I are both official members of the 501st Legion, and we have screen accurate Star Wars costumes, I LOVE seeing the crazy and creative Star Wars costumes that people come up with at Dragoncon!
This is one of our favorite events of the year, and people always have SUCH creative costumes there, so I thought I’d share a few of them as inspiration!
Fancy dress Stormtroopers, and all the rest, are always a big hit. (All of that plastic armor is hard to party in!) I’ve seen a bunch of variations of these costumes, but I do love the Admiral Ackbar in this group!
Disco and mirror ball covered armor always seems to be a popular theme, among Stormtroopers and bounty hunters alike!
Not into big pimpin’? Maybe a steampunk Boba Fett is more your speed:
One year, many moons before we met, David had an exciting Halloween adventure as a trans-gender Darth Vader. From the descriptions I’ve heard, it was something like Frank-n-furter meets Darth. (I’ve yet to see photographic evidence of this phenomenon.) I’ve done a couple of variations of femme Darth Vaders myself, though. The first year we went to Dragon*con I layered up a bunch of black to play along, but this year I added my Blackmilk bathing suit to the mix:
I loved this Mickey Mouse X-wing pilot costume!
Biker scouts need a little vacation every now and then too…
And last, but certainly not least, I present to you one of the most brilliantly inspired Star Wars costumes I’ve seen… Dolly Deathstar!