|I feel so pregnant in this picture :)|
Not only was the movie awesome,
but it was Baby's first time going
to the movies!
|Doesn't she look cool? Not pictured|
are the brown boots that also she wears.
(image from hitfix.com)
Naturally, I began my costume by perusing thrift stores for tan-ish colored pants and fabrics. Some Rey costumes I've seen go a more tan route, and the movie photos seemed to be more sandy colored, but I figured that tan would probably be easier to pull together. I discovered that, although tan and off-white capris and long pants abound in thrift stores, none of them would work. They were either skin-tight or big balloons. Nope. So, I thought, Hey, I can sew. I'll just buy a huge t-shirt and make pants out of it!
And wouldn't you know, right after I made this decision, I spotted a sandy-colored Men's XL t-shirt.
I also found a tan-colored bed sheet.
And I happened to own a white v-neck t-shirt that, due to some staining from excessive wear, was just waiting to be cut up.
Plus, my generous, detail-oriented husband offered his brown sock as tribute for the wristband.
I couldn't find a big enough belt to make Rey's special belt, so I decided to wear a brown scarf as a belt, since I could wrap it around myself a couple of times.
|I used this tutorial for the hair!|
The drawstring pants probably took me about 4-5 hours total, since I was sewing by hand and had to re-stitch the main seams a couple times to get the fit right. Other than that, this costume was a cinch to pull together (I used this tutorial for the pants). A friend of mine threw a party last Saturday night, and I decided to do a trial-run of my costume there. It worked out great-except for my lack of boots. Rey wears boots. I owned two pairs of dress shoes/heels and a couple pairs of sandals. Period. No boots. But, this was a budget costume, so there was no way that I wanted to spent tons of money on boots.
So, yesterday morning, I took the matter to God.
"Okay, God, so Star Wars is tonight! And, as you know, I have this makeshift costume that I've pulled together. But the only shoes I own are some pairs of heels and sandals, and for this costume, I need boots. But I don't want to spend much money on boots. So please send me a pair of brown boots by way of the thrift store. Thanks!"
I briefly ran into one thrift store and didn't see any boots. But, I visited this store a couple days ago, and they didn't have any, so I wasn't that surprised. I walked into another thrift store, and as I rounded the corner of the shoe section, I saw them: Brown boots, standing on the bottom shelf. And, of course, they fit perfectly-and were about $6. Proof that God answers prayers? I think so :)
XL t-shirt for pants: $1.49
White v-neck shirt: $0.00
Brown sock: $0.00
Brown Scarf for belt: $0.00
Tan sheet: $1.98
Grand Total: $9.45
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was pretty much incredible. I had tried my hardest to stay away from spoilers before seeing it, and I'm so glad I did. I was completely immersed in the story, and I really, really enjoyed it a lot. I know some fans have had gripes about certain aspects of the movie, but I think it was done quite splendidly, pulling in Star Wars nostalgia and themes while giving us new elements to munch on. The movie felt like a visit with an old friend who is embarking on new adventures. I'm very very happy with it! If you haven't seen the movie yet, I recommend that you see it (and stay far, far away from spoilers beforehand. This is why there are no spoilers in this post. Star Wars spoilers are bad)! The story was great, the characters were wonderful, and Rey was fantastic. I'm super glad that I dressed up as her, because not only is her costume super cute and fun to wear (and I'm definitely wearing it again sometime! I'm actually wearing the pants right now. T-shirt pants are awesome and super comfy!), but her character is really, really awesome.
I hope that you all have a spectacular day! May the Force be with you!