Post by Vebb Baraka on Nov 19, 2013 19:44:23 GMT -5
I am considering applying to the RL with a generic jedi costume, but I feel like their emphasis is on costumes that you fabricate yourself... I bought my current costume, and didn't do a stitch of it myself (mostly because I can't sew at all)
Are purchased costumes of good quality looked down upon since you did not put in the work yourself? I have no problem adhering to the costuming standards, working to make my costume meet the costuming standards, etc. and I understand why they are there... But if I need to fabricate a costume myself from scratch... Well that's not going to happen...
Post by Daddy Solo on Nov 19, 2013 19:49:25 GMT -5
I don't think it's a problem at all. Many members (including myself) who don't have the expertise or skill to sew, have purchased part or all of their outfit from various costume makers. The trick is to make it "your own" while adhering to the standards (like no t-shirts under your tunic ). Good luck, and remember to join the Knights of the Jedi Order once you get approved for RL membership
Post by Luke Skywalker on Nov 19, 2013 23:20:34 GMT -5
As long as you meet the standards you are good to go. I made my own belt but bought the cloth parts from twin rose designs and the boots from jdos productions.
I think there are more people that buy stuff than make their own. Often people make their own to save money. Buying a Jedi costume is not cheap.
What you want to avoid is buying a cheap costume on eBay. Most often places like Rubies don't meet the standards. Plus you get what you pay for. Cheap fabric means it won't hold up as well. I bought things in stages over a couple of years. I also bought cheap boots then sold them when I moved up to more accurate expensive boots.
Pick a reputable dealer like twin rose designs, speedy stitches etc and you will be ready to troop.
Post by Vebb Baraka on Nov 19, 2013 23:47:42 GMT -5
Thanks for the info. That makes me feel much better =) perusing the costume standards for a generic jedi closer... I think I may actually be pretty close if the costume I have passes muster as far as the material goes... But as far as components, style, and dimensions, I think I'm pretty close. There are things I'd like to make better eventually (getting some legit boots for example) but as far as a first go at application I don't think I'm too far off... T-shirt not with standing =p I think I figured out how to make that inner tunic piece work... I just have to wrap it tighter around my neck so it doesn't get swallowed up by my outer tunic... It also seems that I might not need an inner tunic? Inner tunics are listed under accessories that you must have three out of four (inner tunic, pouches, food capsules, robe) and I have the other three...
true, the inner tunic in not officially a required item by itself, but is one of the items listed as optional for "formal" status. I would still consider wearing one because there may be times when it is simply too hot to wear the robe. I completely agree with Luke - you can always upgrade as you go along. More tutorials here:
Post by Luke Skywalker on Nov 20, 2013 8:04:25 GMT -5
New applicants must meet formal standards for entry.
The inner tunic can be a d ickie.
Good looking cheap boots that many use are called funtasma walkers. They are cheap, have no arch support and are vinyl for look great for a $60 pair of boots. I saw one guy that weathered them with paint and they looked AWESOME!!!
Just google the name and you'll see tons of sites that sell them.
Post by Vebb Baraka on Nov 20, 2013 22:04:59 GMT -5
Thanks for the info. I actually have those boots already, and I think now that I've looked at the under tunic thing I think I've figured it out... So yeah, I think I might as well give application a go. I mean the worst that can happen is they'll tell me what I still need to do to make my costume acceptable right?
Post by Luke Skywalker on Nov 21, 2013 1:28:48 GMT -5
They had a minor issue with my belt. I applied as PT republic Jedi but had an OT saber hook vs covertec. But I also had the inner belt and smaller PT style buckle. They simply said I could add the covertec or switch to OT Jedi. Covertecs don't work with a Graflex so I switched to OT Jedi.
Get some gel footbeds for the boots. Its a cheap way to add some support to them. If you only troop short events its not a big deal. But if you do a parade or a big con you will want some arch support.
I must say, simply being on the forum will help you find all sorts of good information that will help. In fact, I was just approved this morning as a Generic Jedi and I bought every piece of my costume.