With the biggest Star Wars convention ever approaching, many people have been working on new costumes. I've been working on my first costume ever: Barriss Offee. The costume has been very challenging but I've had so much wonderful help with it from my Cleveland FanForce friends and others. When I was home I managed to get a lot done. The hardest part for sure is the cloak. Finding the right fabric was a royal pain; the color, texture, and pattern result in a very unique combination that is difficult to replicate. I've seen cloaks in many different patterns, ranging from very defined designs to simple crushed velvet, and colors ranging from very purple to very blue. All the costumes I've seen are simplified versions, and they all look great. But being the perfectionist I am, I'm going for the most accurate look I can. I'm going to post a link of my work in progress here, but before you look, I have to explain what's still left to complete. The shoulders of the cloak are going to be tacked back because Barriss's cloak doesn't drape much in the front. The neckline of the cloak needs to be finished yet, because there's lots of fabric layering from the fastening of the cloak to the top of the neck. I have the neckpiece done, but the rest to go. The top I'm going to try to dye a deeper shape of black, as well as stitch some lines down the front to more closely match the design on Barriss's shirt. We made a skirt but I hate the way it turned out (it's supposed to be fuller at the bottom, hard to see in the picture), so I'll probably be redoing it. Then there's the belt, which will be quite a project; it'll cover where the shirt and skirt meet too, so it'll look different than the picture. I still need to buy the makeup too, and clear/less noticable eyebrow/nose jewelry because all the silver is pretty distracting. Warning: I was really tired in the following picture, with no makeup, so I'm kinda scary looking. Of course, some may think I'm always scary looking, but I thought I'd warn you all anyway. [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/rchickos/Costuming/FullBodyCostume.jpg]Barriss Offee, in progress[/link] I have two more projects on my definite list at the moment: Asajj Ventress, and an Episode III Padme costume ([link=http://www.padawansguide.com/sleeveless.shtml]click to see, at your own risk[/link]). I'm looking for a more standard/canon Imperial/bad guy costume to make, but haven't found anything that especially thrills me yet. If any of you have ventured into costuming, or are thinking of doing so, I'd love to hear about your accomplishments/ideas. I know I'm going to have fun showing off my costume at C3, and many more costumes at many conventions to come. Costuming is difficult for me though since I don't have sewing skills, or even access to a sewing machine at school. It would be awesome if we got some more members and were able to start a little costuming group within the Rebels! Almost no one does this stuff by themselves, and collaborating on projects really helps get things done not only faster but better.