I want everyone in costume, but I totally understand the seemingly insurmountable odds to getting it done! Therefore, I would like to give some tips, and open the floodgates for others to input here as well as on the costuming board. First, mind over matter!!!! No matter how daunting the task may seem, it can be done("Do or do not, there is no try!") Make a concrete decision as to what you want, the level of realism needed, or the uniqueness of the piece. Stage two....get lots of pics of existing pieces, or if yours is a one-off, make your own graphics and/or rough cut-outs(in cardboard/cloth)to get some perception as to how you'd like it to end up. At this point, concentrate on vague outlines....do not trouble yourself with details! Thirdly, once a basic shape takes hold, start with the biggest piece and form it to you using layered cardboard/balsa wood(armor)or cloth(Jedi)or cloth-backed latex material/foam for skin-forms. If you buy as needed, you won't suffer from sticker-shock, and the job will progress without money concerns because you'll have spread out the burden over three months(if you start now!) LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD!!!! The fact that you all are into SW means that everyone of you has the witherall to do this, and make it look good! Start with the big pieces, and work your way down to the little pieces in the end, so that your initial energy is used on the major stuff, and as your fervor wains, you'll only have to work on the little stuff and details. If you must buy components, buy the cheapest and add detail to make it appear to be better than it is! Remember that functionality for our purposes is the look and feel, not anything else. Keep in mind comfort and durability; these are personal preferences. Some cheap materials available are white matress foam, cardboard, balsa, thin plastic sheeting, plastic-wrap, ornamental chain/wire(Home Depot), inexpensive boots, leather scraps from Tandy, old belts, hats, old clothing you wouldn't be caught dead in, and the myriad items at stores like Cloth World, Micheals, and hobby stores. Work on each piece as it's the only piece you have to do....take a couple days off between the larger pieces to recoup your fervor, and be persistent!!!! Ask questions, take hints from others no matter what they are working on, and apply that to your work. Refer back to images often to keep focused, or doodle to give yourself more inspiration and to work out details. We'll see ya'll on the 24th....BE THERE!!!!