My friends and I are planning on dressing up a Star Wars characters for the motor city comic con this fall. I decided to be daring and dress up as Kit Fisto, since he's been my favorite Star Wars character for a long time. It's going to be interesting seeing as I'm a RL female. I've had a little bit of experience with costume making before, I once made a gryphon costume for myself (head and all). I decided to post my progress of making the costume in this thread... because this project is going to be a difficult one, and I may need some help/tips along the way. [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v635/OldUlario/council4.jpg]I'm posting this picture of Kit to give an idea of the style I'm going for[/link] Down to business. I just started the head this morning. Rather then going for a full head, I decided to modify a baseball cap into a cap/half mask combo (the lower half of my face will be green face paint). That way I can speak and eat properly without having to worry about taking the mask on and off. The half mask would probably be much more comfortable to wear around all day. I have the base of the mask pretty much finished. To start with, I took an ordinary white baseball cap, chopped off the bill, and attatched my mask to the front. I sewed plastic mesh onto the sides to make it more sturdy. I used hot glue to attatch the eye ridges to the top of the eyes (those are made out of foam rubber). [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v635/OldUlario/kithead2.jpg]Front View of the frame[/link] [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v635/OldUlario/kithead1.jpg]Side View[/link] I tried the base of the mask on to see how it fit. It formed snugly to my face (surprising, because I have a small head). To my surprise, it was also extremely light weight and comfortable. [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v635/OldUlario/kithead3.jpg]Trying on the mask[/link] Here I started attatching the green fabric to the front of the mask... as soon as I get my airbrush running, I'm going to airbrush a bit of darker green and brown onto it for color variation. The baseball cap will be painted green before I do anything else. [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v635/OldUlario/kithead4.jpg]Frame with Green Fabric Attatched[/link] I'm not 100% sure what I am going to use for the eyes. I'm thinking of bulging out a nylon-type material, and painting a bit of white onto it for the shine. Like I said though, I'm not really sure about that, so I'm open to suggestions. Next step: Making his tendril-like tresses. I'm going to have my sewing machine fixed so I can actually sew them out of the same material I used for the mask. They are going to be stuffed with a beanbag-like stuffing (hopefully, if I can find some). That way, they will hand and swing naturally rather then just sit there. I am going to purposely make the front four tendrils heavier then the ones in the back, and well as add some weight to the top of the head to hopefully counterbalance the weight of the back. I am also going to airbrush each one. In the end, I'm hoping that it's going to be easy to wear and sturdy enough to withstand the lightsaber battles that myself and my friend, Rich are probably going to have. I'm well aware that it is going to be a bit big when it's finished... I'll probably need a little help taking it on and off. The rest of the costume (Jedi Robes, hands, etc) probably won't be started until I'm finished with the head. Other things I think I should note: I've already got the hands planned out... I'm going to buy a pair of garden gloves and paint/airbrush them the colors that I want. They'll have that cool rubbery look and feel to them. I'm also wondering what I should use a holster for my lightsaber, since there's no way in heck I'm goint to carry it around in my hands all day. Questions, comments, and suggestions are very welcome at this point.