Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by Jyro-Kyrn, Mar 8, 2003.
k, I need some help here. I'm trying to find some nice, cheap fabric for my Jedi Robe, but am having VERY little luck. I want something that still drapes well, but doesn't cost like $20 a meter. Any suggestions of fabric types/where to get them?
Robin, I bought wool from Fabricland for mine. What I did though is waited until there was a sale. It was buy 1 metre, get 2 free. So I was able to get 9 metres for 2/3rds off.
The wool is still $25/metre, but $75 is a lot less than $225.00!!
The other suggestine is look for cotton gabardine. It drapes nicely, breathes well and looks good. My first robe is made from that. Its also fairly inexpensive.
Another option is denim. It's heavy, but it's cheap.
Guh, does anyone have measurements or has made an Obi-Wan belt? I'm having trouble with sizing that looks right. Any pictures of your replicas or info would be appreciated!
What specifically do you mean? Thie widths?
Its 2.25" wide on the wide part and the accent belt is 1/2"
Is that what you meant?
Yeah, I needed the widths... thanks for the info!
Garbardine is a great material... but mine is synthetic. Anything synthetic like rayon is inexpensive, looks nice, but oh man, you need to hop into an icebox after a full day at con. A heavy cotton weave that you can find at Joanne's or any sort of fabric shop is great becuase it's breathable, and make sure it flows like a robe should. Try matching the color, if not, it is easy and inexensive to dye it to the normal "Jedi" dark brown. A warning, however... most dyes only work on natural weaves, and not synthetics.
yeah, I've been looking at fabricland and all the other textile shops on Ottawa street (you hamiltonians know what I'm talking about)and I can't find enough of the right fabric. I've been doing my research, and it looks like I'll prob. need at least 5m. I can find 3 or 4 meters of the right coloured/cheap fabric, but any more than that...have fun hunting
Oh man if you can't find it on Ottawa St you are in trouble!!
Ottawa Street in Hamilton, Ontario in a 2 block stretch there are around a half dozen fabric stores (if not more).
wow, its like a costuming mecca.
Like Yafo road in Tel-Aviv is for beading...
That sounds kind of small for the Jedi belt... I've got mine going at 5" and the smaller one at 2". But then again, I'm a bigger man and wanted something a little more like a weight belt.
Well what can I saw, its the exact measurements....
"That sounds kind of small for the Jedi belt... I've got mine going at 5" and the smaller one at 2". But then again, I'm a bigger man and wanted something a little more like a weight belt"
Primrodo is right - if you measure out a food pellet it is 2 3/8" Tall - that makes it just a hair taller than the belt - so the main belt measures out at 2.25" with the accent belt on alot of Jedi Belts being 3/4" and on Obi's 1/2".
5" is a huge belt - make sure you post pics when it is done - I always love to see custom work.
I will, I will admit it's huge... looks kinda like an old kidney belt from the middle ages right now. But I wanted something unique.
Unique is awesome
Did you see my custom?
Probably, Primo... but I look at everyone's here so, I can't remember off the top of my head. Gotta link?
Here is a link to mine:
Five Dice Productions
Did you just call me Primo? lol!
heres my custom, I have highres if you're not on 56k that I can link to:
Both look sweet...
(hurries to finish Byrd's belt...)
Hey, I'm looking into making a jedi robe for my friend, but I really really can't work without a pattern (I'm a beginner) and I've been looking all over for a good Jedi robe patter. Some help would be much much much appreciated.
This is the pattern I used. Make it a bit longer than they say (about 5-6 inches) and you'll be golden.
Edit: And make the armpits deeper. Mine are a bit too small go with 22-24" rather than the 18" they recommend and you'll be able to get into and out of it a lot faster.
pappycat, go to Amber's Jedi Mediation Chamber Robe directions where it shows how to adapt a pattern from a cloak pattern.
If you don't think you can do that, I can make a copy for you of the pattern I've made from those directions. PM me with details on your height and where I should mail it.
Beware, though, that this pattern results in a very large, flowing robe, close to screen accurate. Even for someone as short as me (5'2"), it requires 8 yards of fabric.
If you don't want to spend that kind of money, then just use any wizard's robe pattern you can find. It will probably only need 4-5 yards. That would be adequate for a Halloween costume or for some Cons, but it wouldn't be screen accurate.