Making of: Rey’s resistance outfit

This is the outfit that Rey wears at the end of the movie, when she finds Luke Skywalker.

It’s only on screen for about 2 minutes, but I think the outfit is very pretty and as Rey is my bae – I had to make it

materials used:

  • grey wool felt
  • dark grey polycotton
  • white jersey
  • brown faux leather

accessories:

  • brown pants
  • official Disney Rey lightsaber

To start, I drafted patterns out of paper using a t shirt as a template. I then drafted the darts and seams into it and also created a pattern for the shoulder pieces – this took several tries as I couldn’t get them to sit right or have the same width.

12783849_1151799761520433_156365529_nI then went on the hunt for fabric; I did want the screen accurate herringbone knit fabric but I figured this would 1.too hard to find  2.too expensive or 3.too hard for me to work with so I looked around and swatched different fabrics until I found the one I liked. I used a mid grey wool felt fabric, which is a tad lighter than Rey’s is in the movie – but if it does start to bug me I will dye it darker. (Then again, it appears a different shade in every picture that I’ve seen of it)

This fabric was super easy to sew and super easy to work with. I made a few mistakes with the shoulder pieces but it was easy to undo stitches and this fabric left no trace of any mistakes 🙂

As this was such an easy fabric to use,  I whipped up the base vest in about 2-3 hours10953320_189176041463660_857097759_n.

I did need some alterations to the fit and the collar, but I was happy with the shape and structure of it as I thought it would be pretty difficult to re-create. I do wish that I had made the back darts larger **those round things on the bottom**   but at least they’re there! x)12677515_206531483037370_1233485697_n

here’s me wearing it 🙂

Lily likes to get involved with my sewing

As you can see, the back darts aren’t really noticeable, so that’s the only thing that I would go back and change.

I then recreated the whole vest in my lining fabric, which is the polycotton. I decided to line it as this vest is structured and I think that the lining pulls the garment together – plus it’s warmer and looks much more professional.

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Onto the shoulder pieces. I still don’t think they’re perfect but that’s just me being picky.

I’m pretty sure that the screen accurate pieces just have seams or decorative stitches, but 12751515_1585697798423017_1466636285_nmine are made up of 3 pieces with top stitching to give it the look of the 5/6 seams.

*Only had 3 sections as I was running low on fabric*

The fabric was too thick to sew the pieces together and then onto the vest so I hot glued each piece down on the top shoulder seam and stitched them down on the arm holes and opposite edges.

The vest was finished so now I started work on the arm gauntlets. Again, you can’t see them very well on screen but for what I could see, they were two separate pieces; The one that was made from the vest fabric had a curved edge at the top with a circular patch with rows of top stitching. They also had raw zig zag edges on the bottom, but my fabric was too thick to do this.

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I sewed mine together and then cut the curved edges as I didn’t know how they would fall if I cut them with the curve direct from the fabric. I did’t have enough fabric to make the patch so I just did the decorative stitching and left it.

The shape should look like this

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The “under” gloves were made out of the lining fabric, super easy to make – just cut a rectangle out of fabric and make it thinner at the bottom.

Pants:

I didn’t make these, I bought a pair of plain brown leggings and modified them to be 3/4 length.

Under shirt:

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This was made from a stretch jersey fabric  that I had left over from my princess Leia – A new hope dress, and it took just 1 episode of clone wars to put together. seriously.

I just made a basic sleeveless top, hemmed the edges and cut the small V shape into it and then hemmed the neck hole.

The back has 3 sections as I accidentally cut into the fabric (ugh) on the right side and then I had to cut into it again to make it look even.

I seem to always find away to make things harder for myself  x)

Lastly, the belt. I wanted to make a new belt for Rey’s regular outfit anyway as I ‘d made 3 and still wasn’t happy with any of them – they just weren’t accurate enough.12963684_1011811482233316_8526341725942283905_n

I bought half a meter of faux leather and drafted the shape onto paper and modified it until I was happy with it.

It is 2 pieces glued together at the side but I don’t think anyone will care, it still looks accurate.

I hemmed both edges on each belt part and hot glued 2 pairs of hook+eyes on the top and bottom belt to fasten them.

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The top one is shorter as it fits tight to my waist but the bottom one hangs loose, but not too loose so that it stays positioned at my hip.

I did lighten the shade of the lather *as you can see in the picture* because the only shade of brown that was available was a dark brown. I painted it in a mix of terracotta and light brown.

And that completes my Resistance Rey cosplay, I love how this turned out and I adored putting it together, this was a fast project as I honestly had nothing that frustrated me or anything that made me stall and scrap the project (we all have those days)

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I also love the pictures that I got back, they look super cool!

I seriously love being rey and I’m on the hunt for more Rey costumes to make – but I’ve made both of her outfits that she wears in the movie in just 5 months after it’s release….:(

If you have any questions then drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you 🙂

Bri x

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