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Star Wars Celebration Florida 2017

To everyone attending Star Wars Celebration this weekend in Florida, we hope you have a fabulous time. Sorry we can’t be there. We look forward to seeing lots of photos.

April 13, 2017  ·  in Blog, Star Wars  ·  by
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Rest in peace Carrie Fisher

We have just heard the very sad news of the death of Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). We got to meet her in 2014 at London Film and Comic Con, it was a day we will treasure forever.

Rest in peace Carrie.


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December 27, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Comic Con – Birmingham – November 19th – 20th

This years MCM Comic Con at Birmingham was as big and as fantastic as ever. Exhibiting along the UK 501st Garrison, The Rebel Legion, UK Predators, Reel Icons and RS Propmasters we all put on a good show. This year we worked really hard in advance to take along new costumes for people to see. Although still in their early prototype stages we took along our new X-Wing flight suit and our Director Orson Krennic costume, it was also a first time appearance for our ROTJ Emperor. The costumes were well received and we feel inspired to get them completed and ready for the website. Also a first timer to the event was our apprentice  - Kara. On Saturday she attended the event in a costume of her own design and wowed the punters, who had lots of photos taken with her. We just need to get her to make a Star Wars costume, I am guessing it will be an Amidala costume.

A big thanks to everyone that came over to the stand to say hi. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.






Prototype X-Wing flight suit

Prototype X-Wing flight suit

X-wing flight suit

X-wing flight suit

ROTJ Emperor & prototype Krennic

ROTJ Emperor & prototype Krennic

Kara stood with the prototype Krennic we're making

Kara stood with the prototype Krennic we’re making

Michelle McCormack in her new Boushh

Michelle McCormack in her new Boushh

My lovely Officers

My lovely Officers

November 28, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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We’ve done the Clothears Pilgrimage

We are starting a post for customers who have been to see us at the workshop and donned the Bushbaby heads just for fun.

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Phil & Jo

Glenn & Claire

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Ashley & Jenni

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Elliott

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September 26, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

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Scott Phipps as TFA Luke with Rey’s

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Scott Phipps as TFA Luke Skywalker

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Scott Phipps as TFA Luke and Lee Harvey as ROTJ Luke

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Lee Harvey as ROTJ Luke with Mark Hamill

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Giovanni Toaldo as Obi Wan with Mark Hamill

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Iwan Optekamp as ROTS Obi Wan and me looking half asleep

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Jim Davies in his Black Officer costume

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Meeting up with Cedric from Switzerland

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Meeting the Officers

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Clothears Emperor mannequin

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Clothears Darth Maul mannequin

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Clothears Boushh mannequin

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Meeting the Emperor

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50,000. No less

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Our Biker Scout helmet next to the Martian helmet

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Northbrook College with their Howls Moving Castle Helmet

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Other film inspired helmets

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Ewok helmet by Tom Spina Designs

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Simon Greenaway with his Gremlin inspired helmet

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Rob Taylor with his Cyberman inspired helmet

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Phil Brown with his Emperor’s Shuttle inspired helmet

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DC Prop Replicas with their Yellow Submarine helmet

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Winners of the Cosplay competition

Having finally arrived home and unpacked we can now reflect on what a terrific weekend we had. We are completely exhausted but buzzing, it was truly fantastic seeing everyone again and meeting new faces. The event was huge, as was the turnout and queues. Compared to Celebration Europe 2007 things had grown massively. In 2007 we knew 3 people and in 2016 we are unable to count the number of faces we recognised or those that recognised us. It was truly inspiring.

During the event we were lucky enough to display three of our character costumes alongside the UK 501st Garrison. On show we had our Darth Maul, Emperor and Boushh. We were also lucky enough to have our Biker Boushh lid on display and up for auction on the Biker Scout Helmet Project stand for Make A Wish UK. Meeting up with the UKG, Rebel Legion and guys from the RPF was great. A big thank you for inviting us along to take part.

It was also nice to see some of our costumes parading the event. We managed to have photos with several of our Jedi and Imperial Officers. Above are some photos and some of the lucky ones managed to get photos with Mark Hamill, congratulations guys!

July 20, 2016  ·  in Blog, Star Wars  ·  by
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50,000. No Less

We are very happy to see our contribution to the Biker Scout Project for Make A Wish UK on the official Star Wars Celebration Europe website. The newly released collection of Biker helmets can be previewed at http://www.starwarscelebration.com/Events/Events-A-H/Biker-Scout-Helmet-Project/ before they go up for Auction on Ebay. Check them out and reserve some funds for a good cause.


Updated 11th August 2016.

What a fantastic event. All the helmets are now sold and collectively have made a whopping £26.106. A truly amazing amount of money for a fantastic charity. Well done to everyone that took part and congratulations to all the new lucky owners. Our “50,000. No less” managed to make a staggering £1020.00. Thank you to everyone who made a bid and to whoever was the lucky winner. Your generosity is fantastic.

June 25, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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The Biker Scout Project

The Biker Scout Project

Earlier this year we were asked to participate in ‘The Biker Scout Project’. We were handed a Biker Scout lid in kit form and tasked with building the helmet but adding our own spin on the traditional helmet. For us the decision of how to proceed was quite easy, we based our build on our favourite Star Wars helmet ‘Boushh’. We were extremely honoured to be asked to take part in this, the list of our fellow contributors is an amazing array of truly talented artists, some of who we are proud to call friends and some we are pleased to have as new friends.

All of these unique helmets are to be displayed at Celebration Europe in July and will be auctioned later with the proceeds going to ‘Make a Wish’, none of these helmets will ever be replicated so don’t miss your opportunity to bid and own one. Please take the time to visit the ‘Biker Scout Project’ Facebook page and like / share it.

Here’s a quick look at how our helmet was built.

First step was to build the biker kit, we then cut off the lower roll that runs around the back and ears, this was raised and grafted back on. We also grafted on the upper visor from the Boushh helmet. After this we roughly sculpted some extension to the roll as a nod to the the Boushh helmet shape.


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These foam extensions were then cast and vacuum moulded in ABS. We then grafted these in place and the whole helmet was smoothed with filler. The helmet was then detailed with all screen accurate Boushh greeblies, before moving onto the painting.

First several layers of primer.

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Then silver, building up the weathering as we went.



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Followed by the many different layers and shades that make up the Boushh helmet (many more than we photographed)

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Finally we added the characteristic leather, range finder, modified the snout greeblie, installed the visors, lighting and even lined it out for comfort. Then just to finish it off we created a custom stand for it to sit on.

Clothears our proud to present the finished piece titled ’50,000. NO LESS’



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May 11, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Fabric shopping in London & Madame Tussauds

DSC00132 DSC00133 DSC00134 DSC00136 DSC00139 DSC00140 DSC00151 DSC00157 DSC00159 DSC00160 DSC00166 DSC00168 DSC00173Just arrived back from a fantastic short break in London. We made a visit to see the Star Wars display at Madame Tussauds and visited all the fabric suppliers. We have arrived home with three suitcases full of fabrics and suppliers mailing out cloth to us after the Easter break. It was a very fruitful trip and one we thoroughly enjoyed.


Thursday we visited the central London fabric suppliers but had little luck locating the materials were looking for. It was an interesting day, the current trend for Super Hero movies is really starting to reflect in the fabric shops, they seem to be full of neoprene, leather and foams. It seems the shops have locked on to Cosplay and are now supplying all kinds of materials, not just your everyday clothing materials.


On Thursday evening we booked a late tour around Madame Tussauds. We haven’t been for a long time and seeing as they currently have the Marvel 4D exhibition and Star Wars exhibition on, we had to make the journey south to examine our fabric and hardware. Late 2014 we were contacted by Merlin Entertainments to purchase some of our Anakin Skywalker fabric, Qui Gon Jinn belt buckle and the Obi Wan Kenobi belt buckle we sell on our website. These items can now be seen as part of the display. There are 10 scenes from the film to see and have your photo taken with. An amazing amount of detail has been applied to the wax figures and the costumes have been replicated amazing well, almost as good as ours. It is well worth a trip for any Star Wars fan. See attached photos


Friday we visited the East End fabric suppliers and weren’t disappointed. We started the day with one empty suitcase and came away with two suitcases full, plus fabric we could’t carry being mailed back to us. It was great. The suppliers were fun to deal with and helpful with our quests. They also spoke of the costume designers from the Force Awakens visiting the shops.


March 27, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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2nd Place

Congratulations to our fantastic Apprentice Kara Harney for winning second place in the cosplay competition at Liverpool MCM Comic Con last weekend wearing one of her own creations. She is very talented and a real asset to the team.


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March 18, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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Meet Elstree

This is Elstree, little brother to Pinewood. As you may have seen early in our blog, last year we had a workshop built in the garden which we named Pinewood due to its colour and construction material. Now bursting at the seams we have brought home a 1969-1971 kit caravan who we have named Elstree. Elstree will be our little haven across from the workshop to have quiet cup of tea, research and develop new costume ideas. Once loved by its family it has travelled the alps and seen the world. Now it is taking a well deserved rest and is to become treasured by the team at Clothears. As we restore the little caravan we will post photos.



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Update

Since bringing Elstree home we have been very busy bringing the little caravan back to life. Firstly we have removed all the rotten wood from the interior and replaced it with nice new plywood. Then we stripped off the interior roof lining and all the old wallpaper, we then sanded and polished both the exterior and interior, and resealed the roof with what looks like white treacle. Now water tight and fully dried out we are ready to start rebuilding. The electrician has been and re-wired, fitting the vintage lights. The fabric has been delivered to the caravan upholsterer, I know, if we had the time we would of made them ourselves but they are in reliable hands. We have chosen a replica London Underground fabric for the seating, it is the Piccadilly Line cloth in ruby red. Both of us having family connections to public transport we thought this fabric would be fitting. We can’t wait to see them. We have built a new kitchen area out of scaffolding and old fire doors and managed to source a replacement table from an auction website. It’s all coming together just in time for the good weather.

More progress soon


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Update

New roof lining going up, what a challenge this was. It was like trying to wallpaper a very uneven ceiling. First the foam insulation and then the roof liner. unfortunately we ran out of glue so there is still half to do.

Next was the floor. First the waterproof insulation and then the laminate flooring. There is all the finishing now left to apply and the curtains to make. Hopefully we will soon be in.

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January 30, 2016  ·  in Blog  ·  by
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