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Darth Maul costume

Comments OffMay 24, 2018  ·  in   ·  by admin

We all know that the Sith are a pain in the proverbial for the Jedi, but what about the poor costume makers?!
This is not a costume for the faint hearted, or the weak armed (the finished item weighs the equivalent of about five sacks of potatoes!) but on the other hand, I certainly feel a sense of accomplishment!
So why is it such a difficult costume?
The under tunic is made from a fine-weave black linen, lined with the same black linen for strength, although this isn’t visible. I then added the darts at the waist and shoulders, front and back, and created the piped collar with the five detail stitch lines growing visibly closer to one another at the chest front. The under tunic then fastens with two black hooks and bars, and the finished product finishes level with the back of the knee and is split up the side to 11cm from armhole.
The tunic is made from a medium/heavy weight black linen. The body is lined with black satin, where as the sleeves are partially unlined. The tunic features a sloped neck with long sleeves that pleat at the tops where they meet the armholes! There are then dart pleats on the lower arms that create a puffed sleeve, and finally the pleats are then lined for comfort. The tunic features slits up the side, and there is also one long sash that goes around the neck and hangs down each side with two further short sashes which hang from the waist. These sashes are made from crinkle black/green silk and are lined with black satin, with the neck sash then permanently attached to the tunic. The back of the tunic has the cut out rectangle up to the waist, with the back flap section lined with black satin. This was a real nightmare to work out but it looks great.
The belt is made from soft black clothing leather (this isn’t easy as it is extremely difficult to find a hide long enough to make the back belt without joining the leather, however, luckily this belt only needs to fit a 36” waist!). The belt is then lined with black satin and is also stiffened with a gauze to stop it from creasing and rolling over. This belt fastens at the side, then hanging from the front is a wide sash made of green/black crinkle silk and lined with black satin.
In total, the outer belt is made up from four strips of leather dyed black and finished to a satin gloss. These strips are riveted together using a back strip and small black rivets and across the back is a solid strip which velcros fastened.
The Covertec clip should ideally be permanently fastened open in order to allow for the quick withdrawal of the weapon, however, as we don’t want to loose our weapon, we are hoping to simulate this effect instead.
For the trousers I managed to find a black woven fabric with a blue fleck. The trousers are baggy and have an inserted gusset panel, for extra flexibility, and a draw-string waist. There are also Lycra foot stirrups which help when putting the boots on.
The Robe (a.k.a. – my nemesis!) is made from loosely woven black fabric, with the upper body and sleeves lined while the pleated section remains unlined. The upper yoke section then joins to the pleating and the collar itself is slopped, fastening with a fur hook and bar.
The robe has very long box sleeves with arm slits and there is a slight easing of the shoulder seam to give that puffed look. The robe poses the most tiring aspect of the costume with 200 pleats stretching around the robe (phew), which seemed to take forever and are part of the reason for the costumes immense weight (there are 200 as this is the width I needed to fit the wearer) Finally, the robe features a large unlined hood with a centre seam.
The Boots – These boots are original Frank Thomas Titan 101s. Many thanks to a friend in Ireland who sold them onto me.
All the hard work has paid off though as the costume looks fantastic.

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