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No CommentsAugust 13, 2018  ·  in   ·  by admin

Having watched The Force Awakens this costume was our favourite. Orange is my favourite colour but this particular costume is just great. It has aspects of the original trilogy but the materials are much more up to date and it is a cool costume to wear.

We started after the film’s release researching in to all the materials. After lots of trips to suppliers across the country and emails to companies abroad we have managed to source materials we are extremely happy with and dye them to the colour of our choice. The orange fabric is 1000 denier Cordura, this an un-coated Cordura, unlike a lot of others, making it more comfortable to wear. This is then sewn to a thin padding to give it a truly screen accurate look. It is a heavy fabric to work with and therefore heavy industrial thread is used in the construction. We patterned the suit, scaling to found items and using as much reference materials as we could possibly find. Each X-Wing suit varies slightly depending on the individual characters size and sex. The female suit appears to have a waist seam where as the male suit body is cut all in one piece. The suit starts at the top with a ribbed collar, hook and eye fasteners, zip up front, yoke chest and upper back and full length ribbed detail sleeves. On the left upper arm is a code cylinder strap that holds 3 code cylinders. At the bottom of the sleeves are grey ribbed cuffs. Continuing down the suit there is a front placket to cover the zip which finishes at the leg chaps. On the chaps are six pockets of varying styles. The chaps finish at the calf where webbing straps fasten around the leg with a metal slider buckle. The flight suit legs hems are elasticated. We think Poe’s has his leg elastic tuned up but the rest are clearly visible over the boots.

The vest was quite tricky to pattern and construct. Made from a shower proof fabric, there is a basic under vest which is softly padded, over which is laid front and back ribbed padded sections, over which is laid a ribbed padded collar. The piped edge collar is then stencilled with the  Resistance logo and Aurebesh lettering. Holding parts of the vest together are two types of webbing. The centre front of the vest is held closed with breathable gauze on to which is mounted a resin plate which resembles a fastener. The vest also comes with the 1000 denier Cordura pouch that velcro’s to the webbing on the vest.

Whilst I was working on the soft parts, Jude scratch built the helmet. He started with a basic domed pilot helmet and has worked tirelessly at building up the form, body filler, sanding, more body filler, sanding until eventually the helmet started to take shape. Once the workshop looked like a snow scape of body filler dust the helmet emerged. Using reference material from the internet he has drawn up scaled comparisons in order to get the helmet to the correct dimensions. Jude has also built all the little greeblies to attach to the helmet, the microphone is fully movable and removable with magnets.

We are now prototyping the belt, holster, leg flares and strap and the chest box.

For more information regarding this costume please email us at info@clothearscostumes.com


Thank you to Jamie Hicks for loan of his ejection harness for these photos.

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