Happy May the 4th, friends! Next to Halloween, I think it’s safe to say that this is my favorite holiday. I mean…..everyone celebrating Star Wars in one unified front? Sign me up!
As per my usual antics, I made a new outfit for the day. I know, I know. I didn’t make anything new for Bennett and Louis this year. They’ll get something cool soon, I’m sure. We are going through a phase with Louis where he’s figuring out his own style needs and I’m trying not to overstep my boundaries on that issue.
Okay! Let’s talk about what I made! I’m pretty geeked about it!
To put it lightly, I colorblocked the shit out of everything for this outfit to happen. HA! I did start with patterns that had some of the work laid out for me…and then I took it all further to make my Star Wars vision come to life. First up was my leggings. I thought it would be super fun to have lightsabers run up the side of some bottoms.
I used the Peg Legs - Add Ons as my starter. It has an option for side panels. Okay, easy right? Well…kinda. Because in order to make sabers, I needed to block the panels into tons of rectangles and then piece it all back together before completing each leg. I had the hardest time deciding if I wanted to get super technical and pick specific lightsaber hilts…or if I should just take it easy on myself (ha) and make a generic looking one with the classic red / blue kyber crystal colors.
I opted for the classic version. It still took a lot of brainpower and a little more time than I typically spend making leggings…but I’m over the moon with the results.
The top took me a little longer to decide upon. I ended up settling on the Made for Mermaids Penelope Princess Seam dress. I had this flash of an idea to have the opening crawl from A New Hope going down the front. And because it has that classic look of it scrolling and getting smaller and smaller as the story continues on….I thought a princess seam style would be perfect to get that look.
And it was!
It took two full sheets of HTV and some eyeballing to get it to all line up…but I **think** I got the entire crawl onto the front. I’m still not convinced I got the wording exactly right but I googled for it about a million times so I hope I’m close enough!
I, of course, didn’t leave the pattern alone. I wanted my top to mostly be black. But I really needed the crawl and princess seams to seem purposeful. So I added a second level of blocking on the outer pieces of the Penelope dress and used the same fabrics from the lightsabers to kinda continue that whole Vader / Luke duality.
If you’re wondering, my annoying self also didn’t leave the back of the dress alone. I double blocked the front and then un-colorblocked the back, haha. I thought I’d done enough so I overlapped the pieces on the back side of the Penelope and just had a single back bodice piece instead of the three that the pattern is drafted for.
All in all, I’d say I had a pretty stellar idea and execution for my Star Wars Day garb this year. Did you / do you dress up for the holiday?
Fabric: All DBP / Rayon-Spandex from JoAnn Fabrics
Patterns: Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs Add-Ons | Made for Mermaids Penelope Princess Seam Dress
Absolutely gorgeous, Katy! Such brilliant work on those light sabers though 🤩