Hello future Jedi! Are you ready to put together a professional quality Jedi costume? The purpose of this site is to document the steps, decisions, and tradeoffs that go into producing a professional quality Jedi costume. When I sought to do so, the sheer volume of questions and research was daunting. Before donning the Jedi habit, I had no clue what silk noil, wool crepe, covertec knobs, or Sam Browne studs were. What the heck is a shoulder tuck? An Obi... isn't that Old Ben's name? The thing is, others -- heck, maybe even you -- face the same questions on forums all over the net. Hence Rob's Jedi Flowchart (RJF).
Before you dive in, though, ask yourself two questions. First, have you considered making a Rebel Fleet Trooper costume? That is Rebel Legion's recommended costume
for people new to professional costuming. (Matt "GotWookiee" Pfingsten's Introduction to Star Wars Costuming
is a must read.) Second, if you are indeed going Jedi, have you read the costume standards
? (I didn't say *understand*
the costume standards, because that's what this interpretation is meant to assist you with.)
As you work your way through the chart, you may detect bias here and there. So let me be up front about these biases now so there's no confusion.
- RJF is geared towards producing a Generic Jedi costume worthy of formal submission to Rebel Legion. That's the gold standard of Jedi costuming. As such, RJF leans towards the archetypal Jedi outfit, but not towards a specific face character.
- That said, this flowchart is in no way a substitute or shortcut around the Standards for Formal Submission into Rebel Legion. Rebel Legion has an entire team of Legion Costume Judges who are constantly tweaking the requirements and scrutinizing costumes. Given that Jedi form the largest subset of Rebel Legion costumes, you can see the magnitude of their job.
- I'm not an experienced Star Wars costumer. I'm not a legion costume judge. Heck, I'm not even the best Jedi in Freedom Base. I'm just a guy who read a bunch of other well-written tutorials by Jedi costuming veterans and came up with an approved costume.
- Even so, I've been around long enough to form a costuming bias: "in person" authenticity trumps screen accuracy. For example, I use WWII-era mauser pouches on my belt. No one in the movies did, but those match my belt. They are functional and weathered. Qui-Gon's costume had a mock undertunic where the flaps were sewn together. But I'm going to make a real undertunic, because when a kid tugs at the corner it should shift a bit. Some of the screen Jedi belts used velcro in the back, but I'd rather make a functional belt.
Okay, so now you know where I'm coming from, and presumably you know where you are coming from, so let's take our first steps into a larger world...