Movie Quality Jedi Robes

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Sonic10

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Hello there! I’ve always wanted to have a very high quality jedi costume, and I was hoping to get some information on how I can get one made for me. I know nothing about costumes, as my focus has mainly been on movie props and lightsabers. So this world is all new to me, and I’d love to learn more. Is there anything I should know about jedi robes, such as any minor details that are important to a completed costume, what materials are best, and where to get the various pieces for a complete costume? Any information you’re able and willing to give, feel free to post it! I’m more than happy to learn. Thanks!
 

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Psab keel

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A couple of things to consider when it comes to Jedi costumes.

One: budget. How much are you looking to spend? There are certainly lots of affordable options but you often sacrifice quality if you go too cheap.

Two: intended use. Are you looking for something meant to troop in or are you looking for mostly a display costume for your collection? If you intend to troop, what environment do you live in? Jedi costumes have lots of layers and they add up fast, often using heavy materials so if you live in say Florida, you may omit the heavy wool robe, or substitute the wool for a linen to keep cooler. Things like that are important to decide up front because it will determine your budget.

Three: replica or custom? If you're looking to make a custom Jedi character it can often be much less expensive than making a replica costume but you gain the advantage of total self expression and there are ways to make it look as though you walked right out of the films, even if your design is totally original. There are literally hundreds of characters to choose from if you go the replica route and you can get almost dead on replicas too if you prefer it. If so, who do you identify with as a character?

I hope this helps.
 

Sonic10

New Member
A couple of things to consider when it comes to Jedi costumes.

One: budget. How much are you looking to spend? There are certainly lots of affordable options but you often sacrifice quality if you go too cheap.

Two: intended use. Are you looking for something meant to troop in or are you looking for mostly a display costume for your collection? If you intend to troop, what environment do you live in? Jedi costumes have lots of layers and they add up fast, often using heavy materials so if you live in say Florida, you may omit the heavy wool robe, or substitute the wool for a linen to keep cooler. Things like that are important to decide up front because it will determine your budget.

Three: replica or custom? If you're looking to make a custom Jedi character it can often be much less expensive than making a replica costume but you gain the advantage of total self expression and there are ways to make it look as though you walked right out of the films, even if your design is totally original. There are literally hundreds of characters to choose from if you go the replica route and you can get almost dead on replicas too if you prefer it. If so, who do you identify with as a character?

I hope this helps.
Thank you for your reply!

For budget, I’d like to try for something in the mid range. I’d like to be as high quality and detailed as I can, but not go completely overboard since I’m not quite at that level of desire yet. Out of curiosity, how much would an expensive costume be?

As for the use, I plan on wearing the costume around. Whether it be to cons, around the house, etc. Definitely won’t be just a display costume. I live in California, so the weather isn’t too much of an issue I’d think compared to other places. Is wool what is traditionally used in these costumes?

Finally, I’d say I’d be good either way. It might be pretty cool to go for a custom character, especially if it’s possible to make it the same quality as a replica would be. I’d also say I’d be open to a replica, and it’d probably be Obi-Wan’s robes from episode 3. I am curious, has anyone made a replica of his robes after the fight on mustafar? I always thought that’d make a pretty cool costume.
 

Psab keel

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Various types of wool were used for the Jedi outer robes but the most common was a coating weight wool. For Obi-Wan ROTS he has an inner tunic made of interlock type jersey material, an outer tunic made of a crinkled cotton fabric, khaki pants, and a wool outer hooded robe.
 

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Sonic10

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Various types of wool were used for the Jedi outer robes but the most common was a coating weight wool. For Obi-Wan ROTS he has an inner tunic made of interlock type jersey material, an outer tunic made of a crinkled cotton fabric, khaki pants, and a wool outer hooded robe.
I see! That’s good to know. Do you know of any places I should look at that make the inner and/or outer tunics with those kinds of fabrics? Also, what separate pieces are required to complete a whole jedi costume?

I’ve seen the robe and tunic options from Disney, how do they compare to the costumes as on screen and to ones made by third parties? I have a hard time trusting Disney products to be accurate or high quality.
 

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