Rey Boots Star Wars Ep. 7

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  1. lord erebus

    lord erebus New Member

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    Over the past few weeks I have been working on a Rey costume for my sister. Our first goal was to get a costume together quickly and cost effectively (the total amount spent was maybe around $75 for the whole costume). From there we plan to upgrade it piece by piece to higher quality and more accurate materials. Id like to share here the boots that I modified to make them look as close to resources as possible. We started with a pair of UGG-like boots that I believe were around $10, a much cheaper option than the real Pozu boots at about $180. Although it is much cheaper they are no where close to accurate so here is where we get creative with it! The first thing I did was remove the elastic and "tooth" buttons from the one side and split the seem open on the other side. The goal was to come up with a way to simulate the texture and design of the real boots. My first thought was that felt fabric would be a good starting point but it was lacking that deep textured look that the real boots have in its weave of the fabric used. I was thinking of a way to work that into the felt and my first idea was to use a large spaced and thick netting but while we were out shopping for it we couldn't find it but instead we found a non-skid rug pad which had a nice sized netted look and it looked like it would work out nicely as an underlay to the felt. When I got home I did a few tests trying to find out what was the best way to combine them. while the rug pad was pretty puffy I wanted to take it down a bit so I put wax paper over it and ran an iron over it a few times quickly. It was enough tone it down but not flatten it out. I tested one with and one without ironing the pad down, I preferred the ironed version better. Once I had a plan for the fabric next was to make a pattern to use to cover the boots, to do this I covered the boots in painters tape, marked off the areas, then remove it and stick it to some paper to clean up the patterns. Once the fabric and rug pad were cut out I used a spray glue to glue then together. There was only two pieces that need to be sewn together the top of the foot and front of the shin. Then it was just a matter of putting it all together. I used hot glue to attach it all together, between the felt and the fuzzy texture of the boots the hot glue bonded it all together nicely. As for the leather part we found a large pleather purse at a thrift store that we used for the leather bits throughout the costume. Again the pleather was attached with hot glue. With the pleather being a light tan I painted it was dark brown and black acrylic paint and dry brushed some of that paint onto the felt as well. I also then dry brushed on a light grey to the felt to try to make it match that of the Pozu boots. With the flash on my camera the grey dry brushing really shows up and almost looks like its too much but in natural sunlight it doesnt look as overpowered.

    I hope this will be helpful to those working on making/modding their own Rey boots!
     

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  2. Mithril Designs

    Mithril Designs Active Member

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  3. Redwillow

    Redwillow Sr Member

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    Excellent job, we have the po's and i dont think i would know those were not them unless i looked at them from 6 inches away.
     
  4. postmanpat

    postmanpat Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic work. The boots look spot on.
     
  5. ForceAfterCoffe

    ForceAfterCoffe Member

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    For some reason I can't see the photos :(
     
  6. lord erebus

    lord erebus New Member

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  7. ForceAfterCoffe

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    Wow!!! You did a great job!!
     
  8. TheGingerRose

    TheGingerRose New Member

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    These are amazing! I'm definitely going to follow your lead and instructions and try to recreate these myself for my Rey costume. I'm having trouble finding boots that are the right shape to start off with. Where did you get the ones for your sister? Thanks so much for sharing!
     
  9. lord erebus

    lord erebus New Member

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    they were cheap boots from a bargain store called Ollie's. We saw versions of them at other stores like walmart and such. Any kind of slim looking "Ugg"-like boots should work. I did see someone use a cheap pair of leather boots from a thrift store but if you go that route id use a stronger glue, maybe rubber cement and id scuff up the leather really good to add to the surface area for better adhesion. I hope this helped and if you have any more questions feel free to ask away! im happy to help!


    and thank you everyone else who has been enjoying this post! have a great day!
     
  10. DlarianFerrel

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    This is great. I have boots similar that I found with the plan to modify them but then realized I had no idea how. This will help so much. I also found a roll of cork leather ribbon at Michaels the other day that looks just like the leather portion of the boot. It was only around 5 bucks for thin cork leather with fabric backing. If you can find it that might be a nice little upgrade for detail. Thanks for all of the pictures showing the process.
     
  11. TheGingerRose

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    Thank you so much! I realized I have a pair quite similar to what you use in black at home that I hardly use. So I'm going to try to use those. I have some textured basket weave fabric left over from my Dothraki costume for Daenerys from Game of Thrones, so I'm going to try to use that for the fabric before trying your method. I'll post pictures when I start working on it. Thanks so much again for sharing! This is an ingenious idea.
     

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