Director Jewels: Nerd Alert: Star Wars Family Costume Ideas

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nerd Alert: Star Wars Family Costume Ideas

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Search your feelings, fellow nerdy moms. You know there's no way you haven't dreamed of seeing your kid in a cute Star Wars costume. But why settle with just your children? You can easily put together a whole set of Star Wars family costumes and then lightsaber-swooshy-sound everyone you know away with all of the (adorable) Force you can muster.

Long story short: last year, we decided to dress up as Star Wars characters for Halloween. I thought the costumes turned out rad enough that they necessitated a trip to the planet of Endor a wooded nature trail for some realistic action shots. This shoot happened a week after the holiday, by which point I deemed it too late to post the photos online.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Andrew was supposed to be Han Solo, but I ran out of time. So there were just three of us in awesome costume. This post is not a tutorial, but will at least explain where we found/made the costumes, so you can use them as a starting point if you're thinking about using the same theme.

Princess Leia (me).
The dress was constructed using Simplicity Pattern #4443. I don't believe it is currently available for purchase (I bought it back when I had a Han Solo crush as a teenager). Thankfully, it had just been sitting around in a box waiting to be put to use. My mom sewed the dress for me, because she's awesome like that.

I would like to pretend that I actually have that much hair, but I DO NOT. I purchased a Leia headband (there's one here), but disliked the fake hair band across my head - so I cut the band off and used approximately 50 bobby pins to attach each bun to the side of my head. It was not easy and may or may not have given me a headache, but clearly the result was worth the pain.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Wicket the Ewok (Lincoln).
Originally, we thought Lincoln should be Chewbacca, but I fell in love with the idea of him as a little furry bear-like creature and he was more open to being a bear than other ideas, so we just went with it. I can't find the pattern, but Simplicity #2855 is similar. I made this costume at the absolute last minute, thus why I did not have time to finish anything for Andrew. The basic bear was the hard part - for the drape/scarf/headpiece, I just took a piece of rust fabric, cut some holes for the ears and hacked at it until it was approximately the right shape and size. I tacked it on with some messy stitching and it looked appropriate.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Yoda (Addie). 
One day, she might have an opinion on whether or not her Halloween character is a boy or girl, so I took advantage of her last year. This costume was already in our collection, so it made sense to NOT waste any time making her something else. I just paired it with brown leggings and she was good to go. You can find a similar one here.

We got lots of appreciative nods and smiles from fellow nerds when we took our little Star Wars children out in public on Halloween night! Now I just need to think of another reason to use that Leia dress!

The rest of this post contains serious photo overload, but please believe me when I say I deleted over 200 photos from this shoot. I could not narrow it down anymore. And hopefully, someone will find some inspiration from these ideas!

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
Such joy!

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
A leaf, I found.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
Star Wars siblings.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
This is my favorite.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
Eat crackers, we will.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
Drop crackers, we also will.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
Yoda smirk.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
Adventuring.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes
He loved being a "bear."

I told you it was a ton of photos.

Star Wars Family Costume Ideas - Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, & Princess Leia Cosplay Costumes

What's your favorite Halloween costume memory? What will you be this year?

2 comments:

  1. I Love these pictures!!! So cute and real looking too!! You are the best at making a costume!!!

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    1. Mom, YOU made my dress which was clearly more complicated than Lincoln's!!! :)

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