Re: Being a real-life Fett
I would love to do something like that, with the costuming and acting stuff. But I'm too lazy, I think, and I don't have a lot of money. I've had brown cloth laying around waiting to be sewn into a tunic for over a year now. I think it's somewhere in a corner on the floor. So I doubt I'd be able to make myself make anything like that, though I do intend to make some Mandalorian Armor sometime. I was curious how people made armor and lightsabers and stuff, cause it seems a lot of people do it, but you can't just walk down to Wal-Mart and pick up an Armor Making Kit. So you bang metal and stuff? That'd be fun! My house is also very, very small so I wouldn't have room for it. The biggest costuming achievment I've made was making moccasin type boots for my mom for Christmas, without a pattarn or anything. I would love to learn more about sewing/costuming type stuff, but I don't know where to go, I don't know if the community college would have something like that or if there's anyone around here who would know. And I seriously doubt my small town would have any cool costuming group. There were two Sith in line for ROTS who had pretty cool costumes but I have no idea what their names are much less if they bought their costumes off the internet or made them. But I've always been interested in costuming.
The Jedi Costumes actually have very simple lines and are good projects to start learning on: there are a few actual patterns out there, but a tunic is great because all you need to know is how to draw the letter T. No lie. The simple T tunic is a great project. I learned to sew from my grandmother and then taught a few friends, but mostly picked patterns and learned as I went. You don't even need a machine: there's stuff called stitch witchery, it's this glue that is in a paper form, and when you iron it between fabric it chemically alters and bonds with the fabric, joining the pieces together. You can get tons of the stuff for a few bucks at jo-anne's fabrics. They also have the Jedi Costume patters, but wait until they do the 99 cents pattern days. I'm cheap so that's when I buy them. You can cut and tape a pattern down, or, outline it in chalk on your fabric so you can use it again and again (vs. using pins). A T tunic at it's barest sews only the sides. You fold and cut in the shape of a T.
Run a web search on costuming, T tunics, and the SCA. All the different kingdoms and shires and such posthresources out there on how to make any number of things, including the T Tunic, which would be perfect for your fabric. You can also email me backchannel, I can dig out some old instructions and send them your way. I may even have spare Jedi-esque haloween patterns I can send you: I used to pick them up just to read the directions to see how they were constructed, (because I'm a detail freak), with no real intent to make them. Sort of like reading a modeling magazine.
Also, check your local college: check and see if you have an SCA group or a Sci Fi or Star Wars group there, or even an animae club. They all do costuming, and you can usually find someone who does it who'll teach you. When you're into sewing, you like to pass along your addiction to others. Many of the local SCA events have classes where they teach the techniques. I learned how to make 14th century cloth buttons at one, from a guy who looked like Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings.
The metal stuff is hard. We learned from a guy we met who wanted to build a war band. We worked with him , and then when the war came, in exchange for the teaching, we fought in his war band as mercenaries in a deal he brokered with the king at that time. Yes, it sounds insane, but that's kind of how the SCA works.
A lot of fantasy and sci fi armor is either vacuformed, or sculpted from polymer resins. That takes an artistic hand, one I don't have, but I'm always impressed. Those guys who posted on the old board had great costumes, and would be worth contacting to see how they made thiers. Also, the guys who participate in the 501st are high and tight, and I bet they know TONS about costuming.
Send me an email, and I'll send you what I have.