I too am going to be a Jedi, though I plan to work on a Mando costume possibly for next year. I finished putting together my Jedi belt, then finished the tunic, improvements from my costume from last year. I struck gold at a rummage sale by finding quite a bit of fabric and vinyl for VERY cheap, plus I found a really great belt at a flea market. I purchased plastic ammo/tool pouches from Wal-Mart and painted them with brown Krylon Fusion, then added my lightsaber :
My husband is going as V from V for Vendetta--that was fairly easy to put together, but the masks are scarce, if even found this year--I had to go to eBay. I also put together the belt/knives for that costume, and I had to trim a Lady Godiva wig as we didn't find a pageboy wig. I had to paint and decorate the knives as well--I used black electrical tape, remnant ribbon lengths, painted wood balls, and cheap plastic swords from Wal-Mart. I bought the belt at a Dollar General:
Once you have an idea of what costume you want, just keep your eyes open for ANYTHING that could work. Rummage sales, thrift stores, dollar stores. Plus, it makes you that much more proud to show off your costume if you put it together yourself!
Groups: LOL the Village People!!! hehee There was a group of Star Wars characters I saw at a recent parade: the father was Darth Vader, two of his daughters were Padme and Leia, and the baby was Yoda. The mom didn't dress up I guess.
"Train your sons to be strong, but your daughters to be stronger."--Karen Traviss, Bloodlines