Thrift Store Hacks: How to Make a Luke Skywalker Costume

Thrift Store Hacks: How to Make a Luke Skywalker Costume


Hey everyone I recently needed to make a
Luke Skywalker costume for my son to wear in my How to Make a Luke Skywalker
Flight Helmet video tutorial so I thought I’d share with you what I used
and how I did it. Let’s check it out. I found a couple Taekwondo uniforms at
the thrift store which I used for the pants and top. Everything would have been
a lot easier if I had found a karate top but you get what you get and you don’t
get upset when you’re shopping at the thrift store. The first thing I needed to
do was get rid of the fancy logo and badge on the front of the uniform. I’m
pretty sure this was the most time-consuming part of the entire
project because it’s just really hard to unstitch all that crazy embroidery. The
next thing I did is I dyed the pants brown in a big vat of tea. You can see
exactly how I did that by watching my tea pants dyeing video. Now if you needed
your costume in a hurry you could kind of just stop right here and call it
pretty much good however I did not stop here because I wanted to get it a little
bit more accurate. What I wanted was for one lapel to overlap the other and close
up the gap at the neck so I took all my fancy sewing supplies into my secret
lair and went to work. I cut the front of the shirt open following the angle made
by the line of the top lapel. I wanted the edging of the lapel to continue all
the way down the front angle so I cut a strip of fabric from my second Taekwondo
uniform to create that edging. I hemmed the strip on both sides and then sewed
that strip around the cut edge of the shirt. I wasn’t super keen on how it
looked where my fancy new strip overlapped the old one but I didn’t
really want to take the time to make one strip to go around the whole lapel. I
then sewed another piece of my donor uniform to the other cut side, which gave
me this. I folded the extra material under, following the line of the lapel,
and sewed it down. This piece won’t really be seen because it’s going to be
overlapped by the other lapel but we still need it to keep the shirt from
falling off. A few quick stitches to sew up the seams on the side of the shirt
and cut off and hem any of that extra piece that might be peeking out the
bottom and the top is finished. Taekwondo pants are quite a bit baggier
than the skinny jeans Luke prefers so I took some pins and marked down one side
where I thought the seams should go to skinny them up. Just be careful not
to pin your children to the pants. I turned the pants inside out and used a
ruler to transfer the marks from one pant leg to the other so they would both
be the same then it was a simple matter of sewing a seam straight up that line.
Boom. Skinny pants. Next I grabbed a random piece of fabric in slow motion
for the strips of cloth that wrap around Luke’s lower legs. I made a mark every
three inches and cut it into as long of strips as possible. It turned out as
long as possible wasn’t long enough so I had to sew two together for each strip
which gave me a strip that was 310 centimeters long. The perfect size for
dancing. After my heartfelt dance break I found
some boots at the thrift store that were basically the right style with the wrong
color. They were a bit tall so I chopped them down. Twice. I then pulled out my
acrylic paints and tried to find a color that would match my leg wrap around
strip things. After a bit of trial and error I ended up using Deco Art
Americana Premium Titanium White and Raw Sienna. These paints were provided to me
by Deco Art through their helping artists program. Of course it’s always a
good idea to try your paint out on some scrap before applying it to your actual
project. I wanted my boots to look kind of old and worn so I didn’t want a
totally even color on them. So instead of mixing my paints to a uniform color
before painting I took a bit of each color on my paintbrush and more or less
mixed it on the boot as I went. Now painting on boots isn’t exactly what
acrylic artist paints are made for so you’re gonna end up with a boot that’s a
bit stiff but in a pinch they sure do the job. I definitely needed more than
one coat because the first coat soaked into the material pretty good and
because I don’t have a lot of patience I used my blow dryer to speed up the dry
time. Once the fabric had been sealed by that first coat of paint the second coat
went on with a much denser color. I only painted part way up the boot because I
knew the top half would be covered by the fabric strips and I just didn’t feel
like wasting paint. Then all I had to do was wrap the strips around the boot, up
the leg and tuck the end in at the back. And that’s it! Now you can go off and do
some moisture farming or save the universe. Don’t forget to subscribe and
big that bell for notifications. Have fun making. See ya. you

25 Replies to “Thrift Store Hacks: How to Make a Luke Skywalker Costume”

  1. Foamsmith, seamstress, comedian, ribbon dancer… you are truly a a Renaissance man! I always enjoy your videos SO much!

  2. Moisture farming is so much more fun than saving the universe, isn't it? 😀 Enough with the jokes, this was a really cute outfit! And don't mind the white strip on the front, it's barely noticeable! Your costume looks great! (And your kid looks as funny as you are, so that's always cool!)

  3. Very neat!

    For painting on fabric, you may wish to get some fabric medium. It's made to turn acrylic paint into fabric paint.

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