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mianakenobi:

My finished Captain Eo costume

My friend Bryan made a Captain Eo costume years back out of a white jacket and tic-tac boxes that he painted with Sharpie.  It was easily recognizable as Captain Eo, but he always wanted an upgraded one.  Several years back, there was a full scale picture of Captain Eo at Disneyland where I got a good look at the costume.  Bryan once more lamented about how much he wanted a better, accurate costume, and I for some reason blurted out “I could totally make that.” 

Shortly after, I began the mockup of the jacket.  Using the only pattern that was ever used on this jacket (Simplicity Suedesays pattern 1947), I whipped out a rough version of the jacket.  It was insane; there was so much topstitching, odd seams, and just randomness.  However, it also sparked a fever inside my brain that kept telling me “if you can make this, it will look AMAZING.”

The first hurdle was reference photos.  We soon discovered that there are at least three different versions of this costume.  The jacket in particular changed from scene to scene.  Some lit up, some didn’t, some had weird clips on the side, some of the lights were different colors, and there were NO pictures of the backside to go off of.  We ended up using 244p screencaps from a terrible youtube video just to guesstimate what the heck the back had.  A lot of the buckles and metal pieces were obviously custom made, so we had to scour the internet for buckles and metal studs that would give us the same feel.  I’m a perfectionist, so I almost gave up on those metal rectangles going all the way down both legs (the ones we found are STILL not big enough for my liking).  However, I finally got some rough croquis drawn and we were ready to start.    

Bryan and I scoured the LA Fabric District in September of 2013 for a white poly-cotton blend that had just the right amount of sheen without being too heavy.  I then got distracted with sewing my niece’s Halloween costume and work got crazy, so sewing the costume didn’t actually start until late April/early May of this year.  The costume was finished the Saturday before Comic-Con. 

I was terrified that Bryan was going to roast; this costume is HOT. 

The jacket has 3 layers: the poly-cotton outer layer, a layer of muslin to support all the top-stitching, and a light cotton lining. 


(ALL the topstitching!)



(Look at all that detailing that no one took photos of!  :-( )

The pants are worse: 

The bottom layer is a pair of Nike golf pants, then there are 3-5 layers of the poly/cotton, batting, and cording.  Not to mention over 200 metal rivets and studs.  (and a murse.  I had to make him a murse). 

I can’t take all the credit on this:  Bryan and his friend Mal did all of the resin/acrylic and light work: all of the light boxes, shoulder rods, and all the pieces on the belt.  He was an absolute trooper and had to make 3 trips all the way down to San Diego (as he lives 3 hours away) for fittings and costume piece pickups and deliveries. 

Even these photos (including the higher rez version of that photo) don’t show the insane amount of detail on this costume. 

The costume was a HUGE success at the Con (which I’m flattered about), but I’ve already gotten bombarded by people asking me to make one.  This unfortunately was a one-time-only vanity project for my best friend, I’m sorry to say.  We set out to make the insane costume and we did it.  :-D  :-D 

HOLY SHIT YES.

phantomfate:

merylstreeptease:

It’s amazing the impact this second-long video made in my life

There needs to be more

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foreverkaitlyn:

fantasmicfantayshia:

foreverkaitlyn:

fantasmicfantayshia:

foreverkaitlyn:

Literally proof that Fantayshia is the sweetest. And understands my struggles.
You and me NEED to meet up and photog T together ASAP. ❤️ fantasmicfantayshia

YES PLEASE! ❤️❤️❤️
I work morning shifts all next week so whenever you want :D

We’ll most definitely make it a El Dormouse day then. ;)
I don’t have a life so any day works for me too!
Monday or Tuesday? Cuz I’m pretty sure that’s his schedule. :P

How about Monday? Since I’m already planning in going then. Or we can do both. Doesn’t matter to me

Monday works for me! :D
Super excited!

One day we should all shoot together! Or y’all shoot and I stand there judging the mouse. Either wayyyy. I wanna hang with some lovely ladies. ❤️❤️❤️ not to intrude I just enjoy you both 😘

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