Jedi Barbie was inspired when my boyfriend bought a lightsaber and we could make it pink. I knew from that moment Jedi Barbie had to happen this year. I ended up procrastinating on the costume to the point where I made it in the last 3 days before we left for the con. My first time putting it all on was actual at the con! It turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Its a shame I had somewhere to be during the Star Wars costume contest at Dragoncon. Theres always next year :)
I used Simplicity patten 5840. You can find patterns at Joanns or any other fabric store. Watch for sales because you can get your patterns for 1 or 2 dollars instead of 15.
Firstly, the sleeves in the pattern are to short. You should allow yourself at least an extra 6" on your pattern. If you follow the pattern exactly your sleeves will start mid upper arm and that's just silly. The tunic itself will be a bit large. I tried it on, pinned, tried it on, pinned a few times in order to make it more form fitting. I also used interfacing throughout the entire costume. When I buy fabric I go for color not necessarily type or price. So my light pink tunic was a very thin cotton that i had to iron interfacing to. It worked well making the fabric thick, but it didn't drape as well it could have. A stronger fabric won't need interfacing and will hang nicer. So that's something to consider.
The pattern tabards are stupid. Don't bother. I looked up some really helpful jedi costume tutorials and help pages. I took their advice and cut out 4 very long pieces and sewed them together. They worked great. Just watch how thick you make them.
Normal Jedi have leather belts but I didn't realize this when I bought the pleather-ish material. Despite everything it worked pretty well. I had 2 sets of rivets in the back so I could tie it in place. And the pink center belt was hot glued to the bottom belt. The actual pockets were made using the cases from a purse accessory pattern I had: Simplicity 4391. And the center attachment was purchased in the purse isle at Joann's. For a more starwarsy looking one you'll have to buy one online.
Only the most important part right? This saber is custom made. They don't make pink ones. I suggest doing some lightsaber research before hand. And beware its going to cost you some money. I upgraded my saber for DragonCon 2010. My new saber is holy shit bright! Brightest saber I've ever seen. I bought it from the holy grail of saber makers http://www.vadersvault.com Totally worth it! It turns even sith sabers pale orange :D Behold! The power of PINK!
I loved this costume! I wont be changing 1 thing about it. I hope this was helpful :)
I WAS FEATURED IN CHAD VADER'S VIDEO!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS0Y3TbIzVo
1st Place as Staff Favorite in the Star Wars Costume Contest at Dragon*Con 2011.