DIY Rey (Star Wars) Costume

I'd like to take this moment to stop and thank the person in charge of designing Rey's costume. 
I like to think they had mothers like me in mind. Like, "let's give those poor Mama's who procrastinate their kids costumes a break. No more of this Queen Amidala/Princess Leia complicated costume business. We're gonna make this easy. We're draping this girl in one long piece of fabric yo. Throw in a belt and some dirty, stained clothes, wrap her arms in bandages, and we're done. You're welcome, Mom's. You're welcome." 
So here's all you need to throw this together:
  • White shirt (the dirtier the better)
  • Green pants (holes required)
  • Brown belt (preferably bigger, so you can wrap it around)
  • Brown boots
  • Ace bandages (you think I'm kidding huh? Well, I'm not)
  • *One yard of beige fabric (I used this fabric, here's another option as well)

*for reference, my daughter is an average size 4 year old, you may need more or less fabric depending on body size. If you don't sew, just buy more fabric. What you're going for here is just one really long fabric panel. I just bought a yard and sewed it together because I'm cheap and I didn't want the fabric to be too heavy on Madelyn's shoulders

All you need to do is take your fabric (pre-washed) 
divide it (length-wise) into 3 sections (If you have a yard, 3 sections of 14 worked well for my daughter)
take your sections and right sides together, sew each panel on the top short panel one at a time. This will get you one long panel. 
Drape it around shoulders (google how to do this and you'll find lots of helpful how-to's) wrap the waist in a belt, wrap arms in an Ace bandage, throw a staff/lightsaber, and a row of buns down the head and your set!
I'm not even kidding, that's all their is too this guys. You can imagine my joy when my kids came to me with their Halloween costume plans. Because they do that. Like they sit and discuss what their "theme" will be. It's hilarious and I figure it won't last forever, so I embrace it. Especially when my 4-year-old declared that she wanted to be Rey. She's a big fan. 
And she happened to have old olive green leggings (with holes in them, I might add). She also has several old, stained, white (or not so white ;) shirts to choose from. Throw in some old brown boots, a belt, and ace bandages, and you're set. That's right, we used ace bandages. I mean this costume could not have been easier. We even live half an hour from some sand dunes. This was a match made in Halloween heaven. 
To be fair, pictures could have gone better. We totally got rained on, I'm recovering from leg surgery, and Madelyn's boots kept coming off. But she that's life, right? She had a blast pretending to be Rey, even though Madelyn was much too happy to stay in character. :)  
So there you go, nice and simple....and let's be honest, not expensive! That's a Halloween win in my book!


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