True confession time. we already had a Darth Vader costume from a Christmas years prior. That really takes the hard stuff out of Darth… but there are masks out there. REALLY, if you want a REALISTIC Vader costume, you need a good mask. I can’t imagine making one. BUT, the rest of the costume is easy! There are just a few bullet points to make a Darth Vader costume:
- He needs to be black. All of him. Honestly, take off his cuff-straps and suddenly he’s just dad. Put those on and even my own kids get a little scared. Fair enough, I like to strike a bit o’ fear in their hearts
- Make a black cape.
I used this same cape with Batman. Make the cape however you want. If you just want to use fleece, that is easy since it doesn’t need to be hemmed. I made mine out of light-weight wrinkle-free fabric. It flows really nicely, and I wanted it LONG. I measured neck to floor and just took an inch or two off. I made a necband, and then gathered the remaining fabric and sewed it on. I always close my capes with a hook and loop closure.
- Get black gloves. If they don’t extend up the wrist, I’d consider making wristlets (like in my wonder woman costume).
- Long black shirt (feel free to turn one that has a pattern inside out — no one will see the seams until they’re too close to care and black pants, and black socks and black shoes.
Did I mention black makes this costume.
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