Cosplay Tutorial: Empire Strikes Back Bespin Han Solo Costume

Female Han Solo Empire Strikes Back

[Photo taken at the San Jose Tech Museum: Where Science Meets Imagination Star Wars exhibit]

To be honest, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind to make another Han Solo cosplay. But on a 4 hour road trip home, I suddenly had the urge to want to re-make my original Han holster and with that, I figured why not make a new costume to go with it? I ended up doing a lot of research on this since unlike A New Hope, Han has a few more costumes in the Empire Strikes Back film and he only wears the Bespin outfit for a portion of the movie – at least until he gets frozen in carbonite. Reference photos are key and luckily I found a few great ones like the ones below. I also combed through a bunch of forums to get some ideas of how other people were making the shirt and jacket.

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Han Solo Holster Tutorial – How to Wet Form Leather

Han Solo holster tutorial - how to wet form leather Anyone who has done leather crafting knows that it can be tedious, frustrating, or even painful. But like most things that take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, it’s all worth it in the end when you have a beautifully crafted piece. I’ve now made two holsters from scratch and wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to wet form leather to make your own holster or leather pieces. The idea of wet forming leather is just to get the leather into the shape that you want (box shape, gun shape, etc) and hopefully these tips can help you get started!

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The Fall of the Gingerbread Empire

Gingerbread Star Wars AT-AT Walker

It’s funny how fast Christmas comes and goes in an instant. If you think about it, it’s really just the anticipation of Christmas that’s really exciting. I start thinking about Christmas the moment Halloween is over. Christmas songs flood my iPhone, the Christmas tree and decorations go up, and the countdown begins. And of course somewhere in between there, I find something crafty to do. Ever since I saw this amazing gingerbread AT-AT last year, I wanted to try my skills at a creative gingerbread “house”. I figured since I know pumpkins, maybe I can do something interesting with this food. I admit that I am “not a jedi master yet”, but practice makes perfect! Read on for more progress pics!

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The Five Day, Five Pumpkin Challenge

The Stylish Geek Pumpkin Carvings 2013 Ever since I carved my first “3D” pumpkin 5 years ago, I’ve been pretty addicted to the art of pumpkin carving. Year after year, I try to challenge myself to make something better than the last and this year, I was definitely put to the test. First I have to rewind to 9 months ago, when I was contacted to see if I would consider taking on a pumpkin commission. I was shocked, flattered, and intrigued. The request was to make five pumpkins for an event, which conveniently happened to also be in my area. And this was not just any event. These pumpkins were going to be used as centerpieces for someone’s wedding! This meant that I would not only have to carve pumpkins every day for 5-6 days straight to keep them fresh, have to figure out how and where to store five huge pumpkins, but also have the pressure of not messing up! Well, I decided to take on the challenge and spent all of last week being a slave to carving. It was actually not as stressful and chaotic as I thought it would be and I’m so glad I did it. Dropping them off for the wedding was actually a bit sad, but at least I had the comfort of knowing guests would enjoy them.  And of course I took a bunch of photos before leaving my babies behind, so enjoy!

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The Making of Lady Vader

Lady Darth Vader Cosplay SDCC 2013

I knew the minute I saw this anime Lady Vader art that I wanted to cosplay the costume. However, when I started to show my friends, I got a few concerned “Wow, that’s ambitious!” comments. I mean, could I actually pull it off? Would I look ridiculous in all that armor? My head was full of questions about how comfortable I would be, whether or not I could even make everything in time, and if I would even look right as this character. Even after a week or two into the project, I was still pretty hesitant about revealing the cosplay out of fear that I wouldn’t be able to execute. It wasn’t really until I was about 50% done that I “announced” my cosplay and only then did I finally realize that there was no turning back. Continue reading

Confessions from the Con Floor – What Was I Wearing?

Star Wars Bed Sheet Skirt DIY and Star Wars Rebel Alliance

Although most of my memories at SDCC bring back visions of me in a head to toe padded  black Darth Vader suit, I actually did get around to wearing some of my fun geeky stuff on the con floor! These are the times I get to wear my favorite geek chic items (and maybe ones that I feel like I can’t wear to work) and I love it. If you’re wondering what I was wearing when not being Lady Vader, read on!

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San Diego Comic Con 2013 Cosplay Reveal!

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So instead of writing about my cosplay updates and showing you guys lots of progress pictures, I decided to do something different this time and just make a vlog instead! Find out how I chose this cosplay, take a tour around my messy workspace, and see what I’ve been making!