Apologies that this belt tutorial is going to come in two parts, but I just found that there is so much to go over! This tutorial will cover most of the leather parts and what pattern I used for Han Solo’s gun holster and belt.
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I knew that the key to a convincing vest was finding the right type of material. I decided to hit up some thrift shops and just see what was out there. Specifically, I was looking for something in a stiff black fabric that would give it the rugged and outdoorsy look – maybe something like canvas or khaki. And I wanted to make sure the material wasn’t flimsy like a windbreaker or too thin of a cotton. Although I found a few pieces that might work, I decided on this black peacoat and was pretty confident that I could turn it into a vest.
After many many hours of thrift hunting, reconstructing, sculpting, and learning the art of crafting leather, I can finally debut my female Han Solo cosplay! I think the idea got subconsciously implanted in my head when I saw my coworker wearing a navy canvas mid-collar cargo jacket to work one day with some black slacks. I immediately thought he looked like Cloud City Han Solo, but that was it. Fast forward a few weeks where I was browsing some Padme and Leia cosplays online and thinking “Could I pass for a Leia or Padme??”. After getting some froyo to think it over, I suddenly got the idea of being a female Han Solo instead of going for the obvious female Star Wars character. And today’s the day I finally get to wear it! Keeping my fingers crossed that nothing falls apart, but that’s why I’ll have my cosplay emergency kit handy!
Stay tuned for more pics from SDCC 2012 and follow up tutorials on how I put the cosplay together, but in the meantime, here are some test shots I took earlier this week.