Ordered my new Rey TLJ boots from Po-Zu. It pains me that they branded them and added a zipper. I wish they had a costume edition that was identical to what was used in the movie. At the same time I understand the practical need for a zipper. Most customers probably wouldn’t buy them if they had to lace them up all the time. We’ve all become so lazy with our fancy modern conveniences like zippers and horseless carriages. Ah, well. The sizing was the same as it was for the Piper V boots so hopefully these will fit the same.
I bought a pair of black leather gloves from eBay for my Luke costume but when they arrived Saturday I was disappointed to find that they didn’t fit. I have fairly long fingers for a lady-person but they lack the girth that most male fingers have. This means that most women’s gloves are too short for me and men’s gloves are too baggy. I got a pair of size L women’s gloves from Target many eons ago for my Quistis costume, they’re still the only pair I’ve found that have come close to fitting. They’re covered in silver smudges from Quistis’ chain whip but I think I may have to try cleaning them up for Luke. Well, one of them.
I sewed the two back pieces of my pants together and did the topstitching around the riding seam. I also serged along all my edges like a damn professional. So far I’m pleased with how they look. I got my zipper installed all but the double row of topstitching and inserting the fly shield. While I was working, the light on my sewing machine decided to start wildly flickering when I pushed the pedal which makes for a very “someone is about to pop out of the closet and murder me” sewing experience. Just kidding, my house doesn’t have closets. The obnoxious flickering did cause me to stop working on my pants though. I was in the middle of a seam when it started and I had to prop my phone up on the machine and use its light to finish the seam. The lighting in my house already isn’t good and I’m working on black fabric so the light on my machine is pretty important. I pulled it out to examine it and I didn’t see any broken filament but it may be getting ready to blow. I’ve had the same light in there since I got the machine when I graduated high school. That’s an impressive lifespan for an incandescent bulb. I hope it’s just the bulb, if not then it’s a wiring issue and that would be bad. The dryer was running when the trouble began and my husband thought that might be causing the issue (old house, old wiring). He turned the dryer off and I tried it out and it didn’t flicker. Thinking the trouble was solved I went to sew again only to have it go back to flickering. I got trolled by my sewing machine. So now I’ve got two fancy LED bulbs winging their way here from my lord and savior, Amazon. Hopefully that’ll solve the problem and I can get back to business.
My Rey fabric showed up today. I was really surprised at how light it is. From the pictures I imagined it to be like a mid-weight home decor type fabric but it’s more like an eyelet fabric. I see now why they lined it on her costume. It may not be such a bad thing that I got the white instead of the putty since I’ll have to dye the liner fabric to match. Dyeing them both at the same time will be easier than trying to match the existing putty fabric perfectly.
Not much progress today and tomorrow isn’t looking good either. I’ve got jury duty in the morning but I’m hoping it’ll wrap up quickly and I can get back here, install my new bulb and make headway on the pants. That is if this miserable Southern humidity doesn’t sap all my energy while I’m out driving around in it. My delicate constitution just isn’t suited to global warming.
My Rey boots came from Po-Zu today! I was afraid they might not fit but they’re friggin’ perfect. Po-Zu put the screen accurate Rey boots on clearance because now they have special Star Wars branded Rey boots. They’re nice but the leather heels have a Star Wars brand stamped in them. Kind of a bummer for costumers. But because of them the originals were half off so I jumped on it. I was dumb and didn’t message them about sizing when I ordered because I was convinced they’d sell out in the interim. Luckily their sizing chart must be pretty spot-on. I measured out at a EUR 38 which is a USA 7. Normally I wear 8 or 8.5 so I was wary of buying the smaller size. I’m so glad I went by the chart instead of what I usually wear. I’d have Rey clown shoes otherwise and they’re sold out of this size now. I’ve been fretting for almost a month (since ordering them) for nothing. I should learn a lesson from that but I won’t.
While I was flippin’ out about my Rey boots I decided to look up the new pair she wears in TLJ. I’m really liking her new costume and was curious to see if any of my peeps had ferreted out the details on the new boots. No match found for them yet but they appear to be custom Po-Zu boots. In my searching I happened across a post about the entirety of her costume and found out that Mood Fabrics carries the exact match for her tunic material. It was already sold out in putty by the time I got there but they also had it in white and it happens to be 100% cotton. Time to practice my dyeing skills. A kind soul on the RPF agreed to send me a scrap of her putty colored fabric so I’d have a reference to dye by.
I said I wouldn’t do a Rey costume and now I have the beginnings of two of them -_-;