Star Wars Rey Costume Part 1 – Wrap Dress

Star Wars Rey Costume

With all the recent popularity of Star Wars The Force Awakens, it’s a safe bet that Rey’s costume from the movie will be a favorite among all ages. Even before the movie was released, people were frantically researching the costume and props used on this leading heroine. And I was one of them! Having not worn a costume in over a decade I looked to online resources for all the information I could find. This is a compilation of what I found and how I created my own Star Wars Rey costume.

During my initial research, I found this forum discussion thread, which is one of the most complete resources for Rey’s Planet Jakku costume from Star Wars The Force Awakens. It is loaded with pics, ideas, patterns, materials and pretty much all the info you need to create your own screen accurate Rey costume. Armed with the information I found here, I set out to make my costume.

rey costume wrap

Shown here is the wrap dress, which is the long loose flowing fabric that goes over Rey’s shirt and pants. (Dressmaker form courtesy of The fabric I used was purchased from Jo-Ann and the receipt describes it as Zhan Natural Solid Gauze #400076491892. The actual fabric is an off-white / light beige color. The wrap used in the movie appears to be more of a taupe, between a beige and a grey, so I decided to dye the fabric with RIT liquid dye in pearl grey. Because it was uncertain how long the fabric needed to be left in the dye and how concentrated the dye needed to be, I tested several fabric swatches. The photo below shows the results.

rey costume wrap dye

I purchased approximately 1.5 yards of fabric, but of course this will vary based on the height of the individual. It is recommended that you wash the fabric before dyeing as the dye should be applied while the fabric is wet. The fabric did shrink when it dried so you will need to account for this, and I would not recommend machine drying it. Once the fabric was air dried, I cut it vertically into four strips that were approximately 11 inches wide each. I then spliced the ends together with seam tape to create one long piece.

The fabric is draped starting from just above the top of Rey’s boot on the right side. It then crosses over the chest and the left shoulder. (Although the wrap crosses in the front, it only meets in the back.) It then loops around at the outside of Rey’s left calf and comes back up to cross the chest before continuing over the right shoulder. It may be helpful to stitch the wrap to the top of the shoulders to keep it in place while wearing.

My original intention was to have the Rey costume ready to wear for Halloween. Although I did wear a version of the costume for Halloween, this was not the wrap dress used in that costume. I was unable to find the right fabric for this part locally. Due to the time constraints, I ended up using several beige scarves that were cut down, spliced together, and weathered with black, brown and grey acrylic paint. Below are the photos of the wrap dress made with the scarves and the original scarves prior to cutting and distressing. It worked in a pinch and is a good option if you don’t want to go through the hassle of dyeing fabric.

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Click here for Part 2 – Rey’s Henley Shirt.

Click here for Part 3 – Rey’s Pants & Boots.

Click here for Part 4 – Build Rey’s Staff

I’m working on other posts for the bag, staff and accessories to complete the Rey costume, so check back soon!

28 Replies to “Star Wars Rey Costume Part 1 – Wrap Dress”

  1. Great design. The drape looks perfect. You likely already know to use about a cup of salt in the wash water to help keep the dye from running and retain the color. Thank you for the follow!

  2. I love this! You did awesome! Forgive my lack of sewing expertise but can you explain the splice/seam tape technique, how you were able to combine the different pieces? I am still new to all this

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. The seam tape is easy to use. It is heat activated so all you need is an iron. No sewing expertise required. Simply sandwich the seam tape between the two layers of fabric that you are attaching and iron both sides of the fabric (the outside of the sandwich). It works best if you have an iron with a steam setting but if not you can just spray the fabric with water before ironing. Seam tape is available in different widths but you can also cut down any seam tape to the desired width.

  3. What do you mean by 2/3 strength bath? Like 2/3 dye and 1/3 water? I bought the fabric and dye but I’m not sure exactly how to dye it.

    1. To clarify, it was 2/3 of the recommended amount of dye added to the full amount of water. To simplify try 1/4 oz of the pearl grey dye added to 5 quarts water. I’d recommend trying a test swatch first.

  4. Your costume looks so great, and your posts have been so helpful in making my own Rey! The dying instructions here were especially helpful. I’m really looking forward to other posts on Rey’s accessories (I can not figure out the arm bands and most tutorials overlook them) and on the resistance costume as well.

  5. I love your costume! I would love to have seen more progress shots of how you weathered your costume pieces – do you have any particular tips?

    1. Thanks Courtney. We didn’t take any photos of the weathering process but I’ll make sure to take some and add some to the post if we do additional weathering. (Sometimes it’s necessary after the costume parts are washed.) We used watered down black, brown, and grey acrylic pant and blotted it on. The paint will always dry lighter than it looks when first applied. However, it’s best to do it in stages because it’s always easier to add weathering then to try and remove it. We initially tried using wet dirt, aka mud, but it didn’t stay on very well so I would definitely go with the paint instead. Hope this helps.

  6. Thank you SO MUCH for this post! One thing I was wondering, however is if you can see seams from the seam tape. I would love to save money and buy a smaller amount of fabric, but I don’t want there to be any obvious seams.

    1. Also, I’m pretty new to this so I’m sorry if there was an obvious answer and I just missed it. 🙂

    2. You’re welcome Emma. If you place the seams at the shoulder where the wrap attaches to the shirt and at the bottom of the “loop”, then they shouldn’t be noticeable.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. The shirt is no longer available at Banana Republic. I’ll be on the lookout for a replacement and update the post when I find one.

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