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