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[Completed] WIP Bespin Han Solo

Post by RedCupCosplay » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:48 am

Hey gang,

Over the last few months I've been putting together my Episode V Bespin Han with the view to hopefully getting it approved. I've got a WIP thread on the main RL forum too so this is just to show local guys the work I've done.

I've made all the soft parts from scratch myself so there'll be a little bit of description on what I did as we go.

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to start with the fabrics I used for the trousers and the jacket came from Minerva Crafts. The jacket shell was made from a charcoal grey twill gabardine. I chose this because it was the closest match to the Prop Store auction photos that were made available recently. The trouser fabric was a brown heavy-weight cotton.

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I'd originally made a mock-up out of calico and then went on to make the final product. In doing this I realised I had to add several details and remove some others. The Dawn Anderson pattern I used for the jacket called for top stitching on the pockets and one line of top stitching on the flaps; obviously I had to alter these details slightly to match the screen used jacket.

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The sleeve detail took some working out as the placement was entirely open to interpretation. Additionally I added a vertical row of stitching either side of the pocket as shown in the Prop Store photos.

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I really love how this photo shows off the texture of the fabric! It really does change colour like the fabric used on the original.

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Back pocket detail! This one was really satisfying to make.

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The finished jacket. I'm really thrilled with how it turned out - I feel like the fit is pretty good compared to how the original fitted Harrison.

Next I did the shirt - I patterned this from scratch myself. I'd originally worked out a variation on this pattern when I made my shirt for my S:aSWS variant months ago so I didn't need to make a mock-up for this.

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For the shirt I used an off-white cotton twill (on the advice of Adam at CorellianDryGoods) which I'm thrilled with - the fabric really sings.

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A shot of the shirt once the front bibs and collar were attached. Sewing this was a real joy.

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The finished shirt! Couldn't be happier with it. I feel like this really marked a jump in the quality of my sewing for me.

The last job for sewing was the trousers - I'd never made trousers before so I was a little concerned about being so ambitious with my first pair. I took a standard slim chino pattern and adapted it - adding the riding seam and pintuck and removing all pockets. In the end I essentially just used the pattern to get the main shapes and constructed the trousers my own way.

The mock-ups ended up way too small sadly, I think I'd been too generous with my seam allowance but it was a useful lesson in how to do a lot of stuff I'd never done before.

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When I went onto make my final trousers I decided to use the reverse of the twill fabric as it had a rougher texture and matched the fabric my blood-stripes were embroidered on. This shows the back panels (with riding seam) and the stripes attached to one side.

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A flat lay of one whole leg.

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Test fitting the first leg I made. Given that the mock-up was way too small I was probably a little over-cautious with the final ones!

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The finished product! Really happy with how these turned out. For a first attempt at trousers I'm really pleased.

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This is the first time I'd tried on all the ESB parts together (still with my ANH DL-44) - felt very in character! I'm really pleased with the colour variation I get from the jacket.

The Bespin DL-44 was a really fun project. It was built on a resin cast Mauser with 3D printed conversion parts. The cast was pretty messy in all honesty so it took a lot of clean up but it was great fun to get lost in.

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I went with minimal greeblies as seen on the Bespin prop. This was my first time using several new finishing techniques and I'm thrilled with the results.

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Rub N Buff works miracles! So pleased with how this turned out, considering it's a 3D printed flash hider.

My gun belt is a second hand Todd's with cast belt tools from Corellian Exports. The boots I'm using currently are rubber ones. I'd gotten some beautiful leather ones for a bargain on eBay but they were too narrow for my calves. I'll upgrade to leather when I find some that fit.

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The final look! I've now submitted for approval and since doing so was encouraged to post this thread up here for you guys to see.

Sorry for the essay and thanks so much for the ongoing support from within this community!

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Re: [Completed] WIP Bespin Han Solo

Post by Lee UtdK » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:11 pm

Honesty mate, that is stunning!! Kudos to you for putting that together!!

That costume is so cool, can I beg you to consider one more thing to really do it justice? Get into Epic Militaria and get some wooden Mauser grips and change out those on your blaster. It’s a fairly cheap change to make and I’m glad I did mine.

Once you get the leather boots, that my friend will be one awesome Han costume!!


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Re: [Completed] WIP Bespin Han Solo

Post by RedCupCosplay » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:35 pm

Lee UtdK wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:11 pm
Honesty mate, that is stunning!! Kudos to you for putting that together!!

That costume is so cool, can I beg you to consider one more thing to really do it justice? Get into Epic Militaria and get some wooden Mauser grips and change out those on your blaster. It’s a fairly cheap change to make and I’m glad I did mine.

Once you get the leather boots, that my friend will be one awesome Han costume!!


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Hey man! Thanks for your kind words! That means a lot. I definitely intend to get some wooden grips for the DL-44. Considering its a Mauser cast to begin with I'm confident I can get them to fit easily. It's on my list of upgrades for the new year along with leather boots that actually fit me!

Thanks again, honestly it means a lot to me!

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Re: [Completed] WIP Bespin Han Solo

Post by huggz121 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:40 pm

Nice WIP mate and it all looks really good. As per our many conversations on Instagram I can't see you having any issues with clearance and once you've got some leather boots it'll look spot on. Well done on this build mate and look forward to trooping with you soon.

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Re: [Completed] WIP Bespin Han Solo

Post by RedCupCosplay » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:45 pm

huggz121 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:40 pm
Nice WIP mate and it all looks really good. As per our many conversations on Instagram I can't see you having any issues with clearance and once you've got some leather boots it'll look spot on. Well done on this build mate and look forward to trooping with you soon.

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You're a gentleman. Thanks as ever for your support and help! I really appreciate it buddy.

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