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A New World – and Obi Wan


Things in my life have changed, and my extra time has dwindled, and I have been forced to focus on some of my personal responsibilities.  Though I’m still determined to make costumes – of different genres – I have decided to take time to enjoy the new movies instead.  It doesn’t mean I won’t be making any costumes from the movie, but I will be choosy about which ones.   I don’t want to get bored again, and then have to press on, all the while thinking that I would like to try something new.

The leaked photo and some of the other released photos of the new movie, have me anxious about what is next.  I liked the new Luke version, borrowed from the late Obi Wan, and I like the idea of a lighter color robe.  But I know there are going to be so many more costumes as we get closer to December!

In the past, I have done a late Obi Wan costume for a couple of people.  I’m anxious to get a better look at the fabric the older Obi Wan is using!

The late Obi Wan consists of one long, more narrow tabard that drapes across the neck, and held with a sash.  Either version can be done in linen or raw silk.  I have on occasion, been able to snag a homespun heavyweight crinkled mix fabric.  The shirt underneath is a shorter turtleneck, made of ponte.

late obi wan


The Anatomy of a Tunic


So in the world of tunics, there is a lingo that helps us communicate.  If you’ve not ever heard it, here’s a listing.

  • A Tunic is the jacket piece of the set.  The neckline is similar to that of a kimono, though it’s technically called a surplice neckline.
  • An Undershirt is the shirt beneath the tunic.  Most of these have sleeves that gather extra fabric at the wrist.
  • A Tabard/Set of Tabards are the strips of fabric that come over the shoulder and bind at the waist.
  • A Sash is the piece that fits around the waist, right where your saber belt will go over.

The good thing is they are not acronyms, so they are a little easier to follow than what we have to deal with in the business world at work, right?

Learner Tunics


There are many variations of a Learner Tunic.  I make mine from a cotton homespun gauze.  Gauze color can be tricky but I regularly get the option of two different types of brown.  One is just a tad more milk chocolate brown, and the other has a tinge of black.

There are, of course, fabric tabards that come with these.  But I also have pleather tabards available.  As a fellow hobbyist, I would always recommend a true leather tabard for these.  I don’t have a leather machine and it’s not in the cards for the moment to move to leather, so I don’t offer leather.  It truly can be a different way of sewing, and they are two different crafts.    The stretch pleather can be difficult to manage, but considerably cheaper.   It comes in black and dark brown as you can see in the pictures.

There are different Undershirts for Learners, but I will dismantle those in another post!

“Jedi business.  Go back to your drinks.”  -Anakin

Learner 2 Tunic Set with title    learner 3 tunic set with title











For The Little Ones…

When I was able to costume full-time, every October I would complete my orders and use the leftover fabric for pro-bono gifts to children of those hobbyists who were so gracious to work with.  I have a lot of fun with this and hope I can do it again sometime.  But here’s one of them that I thought was just pretty darn cute: