I make a DIY Star Wars Rey costume for Emily’s convention adventures.
Our youngest daughter wanted to wear a cosplay costume for her first trip to a convention, the Manchester Film and Comic Convention. I decided to try my hand at making her a costume on a budget, a DIY Star Wars Rey Costume, to be exact.
Wanted: A costume for Emily.
My youngest daughter Emily and I are certified geeks. X-Men to The Avengers, Spiderman to Superman, Guardians of the Galaxy to Star Wars, we love them all. So when Emily found out there was a Film and Comic Convention coming to Manchester she really wanted to go, having missed the one here in Nottingham earlier this year.
Emily wanted to get into the spirit of things and wear a costume to the event. Originally she wanted to dress as Wonder Woman (the 1970’s version). Furthermore, she didn’t want a shop-bought Wonder Woman costume because she thought they looked naff and wanted me to make one for her! I admire her faith in me, but I have a feeling my attempt at a Wonder Woman costume would’ve looked ‘naffer’!
Have DIY Rey Star Wars costume, will travel.
Thankfully, having scoured the internet for ideas, I happened across the character of Rey, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Happily, Emily really enjoyed the latest incarnation of the Star Wars film franchise and loved the idea of dressing up as Rey. I was delighted too because Rey’s costume is much simpler than Wonder Woman’s spangly outfit. That’s because it’s little more than a glorified dust sheet! I was confident I’d be able to come up with something suitable.
I spent a few weeks thinking about how I could make a Rey costume, complete with staff, on a budget, using cheap, simple materials and things I had in the house. I set to work and my efforts paid off. Emily absolutely loved her costume and after many weeks of counting down sleeps, the eagerly anticipated weekend of the Film and Comic Con Manchester finally arrived.
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The Film and Comic Con Manchester.
The Film and Comic Con Manchester at Event City was a small event compared with the bigger London Conventions. For the uninitiated, Film and Comic Cons celebrates cult films, TV and comics. There are autograph signings, photo shoots, prop displays, competitions, gaming, talks and a chance to meet actors, authors and comic artists. Unlike the fancy dress parties we shied away from as kids, people positively embrace costume wearing at conventions. In fact, many go to great lengths to recreate the costumes of their favourite film, TV and comic characters.
You’ll be disappointed to learn that I refrained from any form of costume wearing.
Over the course of the weekend, actors from Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Star Wars and the Aliens films were set to appear at The Film and Comic Con Manchester Convention. However, some of the high profile actors and guests cancelled their appearance at the last minute because of other commitments. This may have explained why it was fairly quiet when we visited on Sunday. The absence of some of the stars didn’t bother Emily,though. She absolutely loved the whole experience and wandered around wide-eyed for hours.
Emily loved seeing so many people dressed up in costumes and she had a couple of photo shoots with props, explored the displays and had a go on the retro computer games. Emily and I had great fun in the Games Area, where the friendly staff showed us how to play a game called ‘Settlers of Catan.’ We enjoyed it so much, we may have to add it to our Christmas wish list.
Emily met a few of the special guests that day. She got signed autographs from one of the X-wing Fighter Commanders in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Devon Murray, who played Seamus Finnigan in Harry Potter.
She also had her photograph taken in front of a replica of Rey’s Speeder vehicle.
Emily spent hours browsing around all of the stalls and exhibits and picked up a few bargains too.
Emily loved wearing her DIY Star Wars Rey costume. In fact, it seemed to give her an air of confidence. My usually shy daughter seemed unphased by all of the attention she received from people wanting to have their photograph taken with her.
We’re off to Star Wars Celebration Europe!
While we were at the Manchester convention, we heard about Star Wars Celebration Europe. This hugely anticipated event would be taking place in London from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2106 and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) were already confirmed as guests. Of course, Emily really wanted to go as she loves Star Wars.
Imagine Emily’s delight when I managed to get two tickets to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe on Sunday 17th July. We are going to go there and back to Nottingham in a day so we’ll be getting up at some unearthly hour to board an early train to London to make sure we don’t miss a thing.
We are so excited to be among the thousands of fans attending this once in a lifetime event. It promises to be the ultimate experience for Star Wars fans. Furthermore, since Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) were announced as guests, more famous names have been added: Warwick Davies (Wickett); Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca); Anthony Daniels (C3PO); Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ray Park (Darth Maul).
We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in everything Star Wars for the day. It also means Emily can wear her Rey costume again!
To find out more about Star Wars Celebration Europe, click here.
Over to you.
What are your fancy dress triumphs and disasters? Have you taken your children to a convention? What did you think? As always, I love to hear from you.
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Well done! Emily looks fantastic as Rey! You can’t beat cosplay at a convention! We’ve been going to the Dublin Comic Con the last three years but I haven’t had the guts to do cosplay. Can’t wait until my little one is old enough to enjoy them 🙂
See I knew you were a kindred spirit, Geraldine! If you pop over to my Instagram feed you will see that for the sake of Emily’s homework I dressed up as my alter ego ‘Super Ninja’…If I can do it, you can do it 😉
Wow! I admire your ability to make costumes. Emily makes a great Rey in her fantastic costume. Can you come to Jersey for World Book Day next year? I really could do with some tips for costume making 😉 What a shame some of the high profile actors cancelled at the last minute. That really isn’t very nice for any excited children that might have been attending. I’m glad that Emily didn’t let it bother her and that she embraced the day! Enjoy your next one 🙂
Thanks, Emma. Proper excited!
She looked fab, dust sheet or not! You’re a whizz on the sewing machine.
I’m so happy to see another girl dressing up as Rey! Too many girls feel pressured to dress as Disney princesses and the like, She really suits the costume. Well done, it looks fab! #fortheloveofBLOG
Thanks, Sarah! Yes, Emily is so like me when I was little…Happy to be a bit of a ‘tomboy’ and a geek. She doesn’t really like to wear dresses or skirts. She ,mostly wears jeans, converse hightops and t-shirts. She likes baseball caps too.
The costume is great! I am glad that she enjoyed the convention, we are going to the Film and comic con in Bournemouth in September, no idea what I am going to wear!
Aw, you’ll have a great time! I hope you’ll tell us how you get on!
What a brilliant day out Jane and well done on making the costume – it looks fab, and Emily looks really pleased with it too! I hadn’t thought about conventions, however they are a brilliant way to get people involved outside of watching the film on TV, widening their insights and opportunities, it’s a bit like a #BML16. I hope you both have a fantastic time at the Star Wars celebration Europe, are you going to dress up for it? Thanks so much for linking up this week at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x
I won’t be dusting off my costume this time, Claire. But if you check out my instagram feed you will see my Super Ninja outfit in there somewhere…The sacrificial love of a parent in response to a homework assignment 😉
Great costume. Well done. Pen x #KCACOLS
Emily looks great and you really made a great job of the outfit, well done. Keep us updated on your next trip.
Okay mum, I will 😉
This looks amazing! What a fab costume and your daughter looks so proud. It looks like you had a fab time. I made my daughter (who is two) a Twirlywoos costume for Halloween, she was very happy with it (and I was glad that it was dark by the time that we went trick or treating as my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired!) #KCACOLS
Aw, thanks Jenni. My skills aren’t great, but as you say, the important thing is that the kids love the outfits and appreciate us making them! Thanks for stopping by.
Emily looks so great! It looks like she had a lot of fun too,
Fab costume! And I bet you’ll have a great time at the Star Wars Celebration. My other half and I are both huge geeks, but we can’t agree on our geekiness – he’s all Marvel Comics and Dr Who, while I’m DC and Trek. We took Marianna to Cardiff comic-con last year but it was way too packed for the pushchair. Once she’s moving under her own steam we will try again! 🙂 #KCACOLS
Ha! We have a bit of a divide in our house too. I’m not much of a Trekie or a Dr Who fan…I love all of the superheros. Emily likes Anime and is a mad Totoro fan too. I hope you venture back to a convention when Marianna is older, Jess.
The costume looks fantastic. We only have one convention that is overly close to us, but I think I’m going to start travelling a bit more for them. We are pretty big geeks in our house also! #KCACOLS
Yay! More geeks! Its great when we can embrace our geekiness, not just with the rest of our family but a convention hall full of others!!
Oh my WOW talk about a fantastic day out! I think Emily’s costume is absolutely fabulous hon. Please tell me you plan on dressing up for the London one too. I must admit I’m slightly jealous as I find myself wanting to let my geek out lol. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.xx
Lol…If you root around Instagram you will find me in a costume but I won’t be wearing one in London….Yup, I’m a coward!
Well done, My son actually was wondering how you made the staff. We look forward to finding out. #KCACOLS
Thanks, Jen. Yes, I’ll be coming to a youtube channel near you 😉
Well done! I look forward to seeing how you made it as I’ve never made a costume yet for my boys. Luckily my youngest whos 7 wore a spider man costume for years which he loved and refused all offers of getting him a new one, even when the long legs looked more like shorts!:)
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Oh, Emily had Jessie outfit from Toy Story and she wore it til the trousers were like shorts too!! It was a great outfit though!
Her costume looks great, well done you! I’ve not had to really do any costumes yet, I’m not sure how good my attempts would be, haha! x #KCACOLS
Emily looks fantastic! What a great day – my husband would LOVE to go to comic con or anything Star Wars with our daughters so that he can indoctrinate them into the ways of the world, proper. Enjoyed reading about your day out for #KCACOLS
Thanks very much! Oh, I hope they will share his passion for it. It’s nice when the dads can find something to connect with their daughters over.
Fantastic! That costume is brilliant. We’re currently putting together a family Monsters Inc cosplay ready for Wales Comic Con in November. Somehow I’ve ended up being Mike Wazowski haha! Enjoy the Star Wars Celebration! #KCACOLS
I hope you are doing a post about that! I can’t wait to see you all!
Oh my goodness she looked absolutely awesome! And she looks so much like you – I was browsing the pics on the linky and I knew it would be your post before I read it. I am a massive star wars fan too (and generally any sci-fi and fantasy) and I have to say I am a little bit jealous. It looks like you had a blast and the Star Wars Celebration in London sounds absolutely epic. Can’t wait to hear about it. #KCACOLS
Thanks, Danielle. I’m so glad you like it. It seems this post has unearthed a lot of sci-fi and fantasy geeks! We are not alone! I do hope the Convention is good. I think it might be too massive and I’m not certain of our chances of seeing the big stars as you need to get wrist bands the day before etc. It sounds a bit complicated!
We are very much a geek family too! Lego, Avengers, Star Wars…everything! Love it all! Your daughter looks beautiful and her costume is awesome, it looks like you had a great time! #kcacols