Introduction: Han Solo Costume

I've been a long time Star Wars fan and one day realized that I didn't have to only cosplay as female characters. Why not do a male character? So I decided to create a female version of Han Solo. 


Step 1: Han Solo Shirt

In my opinion, the key to a good Han Solo shirt is finding the right material. Remember that Star Wars was made in 1977 so there were a lot more polyester shirts back then. Han Solo wears an off-white, almost beige, 3/4 sleeve loose v-neck shirt with a half-collar. I initially checked eBay and some thrift stores, and even tried to make my own. I ended up getting pretty lucky and found a vintage polyester shirt with puffy sleeves and a crazy '70s collar. I took that shirt and modified the sleeves and tucked in the collar to be more "normal". This is what I ended up with.

Step 2: Han Solo Vest

I knew that the key to a convincing vest was finding the right type of material. I decided to hit up some thrift shops and just see what was out there. Specifically, I was looking for something in a stiff black fabric that would give it the rugged and outdoorsy look – maybe something like canvas or khaki. I ended up finding a great peacoat and decided to reconstruct that as a vest.

Once removing all the buttons, cutting off the collar and the sleeves, I then proceeded to slim it down to look more like a vest. Since the peacoat was originally flared out at the waist and was double-breasted in front, I had to pin everything to look more straight. 

I used all of the leftover fabric from the sleeves of the peacoat to strategically plan out the rest of the pockets. I started with the front pockets by roughly cutting some rectangles, tucking in the edges and sewing them down 3 sides at a time. I created the flaps by also just sewing the seams and then pinning them above the pockets and sewing the top edge down. Han’s vest has 3 cargo style pockets and one curved patch pocket on his top right.

By the time I got around to the pockets in the back of the vest, I was pretty low on fabric so  I had to make his back lower pocket slightly smaller than it probably should have been. And as you can see, I only have 3 slots in the upper back instead of 4.

Step 3: Han Solo Pants

For the pants, I shopped around for the perfect pair of navy pants. I ended up buying some uniform pants since they had a very simple design. I knew I didn’t have the right machine to embroider red bloodstripes all the way down the leg so I decided to buy some red seam binding (about 3/4″ wide) and draw the stripes on the strip. I marked about every half inch down the red strip allowing about 1/16″ room for the thickness of the lines. This was pretty tedious, but I’m sure it beats embroidering! I decided to use a blue permanent marker (not a Sharpie because it runs funny). Make sure to test this out first to see if the ink will run!

And since I was wearing long boots, I knew I didn’t have to do the entire pant leg. In fact, I decided to cut the pants up to my calves just to keep my legs cooler and prevent having to stuff my pants in the boots.

And I really hate glue-gunning fabric, but there was no way I was going to take apart all the seams and sew this on. If you can find the iron-on version of this seam tape, definitely buy that one! Otherwise, you’ll have to glue gun everything like I did here.

Step 4: Han Solo Boots

For the boots, I shopped around for a while to find the perfect pair. When looking for boots, make sure they are:

-black
-simple in style
-pull up style if you can (no zipper)

Some suggestions here.

Stay tuned... I will be posting a tutorial on Han Solo accessories (belt, holster, gun) soon!

Comments

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cospleia made it! (author)2017-02-20

Wonderful! Thanks!

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YOUTUBEFREEKYOYO made it! (author)2016-09-21

i NEED the instructions for the belt!

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JürgenB3 made it! (author)2015-10-25

hey great costume, but what about the accessories? specially the belt :c The Force Awakens is coming and I wanna make this for my girlfriend c: as a surprise cause she told me she wanted to dress up but didnt know go as, except darth vader but a good one its hard to get

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pradar1 made it! (author)2014-05-17

Love the idea of the coat. Attempting the same, so far so good.

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fbakar made it! (author)2013-10-27

quite interesting...'han solo' is my favorite character in starwars, it arkward..because girl turn to be 'han solo', maybe with some name..maybe, 'hana solo' perhap

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Genz918 made it! (author)2013-10-19

How do you make the belt/holster?! That's the most important part!

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k2iran made it! (author)2013-03-14

Cute :P

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aeonpulse made it! (author)2012-11-16

I must know how you build your solo accessories! They look fantastic!

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aeonpulse made it! (author)2012-11-16

This is fantastic work, incredibly accurate, especially considering how inexpensive it is! Looking forward to seeing your tutorial for the belt!

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brassclams made it! (author)2012-11-15

Oh please take me away on your Milennium Falcon!

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poofrabbit made it! (author)2012-11-13

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!

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pastorboy0 made it! (author)2012-10-27

All right, now where's the male Leia costume ;D good job!

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soshimo made it! (author)2012-10-22

Why is it that a women does an instructable and half the comments seem like they are written by 13 year old boys (and I'll bet most of them are at least a decade older or even more)? Can't people just see the merit in crafting something without getting all sexist? Jeez.

Soap box aside - Great instructable. I'm not that crafty with fabric but I do appreciate a good craft. Good attention to detail with the costume. I especially like the work you did on the "blood stripe" of the pants. Great work.

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sreeci made it! (author)sreeci2012-10-23

Dear Soshimo,
The thing is.... men are mostly speechless when they see a James Bond look girl in silk top and with high power firearm! Did you see the "loose V-neck" hmmm? there, the imagination gets wild ! please do not blame the big guys...thanks...

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octochan made it! (author)2012-10-21

Hey, I saw a pic of you on TheMarySue with the slave boy Leia! it doesn't seem there are very many male variations of female characters. How lucky it was that you were able to randomly run into one at the con that matched your costume idea.

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Aeshir made it! (author)2012-10-21

THIS IS SO AWESOME

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obeyken made it! (author)2012-10-21

I'll never think of Han quite the same again.

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uncle marty made it! (author)2012-10-17

Nice costume. I saw Star Wars a long long time ago in a theater far far away and I was just a kid so I must have forgotten how totally hot Han was. lol

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beefsupreme made it! (author)beefsupreme2012-10-21

I laughed way harder than I should have at that. :)

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doctressjulia made it! (author)2012-10-21

Great work on the pants. I was Han Solo for 3 years in a row when I was a kid, and I was lucky enough to have a mom willing to sew the red bloodstripes on for me. :3

Happy Hallowe'en...

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bakunin made it! (author)2012-10-21

You make a sharp project look really easy! I especially like how you document your thought process and show us techniques that can help with any costume build.

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rusty0101 made it! (author)2012-10-21

An alternative to glue-gunning the fabric would be to use iron on tape under the bloodstripes. Badge Magic, Instant Hemming Tape for example, or Magic Hem.

That said most uniform pants you shouldn't need to tear open the seam to sew a stripe down the seam. That's not to say that it's easy, but it can be done.

And yes it's easier if you have a surger and are willing to just re-stitch the inseam with a surger.

Well done so far. keep going when you can.

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JeyNyce made it! (author)2012-10-21

Nice work. The shirt & vest really sold me on the look.

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iac made it! (author)2012-10-18

Han's shirt never opened up like THAT ! Oww!

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StoryAddict made it! (author)2012-10-17

This is awesome. It's nice to know I'm not the only female out there who enjoys cosplaying as some B.A. male characters as well. (I'm still annoyed at classmates asking me why I went as "Simba" instead of "Nala" in grade school just because I was a girl. *rolls eyes*)

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ry567y46 made it! (author)ry567y462012-10-18

hukapan

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Tomahawk92 made it! (author)2012-10-17

Hanna Solo

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buirv made it! (author)2012-10-17

Nice, Very nice.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2012-10-17

That's awesome! Great recreation of the costume!

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veryken made it! (author)2012-10-17

Great looking model!

(Somebody had to just say it. Is that you?)

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seamster made it! (author)2012-10-17

Han Sola

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ahab_jr made it! (author)2012-10-17

Great looking costume!

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CaseyCase made it! (author)2012-10-17

Han shot first!

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