For this Halloween, we were interested in costumes that our boys could wear comfortably. Not having a mask over their faces or hats that would inevitably be pulled off as well was a must. Our boys have opposite personalities, so it was fun to dress them as opposing sides of a classic story! After all was said and done, we had to take pictures of our adorable little characters with our "good camera!" We were inspired to make the pictures even more fantastical with the help of a little Photoshop magic!
Step 1: Luke clothing
First, go to your local fabric store and find the McCall's pattern shown here. Make sure to get the right size! Find some fabric that will work well for the top and the pants for Luke's costume. We used some upholstery fabric for the top and cotton for the bottoms. (Also find some black shiny flowing fabric for Vader's cape while you're there. A yard was PLENTY for me.) This was my first time to follow a pattern to make a costume, so for me, although this was an "easy" pattern (thank goodness!) it was still the most time-consuming portion of making both the Luke and Vader costumes. Follow the steps on the pattern to make the top and pants, omitting the karate belt.
Step 2: Luke's belt
To make the belt for Luke, use 4-inch wide black elastic. Cut the elastic to the size of the waist plus 1 1/2 inches for overlap. On the overlap portion, use some black Velcro to fasten it together. I used the stuff that comes already sticky on the back and didn't sew it on. It held up just fine through 4 different costume-wearing Halloween expeditions! I found the binoculars and walkie-talkie inside a play set at the dollar store. I used the sticky Velcro to attach these to the belt.