Picture of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (Kid-friendly)
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!

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Step 1: Luke clothing

Picture of 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

Picture of 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.  

Brought my son to this years pop culture show, costume turned out very cute. My little one(Whose actual name ironically is Lucas, no not named after star wars I swear) tied for first in his category.

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eric3dee (author)  PaulineVanBeers9 months ago

Ha- that looks fantastic! Glad it turned out so well. I am still surprised the glow sticks aren't marketed as light sabers, they work remarkably well for little kids.

The Rambler2 years ago
Oh my gosh that is the cutest thing I have ever seen! *runs home to make adorable costumes for my son*
eric3dee (author) 2 years ago
Thanks everyone! So exciting to see all the entries :)
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
really cute, my little man would love that, :)
So adorable! The ace bandages were a super smart idea. :D