2 valances from JC Penny Bargain bin - $1.00 each
1 Ratty old Terrycloth Robe - free
1 old belt - free
1 light saber from any store - approx. $7.00
Some imagination and sewing skills. - priceless
Step 1: Make the Outer Cloak
You can use any leftover fabric, but my wife lucked out and found 2 valances in the JCPenney bargain bin for a buck each.
2 valances - $2.00
Cut the valances in half, sew the valance tops together on 2 of the pieces. (see image2). Fold the ends in (image2) and sew the tops (Image3). The sewn tops will be the shoulders of the cloak.
These particular valances had a silky edge band running along the bottom edge. This is depicted by the darker brown stripe on the following images.
Step 2: Make the Outer Cloak's Sleeves
There were 2 more pieces of cut valance remaining. Using the silky edges as the cuffs, connect the sides of the fabric in a "tube" and sew the 2 edges together(image1). Do this 2X. (2 sleeves)
Cut slits from the shoulder area of the cloak body, making sure to make the slits the same length as the sleeves. Sew the sleeves to the cloak body.
Step 3: The Finished Outer Cloak
And you thought my drawings were too stick figury. The cloak looks just like the drawing huh?
I decided to use drawings because there was just too much fabric balled up that it would have been difficult to make you, the viewer, understand what was going on.
On to the Inner robe.....
Step 4: Making the Inner Robe
Old ratty terrycloth robe(white) - Free
Old web belt - free
Remove fabric belt, belt loops and pockets (image1). Cut the robe to right above the knees of the person who will use the costume, then hem the edge for a more finished look (image2).
Step 5: This Step Is a Litle Dificult to Explain, So Bear With Me.
Lay the robe on a table with the front of the robe facing up(image1).
Eyeball the distance between the neck opening and the sleeve shoulder. Tuck the outer half of the shoulder into itself halfway toward the neck (image2).
Sew the tucked in portion of the shoulder to the exposed shoulder so it does not come apart (image3). Or tack some hefty stitches where my finger is to hold it still for the evening.
Step 6: The Finished Inner Robe and the Complete Jedi Outfit.
You will have a strip left from the bottom of the robe. sew the long ends together to form a tube. This will be the waistband.
Put on the robe, wrap the waistband around the waist and affix with safety pins, or if you have time, sew hook and loop fasteners (A.K.A. Velcro) to the ends. Wear the belt over the waistband. (notice the pleats on image2)
Add a cheap light saber ($7.00) from any toy store, and you have a pretty accurate rendition of the costumes worn in the movies.
No children were harmed in the making of this costume. He said he didn't want to smile because Jedis are too cool to smile. What a Knucklehead!