“Visions of the Future” Mara Jade Costume (The Green Costume)
I always liked this costume. The black assassin’s rig that many people
wear when dressing up as Mara’s nice, but it always felt to me like her ‘dark
side’ costume. And the green one always
felt like her Jedi costume.
I did this costume once before, (images
can be found here) but I didn’t like it so this is my second
attempt. I like how it came out much
better this time.
Notes about making the costume (I
was going more to look like the original cover art from “Visions of the Future” than the Star Wars Insider
- I used green stretchy pants from JCPennys that I stretched (and
will eventually modify) to fit more like tights. If allowed to sit normally, they’re a
- For the jumper, I used a dress pattern with princess seams and
a V neckline, then cut the dress off above the knees. I made the dress once in muslin from the
pattern, then again in the green fabric. I picked a forest-green 2-way
semi-stretchy fabric. It took me
much longer than I expected to find fabric I liked.
- For the shoulder pads
- I shaped them out of black Femo and carved the indents into
- I cooked them on rolled aluminum foil to force them to keep
- Then I then spray painted them with silver paint (I taped
over the large areas I wanted to remain black)
- Then I wore them with the costume for about 2 events (the
paint I used remained slightly tacky). This allowed them to get a slightly beat
up look because I personally prefer armor to look worn. They looked pretty good freshly painted
though. It’s just a preference I
- Then I spray painted them again with a matte coating to make
it hold the ‘battle wear’
- I originally embedded magnetic bag clips in the femo to make
them attach and detach to my costume but found that the dress didn’t have
the necessary structure to support it. I eventually glued jewelry pins (3-4 per
shoulder pad) to the back of them with krazy glue
- I also ran a single strand of fishing line between the
shoulder pads (along my back) so that they were held up by each-other
rather than relying on the dress’s fabric entirely. I also ran a piece of stronger fabric
under the neck line of the back of the dress to reinforce the fabric
against the weight of the Femo.
- For the brooch: I also sculpted this out of Femo and spray
painted it silver, then let wear and tear make it look less shiney.
- I sewed the bag out of brown vinyl. (I made my original
shoulder pads out of black felt and brown vinyl that matched the bag). Eventually I’d like to replace this with
something more durable.
- I found a brown belt that fit my covertec clip that had a
rectangular belt buckle. It’s not perfect but it’s good for now.
- Since you can’t see her footwear in either of the pictures, I
decided to go with black riding boots.
- I bought a red wig from www.beautytrends.com. Some people get the red-gold wigs, but I’d
look bad with hair that light. (I
think I got “Lady Joanne”)
Here are some pictures of the
shoulder pads during construction:
And here are some pictures of the
final product. (Depending on my mood and
the event, I either use my Parks/Deciphers pink Emperor’s Hand lightsaber or my
FX Anakin/Luke lightsaber which is the correct one for the costume).
The major difference between the
cover art for the original picture and the Star Wars Insider photo-shoot, for
me, is the shoulder-pads. In the art, the
shoulder pads look metallic while the ones in the Insider issue look like foam
or possibly vinyl to me. I like the look
of the metallic ones much better.
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