At the beginning of the month there was a company email about the annual Halloween costume contest. I looked at the Itty Bitty Rey on my desk and thought, “That’s an easy costume, I could do that. ”
The answer is yes, and no. I made a trip to Goodwill on the way home. I found khaki capris, a white top and an infinity scarf. “This is easy,” I thought “no problem.”
Since then I made other trips to other thrift stores and Dollar Tree, bought stuff and looked through closets and drawers at home. I do not want to spend too much money or time on this, it’s for work not cosplay and I’ll probably wear this only once.
I looked at tutorials on youtube and googled Rey images. There’s some very impressive Reys out there, from cute toddlers to grown up Reys. There are costumes, from cheap looking ones to decent copies and even a couple of skanky ones. I thought about maybe buying one of the decent versions until I looked at the prices and thought “I can do this and for cheaper.” Maybe not better but cheaper.
Then there’s Rey’s hair. Someday I want to ask George Lucas why the women in the Star Wars universe have to have such complicated hair. Leia, with her Hopi style hair, Padme’s senator hair and headpieces and now Rey. So back to youtube.
Update: costume contest was today. No, I did not win but was not surprised. I enjoyed wearing the costume and had to tell a few people who I was– older Rey, after the Empire is finally dust and she and Finn have settled down, maybe had a couple of kids. There were lots of good costumes, my favorite was a couple dressed as Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat, they didn’t win either.
Everything but the tiny bag and my boots came from thrift stores, already had those. I also borrowed the big brown bag from my sister, maybe I’ll tell her someday, maybe.
Stuff I bought but didn’t use, I did use the belt for my left wrist cuff though.
The thrift gods smiled on me, .99 and last minute.
Doraemon photo bomb. Two scarves, from Target by way of Goodwill. The long wrap was the hardest piece to find, I considered sheets and a curtain as well but I liked these cotton linen like scarves for the softness, color and price, $2 apiece
Bought one at Wal-Mart, found the other in a drawer. Thought about buying 2 at Wal-Mart but figured the making do would be more Rey so I wore unmatched arm wraps. On purpose
Felt badly cutting up this nice top but the ragged edges worked. Don’t know what I’ll do with those sleeves. 2.98
Very comfy, the first thing I bought. I don’t wear capris but liked these especially since they were half price, yellow tag. 1.99
That’s duct tape holding my wrist cuff together. There’s duct tape keeping the belt in place and lots of Bobby pins in my hair.
The hair, most intimidating part. I watched 3 youtube videos several times and tried, this is my 3rd attempt and best effort. Great view of my cluttered bathroom too