How to Make Your Own Star Wars Rey Costume
Rey Skywalker, played by Daisy Ridley in the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the next generation of Jedi and she is going to be one hot costume this year for Halloween.
Rey is tough, kind, and good. She is also young, gorgeous, and a true survivor. She is brave, growing up on her own and scavenging to survive, yet she has still retained her humanity. How did I come to that conclusion? She didn't sell BB8 even though the pay would have been way more money than she had seen in a long time.
Oh, she is also the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest release in the Star Wars series. (And believe me, for a Star Wars fan, it felt like an entire lifetime passed between releases!)
What more could you want in a Halloween costume choice?
What You Will Need for a DIY Rey Costume
- Beige cropped pants — look for some drawstring rayon cargo capris since
- Sleeveless beige top — Rey's top is a sleeveless beige T-shirt with no collar and a small slit in the middle
- Curtains or cotton gauze or muslin for the draping that goes over the shoulders, criss-crosses in front, and hangs down
- Cotton gauze/muslin or bandage wrap for arm wraps—Ace bandages work really well)
- Leather pocket book with a long strap to use as a belt
- A leather belt
- Knit or UGG-style boots — Her boots are generic and old looking. I actually found UGGS and Bearpaw boots that look very similar, so if you have either brand in your closet, dig them out. If not, just about any boots will do.
- Tan goggles with clear lenses — These are optional, only if you want to create this look. If you choose to wear that look you'll need them but I don't think they're necessary. It's your costume so you get to decide.
- Extra muslin or gauze for the head wrap
- Large wooden broom stick, tree branch, or curtain or shower rods wrapped in gauze — This can be spray painted (or not) to copy the weapon Rey carries.
I think the below tutorial is fantastic. If you don't have time to watch, there are some directions below.
The Best Rey Skywalker DIY Costume Tutorial
- Wrap an ace bandage around the top of your arm once and make a small mark noting how much length it takes to go all the way around.
- Then, apply velcro to that mark and to the very end (but on the opposite side), so you can attach it at the top of your arm and then wrap it all the way to your forearm, where you can simply tie it, or use more velcro to attach it.
- Measure your wrist first to see how much length of fabric you'll need. The cuff is about four inches long, reaching about the mid-forearm.
- You can make the leather wrap that Rey wears on her left wrist by cutting out a rectangle from a purse or something with similar texture and then attaching a strip of velcro on both ends, but on opposite sides.
Satchel and Belt
- The satchel and leather straps can also be made from purses. The straps connect on the left side of her waist through a square piece of leather.
- You can make this by taking a piece of leather from a purse or other material and sewing it into a rectangle that is open on the two smaller ends. It should be about 4 or 5 inches by 3 inches.
- Try to find a purse that is similar in size and shape to the satchel that Rey wears, which is fairly slim and kind of boxy. You can hook it through the leather pouch and hide any belt or clasp in it. Depending on the length of the strap you find, you might need to attach another one to it so it reaches around your wait.
- The belt that goes around your waist can just be a normal belt.
- First, measure out how much fabric you'll need for the draping. With the criss-crossing, it should hang at about mid-calf.
- Arrange the draping in the way that you want it to be and then mark it with pins on the front. On the back of it, sew a strip of backing that will be the same length as the belt that you're using.
- Make the piece of backing long enough so it can go all the way around the waist and tie in the back or be fastened with velcro. Make sure the belt that you have is wide enough to cover the backing.
- Then, sew the belt onto the front, over the stitches that are already there from the backing. This is only important to do if you really don't want the draping to move around. This will keep it in place.
- One side of the draping should be connected at the bottom. You can sew your pieces of cloth together or use velcro to connect them.
- Use velcro on the shoulders to keep the fabric from slipping off. If you want, you can sew it to appear to have a gather at the top to add some more detail.
- If the shirt you're using has a round collar, cut a very small line into the collar to make it a V. If the material is stretchy, it will stretch out so don't make it too big. Just about 1 or 1.5 inches will do.
- Cut your pants to the length they need to be, just below your knee.
- Use the excess material and cut it into strips as long as you can make them, tie them together, and then wrap them back and forth over the end of the pants
- Wind the fabric around your head, being sure to twist the ends and tie them to give it the same look that it had in the movie.
- A painted shower or curtain rod with two areas that have been wrapped in gauze in the middle would make a great DIY staff, especially if the shower or curtain rod had decorative elements on the end.
- You can glue the gauze on or tie it.
Distressing Your Costume (Making It Look Grimy)
- Of course, Rey's costume doesn't look like it just came from the store! Here are some ideas to help it look more authentic.
- Wet the draping, twist it up, and let it dry.
- Use a very, very light touch of black spray paint
- Use coffee or tea to dye or stain the fabric. Heat up large, strong batch of either beverage and let the fabric soak for at least an hour. To get best results, use natural fibers like linen, cotton, or raw silk.
- Mix instant coffee with water and paint it onto the fabric or spray with a spray bottle
- Distressing can be very time consuming. For the most authentic look, use many different products, techniques, and layers. Atelier Heidi from YouTube has a good video on this.
Where to Find Clothes for Your DIY Rey Costume
- First, check your drawers and closets. Isn't there an old pair of UGGS in there?
- Ask family and friends if they have whatever you are looking for.
- Check your attic since you never know what costume-making treasures you might find in old clothing stored up there.
- Check your local thrift stores and consignment shops. They too, are a treasure trove when it comes to Halloween clothing.
- Lastly, check Amazon. They sell everything. Some of it is new, and some of it is used. They also have a pretty great looking Star Wars Rey costume for about $35 which is pretty cheap. You can still search all the other places for the extra accessories you may want to add.
Either way, Rey is a great Halloween costume theme and you are going to have a great time dressed up as her.
Hair and Makeup
The makeup is pretty minimal — just use natural-looking makeup to make your features stand out a bit.
Star Wars Hair Tutorial - Rey
Here are the instructions from the video if you want to see them written out: This hair is pretty easy for people of any skill to do. Your hair should be shoulder-length or longer.
You Will Need:
- Hair elastics, including one very small one, and three larger ones
- Bobby pins
- Comb hair
- Gather small section of hair above your forehead. If you have bangs, that should be the hair you use. Smooth out and tie with a small hair elastic.
- Pick up top third of the rest of your hair. Smooth back and start tying into a ponytail with one of the large hair ties.
- Right before you finish ponytail, when you're in the process of pulling the hair through elastic loop for one last time, don't pull the tail all the way through.
- Leave it so you have a loop of hair and the rest of the hair hanging under the loop. Adjust it so it's a little floppy.
- Take the rest of the tail from the almost-pony tail and and wrap it tightly around the hair tie so the elastic is hidden, and use bobby pins to keep the bun in place as you're wrapping.
- Then do the same thing with the 2nd and 3rd thirds of the ponytail, moving down the back of the head.
- If you have long hair, you might not like the way the buns look with the hair wrapped around the elastic. In that case, instead of wrapping the hair around the bands to cover them, you can incorporate that hair into the next third. This way does leave bands showing, but it's up to you what you want to do.
Who Is Rey?
Who is Rey? Is she "The Chosen One"? I don't know but there are several theories out there concerning her identity.
- She is Luke Skywalker's daughter
- She is Han Solo and Princess Leia's daughter
- She is Obi Wan Kenobi's daughter
It certainly is a question that I can't wait to have answered, but unfortunately we have to wait until the next Star Wars movie is released to find out. Hopefully it will be answered in that one, but there are no guarantees that they won't leave us hanging until the third of this series.
What do I think? I wonder if she is Luke's daughter and saw him training Kylo Ren but has forgotten (or been blocked so she cannot remember) ever learning the Jedi way. But I am not sure. I go back and forth between these three choices and still wonder about others.
Rey's past does seem to echo Anakin Skywalker's and Luke's too. Left on a planet (Jakku) as a child, poor, uneducated, parentless . . . remember Anakin was a slave and Luke was left on a desert farming planet.
I can almost hear the words “Rey, I am your father” but cannot figure out who they are coming from.
Rey has some unusual talents for someone who was abandoned as a child and left to scavenge for her dinner:
- She managed to survive a tough life on Jakku alone without her family
- She is a natural born pilot and is very mechanical
- She can fight like a trained Jedi
- Luke Skywalker's lightsaber reached out to her
- She used reverse telepathy on Kylo Ren
- She can use the Jedi mind trick (Did you know the Storm Trooper she mind-tricked was actually Daniel Craig of 007 James Bond fame?)
- She called Luke's lightsaber to her during the fight against Kylo Ren
- She defeated Kylo Ren in battle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character List
Along with Rey, there are some great Halloween costume ideas in this list of characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Han Solo
- Luke Skywalker
- Princess Leia (General Leia)
- Kylo Ren
- Finn Oscar Issac
- Poe Dameron
- Maz Kanata
- Supreme Leader Snoke
- Storm Troopers
Or go for the Jyn Erso costume look from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.