Meet Lady Death Star. Based on the battle station that’s the size of a moon in Star Wars, this costume is probably the most dangerous in the galaxy. It doesn’t fire lasers as far as we know, but the gown does light up! The builder put serious hours in, too! Lady Death Star’s husband told Fashionably Geek that the dress was under construction for over 100 hours. She made the skirt, corset, hat, and Star Destroyer purse (it has sound effects) completely from scratch.
It all started with a drawing in 2012. Of all the components, the skirt is by far the most intense. Creating the pattern for the hoop skirt required math and then scaling and actually drafting the pattern. Lady Death Star details the process on her blog:
The first measurement that you’re going have to take is your length…from your waist to the floor….you might want to have someone else do this for you because if you look down while doing it, it will change your measurements. So for this example, let’s use my measurements….mine was 38 inches.
The next calculation you’re going to have to make is how big your bottom circle is going to be…essentially, you want half a globe to make your skirt totally dome-shaped. You are going to need to know the circumference of your circle (this will also be the size of your bottom hoop btw).
Once it was done, the completed skirt was over 20 pounds. The hoops accounted for 10 pounds, and she incorporated 300 LEDs powered by 12 D batteries.
Read more about the build at Lady Death Star’s website.
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