Star Wars Admiral Daala Costume

admiral daala costume 1

The Star Wars universe extends far beyond the six films and the two animated television series. Other characters and stories exist in Legends, formerly known as the Expanded Universe. Natasi Daala is one of those characters. She was the first human female in Legends to attain the rank of Imperial Admiral. Cosplayer Michaela de Bruce made a costume based on descriptions of the character and a few images. She created the ensemble in 2009, but the techniques are still relevant.

The project was her first modern tailoring project. She started by examining the Imperial uniforms seen in the original trilogy:

The original movie uniforms used 20thC tailoring techniques used in military uniforms and civilian suits. What they did not have was a single example of a women’s garment. So I had to work out where to alter the seams to not just allow for the curves of a female body but also for what those alterations do to the stretch of seams and thus the surface and support of the garment. There is a single shot of a woman in a uniform heavily based on the originals in the prequels- to show the fastenings are on the same side for women as well as men. It is a close up so not much else can be determined.
The fabric is a viscose polyester mix and to counter this I lined it in a soft but smooth linen.

She started with patterning and then pieced things together. The pattern was made from muslin and she used a duct tape double and then a mannequin to test the fitting. She even made the hat. She fused felt to the visor portion to get the right stiffness and covered the felt with more fabric. I’m impressed. She deserves to be an admiral. Plus, she posted helpful photos that illustrate every step.

admiral daala costume 2

admiral daala costume 3

Read more about this costume at Michaela’s website.

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.