Chris Dorsey of Infinity Geek needs to masquerade as a Jedi by April 15, 2015. Chris is a fantastic writer who researches and explores the Geek civilization. He specializes in their worship of the deity, Sci-Fi, particularly their rituals of Veedeeo Games, pictograph books, and religious texts. He has introduced me to the great cannon of X-Wings.
I will be inventing a pattern based on my vastly insufficient knowledge of Jedi culture. They lived so long ago and so far away that there is no existing artifacts form there culture. I looked thorough pages of pictures and the outfit was a ghost of 14th century Japan and Europe. Looking at early concept art that was the Japanese influence was verified. Here is an early concept from Ralph McQuarrie of Obi Wan Kenobi.
Here is a model from the Kyoto Custume Musem, http://www.iz2.or.jp/index.html
I am surprised Ralph McQuarrie did not look to the Dutch influenced fashion of the early 15th century. Chris will agree with me on his need for a ruff, I know he will for his own good.
The drape and flow of the Jedi’s outfit is similar to medieval European clothing.
He we see Lamech, sporting a nice and flowing cotehardie as he is tormented by his wives in this 14thc German manuscript.
The best part of the eastern and western styles? They are both rectangular construction, meaning they are both made of simple geometric shapes.
Elements of the outfit:
The hardest part was sorting out the layers. On Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi both display three layers of collars. There is an outer layer that mimics a subdued Kataginu (the sleeveless, sideless vest.) that sometimes crosses in the front and sometimes has a V cut in the back.
The next layer down looks to be a robe halfway between a cotehardie and a lined kimono. It has the flare, drape and, sleeves of the cotehardie and construction and collar of a lined kimono. The kimono is where the ridge on the shoulder comes from. The drape is from the weight of the fabric that is most likely silk.
(The Jedi say they wear rough clothes to help them focus, but I suspect itchy underwear do more to distract.)(Confirmed that the film costume is silk http://www.powerofcostume.si.edu/QuiGonJinn.html)
The last layer down looks to be close fitting with the same wrap front as the robe. It is mostly hidden so I will make it for comfort and practicality (as well as minimal seams for time.) I will make simple close fitting sleeves with my new-and-improved-for-machine gussets.
The belt looks like a simplified obi with a belt over the top.
I will be using an amalgamation of Simplicity 4080 kimono for the awesome way to line the robe, my all-purpose tunic pattern for the base layer, and Reconstructing History’s RH416 Sengoku men’s outfit. I will be drafting most of this as I go.
For the sake of speed and budget I will be using a soft flowing cotton for the robe, some gray scrap cotton for the Kataginu and obi, and lots of natural cotton muslin for everything else. We will look in to dying things later.