Star Wars Cosplay: My Female Tusken Raider Costume Build
The husband (I call him Mr. T) and I are finally headed back to MARCON!
The Multiple Alternative Realities Convention occurs each year in Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. It is shamefully little-known, as I consider it to be one of the best conventions out there!
There will be an Iron Costumer event, dances, game shows, a masquerade, and even a Welcome to Night Vale panel.
The planning for this year’s MARCon coincided with a deep addiction to Tiny Death Star. Soon, I had a hankering to go as a Tusken Raider.
I had originally planned on creating a male Tusken, but soon decided that the female Tusken Raider outfit was a challenge I couldn’t resist.
Now, I’m creating a female Tusken Raider, and Mr. T will go as my gaffi-stick-wielding better half.
The Female Tusken Raiders appeared only in Episode II. Since I’m somewhat obsessed with creating and wearing non-sexy costumes, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to cover everything up.
Nah, the real reason is that I just had to make that helmet and armor. There are some ready-made helmet and armor plate kits that you can buy, and that’s fine for with extra money and not a lot of time, but for me, it felt like a(n expensive) cop-out. I’ve got the time and ability to make it with my own hands, so I’m going to do just that.
My mind-meld with the Tuskens began as many of my projects do: With paper mache! Paper Mache is my answer to most construction problems. I’ve created everything from giant mascot heads to huge fruit on stakes. If it’s solid and weird, I can mache it.
I took photos of each step of my female Tusken Raider build, so I’ve separated this post into various costume parts to post my progress.
Probably the Hardest part: How I Made a Female Tusken Raider Mask
I created my mask out of paper mache, hot glue, Crayola Model Magic and lots of shiny paint. This took the most time out of any part of the costume. Here’s how I did it.
Every good female Tusken Raider mask needs a weird bib of armor to dangle from it. Glamorous! Here’s how I made it.
And the Rest: Skirt, Cowl, Pouch, Boots and Gloves
With the mask and the bib taking so much work, it’s easy to forget all the other hand-sewn and crafted pieces. But Tusken Raiders leave no part of their bodies exposed to the sun, so I had to make a full-on suit that left absolutely everything to the imagination.