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Steampunk Princess Leia

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By ljvaughn   |   
Published: September 14, 2009
--- Dragon*Con 2009 ---

Outland Armour

Click here for photos of the other Steampunk Star Wars costumes in our group.
Click here for our other photos from Dragon*Con 2009.

Photography: Dim Horizon Studio

Design Inspiration: Design is my own, but very much inspired by several artists:

Sillof's Workshop - Has created a line of Steampunk Star Wars toys which heavily inspired all of our Steampunk Star Wars costumes. Go check him out, he's awesome.

Steampunk Princess Leia digital painting by Björn Hurri: [link]

Steampunk Princess Leia digital painting by Jeff Miller: [link]

Construction: All sewing by me, flight cap embellished by Christa Wood, Leia's belt by me, with construction assistance by Lindsay Hamilton and Joe Hernandez (they did all the jump-ringing and some touch ups at con for strength)

For the dress, I used a simple dress pattern from Simplicity, made from a white faux linen. The corset is faux suede, and is fully boned (which means I can't sit or bend while wearing it, much to the agony of my poor feet!) I cut the belt out of sintra plastic, and heat formed it to fit my waist line. The round domes on the belt segments are cast resin. The belt was finally assembled using jewelry connectors. The other belt and ammo pouches were something we already had in our arsenal, and we thought they looked nice with the costume. The mini-blaster is the Lady Hellfire, reconstructed a bit by Danny. As always, the original Lady Hellfire steampunk pistol was made by our friend George Cookus.

I definitely want to add some more accessories to this costume, but for a first run I think she turned out quite nice.

Other Notes: I've always loved Princess Leia as a character. She straddles that line between confident independence and bitchiness gracefully without being too much of one or the other. She'll throw out some derogatory comment "One day, you're going to be wrong... and I just HOPE I'm there to see it." but underneath that caustic exterior you know she cares deeply for the people she surrounds herself with. She's fiercely loyal and devoted to the Rebellion, to freedom, and to justice, and I love that about her. Vader clearly went after Luke because he knew better than to think Leia could ever be swayed to the Dark Side.

All that being said, I've never really wanted to do a Leia costume before. I love strong willed women, and her character perfectly fits the sort of characters I choose to do costumes of, but her character design (at least in A New Hope) is pretty blah, in my opinion. So, when Danny came up with the idea of doing a big Steampunk Star Wars costume group, I was like, here's my chance to do something really fun and creative with Leia and add my own personal touches to the design while taking on the persona of a character I love. So there you have it!

But who knows, maybe one of these days I'll do a regular Leia costume too. *shrug* It would certainly be comfy to run around in. <3
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This is AMAZING. I love this. If I could buy this from you, I would.
Mitth-Fisto's avatar
I really like the cap with replacement 'buns', and of course the pouches. Why so many leading characters lack a place to put things always baffles me.
Audrat123's avatar
It official, I totally love Steam Punk now!
amandaterragnoli's avatar
Hey How much would it cost me to buy a corset like that from you ;) I really like it .. a lot. The length and color and accessories on it are gorgeous:nod.... or at least buy a patern to make it my self =P
T3hPanChan's avatar
This is lovely, where at DagonCon did you get these photos taken?
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ljvaughnProfessional Artisan Crafter
This was a marble gazebo thing up the street from the Marriott. Out on Peachtree. ^_^

T3hPanChan's avatar
Thanks! Its absolutely perfect!
Kittypoptart's avatar
sweet,that looks cool.X3 i'll need to show my mom later,she'll like this.
TrivialPurzuit's avatar
straight and cool.
me like.
MetroGaijin's avatar
Gorgeous outfit. ^^

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garybwatts's avatar
This is wonderful. LOVE IT
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Neon-CoffeeProfessional Photographer
Did all of this get thrown up into the air by Darth Vader being at the end of Metrocon's Human Chess Match?
Persnicketese's avatar
You looks so pretty! It came out wonderfully!
gollumsalterego's avatar
The corset suits you most suitably.
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benzod32Professional General Artist
Oh coooool I love that out fit! And you look super sexy wearing it!
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