If you’re into all things geeky, or even just a few things geeky, or really, if you just appreciate amazing sewing then you need to follow along with the Sew Geeky series organized by Max California and Sew Chibi. These two amazing ladies are the queens of geekery and sew up the coolest geek themed outfits every month. I’m so excited to participate in this month’s Geek Spectacular, especially because I missed out on the fabulous Star Wars and DC vs. Marvel months because of prior commitments. Because this is THE SPECTACULAR . . . we got to choose any geeky theme we wanted for inspiration. This guy asked for specifically Darth Vader Pajamas . . . so, that’s what he got.
With the addition of an instrument panel, chest and shoulder armor, the Alex and Anna Winter Pajama (affiliate link) pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop was the perfect pajama pattern to use as my base. Pajamas being this one’s go-to clothing choice, I’ve made these at least a dozen times (moon pajamas, personalized pajamas, cloudy day pajamas). The Vader upgrades were done in applique style which are simple (if not slightly time consuming) to include.
Start with chest armor. Cut four grey or silver knit fabric rectangles, pin in place allowing a bit to overlap the shirt front, and sew around three sides,
For the instrument panel you can sew pieces directly onto the shirt front or cut a rectangle of black knit fabric to use as your base. I chose to do half and half as the top portion is fairly complicated. I pinned each piece and then sewed around the edges, then when every thing was in place, I appliqued the rectangle to the shirt front. As the pajamas get washed (over and over again) this will lead to a raw edged look.
For the shoulder armor, cut four pieces from the sleeve pattern cutting it off where the short sleeve line would be. Pin in sets of two, right sides together and then sew around the three bottom edges of the sleeve. Turn right side out, press, and top stitch the bottom edge. Baste these to the top of each sleeve before sewing the shirt together.
He wanted shin armor as well, but we decided (aka: mommy got two votes) on the grounds that knee armor might get a bit uncomfortable to sleep in. A few rectangles on the front of the pants legs would be easy to include and it you did want to include knee armor, you could cut the pants leg at the knee and insert knee shaped armor in the same manner we included the shoulder armor above.
Once the pajamas were done the boy decided he needed a hat. Why one needs a hat to go with their pajamas, I’m not sure, but since I figured at the very least if I made it in fleece he can wear it as his winter hat and be all Vader like no matter what the weather.
For the hat, I used the Artic Hat pattern (affiliate link) by See Kate Sew, with slight modifications. I lengthened the ear flap piece and brought the back further down. I also added a rectangular “tube” to the top of the hat to simulate the tip of Darth Vader’s helmet and added some topstitched eyes to the front flap which I’d cut into a more eye glass shape on the top. He wasn’t the happiest fellow about the hat when he first saw it. Apparently, he wanted a full on helmet, including mouth piece. What’s a sewing mama to do?
He’s also requested I add a cape. It’s hard to please when one expects a full scale, Darth Vader replica. In fact, he probably wants the original costume. Either way, he must have come to some terms of acceptance because he slept in the entire outfit last night. Hat and gloves included. Must have decided he needed to work on his death grip while he slept.
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