Custom Made Labyrinth of Jareth Costume

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I had already made a regular Goblin King costume, but I wanted to tackle something much more complex - the costume Jareth wore during the ballroom scene in Jim Henson's film Labyrinth.

I found a blue velvet coat that could be modified and got to work!




Making the collar

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

One of the first issues with the coat was the collar. Jareth's coat had a very high collar, so I set out to make that.

I had no idea what I was doing, so I enlisted the help of a costume maker for advice.




Studio time!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

Every Wednesday I went to the studio to work on the costume.

First I learned how to make a pattern for the collar, and then I made the actual collar from the pattern.




Serger!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I got to learn how to use a Serger machine. This was terrifying at first, but it was quickly over.




Collar Pattern

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I learned many valuable things, like this very tough felt material that could be used to set the collar up.




Collar Test!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

My sewing tutor said I should wear sunglasses for this shot. The collar worked!




Collar back

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

The collar worked pretty well in the back. After a couple of modifications, I was satisfied.




Collar is finished!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I definitely did a happydance around the studio for this one.

The tough work begins...

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I was trying to figure out how I might 'encrust' the coat with sequins.

My first thought was to gather some nice colors and sew them up by hand.

5 hours of hand beading later...

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

My hands hurt already. My eyes were strained. I didn't think this was going to work.

Switching to sleeves

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I found this great sequin fabric I could use to embellish the sleeves. This made me pretty happy.

I used fabric glue to put this on, and it did really well!

The Aha moment!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

Then I had an idea. What if I used appliques that were already beaded?

I could just glue them onto the fabric itself! It would resemble so many hours of hand-done work! It would also make the costume a bit tougher.

Lessons Learned by Toby Froud

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

Around this time Portland, Oregon resident Toby Froud (the baby in Labyrinth) showed off his new short film, Lessons Learned at the Hollywood Theatre.

A lot of original work from the film went on display in the lobby.

More puppets from Lessons Learned

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

You can see a trailer for the short film here.

Article about the filma>.

And we're done!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

Appliques really sped up the work.

I found some high waisted black pants, gloves, and a gold waistbelt. I ordered a ruffled shirt from the web, although it would have been much better to make it myself, but I didn't have time for that. I was headed to the Labytinth of Jareth ball in Los Angeles in a couple of days!

Makeup

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I had a lot of practice with this makeup from the other Jareth costume I made.

Done!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

It looked pretty reasonable. It's usually hit or miss when I do it.

Done

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

Ready to go!

Jareth in Action!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I flew down to Los Angeles to visit a friend and attend the ball.

There were a lot of near props there.

Another Jareth!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

It was great meeting another Jareth. I'd been following her online for some time. She does a lot of other fantastic cosplay.

ZZZZZZ

Incredible work

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

This was by far my favorite cosplay from the event.

Another Jareth costume

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

More Jareths!

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

Here's a photo of my other Jareth costume. I wore it on the Bowie vs. Prince bike right in Portland, Oregon in summer 2014.

Giving a talk in costume

Jareth Costume from Labyrinth

I gave a Labyrinth-themed talk at a local open source conference in full costume. There's no recording of it. Sorry!

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