The Jedi Tabard
Besides there being a difference between Qui-Gon's tabard
and Obi-Wan's, there are also two schools of thought for Obi-Wan's
tabard design. Both designs have benefits and drawbacks. Both
look great. So it all comes down to personal preference. "The
choice is yours and yours alone..."
One School of Thought...
A Jedi Tabard is simple in it's construction. It typically
consists of two 6-8" wide pieces of fabric that extend in
length 2-3" longer than the tunic which overlap in back and
in front and are held in place by the obi/sash which is also typically
6-8" wide. The Tabard measurements must be adjusted to fit
one's individual body size and shape. My understanding of the
tabarb was gained through conversations with various people. One
very helpful person who provided me with a lot of insight was
"Mara Jade's Father".
"Mara Jade's Father" - "Not a vest, it is a
stole. I was looking ant your web page and your robes. You have
a tabard vest. It is really more of a stole that starts and is
connected to the back of the obi, V's up over the shoulders, then
tucks into the front of the obi. That is why you see some sort
of flaps in the front below the obi and nothing hanging in back
below the obi, just the outer tunic. I have one this way and the
look is dead on. I have seen robes with the way you are talking
and you can tell that it is not quite right. The stole is made
the same as the obi, about the same width and two ply fabric.
That is why the shoulders have that padded look to them. I hope
this helps. JK2 did my costume. They spent a lot of time researching
it using pictures that were available. I got mine a month before
the movie came out. The obi and stole are sewn together. The obi
wraps around and fastens in the back with velcro (just the hook
side of the velcro is needed on this material so that it can attach
and adjust anywhere on the obi.) The obi and stole are both 6"
wide and double layered. The stole comes over the shoulder in
one continuous piece."
Another School of Thought...
I received a very informative email from Claude Marcotte regarding
"The tabard is actually part of the sash. The sash is
very, very long
and somehow folds over the shoulders into the tabard. This is
going to be
a major hassle whenever we put on our costumes so we'll probably
cheat and make them separately
(i.e. the sash and two long rectangles that will go over the shoulders
attach to the sash in the back). What tipped us off about the
way the sash
is supposed to be is the way it keeps moving on Obi-Wan's back
duel (sometimes they're close together, sometimes far apart)."
I've been considering how this would be wrapped and it would
hold everything much more securely and it would support the idea
that the obi/sash is wrapped rather than a wide bunched up piece
Custom Obi Design by Sauja Dupen
Here is a diagram of the way I intend to make my Obi. The nice
thing about it is that it will hold without a belt, and when the
belt is in place it hides the line across the middle and the knot
in the front. I also like the front knot because it is easier
to tie as opposed to the knot being in the back. You could probably
make the diagonal lines a lot more angular to the don't show as
much, I will be making one or two practice ones. I'll keep you
up to date. "
I really like this design for the obi. I have made the back
seam and the wrapped obi and prefer the wrapped style. It is more
secure and comfortable than the design that has the back seam
closure. This seems more practical and is in keeping with the
eastern feel of the costume design.