Around here, there are a lot of super nerds. We love all things Star Wars (among other fandoms, of course), so for Star Wars day we thought we’d offer you a special treat: free cosplay layouts for BB-8 and R2D2! (Note: this post contains affiliate links. To read our affiliates policy, click here).
The layouts and pieces for these two adorable droids are available in our Facebook group, here.
Disclaimer: these were made using the Mouse House Creations Caroline Party dress as the bodice base (we made some changes that I’ll describe below). If you don’t have the Caroline, you can purchase it from the MHC Shop, here.
Changes to the Pattern
- BB-8 was drafted on the size 6 bodice width, size 8 length.
- R2D2 was drafted on the size 10 bodice with, size 12 length.
- We changed the gathered skirt to a half-circle skirt, so that the skirt details would be more clearly visible. You can use any online calculator to draft a half-circle skirt.
How to Use These Applique Pieces
After you cut out your Caroline pattern pieces, but before you do any sewing/assembly:
- You will need to print out the droid applique piece pages and assemble them. (Some pages don’t require assembly).
- You will need to trace the pieces onto a thin double-sided fusible, like Heat-n-Bond Lite. (Make sure as you do this that you don’t accidentally make any pieces backwards).
- Then, you iron the pieces to your applique fabric, cut them out, and iron them down to your bodice or skirt pieces. (There are layout diagrams that show where each piece goes).
- Lastly, you use a narrow, short zig-zag stitch to go around all of the edges, in a coordinating thread.
We recommend waiting until the dress is fully assembled to add the skirt applique pieces. This will ensure that the placement on the skirt is correct.
Notes About the PDF
- These files are designed with layers, allowing you to choose whether to use the A4 or Letter paper guides. You may see both sets of lines if you print from a mobile device or tablet.
- There are layout guides for each separate section of the costume. They are general layout guides, so they’re not perfectly to scale.
- You will need to size the pieces up or down to use them for smaller or larger sizes. You can do this with Adobe’s print to scale option. You can use the measurement boxes to check your percentage of change. If you do change the scaling, you will likely need to redraft the neckline pieces. If you would rather not, the Caroline pattern comes with an optional collar that would also work well.
Be sure to tag your completed creations using #SterlingSparrows on Instagram and Facebook. We can’t wait to see them!