Of everything I have to get together (besides the blasters), the pants seemed the easiest. At first.
Turns out, if you’re going for authenticity, that isn’t the case. These pants appear custom made with some interesting features. Take a look:
Here’s a look at the back:
A thread on RPF.com (click for link) sums the challenge up perfectly. In the words of user Kevin Gossett:
On to the pants. OH the pants! These things are a beast. So many details and multiple fabrics.
It looks as though the exterior panels are made from a waxed cotton/canvas and the interior panels are possibly a cotton twill or nylon/cordura. There is the same type of zipper, which appears to be nonfunctional, that is used on the short jacket. On the front of the pants there are two panels at the top with a faint ticking stripe stitched in, an extended flap closure, more panels, straps, and snaps. You’ll also find the rocket controls mounted to the outside of the knee. At the knee there is also what looks to be some pleated horizontal panels. On the hips are leather padding, similar to motorcycle pants body armor. This is where the quad blasters sit while holstered (more on that later)
Yeah. Custom indeed. Not only do they need to have the right features, but they need to fit properly. They don’t hug Chris’ legs, but aren’t terribly baggy either. More of a “modern fit.”
Luckily for me, I’m far from the first person to study Star-Lord’s outfit or to attempt to recreate it so all I need to do is follow someone else’s lead. A few enterprising fans have paid for custom “from scratch” pants which, I’m sure, cost a pretty penny. This is money I’m not willing to spend with the punch-in-the-wallet coat still looming in my future. I absolutely do not have the skill to sew my own. I needed to find a close match ready-made.
Eventually, I stumbled across a blog post by a gentleman named Darryn Bonthuys (@Darrangedd) who found motorcycle pants which were a close match. Close, not exact, but close enough for me. They’re being sold on eBay. Take a look:
Fit looks about right. They have close to the correct groin snap thing (I’m sure there is a correct term…which I don’t know). Color, obviously, is good. The red should be easy to deal with. The biggest problem is material. I feel like there is a lot more leather to these than the authentic wardrobe pieces. Unfortunately, on a budget, these are as good as it gets. I may have to do a little customization, but these will get me most of the way. Hopefully.
Ordered them yesterday and they are in the mail.
Fortunately, the seller takes returns.
Hi! I love the blog. Great topic as I am getting into making a solid Starlord costume. Have you thought of using black BDU (military) pants as a base and creating the copy from there. They tighten at the waist, have belt loops, and you can use molle drop pads as your leg holsters. They look more Deadpool than Starlord, but you can run the straps for the drop pads inside the pants. I am using both the movie and the comics as guides to construct my costume. I know, it’s a mashup … But it will get better as other parts come in. 🙂
Hey Rick, thanks for the comment! Sounds like a great plan for the pants. I think they would work fairly well as long as they don’t appear to be too baggy. You can have that problem with BDU pants. Also, having the belt buckle loops will be great as the pants I worked with didn’t…until I added them.
Please keep me posted on your progress! I would love to share some pictures of your outfit when you are done. Also, if you want to send some pictures of your work in progress to help others out, I could post those as well!
Also, I think mashups are great. You know, the movie version of any characters simply the directors interpretation. I love that you are using the comics as well.