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Indiana Jones Cosplay Outfit

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The second theme during season 11 of Project Run & Play is Cosplay Craze.  If you’re not familiar with the term Cosplay, it’s basically dressing up as a character from a movie, book, cartoon, etc.  The Project Run & Play theme had one stipulation; the creation should not be a costume.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

My son has been asking for a leather jacket for a long time, so I used that request to tailor (see what I did there?) this prompt to fulfill that request and one other of his requests too.  If you haven’t guessed, our cosplay inspiration character is Indiana Jones.   Here’s the details on how we created an Indiana Jones cosplay outfit.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

After looking at several photos of Indiana Jones, I decided it was time to fulfill my son’s request that the next pair of pants I sew for him have a real zip fly instead of a faux fly like the previous two pairs of pants I’ve made for him.  So I turned to Peekaboo Pattern Shop for their classic chinos pattern.  (affiliate link)  It’s a great pattern, and you really do end up with (wait for it) classic chinos!

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can be made in 13 sizes from 3 months to size 12.  Thomas is almost in the largest size for length, but only an 8 in width, so I should be able to make this pattern work for a while yet.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I found the pattern very thorough and easy to follow except for one little instruction on the welt pockets.  After checking with the Melly Sews welt pocket tutorial, I was good to go.  I won’t have any trouble in the future, but it was my first time constructing them this way, (also known as the REAL way!)  The zip fly came out impressive, so Thomas can be assured of real zip flies on all the pants I sew for him in the future.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

You should recognize the shirt pattern we used if you’ve been around Skirt Fixation any time at all!  It’s the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt.  Allegra embroidered Indiana Jones’ iconic bullwhip on the front.  I did make two changes to the pattern this time; I added sleeve cuffs and a band around the bottom.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Apparently Thomas has grown since I made him a long sleeve version of this pattern and the sleeves were too short.  So then I added a hem band also to make it more like a sweatshirt in cut.

Refashioned into a leather jacket

Finally the leather jacket.  I started with a suede leather skirt of mine and a suede leather jacket I picked up at a thrift store.  By serendipity, they were exactly the same shade of brown, and it was a good thing since I used most of both of them to create this Indiana Jones jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Unfortunately much of the original jacket had become brittle, or started to rot?  Anyway it tore very easily.  So I basically harvested the zipper and used part of the sleeves from the original jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

If you are interested in the full tutorial on how I made it, you can find it here on Refashion Co-op.  I used the Downton Duffle Jacket pattern (affiliate link) and tried to preserve the cool pockets from the original jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thomas requested a secret pocket on the inside, so I was able to use one of the pockets for that.   I realized as I was refashioning this skirt into a jacket that I had done exactly the same thing for one of my very first sew along entries for Project Run & Play!  Lots of work, but impressive and long lasting results.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The snap tab from the other pocket became a snap tab at the collar.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

That’s it except a few details about the photo shoot.  Allegra had an awesome Indiana Jones photo shoot planned in an area that would have been perfect, but then she got sick!

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

So Thomas and I walked out into the woods on this icy cold day.  It was all going great until my iPhone, my only camera, decided to shut down because of the cold!  (Did you know they’ll do that?)  So we only managed to get a few photos and they’re far inferior to what could have been, but I tried to fill in the gaps with some flat lay detail photos.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to hop over to Project Run & Play to see what the contestants made (prepare to be awed!) and don’t miss the sew along entries too.

26 thoughts on “Indiana Jones Cosplay Outfit

  1. This is my favorite cosplay inspired submission so far. It’s perfectly wearable together, or apart, and it doesn’t look like a costume, but is immediately recognizable. And your sewing is amazing. Everything looks so professional.

    1. Thanks so much, Sabrina! A boy look isn’t always as fun as this on turned out.

  2. I really like how professional those pants turned out, and that welt pocket is fabulous. I hope you are very proud of yourself. Your son is now assured that the pants you make him will be ones that he glad to wear and say, “His Mom made them for him!”

    1. I have to admit I’m really, really proud of how this all turned out!

  3. This is great! I love a good jacket, especially for boys! Everything looks very well sewn; great job!

    1. Thanks Jenny. I’m really proud of that jacket!

  4. OMG! LOVE IT! Every details is perfect.

    1. Thanks, Ren. We had a lot of fun with this one!

  5. One of my favorite trilogies! I love that you re-purposed old clothing to make something awesome for your son. Bet he loves it 🙂

    1. Thanks, Amy~ you’re right, he hasn’t taken it off!

  6. This is amazing! I’m so impressed with that leather jacket, and the embroidery detail is just perfect.

    1. Thanks Beth! I loved your look this week too!

  7. this is soooo awesome! Such a favorite character at our house, such good inspiration. You have got some crazy good sewing skills!!!

    1. Thanks, Angela. Except I can’t take ANY credit for the embroidery…Allegra did it all!

  8. The whole outfit is fabulous but the coat is my favorite!

    1. The coat definitely took the most time!

  9. What an awesome outfit! You really nailed it!

    1. Thanks, Karly! He’s pretty happy, so I’m pretty happy!

  10. That jacket is pretty cool! I love hidden pockets. I wish my current machine would sew leather!

    1. Thanks, Charity. My current machine is pretty basic, but I did use a leather needle.

  11. The tee with the bullwhip embroidery is so cool. I think the jacket is such a great upcycle and all those details! Great job creating an inspired look and something your son was asking for anyways. A total win!

    1. Aww, thanks! Your look stole my heart!

  12. This is such a great outfit! Instantly recognizable, but you can mix and match the pieces! I love the embroidered bull-whip and the topstitching on the chinos, and that jacket is so great! And I love that you did an outfit for your boy, of course 😉 Lol!

    1. You know it! I take every opportunity I can to sew for my boys.

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