Since a long time, I had the wish to have an Imperial Officer-uniform.
As in Germany, these Uniforms offered by several STAR WARS- dealer are
a) to expensive or b) totally far away what is called "authentic",
I decided to build it for my own. Or better said: let build. Active support
I got from my mother-in-law, who bought with me a pattern for a sportjacket
and changed the pattern in that direction, that a so called "Russian
Smock" came out of it. Indeed these pattern is the same pattern as
the uniforms of the Red Army during WWII.
So, she tailored me the Jacket from wool fabric. The cap, I made myself.
But I had to make three caps until the third cap was so as we know it
from the movies. The first pant was a gift of Florian. It was a former
NVA-pant ("Nationale Volksarmee", a pant from the former East
German Military), blue coloured. which I tried to repaint. But this was
not good for the pant. Finally, we just took the NVA-pant to get a pattern.
My mother-in-law now made a new pant in black. The uniform I completed
with boots, rank-symbols, codecylinder, belt, 2 officerdiscs for cap and
belt. At the end, the uniform was like in the movies, nevertheless, the
pant frustrated me and I thought the uniform will never be finished.
A very, very big "Thank you!" therefore goes to my mother-in-law,
without her, the uniform still would have been a dream for me!
© Thomas Riedel 2002