In Dec 2010 I ran my first marathon. It was the Jacksonville Bank Marathon. I wanted to do something special so I ran it as The Flash. Well, I wore the Flash insignia on my shirt. My friend Mike ran it as Superman. Take a look.
So when I decided to run the marathon again in 2011, I wanted to again do something different. I decided to run as Darth Vader. I’ve talked about this decision several times on the Nerd Lunch Podcast, so I thought I’d share with you guys how we made the Vader costume and also made it “run friendly”.
First step, I bought a Darth Vader costume shirt. You can pretty much pick them up anywhere. This is an easy way to get the majority of the costume in one fell swoop. Plus, this is easier than attaching a bunch of crap to a black shirt. Especially when you will be running 26+ miles in said shirt + crap.
I then asked my wife who is an incredible seamstress to make me a mini-cape. My inspiration for this mini-cape came from a Superman costume shirt on Superherohype.com.
So, to begin, Steph got a yard of black matte fabric.
She then cut it into two rectangles with her rotary cutter. Next she sliced off the edges to make it taper outwards at the bottom.
Steph ironed down the edges to make it easier to hem.
Then she actually hemmed down the edges.