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Sewing a Jawa (using Monks Cloth)

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Greetings future desert dwellers,

(This will be a  work in progress, I should have it completed in a couple of weeks)

I've been making Jawa's for over 8 years, worked with different fabrics and patterns. I'm now using Monks cloth, here is my updated work in progress. 

Every thing here is a guide to help you, to give you ideas and help those that need a starting point. I will also draw up a pattern for our younger smaller jawas in our lives.

I will be touching base with Dying the fabric in this thread, the one used for these photos is already industrially Dyed. 

Monks Cloth.

Is an open weave fabric normally used for embroidery, shawls and  baby blankets, Jawa's can now be added to that list, it is not the fabric used in the movies, the knitted fabric has been difficult to find even for the cleverest of jawas, so monks cloth does come close.

In the States it can be found locally, for international members the internet is the best place, below are some links of sellers.

Joann fabrics Amazon Fabric.com on line fabric store  

You can either buy industrially dyed or dye the fabric yourself. 

The amount to buy? Monks cloth will Shrink 15% width and length. I would tend to buy 7 yards  for the average size person. Remember the arms and hood must be added to the length, when measuring to buy.

You MUST pre-wash your complete 7 yards of fabric before cutting.

(This pattern is my first draft and i will clean it with another soon, the measurements are correct just the drawing maybe iffy)

(I do love inches, I will redraw this with both inches and cm's)

Someone mentioned my other Pattern with the 60 inch width, that was designed many many moons ago with fabric that was ridiculously wide. 



Measure yourself from bottom of Neck to ground. Fold over our fabric and cut to that measurement, the pattern in the photo has been used for over 80 jawas and counting. its my own template.


Once you've worked out your pattern, use some old Christmas paper you will find that is wide enough to use.


Your neck opening, you will need to make sure its  wide enough to get your head through and not that wide you will see your cloths underneath even with your hood on.

I use a slit with a clip.




Sleeves: I used the complete width of the fabric for the average size person around 150cm from neck to ground.. (sorry thats the way I look at it)

Again make a pattern, cut only what you need and fold over. (yes its that dam chrissy paper again)


fold over the pattern you made and mark the sleeve, remember you folder over the fabric so only one side needs to be sewn together.



Before I attach the sleeves to the robe, I cut the edge off the fabric and fray the ends as so :) 


And voila! I have my frayed sleeves, remember there are no dangly strings.




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Sewing the Robe.

I stared with attaching the arms to main body aka shoulders.

Monks cloth doesn't like to play nice so if you have an overlocker use it, otherwise once sewn  with the straight stitch I would Zigzag the edges.

Always check your work before moving onto the next piece, so there are no frays or gaps.



Before sewing the sleeves Zig the edge so the fray doesn't continue, making sure its a good long width  though not to close as you would normal fabrics. 


When pinning your sleeves together, make sure the edges meet ..so they are even. ( I know its sewn already forgot to take the photo before hand :) )


Place both sides together, remember the end of the sleeves must meet perfectly. 

Where my pins are placed all you need to do is sew right down the side. (Again sorry I had already sewn before taking the photo)

If you don't have an overlocker, straight stitch then zig zag the edges, being an open weave it needs that extra sewing. 


Measuring your length.

I measure from neck to ground, once you fray, then with cloths on underneath bandoliers will bring your robe a little so it wont touch the ground


The Fraying on the bottom of the robe can be a little stringy, not too long as you may trip on it.


To get the effect of fraying just cut uneven and when your about to ZigZag the hem, sew in some of the threads.

There is no need to "Cut" into the fabric, NONE of the Jawas in any of the movies had their hems cut up.


Check all your seams each time you finish a section.

Make sure to reinforce under the arms, sewing again. Especially if you have overlocked it, that area will be a weak link. 


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Neck opening.

Once you've cut out the neck opening as per pattern above, check to see if your head can fit! 

Remember to cut a curve part in the flap, this will help with it not annoying you around the neck.


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