|The Lord of the Rings is seriously an important series to me, it's a series I grew up with and just...loved obbsessively. I even took a course on it at uni...lmao...XD Pippin is my absolute favourite character out of the entire thing, probably due to a combination of wide eyed naivity and absolute fail (This is a v. common theme with my costume choices XD) I decided to do his traditional hobbit attire first of all...but i'd LOVE to do his Steward of Gondor/Guard of the Citadel outfit later. *_* |
This was a pretty intense costume making experiance. Because I really wanted to finish this in time for expo I ended up squeezing most of the making into about 2 weeks...and as i'm not exactly the speediest seamstress that was pretty challenging!
I had a hellish time finding a wig for this. Pippin has a very awkward hair colour, so that combined with the not exactly stylish style of hobbits hair made it nigh on impossible. In the end I went for a darker shade than I wanted, and a shorter wig too...but in spite of that I'm actually quite fond of the wig. It's something I might change at a later date but for now I'm happy with it! I actually am wearing hobbit ears with this but the wig covers them up so much you can barely see them!...Doh! XD Oh and the brooch is something i've wanted for a long time, and is so gorgeous i'm tempted to wear it every day for the rest of my nerdy existence. :P
I lucked out with the material at my local market stall. Actually the material is probably my favourite part of this costume. Just VERY VERY LUCKY. XD
The cloak is made from a thin wool...but I really didn't buy enough so had to cut the pattern awkwardly which resulted in odd looking seams. It does its job but I'm all for doing that again and getting it right. XD
The coat is made from a GORGEOUS wool and I'm actually rather proud of it. XD The pattern I used was an out of print vintage one which was too perfect to pass up. I had to make some adjustments but it was pretty straightforward otherwise. ^^ I added the back and cuff details and used these quite awesome buttons for the front. XD
The breeches I was very afraid of due to never making any before, and although they were a little challenging they weren't nearly as terrifying as I thought they would be! The material was an olive corduroy which was surprisingly easy to work with. Once I added the many buttons I cut them to hobbit length and they were done! ^^ I also bought some funky braces to wear with them...due to not having enough time to make my own. ^^; But I love them so much I may just stick with them. 8D
The shirt was a total last minute exploit and made entirelly the day before expo. -_-;; It's a bit of a rush job but it actually didn't go too badly if you ignore the whole cutting a massive hole in the sleeve...*ahem*...In spite of my mad rush it's actually BARELY SEEN. D: But...oh well...XD THE PUFFY SLEEVES ARE THERE TRUST ME. I didn't even try to attempt all that embroidery on the shirt...maybe another time when I have 100+ hours to spare. XD
The scarf was knitted for me by a kindly old woman. XD It's a bit brighter and longer than Pippins but it's so warm and lovely i'm love with it. *_*
I DID bring foothair with me...but it looked so ridiculous I decided against it on the day. Maybe next time when I have more time to perfect it. ^^
I loved being a hobbit just as much as I thought I would. And because I only wore this for half a day it DEMANDS A REWEAR. Me and my Merry have plans to go exploring in the woods near her house...once she's made her costume...so watch this space! 8D
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Breeches (Posted 23rd October 2010)
I kinda gave up in my mind that this'll be done for expo. But today was suddenly like....NO. NO THIS WILL BE DONE.
So I made these today. XP Never made breeches before so it was much guesswork and stuff but I'm actually pretty pleased with how they came out...the photo is pretty shitty...trust me they're better in person. :P
Now just have to mod suspenders, make shirt and sort out that pesky hobbit hair! XD
Progress 1. (Posted 6th October 2010)
My god that's not a very helpful picture is it...sorry...uni house...crap for mirrors except bathroom. ^^;
Anyway general progress. Cloak is now done...not 100% happy because I had a lack of material so had to weirdly cut the pattern in a way I didn't want to for it all to fit on...hence the odd seams...but oh well it's a cloak it'll do for now.
The Coat is very much in progress...as you can see...no sleeves or buttons. :P It's a wonderful material to work with though! *_*
And the scarf i'm really happy with, It was hand sewn for me by a kind old lady and is way better than what I was expecting even if the colours are a bit brighter...actually all my colours are a bit brighter. I'm like anime Pippin or something. O.o
I now have slightly more hope this'll be done for expo.
Rest of coat, breeches, suspenders and shirt to gooo... o.o
Fabric gets (Posted 2nd September 2010)
Went into town today with low expectations as I wanted pretty exact stuff, but I was pleasently surprised by what I found!
The Green for the jacket is a really lovely wool but isn't too thick so I won't die of heat (and the colour is spot on!) I also found the thinner wool for the fellowship coat which was also the exact kind of olivey colour I wanted and I also found some nice linen for the shirt as well. ^^ I looked for corduroy for the trousers but couldn't find any in olive so i'll have to go online for that. Overall I'm stupidly pleased! I just hope I bought enough! (It WASN'T cheap! XD)
The Journey Begins (Posted 18th August 2010)
I already know this costume will be like no other I have made. o.o;;
The alleyscratch website helped me alot with planning, but I spent hours trawling the internet the past few days. ^^;
I've now ordered all the patterns I need (I think) I ended up being so picky so alot of them are vintage, out of print patterns that cost me way too much. >_>;;
I also have my eye on a wig. It's not exactly perfect but I think is by far the best choice as the others were either way too poofy in the crown of the head, or VERY expensive. -_-;;
I've also ordered The fellowship brooch (which i'm probably going to wear every single day of my life :P) and the ear caps (which I probably won't.) :P
Next up is to go hunting for materials. I'll be needing wool, corduroy, some nice linen and...yeah...I have a feeling it's going to be pricey! ^^;