|Time Taken :||9 days.|
|I'd say I chose to do this costume, but most perfectly_purple wanted me do it.|
This costume was mostly made in the week running up to kitacon, as an ear infection had me off work with little to do. It was finished at Kitacon with some hand-sewing helped out by Caylithe and Gunstar Vixen. The jacket actually needs a bit more lining in the sleeves, but we didn't have time or material to do it.
The uniform was based off McCall's pattern 4745 (American civil war uniform) modified to make the jacket match the characters costume, and when the pattern instructions stopped actually making any sort of sense. It's made from grey poly-cotton edged with piping made from ribbon and piping and lined with suitable fabric.
The cape took about 1.5 hours and was just the lining sewn in a rectangle to the white outside, and then one edge pleated six times spreading out symmetrically in the centre.
The cape clasp things are just cut and painted pieces of funky foam sewn together attached via the same button that the cape attaches to.
The wig was the best we could get, but the costume could really do with one which was a few inches longer, and with a fringe in the front (Rather than my attempts to cut one correctly).
Other than getting a better wig, and finishing the lining, I'd be tempted to remake the cape maybe an extra couple of feet wider.
It was generally pretty comfortable to wear, though the trousers were a little odd as they come up almost to my chest. Oddly enough the only thing that made the costume warm to wear was the wig.