Costume :Merlin
Variant :Series 2
Source :BBC Merlin
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2010

Costume Photos


MCM Expo London May 2010

MCM Expo London May 2010


-insert magic spell here-

In The Trees


Slacking Off

Gwen and Merlin



Costume Information

Cost : Too much >_<

I must first apologise profusely to Colin Morgan, for I wore this to the Merlin panel at MCM Expo May 2010 and he saw me and I think I must have freaked him out just a little.
Which makes me wonder if he's ever googled 'Merlin cosplayers'.
If so, I am fecked. Completely and utterly fecked.
No, wait, I blame Charlotte Morris for being too epic.
Aaanyway, I got the urge to make this after watching series 2.
I love the show, and obviously Merlin is my favourite character (cheekbones! guh oAo).
I wore this on the Saturday of the London MCM Expo May 2010.
It's also the first cosplay I've made that comes from a live action series 8D
Aren't I just the coolest piece of cool you've ever come across?
. . .what do you mean no?

Blue cotton for the shirt, with hand stitched decoration around the neck.
Red cotton for the other shirt.
Red and blue cotton for the neckscarves.
Brown cotton-velvet for the pants.
Real leather for the jacket (reverse used) AND COMPLETELY HAND STICIHED FOR I AM IN IDIOT. MY FINGERS. THEY BLED Dx.
Black cotton for the lining.

Also used:
Brown wig, tinted and styled by myself.
White socks.
Brown faux-suede boots.
Blue contact lenses.

May buy gold contacts for magic-casting times.

All in all I'd say it was a pretty successful costume.
I got recognised by a few fans of the show and stared at by a few others.
Then found a Gwen cosplayer and felt instantly better (y)
It's quite comfortable, but got really hot and a bit sweaty after being indoors for a while :/
But I was wearing binding, shirt, leather, neckscarf and a wig so that was to be expected.
It was good outside though and nothing broke and I'll be wearing it again for MCM Expo October 2010 after re-making some stuff (the shirt shrunk in the wash!!! ;lsdisfolhijkdfb\dn) and if the cast happen to be around while I'm wearing this, well I'll make sure I'm carrying a shovel so I can dig myself a hole and die in it :D

It would be nice to have some picture in this that, like, aren't all the same fking pose. . .
I'm, also going to be working in this more soon.
I need to alter the pants, possibly make a new shirt and a new jacket out of faux suede instead of leather.


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Looking great so far!

by ThisIsLisaB on Friday, 11 December, 2009 - 21:25
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The neck tie looks a little too red to me, that may be the light though. Can't wait to see the overall look though, I love that show

by Wyrdsister on Friday, 11 December, 2009 - 22:45
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I'm going to get some new fabric for the neck tie.
I only have that 'cause it was the only red I had in the house.
It does look darker in natural light though.

by Valentine_x on Saturday, 12 December, 2009 - 14:47
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Cool, it looks great so far, have you got an Arhur to wait on?

by Wyrdsister on Sunday, 13 December, 2009 - 01:58
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I do have an Arthur, yes :)
And the way I persuaded him to be Arthur was to tell him he could boss me around all day xD

by Valentine_x on Sunday, 13 December, 2009 - 19:02
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The wig look fine, I don't think it's too thick myself, The way you've done the scarf is fab now...Can't wait to see the pair of you. Pics please :p

by Wyrdsister on Monday, 14 December, 2009 - 01:35
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i had to just look twice.
can't wait to see you both together, i hope you'll post photos :D Pretty pleaseee?

by FlyingMammal on Friday, 18 December, 2009 - 18:14
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If I see my Arthur over Christmas, I'll see if he'll be willing to do a photoshoot ^___^

by Valentine_x on Saturday, 19 December, 2009 - 16:12
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by Wyrdsister on Monday, 21 December, 2009 - 00:07
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Wow! You look spot on. Great job.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 21 December, 2009 - 01:13
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Love it - you make a great Merlin!

by Nocturnal Blossom on Monday, 21 December, 2009 - 11:00
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Eee brilliant Merlin:D
I have an Arthur planned, making chain mail will be tedious~!

by Shazz on Thursday, 7 January, 2010 - 21:44
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Yah! Merlin!

Brilliant - Loving it so far!

Hope they will be back this Expo =3

by ypput on Saturday, 16 January, 2010 - 12:13
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If they're back it would make my life 8D
I'm so gutted that I missed them in May '09 >_<

by Valentine_x on Saturday, 16 January, 2010 - 22:25
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omg yay~ you finished it! :D
Looks awesome~

by Enchanting_ELK on Friday, 29 January, 2010 - 22:27
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Your Merlin is spot on! The contacts are amazing too!

by Gemzus on Wednesday, 10 February, 2010 - 22:40
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8D yay!! So I get to see this at an expo!! >w<
Can't wait to see it 8D

by Enchanting_ELK on Tuesday, 25 May, 2010 - 14:03
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Uh, yeah 8D
Just look for the one attempting magic and failing miserably ^__^

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 25 May, 2010 - 17:56
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Fantastic - it was wonderful to see all the detail and care you put into this in person at Expo. I really like your fabric choices, and I think the jacket has to be my favourite part. Great work!

by Angelphie on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 13:22
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Thank you very much ^__^
That jacket is like my child o_o
Glad you liked it 8D

by Valentine_x on Monday, 31 May, 2010 - 15:33
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haha! Saw you in the Merlin auto queue haha. Then again at Digbeth coach station is Brum *shrug* anyways, you make a lovely Merlin!

Nem from CCP x

by NemJay on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 21:02
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Digbeth? How random lol xD but thank you very much. Glad you like the costume ^__^

by Valentine_x on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 21:31
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Haha you were there right? About 10 ish I think.

by NemJay on Friday, 4 June, 2010 - 00:07
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Yeah, it was my coach change spot ^_^ for national express are a bit crap and refused to give me one straight home D<

by Valentine_x on Friday, 4 June, 2010 - 11:04
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You're an amazing Merlin, and I think it's hilarious Colin spotted you and was all confused XD
Wish I went to Expo so I could have seen you in person! T^T

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 22:55
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Thank you very much ^__^
Haaa, my lord it was the funniest thing ever xD
Oh Colin -pets-
Well, I'll be there again as Merlin in October.
Hopefully with my Arthur this time :D

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:00
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I'm hoping there's something on Youtube so I can watch it back and laugh XD
Awesome! I'll hopefully be there in October, so I'll look out for you guys! :D

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:02
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Sweet! Just look out for the massive feathered hat of d00m!!!1

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:08
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LOL oh my gosh, you're such a legend for taking on the hat of DOOOOOOM <3
I'm sure I won't miss you if you're wearing that beautiful thing XD

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:10
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If he's there again, I'm gonna ask Colin to wear it.
"DON'T BE AFRAID PRETTY MAN! PUT ON THE NICE HAT AND ALL WILL BE FINE! Colin?! Colin!!!?!?! Wait, why are you running? Don't run! HAT!!"
Or something. . .

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:13
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YES. Oh god X'D
Don't worry, if he tries to run, I'll tackle-hug him from out of nowhere and bring him back for the hat <3

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:17
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Go Team Morgan! 8D
And possibly Team James!
If he can be arsed showing up next time, lazy git. . .

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:19
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*waves Team Morgan flag* 8DD
And yes, possibly X'D
Aww, it sucks he didn't show up D: would have been nice if he showed up for at least the panel, but never mind >.< were the girls there?

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:21
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I heard he was tired from filming at night, and that his train was delayed and various other reasons but I'm not sure which to believe o_O
Yeah, Angel and Katie were there.
They're all so nice >__<

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:26
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Ahhh I see o_O how strange!
That's good! :D
I haven't met any of them before >_< mainly because I'm usually in a cosplay from a different series and will probably scare them X'D
I'd love to meet Anthony and Richard toooo~!

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:35
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I saw you in the masquerade on Saturday, I was the Cosmos cosplayer. I loved your costume! :D

by Manga Girl on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:40
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Lol xD
We didn't get to meet them, 'cause they had to get back to Wales ¬__¬
But ohemgee meeting Anthony Head would be amazing!
King Giles!!

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:40
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Thank you very much ^__^

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:46
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Awww that sucks :(
but hey, I guess it means season 3 will be out sooooon <3 *noms the BBC* *¬*
It would be sooooo epiiiiiiic 8D I'd just stand there and stare at him. And then realise it's creepy. And not care. Because he's all sparkly and king-like and stoof <3

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:46
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-rolls in series 3-
Yeah! Come on Expo! We know Colin and Bradley are pretty and stuff, but the oldies need love too D:
Richard! and omg John freakin' Hurt! Come ooon!!

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:50
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*joins you in the rolling* <3
OMFG ACTION FIGURES?! *just died and went to Merlin heaven <3*
They totally dooooo ;A; I wonder if there's a way to suggest guests to Expo? I'm pretty sure they'd all get plenty of attention, 'cause they've been in tonnes of other stoof too!

by ladywhitetiger on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:53
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They were announced at the panel and they have one set made already and I tried to persuade the stall owner to let me buy them but he wouldn't ¬___¬
I think if you pester the Expo staff enough through email/forums etc, they may listen?
Or email the guest you want, ask them, then tell Expo the guest is interested. . .

by Valentine_x on Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 - 23:56
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Woooooow *__*
Awww, stingy git D: never mind. They'll start floating around somewhere soon I guess... *strokes chin*
Oooo ideas, ideas! We could give it a try...

by ladywhitetiger on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 00:03
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July, I think they said?
-shall perhaps pre-order from somewhere-
Right then, let's go harrass Anthony and Richard and John!
And David Tennant. . .

by Valentine_x on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 00:06
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Ooo not too far off then!
I wish I could pre-order some D: *shakes fist at lack of funds and at employers refusing to hire me XD*
hnnnggggghhh David Tennant <3

by ladywhitetiger on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 00:09
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Well, I owe my friend £50 for a Gackt ticket o_o
So maybe not pre-order. . .
Stupid work and your stupid crappy pay D<
And Matt Smith?!??!?!
-new Doctor is new and needs love?-

by Valentine_x on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 13:32
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Oh D8 yeah maybe not then XD;
INDEED D8 *flails angrily*
Yes, and Matt Smith!
I do approve of him quite a lot 8D
*gives him lots of love*

by ladywhitetiger on Friday, 18 June, 2010 - 21:41
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Nice one, you make a great Merlin =)

by Tsuchinoko on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 21:00


Jacket (Posted 19th August 2011)

This costume will be coming with me to London MCM Expo October 2011, and as such I really need to fix up the jacket.
When I first made it, I didn't line up the lining properly, and when it was all sewn in, on of the edges was being pulled inwards.
It's not incredibly noticeable, but it's been pissing me off for a while now and I've just taken out all of the stitching that was holding the lining in place.
Now it needs resewing in some areas, a piece adding for the collar and to be sewn back in place. Blanket stitch all the way around. By hand. Through real leather.

HOLY FRAK (Posted 18th May 2010)

Don't know who actually going to be there yet, but MY LIFE HAS BEEN MADE!

-thumbs. . . are. . . pain- (Posted 8th May 2010)

ohmygod they hurt so much.
But that's what I get for hand-stitching leather without a thimble >_<;
However, it looks AWESOME!
I must say I am impressed with myself -ego stfu-
And I've just started hand stitching in the lining -blanket stitch I choose you- which I think is what's in my reference photos.
Or I might be making it up.
But it looks good so I don't care.
Then I only have to rivet my pants for the laces and weather my boots and jacket and I'm done 8D

-is a lonely Merlin- (Posted 28th January 2010)

So, I was chatting away with my Arthur the other day, and the subject came to the dates of Expo.
"It's the 29th and 30th of May," I said.
"Oh," he said, "Yeah, I'm larping that weekend."
Which now means that he won't be Arthur and he won't be at Expo.
Which kind of buggers up my plans, which were to finally enter the masquerade and be a general distraction to the cast if they happen to be there.
So I'm now on the lookout for anyone remotely interested in joining me for the masquerade.
Anyone at all?

Wig and Expo (Posted 22nd December 2009)

A lot of people have been telling me that they like the wig I already have, but I don't.
I have, however, found the PERFECT wig on eBay, and hopefully I'll be able to buy it after Christmas.
So eventually I'll have a lovely dark brown, slightly waved wig that actually looks natural and comes form the crown of the head and not the top. . .

Also, I'm hoping that there will be another Merlin panel at Expo to promote Series 3.
I've watched a few videos, and the actors seem to be greatly amused by people dressing as them (y).
I'm planning on sitting on the front row right infront of Colin Morgan >D

. . . D= (Posted 13th December 2009)

Just rewatched Episode 12 of Merlin 'The Fires Of Idirsholas', and I've just noticed that his shirt has freakin' slits up the sides at the edge.
I should really look at reference more before I begin to make stuff. . .