Costume :Col William Tavington
Variant :Movie character played by Jason Isaacs
Source :The Patriot (Starring Mel Gibson)
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2012

Costume Photos

Tavington posing

Helmet ref


Tav 1

Tav Ref


Costume Information

Cost : £35 (my cheapest cosplay)
Awards : Didn't enter any comps
Time Taken : Two months

First worn at Starfury-Serenity 2 in 2005.

This was originally planned for Collectormaina 8 as part of a large historical cosplay group. I chose to crossplay as we had a large number of ladies in the group but only a couple of guys. Due to my sewing machine dying it was delayed to Serenity 2.

It was quite a challenge to make as it was my first major attempt at a historical costume. I had also never done anything military so was quite scared before starting it.

The hardest part was the jacket. It proved a nightmare to tailor (even to a seasoned seamstress like me). I ended up making it twice in order to get the fit right. The breeches were surprisingly easier than I thought they would be. The belts were hand made by me as well as the sword.

The easiest part was the shirt and waistcoat.

I enjoyed poncing around like an evil Brit for the night. I didn't enjoy spraying my hair dark for it though. I decided very early on that a wig wouldn't work with the hairstyle. Definitely will stick to blond characters!

It was certainly a change to what I would normally cosplay. I dd enjoy the challenge but I doubt I'll so anything similar again. There were 48 buttons in total and I really hate doing button holes! After this I didn't do any button holes for about four months XD.

I didn't have time to make the helmet for the first wear but I hope to at a later date.


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'Phowarrr...I'd have abit of Jason Issacs anyday!'

by Uni on Thursday, 8 January, 2009 - 00:58
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That's gorgeous!

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 8 January, 2009 - 12:37
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Tavington is by far my favorite character in The Patriot! Awesome !!!

by Prince Zarbon on Saturday, 10 January, 2009 - 00:35
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Thanks. I wasn't sure if anyone would reconise the character as i'm not sure how popular the film was.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 18 February, 2009 - 05:08
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Oh my, I love this so much! Wear it again! Wear it again!
...historical army uniforms are the best thing EVER.

by Nocturnal Blossom on Monday, 23 February, 2009 - 10:14
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Incredibly smart and neat, just like Tav. I'm in awe of your button hole patience, it must have taken forever.

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 7 May, 2009 - 16:53
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Thanks everyone. Amy-Lou, yes the button holing was the longest job on the cosplay. Luckerly I have a machine that can do button holes otherwise I would of gone insane trying to do the lot by hand, Lol!

by Sephirayne on Monday, 1 June, 2009 - 22:18
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Incredibly smart! You've certainly done it justice! Huzzah!

by youngy638 on Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 - 01:08
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Thank you ever so much, Youngy638

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 26 January, 2011 - 05:13
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oh wowww!! this is amazing! It looks so authentic :D
Tavington is one of Isaacs best roles ever!

by Lozzie on Thursday, 27 January, 2011 - 09:35
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Thank you ever so much hun ^^

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 6 June, 2012 - 17:17

To-Do List

Re-make breechesLowPlanned
Re-make sword belt so that the sword holster can be removedLowPlanned
Re-make swordLowPlanned


Sword remake planned (Posted 1st July 2012)

Whilst packing up to move house I found the sword broken. I remembered that it broken during a previous house move and I had intended on fixing it. Having a closer look I think it will be easier to remake it.

Amecon 2012 (Posted 12th May 2012)

I decided that even though I enjoyed wearing a dress at Kitacon's Ball I would much prefer to be in crossplay. So for Amecon's Ball I'll be looking to get Tavington fixed up (minus the sword). I've been wanting a chance to rewear him again for better photos and Keele Hall would be a brilliant setting (if I get the chance to photograph there).