|Cost :||£70 roughly|
|Time Taken :||4 weeks roughly|
|This was a very fun, yet difficult costume to make/buy. At first, I planned to buy the costume, what with it being my first costume, however, breakdown with my commissioner meant that I had to instead do thins from scratch.|
I found the long coat and a pair of boots at a charity shop for a really cheap price. The jewelry I got from accessory shops on the high street, the chain had to be made from two separate things, a bracelet and a necklace.
The wig I bought on eBay from a German seller so I didn't have to pay import fee, although it was a little pricy and didn't come with a wig-cap as specified :'(.
The shirt I purchased for cheap from a business clothing wholesale shop online. Apparently Mandarin collar shirts are standard fair for Waiters.
The sash was made using some satin-esque fabric bought at the local fabric/hardware/haberdashery/everything shop in town.
The hat was by far the trickiest part. Firstly, I got a length of black, wired ribbon and tried that, however it was not strong enough and was too transparent. I ended up having to stab an 8 inch length of wire though the ribon and then wrap it in black fabric. It looks okay, and I don't know how else i would have done it, but it was a LOT of sewing. It was not over the, oh no. I then had to make the hat (purchased at a fancy dress shop btw) battered. So I wrapped a piece of black cloth around it and arranged it using sewing, and industrial Velcro which I happened to have to keep it in place.
The chain-belt thing was secured using a badge which was fastened to the coat underneath the sash which kept it hidden ... I though ti worked well ...
The costume is really warm and I am sure it will be great for meets in the cold Scottish weather. However, in a convention atmosphere, and especially during the Masquerade, I got excessive hot. I had one mishap with the chain where the badge came undone as I was standing up, and due to my lack of wig-cap my hair kept falling out, making me look a mess in all my photos :'(. All in all, a very fun cosplay to make, and I will be sure to upload photos soon (with nails and scar make up too!) as soon as I have them.