Costume :Lirael
Variant :Abhorsen
Source :The Old Kingdom Trilogy
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :AyaCon 2013

Costume Photos

Surcoat Progress

Reference I will follow.

Bells Ref



Costume Information

Time Taken : 3 hours so far

So this character is something I've wanted to cosplay since I read the books. I found out that my close friend Frederica_La_Noir also has a passion for the books and we have decided to cosplay Sabriel and Lireal together. We will hopefully be doing these when she comes to visit but no doubt they will feature at a UK con at some point.

UPDATE 20/02/13
Hopefully the plan is to wear this for Ayacon 2013. I am very behind on finding all the bells but I always knew that would be the most difficult aspect of this cosplay.

We've decided to opt to make the surcoats out of wool. The books state that it's a linen surcoat but with the ridculour amount of embroidery required wool will probably look a lot nicer on completion. Also I have opted to make my Surcoat blue. This is because blue is the colour of the Abhorsen blood line and even though the books never mention the colour of Lirael's surcoat I believe this colour to be the most accurate.


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Going to be epic 8D xxx

by Frederica la Noir on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 - 20:55
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by Nomes on Saturday, 19 January, 2013 - 12:53
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Oh my f*cking god! I was just saying to someone the other day that someone needs to cosplay an Abhorsen! This is amazing, I am so excited! I can't wait to see this!!!!!

by Kata-san on Thursday, 24 January, 2013 - 23:33

I love this series so much - will look forward to seeing this! :D

by madmazda86 on Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 13:52
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Ohh I'm doing Sabriel!!! I was going to come to Ayacon but i don't think I am now, that would have been awesome!!!!

by stargirl_rhi on Thursday, 2 May, 2013 - 19:53
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Oh my gosh cannot wait! I love the progress! only a couple of months :O where has the time gone! I really need to get my arse into gear with Sabriel :).


by Frederica la Noir on Tuesday, 25 June, 2013 - 18:50

To-Do List

Make Bell Bandolier (Commission from Squall_Wolfheart)HighPlanned
Embroider SurcoatHighPlanned
Modify/Engrave BellsHighPlanned
Make Chain MailHighPlanned
Make SwordHighPlanned
Make SurcoatMediumIn Progress
Buy BellsMediumIn Progress

Shopping List

1 Small/Medium Bell (Probably will use as Mosrael)£1.00Bought
1000m of Old Gold Embroidery Thread£4.00Bought
White PVC Fabric (Left over from another project) £0.00Bought
1 long sleeved white TShirt (Already owned) £0.00Bought
1 Small Bell£2.00Bought
1 Small Bell (Probably will use as Ranna)£2.00Bought
Blue Melton Wool ( - left over from another project£0.00Bought
Dark Brown Contact Lenses£15.00Bought
1 Medium Bell (Probably use for Kibeth) £2.00Bought
1000m of Antique Silver Embroidery Thread£4.00Bought


Surcoat Progress (Posted 15th June 2013)

Lirael's Surcoat is embroidered with Gold Stars (Clayr) and Silver Keys (Abhorsen). Unfortunately the wool I have combined with the Silver/Gold Paint isn't very good so I need to paint it with White acrylic first. Since the star motif I have decided on is just lines I will probably machine embroider them, as with the silver line on the key but the the circle will need to be done by hand since I'm quite rubbish at circle. The painting is also very time consuming - this was 6 hours of painting T_T