Frederica la Noir

Costume :Sabriel
Source :The Old Kingdom Trilogy
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

Lacefront wig for Sabriel!

Soon to be Sabriels sword needs alot of modifications but it will get there!

"A small silver ring, with a ruby gripped by two silver claws that grew out of the band."

Almost there just need the 2nd smallest <3

Sabriels ring has arrived!

Totally worth the £72 for accuracy and I love garnet rings anyway :)

The perfect chainmail cardigan ;) just needs altering

Sabriel Reference


Costume Information

Cost : £186.59
Time Taken : 1 hour

♥ Abut Sabriel ♥

She's 18 years old has raven black hair, pale skin and deep brown eyes. Acharter mark rests upon her forehead but is only visible when activated.

The surcoat:
A gleaming, deep blue surcoat, dusted with embroidered silver keys that reflected the light in all directions.

The ring:
A small silver ring, with a ruby gripped by two silver claws that grew out of the band.

The Bandelier:
An old brawn belt, a hand's-breadth wide, which always smells faintly of beeswax. seven tubular leather pouches hung from it, starting with one the size of a small pill bottle; growing larger, till the seventh wasalmost the size of ajar. The bandolier wadesigned to be worn across the chest,with the pouches hanging down. Pulling out a tiny silver bell, with a dark, deeply polished mahogany handle. There are charter marks engraved on the bell and handle.

The sword:
The charter symbols etched along it'sblade-the dull emerald in the pommel and the worn bronze - plated cross guard.

♥ About the Costume ♥

My favourite book series ever :D! Possibly the only book series I've ever read but not the point XD. Gaming Goddess also shares the love for these books so we are cosplaying together when I visit her down under :). Can't wait to get it all done!

♥ Budget/Cost ♥


♥ Worn to ♥



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We gonna look awesome - I mean Bells and Chainmail! What more could we want in an outfit :P

by gaming_goddess on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 - 23:43
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Oh my goodness, I cannot WAIT to see this <3
The Abhorsen series is one of my favourite series of all time!! I'm so excited that you're going to cosplay Sabriel! I'm sure you'll do an amazing job :D

by Felixize on Friday, 31 August, 2012 - 14:00
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This makes me so happy!

by eternal_aranel on Friday, 31 August, 2012 - 14:13
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Wooow I love these books! This will be so wonderful to see done, very happy people are doing cosplays of this series.

by Fables on Friday, 31 August, 2012 - 23:43
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Fantastic art! Look forward to seeing it ^^

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 1 September, 2012 - 00:07
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Oh my goodness a thousand times yes! Also one of my favourite book series. I am SO excited to see how this turns out ^.^

by Toshi-chan on Friday, 19 October, 2012 - 17:53
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I saw you were doing this on gaming_goddess' page! Love these books. I cannot wait to see your costumes! You guys made me start reading the books again. Really looking forward to seeing them finished.

by Kata-san on Friday, 1 February, 2013 - 02:46
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I love these books! Good luck with the costume i'm sure it will be awesome, Really looking forward to seeing this at Ayacon!

by Mortal on Saturday, 9 February, 2013 - 20:06
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I love this series! I hope I see this at Ayacon :)

by WhiteWraith on Friday, 15 March, 2013 - 11:34
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It's always a pleasant surprise to find someone else who has read the books (well, book-singular in my case). Great character choice. Can't wait to see the finished thing!

by PandoraCaitiff on Friday, 22 March, 2013 - 17:20
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Ah, I love these books too, this is going to be absolutely awesome!

by Stubbled Grapes on Saturday, 20 April, 2013 - 10:10
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The bells and ring are lovely! So excited to see this. :D

by HarryKurt on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 06:18
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The progress is looking amazing.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 27 April, 2013 - 12:04
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I'm doing Sabriel also! And I Was going to come to Ayacon but i'm not sure now whether I am. This would have been awesome! Your bells are great! I'm having to make my own because I struggled finding any! Your stuff looks excellent!

by stargirl_rhi on Thursday, 2 May, 2013 - 19:56

Shopping List

Very small bell£8.45Bought
Dark silver paint£6.44Bought
Silver Paint£6.44Bought
Ring enlarging£18.00Bought
Ring tax & service charge.. thanks DHL£25.00Bought
Large Chrome Bell £12.25Bought
Silver Ring£71.12Bought
4m blue fabric£2.00Bought
grey jumper£5.75Bought
Small/Med Bell£0.99Bought
silvery grey Cardi for making chainmail£5.50Bought
2 large Bells£0.50Bought
Copper Paint£2.00Bought


The Abhorsen's Sword is Coming together (Posted 7th May 2013)

As I don't have access to a wood shop or work bench I was stumped on what to do about Sabriel's Sword, I then realised I have a chinese wooden sword that I haven't really had much interest in for a long time, so decided to dust off the cobwebs so to speak and give it a new purpose :) it's fantasic as its very flat I can build upon it using milliput for the pommel and guard the blade I will make more rounded near the tip as its very angular and not accurate, the handle I will cover in leatherette as well as the sheath :) I love making crafty parts, hopefully I will have a workshop in a few years time and when I do I'm remaking the sword so I can get it right!

The ring (Posted 21st April 2013)

"A small silver ring, with a ruby gripped by two silver claws that grew out of the band".

After searching online through countless websites and through thousands of eBay listings I finally found a perfect redition of Sabriel's ring. It is the single most expensive item I've bought for a cosplay, however it has been incredibly worth it as it's perfect for it, the cost of it has since gone up, it was £72 inc p&p, then customs decided to wack £25 ontop and now I've had to take it to be enlarged and reshaped which will be another £18, taking it up to a grand total of £115 which is more than I've ever forked out for a costume let alone a part of one xD.

To think that I could have made atleast 2 whole costumes for the price of this one! Crazy but this ring is so beautiful I will actually use it as a piece of jewellery :).


Bells glorious bells! (Posted 24th March 2013)

Finding 7 bells in ascending size is nigh on impossible let alone finding them made out of silver coloured metal with wooden handles. So all the once I've found so far have been brass with wooden handles however I have found a painted silver coloured bell that I'm in the process of sanding this will be the bell I use a prop in photos and the rest will just be in the bandolier. Sometimes the 99p store is a godsend with tacky valentines day ephemera.

So far I have bought 9 bells 4 are silver 5 are brass coloured but I still need 1 more as the sizings need to be perfect I don't mind having bought extra as I've been interchanging some of the handles so that they look better proportionally :). Thankfully only one more handle needs changing and one more bell needs finding. I will endevour to keep this journal up-to-date with all the nitty gritty aspects of this costume :).

More updates to follow over the coming months