Costume :Sabriel
Variant :Young Sabriel
Source :Abhorsen Trilogy
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2013

Costume Photos

Making chainmai

Sabriel Full

Finished Sabriel

Fitting Test One

Top of bodice

Bells stage one.

Keys on tunic

Sabriel 2

Sabriel 1


Costume Information

Cost : approx £150
Awards : Nineworlds Geekfest 2013 Cosplay Competition - 1st place.
Time Taken : Weeks.

The information from this costume comes from a book, and although the description is pretty specific it means that I can least have a bit of fun designing certain things the way I want.
I chose this costume because I love the character and the outfit and accessories are amazing.
I am essentially making a royal blue tunic, with silver trim, covered in small-ish silver keys. She wear brown trousers. She carries 7 bells of differing sized in a leather sash across her chest. She also wears armour made from ceramic chainmail. As this is totally impossible I will be making regular metal chainmail by hand and if I have time I will try and find a way to spray it a ceramic-type colour.
I don't intend to wear a wig or contacts, my eyes are the correct colour and I can make my natural hair the same.

So far making the chainmail wasn't as hard as i thought it would be but since making it I have researched further and decided that if i have time i will redo it to different specifications used within the LARP community for better realistic accuracy.
I attempted to embroider the keys onto the tunic, however as the tunic is made from velvet this turned out to be a nightmare! Instead I have used a metallic paint liner pen to create the keys. As this character has magical abilities and there are things called "charter marks" existing throughout all of her clothes, I do not mind that the keys do not look naturally made as this will contribute to the effect.


I will be looking into making the 7 bells next which will probably be the most difficult. After that I will create the sash to hold them. I will be making this entirely from leather and suede for authenticity, time will only tell if my sewing machine can handle it!


Finally got my outfit completed for the Sunday of London MCM Expo. Sewed my sash, made my sword, finished the bells, and attached the chainmail to a harness underneath my tunic for better support.


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Wow, this is looking great :) It's so awesome ot see someone cosplaying her as well ^_^ Can't wait to see the finished thing.

by Zelvyne on Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 - 19:51
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This looks awesome hope to see you at Manchester Expo

by naurarwen on Friday, 26 April, 2013 - 21:01
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Amazing! I hope I see you there!

by CharlieDoryRose on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 18:15
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Beautiful cosplay!

by ToroSonyCat on Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 - 23:14
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I saw this at the masquerade on Saturday. I was a few rows back from you and wanted to ask if you were Sabriel, but it was too busy and noisy!

You've done a brilliant job on this costume! I was particularly impressed by the keys on the tunic - I assumed they had been printed on!

by PandoraCaitiff on Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 - 12:50
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This looks amazing :) You really suit Sabriel :) I love everything about this. I can't believe you made your own bells that's so epic :D The Surcoat is gorgeous as well :D So much love for this :D

by gaming_goddess on Tuesday, 11 June, 2013 - 07:44
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Wow thank you all so much! I haven't even worn this costume since way back then but I think it needs a comeback! haha :)

by stargirl_rhi on Thursday, 16 April, 2015 - 20:19


Drawing on the keys (Posted 24th April 2013)

Everything pictured up to this point has obviously already been done.
I'm currently waiting for the keys to dry so I can fix and then do the back.