Merlin (Series 2) - BBC Merlin




I must first apologise profusely to Colin Morgan, for I wore this to the Merlin panel at MCM Expo May 2010 and he saw me and I think I must have freaked him out just a little.
Which makes me wonder if he's ever googled 'Merlin cosplayers'.
If so, I am fecked. Completely and utterly fecked.
No, wait, I blame Charlotte Morris for being too epic.
Aaanyway, I got the urge to make this after watching series 2.
I love the show, and obviously Merlin is my favourite character (cheekbones! guh oAo).
I wore this on the Saturday of the London MCM Expo May 2010.
It's also the first cosplay I've made that comes from a live action series 8D
Aren't I just the coolest piece of cool you've ever come across?
. . .what do you mean no?

Blue cotton for the shirt, with hand stitched decoration around the neck.
Red cotton for the other shirt.
Red and blue cotton for the neckscarves.
Brown cotton-velvet for the pants.
Real leather for the jacket (reverse used) AND COMPLETELY HAND STICIHED FOR I AM IN IDIOT. MY FINGERS. THEY BLED Dx.
Black cotton for the lining.

Also used:
Brown wig, tinted and styled by myself.
White socks.
Brown faux-suede boots.
Blue contact lenses.

May buy gold contacts for magic-casting times.

All in all I'd say it was a pretty successful costume.
I got recognised by a few fans of the show and stared at by a few others.
Then found a Gwen cosplayer and felt instantly better (y)
It's quite comfortable, but got really hot and a bit sweaty after being indoors for a while :/
But I was wearing binding, shirt, leather, neckscarf and a wig so that was to be expected.
It was good outside though and nothing broke and I'll be wearing it again for MCM Expo October 2010 after re-making some stuff (the shirt shrunk in the wash!!! ;lsdisfolhijkdfb\dn) and if the cast happen to be around while I'm wearing this, well I'll make sure I'm carrying a shovel so I can dig myself a hole and die in it :D

It would be nice to have some picture in this that, like, aren't all the same fking pose. . .
I'm, also going to be working in this more soon.
I need to alter the pants, possibly make a new shirt and a new jacket out of faux suede instead of leather.


ThisIsLisaB posted on 11 December, 2009 - 20:25
Looking great so far!

Wyrdsister posted on 11 December, 2009 - 21:45
The neck tie looks a little too red to me, that may be the light though. Can't wait to see the overall look though, I love that show

Valentine_x posted on 12 December, 2009 - 13:47
I'm going to get some new fabric for the neck tie. I only have that 'cause it was the only red I had in the house. It does look darker in natural light though.

Wyrdsister posted on 13 December, 2009 - 00:58
Cool, it looks great so far, have you got an Arhur to wait on?

Valentine_x posted on 13 December, 2009 - 18:02
I do have an Arthur, yes :) And the way I persuaded him to be Arthur was to tell him he could boss me around all day xD

Wyrdsister posted on 14 December, 2009 - 00:35
The wig look fine, I don't think it's too thick myself, The way you've done the scarf is fab now...Can't wait to see the pair of you. Pics please :p

FlyingMammal posted on 18 December, 2009 - 17:14
i had to just look twice. can't wait to see you both together, i hope you'll post photos :D Pretty pleaseee?

Valentine_x posted on 19 December, 2009 - 15:12
If I see my Arthur over Christmas, I'll see if he'll be willing to do a photoshoot ^___^

Wyrdsister posted on 20 December, 2009 - 23:07

Sephirayne posted on 21 December, 2009 - 00:13
Wow! You look spot on. Great job.

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 21 December, 2009 - 10:00
Love it - you make a great Merlin!

Shazz posted on 7 January, 2010 - 20:44
Eee brilliant Merlin:D I have an Arthur planned, making chain mail will be tedious~!

ypput posted on 16 January, 2010 - 11:13
Yah! Merlin! Brilliant - Loving it so far! Hope they will be back this Expo =3

Valentine_x posted on 16 January, 2010 - 21:25
If they're back it would make my life 8D I'm so gutted that I missed them in May '09 >_<

Enchanting_ELK posted on 29 January, 2010 - 21:27
omg yay~ you finished it! :D Looks awesome~

Gemzus posted on 10 February, 2010 - 21:40
Your Merlin is spot on! The contacts are amazing too!

Enchanting_ELK posted on 25 May, 2010 - 13:03
8D yay!! So I get to see this at an expo!! >w< Can't wait to see it 8D

Valentine_x posted on 25 May, 2010 - 16:56
Uh, yeah 8D Just look for the one attempting magic and failing miserably ^__^

Angelphie posted on 31 May, 2010 - 12:22
Fantastic - it was wonderful to see all the detail and care you put into this in person at Expo. I really like your fabric choices, and I think the jacket has to be my favourite part. Great work!

Valentine_x posted on 31 May, 2010 - 14:33
Thank you very much ^__^ That jacket is like my child o_o Glad you liked it 8D

NemJay posted on 2 June, 2010 - 20:02
haha! Saw you in the Merlin auto queue haha. Then again at Digbeth coach station is Brum *shrug* anyways, you make a lovely Merlin! Nem from CCP x

Valentine_x posted on 2 June, 2010 - 20:31
Digbeth? How random lol xD but thank you very much. Glad you like the costume ^__^

NemJay posted on 3 June, 2010 - 23:07
Haha you were there right? About 10 ish I think.

Valentine_x posted on 4 June, 2010 - 10:04
Yeah, it was my coach change spot ^_^ for national express are a bit crap and refused to give me one straight home D<

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 21:55
You're an amazing Merlin, and I think it's hilarious Colin spotted you and was all confused XD Wish I went to Expo so I could have seen you in person! T^T

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:00
Thank you very much ^__^ Haaa, my lord it was the funniest thing ever xD Oh Colin -pets- Well, I'll be there again as Merlin in October. Hopefully with my Arthur this time :D

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:02
I'm hoping there's something on Youtube so I can watch it back and laugh XD Awesome! I'll hopefully be there in October, so I'll look out for you guys! :D

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:08
Sweet! Just look out for the massive feathered hat of d00m!!!1 D00M!!!!!1111111oneoneone

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:10
LOL oh my gosh, you're such a legend for taking on the hat of DOOOOOOM <3 I'm sure I won't miss you if you're wearing that beautiful thing XD

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:13
If he's there again, I'm gonna ask Colin to wear it. "DON'T BE AFRAID PRETTY MAN! PUT ON THE NICE HAT AND ALL WILL BE FINE! Colin?! Colin!!!?!?! Wait, why are you running? Don't run! HAT!!" Or something. . .

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:17
YES. Oh god X'D Don't worry, if he tries to run, I'll tackle-hug him from out of nowhere and bring him back for the hat <3

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:19
Go Team Morgan! 8D And possibly Team James! If he can be arsed showing up next time, lazy git. . .

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:21
*waves Team Morgan flag* 8DD And yes, possibly X'D Aww, it sucks he didn't show up D: would have been nice if he showed up for at least the panel, but never mind >.< were the girls there?

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:26
I heard he was tired from filming at night, and that his train was delayed and various other reasons but I'm not sure which to believe o_O Yeah, Angel and Katie were there. They're all so nice >__<

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:35
Ahhh I see o_O how strange! That's good! :D I haven't met any of them before >_< mainly because I'm usually in a cosplay from a different series and will probably scare them X'D I'd love to meet Anthony and Richard toooo~!

Manga Girl posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:40
I saw you in the masquerade on Saturday, I was the Cosmos cosplayer. I loved your costume! :D

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:40
Lol xD We didn't get to meet them, 'cause they had to get back to Wales ¬__¬ -stupidfilminggrumble- But ohemgee meeting Anthony Head would be amazing! King Giles!!

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:46
Thank you very much ^__^

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:46
Awww that sucks :( but hey, I guess it means season 3 will be out sooooon <3 *noms the BBC* *¬* It would be sooooo epiiiiiiic 8D I'd just stand there and stare at him. And then realise it's creepy. And not care. Because he's all sparkly and king-like and stoof <3

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:50
-rolls in series 3- -also rolls in THE ACTION FIGURES!!!!!!!!! OMG MINI MERLIN AND ARTHUR AND SLASH DRAGON- Yeah! Come on Expo! We know Colin and Bradley are pretty and stuff, but the oldies need love too D: Richard! and omg John freakin' Hurt! Come ooon!!

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:53
*joins you in the rolling* <3 OMFG ACTION FIGURES?! *just died and went to Merlin heaven <3* They totally dooooo ;A; I wonder if there's a way to suggest guests to Expo? I'm pretty sure they'd all get plenty of attention, 'cause they've been in tonnes of other stoof too!

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 22:56
Yes! They were announced at the panel and they have one set made already and I tried to persuade the stall owner to let me buy them but he wouldn't ¬___¬ I think if you pester the Expo staff enough through email/forums etc, they may listen? Perhaps? Or email the guest you want, ask them, then tell Expo the guest is interested. . .

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 23:03
Woooooow *__* Awww, stingy git D: never mind. They'll start floating around somewhere soon I guess... *strokes chin* Oooo ideas, ideas! We could give it a try...

Valentine_x posted on 15 June, 2010 - 23:06
July, I think they said? o____O -shall perhaps pre-order from somewhere- Right then, let's go harrass Anthony and Richard and John! 8D And David Tennant. . .

ladywhitetiger posted on 15 June, 2010 - 23:09
Ooo not too far off then! I wish I could pre-order some D: *shakes fist at lack of funds and at employers refusing to hire me XD* YAY HARRASSMENT 8D hnnnggggghhh David Tennant <3

Valentine_x posted on 16 June, 2010 - 12:32
Well, I owe my friend £50 for a Gackt ticket o_o So maybe not pre-order. . . Stupid work and your stupid crappy pay D< And Matt Smith?!??!?! -new Doctor is new and needs love?-

ladywhitetiger posted on 18 June, 2010 - 20:41
Oh D8 yeah maybe not then XD; INDEED D8 *flails angrily* Yes, and Matt Smith! I do approve of him quite a lot 8D *gives him lots of love*

Tsuchinoko posted on 13 October, 2011 - 20:00
Nice one, you make a great Merlin =)

Progress Journal

18th August 2011


This costume will be coming with me to London MCM Expo October 2011, and as such I really need to fix up the jacket.
When I first made it, I didn't line up the lining properly, and when it was all sewn in, on of the edges was being pulled inwards.
It's not incredibly noticeable, but it's been pissing me off for a while now and I've just taken out all of the stitching that was holding the lining in place.
Now it needs resewing in some areas, a piece adding for the collar and to be sewn back in place. Blanket stitch all the way around. By hand. Through real leather.

18th May 2010


Don't know who actually going to be there yet, but MY LIFE HAS BEEN MADE!

8th May 2010

-thumbs. . . are. . . pain-

ohmygod they hurt so much.
But that's what I get for hand-stitching leather without a thimble >_<;
However, it looks AWESOME!
I must say I am impressed with myself -ego stfu-
And I've just started hand stitching in the lining -blanket stitch I choose you- which I think is what's in my reference photos.
Or I might be making it up.
But it looks good so I don't care.
Then I only have to rivet my pants for the laces and weather my boots and jacket and I'm done 8D

28th January 2010

-is a lonely Merlin-

So, I was chatting away with my Arthur the other day, and the subject came to the dates of Expo.
"It's the 29th and 30th of May," I said.
"Oh," he said, "Yeah, I'm larping that weekend."
Which now means that he won't be Arthur and he won't be at Expo.
Which kind of buggers up my plans, which were to finally enter the masquerade and be a general distraction to the cast if they happen to be there.
So I'm now on the lookout for anyone remotely interested in joining me for the masquerade.
Anyone at all?

22nd December 2009

Wig and Expo

A lot of people have been telling me that they like the wig I already have, but I don't.
I have, however, found the PERFECT wig on eBay, and hopefully I'll be able to buy it after Christmas.
So eventually I'll have a lovely dark brown, slightly waved wig that actually looks natural and comes form the crown of the head and not the top. . .

Also, I'm hoping that there will be another Merlin panel at Expo to promote Series 3.
I've watched a few videos, and the actors seem to be greatly amused by people dressing as them (y).
I'm planning on sitting on the front row right infront of Colin Morgan >D

13th December 2009

. . . D=

Just rewatched Episode 12 of Merlin 'The Fires Of Idirsholas', and I've just noticed that his shirt has freakin' slits up the sides at the edge.
I should really look at reference more before I begin to make stuff. . .