31st May 2012: Basic shape for the top This is how I began the top. I cut a template out of paper to get the basic shape (I held it around me to work out how it should look) then I cut it out of fabric and sewed parts of it so it fitted my body nicely. This gave me something to work to when weaving the top.
25th May 2012: Brooches I didn't have time to make exact replicas so I bought 2 kilt pins and a dragon brooch from the internet and sprayed them with pewter spray paint.
24th May 2012: Boots I looked at loads of suitable boots for this cosplay but bizarrely they'd all sold out of my size.. so I ended up with these. Not too bad, but not ideal (there's a brass panel on the heel etc).
(the one on the left has been weathered, it looks very weird in this picture though lol. In real life the weathered one looks better)
24th May 2012: Gloves Just, simply, pieces of leather bound around my hands. Weathered with beige boot polish.
24th May 2012: Details on the back of the skirt More leather, fake suede cord and weathering.
24th May 2012: Skirt details I glued on the details and weathered them (sand paper, ink, paint, clay dust, etc). Needs a bit more dirt I think :p
24th May 2012: Skirt details (made from leather)
24th May 2012: Skirt details (Made from leather and craft foam). They are too fat and far apart but never mind :p
22nd May 2012: Making the woven panel for the skirt They sent me the wrong colour flat cord so I had to paint it the right colour instead. (The colour looks a bit iffy in this photo, I think it looks better in real life) :p
22nd May 2012: Basis of the skirt (Real leather) The pieces they sent me were too small so I had to add an extra couple of sections on the top to make it long enough. I weathered it a little using sandpaper, clay dust and smearing black ink in some places.
22nd May 2012: Finished top The shape of the bottom front part isn't quite right, but by the time I realised this it was too late to add any more weaving into it. (Well, I could've done, but I don't really have the time) :p
22nd May 2012: Neck strap is attached ^_^ The horse hair braid is sewn on :)
22nd May 2012: Neck strap I bought some mixed colour horse hair to braid the strap that holds up her top. I played around with several different braids before I worked out the right one (or at least, the closest one I could get). It's two twists sewn together. I later rubbed in clay dust to make it look dirty and old etc.
21st May 2012: Shaping the top and adjusting the colour I painted the top with watered down brown boot polish, smeared black ink onto it and rubbed in Fuller's Earth (clay dust) to make it look weathered and dirty.
I also sewed some parts of the weaving to make it fit nicely around my body.
21st May 2012: Starting the woven top I wove the top out of flat suede cord and flat fake leather cord. I decided to weave it myself because I couldn't find any material that was close enough to her actual top. I weave baskets so I just guessed at how to weave this although there are probably YouTube tutorials if you want to have a go :)
Relion - 21st May 2012
omg, you deserve major props for weaving this yourself! It looks so good already!
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