Harlequin / Cahin (Standard gear) - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood


London MCM Expo May 2013

Judges' choice award for best first costume – Saturday Masquerade, MCM London Comic Con May 2013

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London MCM Comic Con May 2013 - Saturday/Sunday
London Film and Comic Con July 2013 - Saturday
London MCM Comic Con May 2016 - Friday

This is the costume that I am planning for the May 2013 London MCM Expo. It is going to be quite a challenge as it will be the first costume that I have made from scratch (other than the boots and mask).

Why did I choose to make it?
I was inspired to make this when I saw an awesome harlequin cosplay on Deviant Art. I love all of the ‘Ezio’ Assassins Creed games and also spent a lot of time on the multiplayer mode in Brotherhood so I had been thinking of attempting an Asaassins Creed cosplay at some point. I didn’t want to do one of the assassins, as there are already plenty of those around so I chose the harlequin, as he was one of my preferred characters in the multiplayer mode. I also thought that this would be a good costume to try and make from scratch so that I could try entering the masquerade for the first time.

What was the hardest part?
The whole project was quite a challenge for me, as I have never made anything like this before and have only modified existing clothes for my previous cosplays. The hardest part was probably the trousers though as it was very difficult to get the ‘poofed out’ effect on the upper legs whilst still keeping the lower legs close fitting. Making up the patterns for all of the clothing was also very difficult and I spent a huge amount of time just thinking through how different shapes would work for different parts of the costume and how they would join together neatly.

What was the easiest part?
Very few parts of this costume were easy apart from painting the mask and daggers, as I have a lot more experience with painting than I do with sewing and costume construction.

What did I learn from this?
I learnt a lot from making this costume. When I decided to make this I did not appreciate how much work would be involved in making the stripes. I was essentially having to construct my fabric before I even started the sewing stages. I did this by creating a pattern then cutting up the pattern and carefully labelling each bit before drawing it all out on the fabric. I then had to make sure that I joined all of the pieces back up correctly and that the shiny side of the satin was on the correct side of the costume. In total I think there were 37 pattern pieces to the jacket, 38 pieces to the trousers and 18 pieces to the hat (not counting the nearly 50 meters of white ribbon that was used between the stripes).

What was it like to wear?
TBC after the Expo – based on trying it on at home I expect it will be difficult to see and to breath (especially if it is as hot as last May was), and it is also a bit restrictive around the join between the lower and upper legs. I am hoping I will be quite recognisable though and might even be able to scare a few people.

Post-expo edit: As expected, it was difficult to see through the mesh in the eyeholes, and it certainly made taking photos difficult. My visual range was very reduced too so apologies if I ignored anyone that tried to get my attention. Breathing was restricted but not as badly as I expected, and the modifications that I made to the straps allowed me to slide the mask up easily when I needed more fresh air. Luckily the weather wasn’t as warm as it was at the previous May Expo so I didn’t find it too hot except for during the points when I ended up stuck in crowded areas of the hall. I was recognised by plenty of people but it seems that there were also a lot that did not play the multiplayer part of Assassins Creed Brotherhood, as they were only vaguely aware of the character. I received a lot of compliments on the costume and the neatness of the stitching (I can only assume that this is because I used a manually driven machine so it might have been easier to control than the electric ones that I expect most people use?). I also unintentionally scared a few people that happened to look around when I was standing near them in queues.

Moonchild posted on 30 November, 2012 - 13:20
Great work on the mask!

Anonymous posted on 26 January, 2013 - 17:23
You are making amazing progress on your costume!! It looks great, I think you are taking far more care than I did ;) I am now painting my mask, much easier than sewing!!

yuubalu posted on 15 February, 2013 - 01:56
This looks amazing so far. I can't wait to see how it all looks when it comes together!

ToroSonyCat posted on 2 March, 2013 - 18:40
Wow, looks soo amazing so far! All of the work is so neat, dang, absolutely perfect!

KiraraYumi posted on 6 March, 2013 - 22:17
This is a super cool design, and your work looks amazing so far! Seriously flawless look you're getting here~

The-oncoming-storm posted on 8 March, 2013 - 21:26
It's coming along great so far. :D

Kacela posted on 10 March, 2013 - 23:44
This is coming along well. This will look great when it's finished =D

Anonymous posted on 13 March, 2013 - 20:51
The costume is looking really good now!! I just finished my blades at the weekend.

Siouxsie James posted on 29 March, 2013 - 23:56
Really love the mask :)

Carmina posted on 9 April, 2013 - 21:21
Looking terrifying but very good!

Kuchiito posted on 26 April, 2013 - 16:40
The costume looks very well finished so far, good work :)

Zelda posted on 27 April, 2013 - 17:03
The progress looks amazing!

bedheadwolf posted on 10 May, 2013 - 20:49
Stunning work! What day's will you be wearing this? I have a Hellequin cosplay, would love to get some photos with you!

Anonymous posted on 11 May, 2013 - 16:06
OOhh you are getting along nicely now, it's all looking great, cant wait to see it all put together!

Ailune posted on 11 May, 2013 - 21:44
I can't wait to see this! <3 I will be hunting you down for pictures ^-^

yohlenyaoilover posted on 12 May, 2013 - 10:50
Wowow, this is amazing! Well done~~

Chimmy posted on 15 May, 2013 - 22:45
Looks amazing :D Hope to see it at expo c:

KuraiNeko posted on 17 May, 2013 - 21:29
Awesome :D hope I get a chance to see it at expo! ^^

Kuchiito posted on 27 May, 2013 - 22:17
Thank you for your kind comment. May I congratulate you too on your Judges' Choice Award :)

... posted on 30 May, 2013 - 10:29
Outfit and Mask look great! Congrats on your award! xXx

... posted on 30 May, 2013 - 23:42
Awh thanks for your comment ^^ I LOVE the Templar character designs xD My helle turned out a bit bleh, would love to remake it, and work on a elite Thief outfit =) More people need to cosplay Templars XP

KhaosKreator posted on 2 June, 2013 - 07:38
Fantastic work, I love the detail in your journal.

Lady Bahamut posted on 2 June, 2013 - 19:33
Really well done on the award! I had no idea it was your first cosplay! It looks so well made! :D

blissfulbanana posted on 9 June, 2013 - 13:45
I remember seeing this back stage, your sewing was so neat and tidy. Keep it up, looks amazing =3

Freyarule posted on 18 June, 2013 - 14:24
This looks amazing! Well done on the award, very much deserved! <3

eskronen posted on 17 August, 2013 - 08:01
This is freaking awesome!! So well done! Congrats!

HorrorFanatic85 posted on 20 August, 2013 - 01:19
That is a sick costume dude, great work the mask etc, awesome job dude

Knightsly posted on 3 April, 2014 - 04:35
thats really cool man

Add bells to the hat 'horns'
Make shirt/jacket
Make poofy trousers
Make Hat
Paint mask
Modify gloves
Modify boot covers
Make belt/sash
Make and paint daggers
Make shirt/jacket pattern
make hat pattern
Make poofy trousers pattern
Plain mask
Blue satin - 3 meters
White satin ribbon (50 meters)
Ninja Mask
Black suede gloves
Black Leather Belt
Black T-shirt
Green satin - 3 meters
Black cotton - 1 meter
'Pirate' boot covers
Hook and eye fastenings
Leather strip for the sash
Button on braces

Total cost: £0.00

8th May 2013


After adding some extra material to the ankle area of the boot covers the costume is now complete. Annoyingly, after making all of the modifications to them, the more expensive deluxe boot cover that I purchased ended up being turned into something that resembled the budget boot covers that I could have bought to start with. I had to shorten the length, make them tighter, remove the eyelets and lacing, remove the gold buttons, remove the elastic ‘stirrups’ and replace them with looser ones, and add extra material to the ankles to cover the join between the shoes and the boot covers. I actually finished the costume whilst listening to the MCM podcast and I cannot wait to wear it now. Only two weeks to go, which should be enough time for all of the needle related wounds to heal up.

6th May 2013

Daggers Completed

Finished painting the stripes on the dagger handles. This was quite fiddly as looking at the reference pictures you can see that the stripes are not straight – about halfway down the handle they go off at an angle. I had to make a template out of cardboard and used this to mark out the lines in pencil. I then hand painted them with acrylic paint. The edges of the lines are not perfect but most people will not be looking that closely.

28th April 2013

Odds and ends

A busy weekend working on all of the odds and ends of the costume. I also tried on the nearly completed costume for the first time and, while it looks ok in it’s current state, there is still more work to do on the finishing touches. I finished sewing the wide leather strip to a piece of brown fabric to form the lower belt. I also added some eyelets to each end so that I can lace this up at the back before wrapping the final belt around it. I hope to decorate this with some cerne relief if I have time but it will not matter too much if I don’t get around to this. I added an adjustable elastic strap to the mask to make it easier to put on and take off (the ribbons that came attached would be too fiddly to do up and undo especially while wearing gloves). This is fairly essential, as I will need to remove the mask quickly when I want to take photos of other cosplays. I attached the elastic with pop rivets but this did not work that well and the rivets did not flatten themselves out as much as I expected. To reinforce the join I added Araldite around the rivets and between the elastic and mask. I have left the original ribbons wrapped around the elastic so that I have an alternative method for fastening the mask just in case the new strap breaks. Finally, I cut the boot covers down to size as they went right up to me knees originally and would have hidden the lower leg section of the costume completely. The boot covers will now go just over halfway up my calves. I also made them slightly tighter by re-stitching the back seams, as they were too wide at the top. I now just need to work on the roll-over part at the tops to finish these off.

20th April 2013

Dagger blades

I managed to add blood channels to the dagger blades by carefully running a rounded file down the centre of the blades. This should hopefully make them look more realistic and less like a piece of wood when they are painted. I then attached them to the dagger handle using a hot glue gun, as this is quite thick glue and should stop the tangs of the blades moving about in the holes that I drilled in the handles. The next step will be to spray the daggers silver.

20th April 2013

Completed Trousers

Transferred from main page These were probably the most challenging part of the costume and I am not completely happy with the way they came out. However this is the best I will be able to achieve at my current skill level and they should look ok to anyone that is not comparing them directly against a reference image.

20th April 2013

Trousers completed

Completed the trousers by attaching the codpiece, adding the buttons to hold it in place as well as the buttons for attaching the braces (medieval trousers always feel like they are falling down at the back unless you use braces – I learned this from the historical archery displays that I used to do). If I get time I will neaten up the lining but this is not essential, as no one else will see that part.

13th April 2013

Belt and Daggers

Started work on the belts and daggers. I am using part of an old brown sheet for the fabric part of the belt. This will be stitched onto the piece of black leather hide that forms the middle part of the belt and then held in place by another belt. For the daggers, I cut up a broom handle to make the dagger grips and then tried to drill down the length of these pieces to make a hollow section that the tang of the blades will fit in. Unfortunately the broom handle was made of the densest wood I have ever encountered so the hollow part is not as deep as I had planned. It should be deep enough to give a bit of extra support to the blades though. The pommels and hilts are made from discs of balsa wood that I cut and sanded to the right shape. The hilts have a hole drilled in them for the tang of the blades (which are made out of two strips of balsa wood glued together to make the blade thicker). These will be cut and shaped once the glue has had time to dry. The rings on the pommels are made from curtain rings that have been filed down slightly on one edge to make it easier to glue them in place. I used Araldite to glue all of the pieces together except the two parts of the blades, which I used PVA for.

7th April 2013

Jacket and gloves test

Transferred from main page: Trying out the completed jacket with the gloves. I still need to make the belts before the arms/body area is complete.

7th April 2013

Jacket completed

It has taken about 3 months but the jacket is finally completed after I finished stitching the lining around the collar today (Note that the collar and white ribbon around the edges of the jacket have been added since the previous jacket photo). I am quite pleased with the way this has come out overall, as it is the first time I have made something like this from scratch.

6th April 2013

Attached lower legs

The lower leg pieces have now been attached to the shorts to make the full-length trousers. The top part is not a poofed out as I wanted and the lower legs look like they should be tighter according to the reference pictures but I don’t think I would be able to move my legs properly if I made them much tighter

31st March 2013

Making the trousers poofy

I attached the zigzag bands to the bottoms of the trouser legs on the ‘baggy shorts’ and carefully gathered the fabric in to create the poofy effect. I had to hand stitch this part using what seems to have been the sharpest needle in the world. I think I will need a few days for my fingers to recover. The poofy effect came out much better than I expected it to and it looked quite good when I put the trousers on with the lower leg sections held in place. I still need to stitch these on and add other smaller details but I think the hardest part of the costume is now out of the way.

29th March 2013

Zigzag leg things

I made the zigzag leg band/garter type things that will join the top part of the trousers to the lower legs. They took ages and have not come out brilliantly but as they are a fairly small part of the costume overall I don’t think it would be worth re-doing them. I also made the codpiece for the front of the trousers.

23rd March 2013

Upper legs nearly done

Added the white stripes to the other trouser leg and then added some thicker lining fabric to the top half of both upper leg pieces to reinforce the waist. The waist will need to be able to support the braces that I will be wearing to hold these up comfortably plus I want something more substantial for the lacing at the front to pull against. The two halves were then stitched together to make something similar to a baggy pair of shorts. At this stage I realised I had forgotten to take progress photos of the upper leg sections but I am not unstitching them at this point.

18th March 2013

Upper legs

After cutting out the 18 pieces for the upper legs yesterday I stitched them together today and also had time to add the white ribbon to one of the legs. I will have to do the other leg next weekend though.

11th March 2013

Completed gloves

Finished the gloves by adding on the new cuffs, which I made from the pieces I cut off the base opera gloves previously. I must have spent over 10 hours on these over the last few weeks as I had to do all of the work by hand and the leather is quite tough to push the needle through. They look quite good though and are fairly close to the reference picture.

10th March 2013

Attached jacket lining

I started sewing the jacket lining into the jacket but have left it open at the top so that I can add the collar first. I made version 2 of my collar after the first attempt came out incorrectly. Still working on the pattern for the upper part of the trousers but it needs further work.

4th March 2013

Attached arms to jacket

I attached the arms to the jacket and even managed to get them the same length. Its coming together well but I still need to add the collar and the lining.

2nd March 2013

Lower legs completed

Completed the lower legs of the costume by stitching the seam at the back. I had to be careful to get the shaping just right as I want these to be quite close fitting but I still need to be able to get my foot through when I put the trousers on. I also started working on the collar today but I think that this first version will not fit correctly so I may have to try a slightly different shape.

23rd February 2013

Lower leg stripes

I added the white stripes to the lower legs. The next step is to make the shorts for the upper legs.

20th February 2013

Lower legs

I stitched together the blue and green stripes to make the lower legs of the poofy trousers. This weekend I should be able to add the white stripes.

17th February 2013

Shoulder sections

Stitched the shoulder sections together as well as two extra strips of fabric to create the overhanging part of the shoulders

14th February 2013

The bells, the bells

I completed the hat by adding bells to the ends. I removed the metal bead from the bells to silence them as it would be annoying having then jingling next to my ears all day, plus I am meant to be someone that sneaks up and assassinates people and jingling bells would not help much with this. It looks strange when layed out flat like this but when it is worn it looks correct.

10th February 2013

Hat and mask test

Transferred from main page: The head area is now complete although I want to add bells to the ends of the hat 'horns' if I have time

9th February 2013

Jacket progress

I spent several hours today sewing the white ribbon onto the jacket. Once the loose ends have been sewn in I can stitch the shoulder pieces together and then attempt to attach the sleeves.

4th February 2013

Sleeves completed

I hemmed the cuffs and stitched the final seam on the sleeves today. I now have two complete sleeves but still need a jacket to attach them to.

4th February 2013

Jacket torso

I stitched all of the jacket torso stripes together but left the shoulders unstitched for now so that I can open the jacket out flat. This will make it easier to sew the white ribbon on. I plan to add the white ribbon next weekend.

29th January 2013

Jacket stripes

I spent around 4 hours over the last two days planning out the pattern for the jacket torso and then drawing it out on the fabric. It was quite difficult working out which pattern piece had to be which colour and making sure that I had the pattern pieces the right way up each time. I have chosen to use slightly less stripes than the reference picture (14 stripes rather than 18) to save time and stop me going mad.

26th January 2013

Sleeves and jacket lining

I stitched the white ribbon onto the sleeves today as well as stitching the jacket lining together. Now that I know how big the jacket torso will be I can get to work on cutting the green and blue stripes for the jacket.

23rd January 2013

Jacket lining

I copied the jacket lining pattern onto the black cotton (using my new dressmaking pencil) and then cut it out ready for stitching at the weekend.

20th January 2013

Hat and sleeves progress

I sewed together the two halves of the hat and now just need to add the finishing touches like the bells. I also sewed the blue and green stripes together to make the sleeves today. I still need to add the white ribbon between each band of colour but I will do that next weekend.

13th January 2013

Gloves cut and hemmed

I have cut the gloves to the correct length and sewn up the hem to hold the lining in place again. I now need to remove the lining from the off cuts and cut them to the right length and shape before sewing them to the gloves as cuffs.

11th January 2013

Sleeve pattern

After checking that my test sleeve was the right size I cut it up into strips to use as the pattern for the real sleeves. I did one set of blue and one set of green stripes and then alternated them to give me the stripy sleeves. They just need to be sewn together and have the white ribbon added. I also realised that I need to get a proper dress making pencil to make drawing on my dark fabric easier.

5th January 2013

Added stripes to hat

I stitched the blue stripes onto my green hat pieces and then added the white ribbon between each stripe. I just need to neaten up the loose ends before sewing the two halves together (and hopefully the stripes will line up).

3rd January 2013

Gloves arrived

I managed to buy some suede leather opera gloves on ebay. I can cut these to length and then reuse the off cut pieces to make the rolled over cuffs that the harlequin has in the reference images. These are nice and close fitting so I should still be able to use a camera or hold weapons without removing the gloves.

1st January 2013

Made blue stripes for hat

I cut the blue stripes for the hat, sewed the edges down and then pinned them in place on the green hat halves. This had to be done very carefully to make sure that the stripes will line up when the two halves are sewn together.

15th December 2012

Purchased fabric

I purchased the blue and green fabric for the main part of the costume today, along with some black fabric for lining the jacket to help keep its shape. Hopefully I can make some good progress on the costume over the Christmas break.

30th November 2012

Hat pattern

I made a test version of the hat out of scrap fabric today, to avoid wasting the proper fabric when it arrives. I did not have a clear idea about how to do it but somehow the finished piece was almost spot on, much to my surprise. I might just need to reduce the curve on the ‘horns’ at either side slightly but apart from that, it looks just right. I can now take this test piece apart and use it as the pattern on the proper fabric.

26th November 2012

Mask completed

Finished the mask today, using small pieces of net curtain to cover the eye holes. From left to right: The plain mask with the pattern marked out in pencil; The mask after painting with acrylic paints; The completed mask with pieces of net curtain used for the white eyes.

3rd November 2012

Mask arrived

The plain venetian jester's mask that I ordered arrived from the Netherlands today. Now I can get to work painting it up like the one in Assassin's Creed.

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