Gandalf - The Hobbit


Gandalf. Looks can be deceptive;
His robe is emboidered, weathered raw silk, his cloke is spun from the wool of rare new zealend sheep, his beard........ only he knows :P

So I've bought a lot of silk and spent a lot of time looking for a reasonably accurate wool substitute. Hopefully I'll do the costume justice, at least I have the stature.

Update 15th may,

Time slipped away! no way the full Gandalf will be finished for this Expo but I might have him 75%, just have to do without his cloak and a few bits. Might have splurged on an official replica staff.

Yes-My-Lord posted on 17 March, 2013 - 22:33
I cosplayed as Gandalf yesterday! So I'm interested to see how this turns out, good luck!

Siouxsie James posted on 17 March, 2013 - 23:13
I'd really love to see what materials you use for this please share all the details!!

Ilpala posted on 17 March, 2013 - 23:44
I'll try and keep the journal going for this one then!

Siouxsie James posted on 18 March, 2013 - 08:36
Thank you that would be great!! Really looking forward to this :) love Gandalf!!

Sephirayne posted on 19 April, 2013 - 16:18
ALL MY YES FOR THIS! I really hope you wear it a few times so I can get a pic of you when I wear my Legolas.

Boo posted on 26 April, 2013 - 22:21
Yay Gandalf! Hope to see this!

Sephirayne posted on 20 May, 2013 - 18:40
Progress is looking fantastic. So much excite for this.

Chibi posted on 20 May, 2013 - 21:38
I'm so excited about this like woah! You, sir, will look fantastic!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 20 May, 2013 - 21:59
Looking EPIC!

Heorot posted on 21 May, 2013 - 23:48
Dat beard! Gonna look great, will be keeping an eye out for pictures~

springinstep posted on 28 May, 2013 - 13:11
I remember seeing you around! Absolutely brilliant!

Amy-Lou posted on 28 May, 2013 - 15:26
Brilliant! Looking forward to the upgrades too :)

KhaosKreator posted on 1 June, 2013 - 20:31
Like the awesome picture you got at expo, why don't more people have smoke machines?

Freyarule posted on 2 June, 2013 - 11:15
Yessss perfect Gandalf, that photo is amazing!

Fizzykat posted on 5 June, 2013 - 13:26
loved this!! you look like a young gandalf who jumped out of the film :)

otakugirl posted on 13 December, 2013 - 18:49
This looks so great, Love the robe

21st May 2013


Beard progression! 1) Head cast with 4-5 layers of latex to form a face fitting beard wig base... 2) Crepe wool thinned out and slowely applied to the latex base. Attached with latex and dried with a hair drier to speed things up 3) 1 full layer 4) Additional layers of crepe wool applied to suit 5) Tash added 6) Trimmed to suit (may need some hair spray to keep it together a bit. Beard wig will now be peeled off the head cast and excess latex trimmed away. It can be stuck to my face with Prosaid.

20th May 2013

Robe ver 0.8 done

Initial dying and weathering of the robe was a success, though such a shame to treat the silk like this. Good enough for an initial wear at least.

15th May 2013


Progress! Gandalf's robe is nearly finished and ready for dying. I had to modify the pattern conciderably to get the box pleats in and the yoke to the right shape so now it's sewn up I'm glad it fits ok without any major rework required. Only one minor panic when my material came up half a meter short (so much required due to the outside turnups) but I managed to get some more :)

19th April 2013


So after much searching I've settled on Butterick B5626 - an out of print pattern for choire robes, It has a yoke and should have enough fabric to accomodate the box pleats. I'm modifying the pattern at the moment.

17th March 2013

Material bought

I've spent two months looking for suitable-not so-expensive material for this project. I have finally lucked out and found some reasonable Silk Noil for his robe and a grey dappled brushed cotton for the cloak/hat; it's not wool but it has a very similar texture, look and feel, It's also a lot lighter so I shouldnt get so hot.

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