Top - The top was pretty simple to make. It started out as a long rectangle where the length was twice the required length to wrap around her chest. I sewed the two ends together to make a cylinder then marked a line three inches from the top. I folded the top edge down from that line and sewed a straight line an inch below the fold. An elastic that fit right above Jen's bust was placed right under the stitched line with the excess fabric turned under it to create the casing. Another line was sewn over the fold of the casing with the elastic helping to gather the fabric. The red sash was made out of a long retangle with each edge rolled hemmed. The top was hemmed and the sash was sewn on the right side of it.
Skirt - A circle skirt was cut out from the red stretch fabric that fell to about the knees, unhemmed. A small elastic was sewn to the waist of the skirt and the bottom edge was slit multiple times to create a sort of fringe. The fringe was rolled hemmed so that each piece ended in a point. The fringe was cut evenly to mimic the artwork.
|Placing the front and back pieces|
Boot Covers - The boot covers were made using a pair of knee length socks and the red material that was used for the skirt. The bottom part of the socks were cut off and a rectangle of the red material was pinned to the sock while I was wearing it. I hand sewed the red material in place, then hemmed it. The purple ribbon was also hand sewn to the sock in the back.
|Pinning the boot covers|
|Base of the Pauldron|
Cincher - The cincher was made using craft foam and paint, with a lace up front. The shape of the cincher was drawn out on newspaper, then scaled for size. Once the final pattern was complete, it was cut from the craft foam twice. One of the copies was used to make the border of the cincher by cutting out the center of the foam piece. The two pieces were glued together and then painted in the same way as the pauldron was. Finally the eyelets were inserting into the opening and the whole thing was sealed to prevent the paint from rubbing on the rest of the custume (it did not work:S).
|Adding the eyelets|
Bracer - The bracer was a bit tricky to draft out, mostly because my friend's arm is a lot shorter than my own so I couldn't use my arm as a reference for the pattern. It was made from EVA foam and has gold ribbon attachments that just tie around the arm. To make it stay in place, industrial double sided tape was used to fix it to the skin.
Knee Armour - The knee armour was fun to make simply because of the intersting shapes I had to cut out from the foam. They are held up with elastics in the back to prevent them from slipping down the boot covers.
|Completed armour pieces|
|The sword hilt|
|Completed Commission, Photo Credits to Another Exposure|