LOTR Elves Cosplay Masterpost

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Cosplay Help

A lot of people, when it comes to cosplay, just don’t know where to start, or think that they can’t find exactly what they want/don’t have the skill to create replicas. However, a lot of pattern companies and indie blogs have started creating a lot of very useful patterns and tutorials just for those people.

Today’s post is all the help I could find and/or create for Lord of the Rings Elves (although, they could work for any high fantasy elf). If you think you may be doing one of these cosplays in the future, I’d suggest book marking this page because I will be updating it as I go.

Notes

Fabric

It’s all really about the fabric you use.

Rivendell = Silks in blue and silver

Lothlorien = Fluttery and lightweight (think of a little kid’s fairy costume) in white and blue and silver

Woodelves = Greens, browns, and other ‘natural’ colors in wools and linens with leather. If you’re being a stickler to the books they don’t wear armor (I know they do in the movie, that was just wrong, okay?)

References

One of the great things about making Lord of the Rings costumes is the number of resources because 1) a lot of people have done it already and 2) the costumes travel around a lot, so you can get good, up-close photos of them.

Dresses 

Battle Gear

Mens

  • McCall’s M2052:
    • ‘Viking inspired’ so that gives you an idea of what you’ll be looking at. Its not as ‘fancy’ as most of what we see the elves in, but it could work.

Women’s

  • McCall’s 5923:
    • ‘Viking inspired’ so that gives you an idea of what you’ll be looking at

 

Accessories

Jewerly:

Cloaks:

Character Specific

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A Study In Scarlet Caplet

finished project, sewing, Sherlock Holmes

img_4949Initially, this was going to be called the “Red Nancy Drew Jacket” because it looks like something the infamous sleuth would wear, however, I began to realize, as I was piecing it together, that it also looked like something that Sherlock Holmes would wear (or at least, if he was a female). So I changed the name to reflect one of Sherlock’s most infamous stories (and his first).

img_4947I’m so totally in love with this coat that its not even funny. I want to wear it all the time which isn’t even possible right now because of the weather (when I photographed this thing it was over 80 degrees fahrenheit outside). I’m a bit afraid that the sleeves will be annoying or too bulky to wear under my backpack straps this fall, but I’m going to try and pray that it works, because its too nice not to.

Links:

The Pattern


Materials: 

  • 3 yards red fabric
    • It was stretchy in one direction and there were times I wanted to MURDER it
  • 1 yard black fabric
    • I lined the sleeves rather than do a rolled hem
  • McCall’s M7291 Pattern
  • Buttons (mine were steampunk themed)

img_4948For the most part I followed the pattern exactly, only altering a few times (either because I didn’t want to do a certain technique or because the pattern was unclear so I decided to run with it and do my own thing).

Its a pretty simple pattern, although, for being a “Learn to Sew” pattern that was supposed to teach things, I found myself having to google a lot and the main thing that it was supposed to teach me – using bias tape to sew an underarm sleeve, is a pretty specific skill. I don’t see myself using it often enough to have made this just to learn that.

Alterations & Problems

  • I didn’t make the belt they called for
    • Instead, I’m using a black belt that I already owned (it looks better and I’m too lazy to make theirs)
  • I wish it had a liner though the whole thing.
    • It itches at the neck where I sewed the collar on, and I had to pin that seam down to prevent it from showing.
    • If I make it again, and I’m planning on altering and using it for Its Too Cold to Go Alone, Take This! I’ll line the whole thing.
    • I lined the sleeves with black fabric, rather than doing a rolled hem at the edges.
  • It falls open in the front
    • So whatever I’m wearing underneath shows. That wouldn’t be a problem, except that I’m one of those people who enjoys wearing a comfy shirt under something nice to look dressy.
    • When I do it again I think I’m gonna do a zipper front.

 

Link Cosplay Jacket: Design Stage

Legend of Zelda

It’s too cold to go alone….
Take this!

I’m super in love with my A Study in Scarlet Caplet (McCall’s 7291), so as soon as I finished it I decided that I wanted to make something else out of that pattern, but I wasn’t sure what. Fast forward a few weeks and I’m sitting on the couch playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and it hits me: M7291 looks like a feminine version of Link’s Tunic.

It was love at first thought.


I’m a terribly indecisive person, so I sketched up two ideas for what it might look like. The first one is based more on Twilight Princess and the second one on Breath of the Wild (although both would be in green).

Version 1

Twilight Princess Inspired

version 1Front: 

  • Held shut by frog clasps
  • Very little decoration

Back:

  • No decoration

Belt: 

  • Brown
  • Triforce on back

Sleeves:

  • Embroidery inspired by Minda’s helmet

Sides: 

  • Slit up the side (show on version 2)

Version 2

Breath of the Wild Inspired

version 2Front: 

  • invisible zipper all the way down the front
  • Embroidery taken from the blue tunic in Breath of the Wild

Back:

  • Embroidery taken from the blue tunic in Breath of the Wild

Belt: 

  • Brown
  • Triforce on back

Sleeves:

  • Embroidery taken from the blue tunic in Breath of the Wild

Sides: 

  • Slit up the side

Final Idea?

Of course, I haven’t even bought the fabric yet, so this is all subject to change.

Construction:

  • I think I’m going to go with a zipper up the front
    • I don’t know if the frog clasps will lay as neatly as I want them to.
  • The pattern has a collar, but I’m going to ditch that and make the shaped collar that I sketched up
    • It fits Link’s collar more closely, and will make it even more unique
  • I’m going to do a small slit up the side.
    • No more than four inches high, I think.
    • I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to lace them up or not. His always have laces, and a dark green ribbon would be pretty, I’m just not sure.
      • I wouldn’t do a bow – I don’t want to deal with loose ends – so I would just sew the ends out of the way.

Materials:

  • Outer shell
    • I want something similar in texture to the fabric I used for the other caplet (it was for suits), but in green.
    • I want it to be soft and drapey.
  • Inner shell
    • It definitely needs to be brown and will probably be either something silky or something of the same material as the outer shell

Embroidery: 

  • The idea is to do the embroidery (by hand) in a shade of green that’s either slightly darker or slightly lighter than the material so its very subtle.
  • I think I’m leaning towards doing the embroidery for Version 2, because its probably going to be more recognizable.

 

Other

See the project’s page here.

Infinity Scarf

Legend of Zelda, My Tutorials, sewing

Jo Ann’s has fabric with designs from The Legend of Zelda now, so I decided I needed to make myself a scarf.

I think the scarf may have ended up just a little bigger than I intended, and if I were to make it again I’d fix that, but on the whole I really love this scarf and I get a lot of compliments whenever I wear it.

See the scarf on my Portfolio.

Making the Scarf

Materials

  • 1.5 yards of patterned fabric
  • 1.5 yards of complimentary fabric

Its a pretty simple pattern, all I did was cut two rectangles of each fabric (so four total) which measured 40 inches by 15 inches. Then I laid them out, right sides together, and sewed them up following a method a lot like this.

Gamer Quilt Square: Piplup

Embroidery, pokemon

This is for my Favorite Games Quilt that I designed.

img_4745Piplup is my all time favorite Pokemon, partially because he was my first ever (the first Pokemon game I ever played was Pokemon Pearl back when you would walk into a physical Blockbuster’s Store and rent games) and partially because its just a really awesome Pokemon. Skip forward several years (about three months ago) and I was delighted to see that Dawn from the Pokemon TV series agreed with me and picked Piplup as her starter Pokemon!!

This square didn’t take me very long, I did it in about three episodes of Agents of SHIELD (I’m marathoning it with my mom) and two episodes of Ultimate Spiderman (I’m marathoning that by myself when my mom gets sick of watching AoS). Part of that was just checking reference images (for color) and trying to stop the cat from eating my yarn.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, except for the dark blue on the top of his head. It just turned out a little bit more uneven than I would have liked. I also would have preferred to be able to fill in the beak, but after finishing his feet I was running out of that color, so I opted to stitch around it instead.

 

Credits: 

Star Wars Skirt

fandom, finished project, sewing, Star Wars

img_4445I’m finally finished with the Star Wars skirt that I’ve been working on forever! I started it way back in January, but promptly forgot about it and then lost it. I found it again, recently, and decided to finish it.

I really love the way it fits and feels. I cut it just a little bit shorter than the pattern called for, so that when I wear it a little above my waist (which is where I like to wear things) it falls right to my knees.

Making a Magik X-Men Barbie Doll

Barbie Doll, Comic Book, DIY, Doll, Marvel, My Tutorials, x men

My best friend’s favorite thing ever is X-Men and her favorite X-Men is Magik, the younger sister of Colossus, who you would probably recognize from the Deadpool Movie. In fact, you wouldn’t recognize Magik from any of the movies, but if you play Marvel Heros 2016 she is a playable character. I’m told that she’s not hugely popular, so you actually don’t see her much of anywhere.

The Burrow

DIY, finished knitting project, Harry Potter, knitting, knitting pattern, nerdy knitting, Ravelry, Uncategorized

Description

This simple, bulky, and unblocked scarf will transport you to the warmth and comfort of the Weasley’s home.

View on Ravelry

Sewing a Barbie Unitard

Barbie Doll, craft, DIY, fandom, Marvel, My Tutorials, sewing

For the special doll I mentioned before on the post Giving Barbie Bangs  but I also needed a plain black jumpsuit with long legs and long arms. To do this I bought a pattern for pants and a long-sleeve shirt which I intend to alter.