Monday, December 10, 2012

Haradrim - Back with a new costume! - L

Robin talked me into going to a Lord of the Rings dance in costume.  I spent a lot of time looking at Elf dresses and Rohirrim dresses.  At pretty dresses on willowy girls.   I just couldn't do it.  I'm a bit more hobbit shaped, but I'm awful tall for a hobbit.

The one thing that DID appeal to me was being a bad guy again.  And female baddies don't exist in the films so I had a free hand to create something thematically similar without losing touch with my source material.

I decided to make a corset vest that looked like armor. The undervest would be attached but like it's separate.  Then I would have the bedraggled shirt and trousers with front and back skirting.

The brown leather on the vest is a faux distressed leather remnant.  The metallic designs are painted bits of maroon faux leather.  I used paper brads (scrapbooking materials) to look like rivets. Once I have this under control I'll be making shoulder and arm armor.  Maybe a stomacher...  And, of course, a turban and veil.  I have some fun plastic swords to use too.  I also get to distress the fabric.  Which I'm looking forward to.  Here are a couple of the pictures I used for inspiration.