I'm just sticking this pic to the top of my original post - I thought I'd put an action shot, since I finally put the costume together! I still wish I'd taken a before pic of the original coat - you would barely recognize it!
Okay - so the coat lacks the bodacious Browncoat clasps, so it is "a" Browncoat, not necessarily "the" Browncoat (a.k.a. Mal got it on sale and wears it on Firefly.) I got the suede coat second-hand, took out the lining, shoulder pads, buttons, button holes, and pockets to make it a plain suede coat, then rehemmed it all the way around and added the leather cuffs and the brass clasps. I had to put the clasps in lemon juice too make them look tarnished - they were shiny, but too shiny!
Okay Browncoats, it may not be Mal's, but can I wear it to the next con?
(Don't mind the wrinkles in the shoulders, it's how I pulled it onto my dressform - it's not wrinkled)
clasp not hooked
Thanks for looking! Feedback always welcome!
Just 'cuz I could - I added more pictures:
I do have a holster now, but do not seem to be able to get a shot of me where I'm wearing it!
Here, I am "where's waldo browncoat" behind Inara!
Ms. Morena Baccarin - getting her autograph!
I really do have a holster, but they made me not carry a weapon at this con, so I took it off (and then stuck the toy gun in my belt, because that's what Mal would do).