OMG OMG! My first COMMISSION! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH
What happened was my buddy Sean fixed my computer (and by fixed, I mean he spent 2 days fiddling, then formatting, then re-installing), so I owe him HUUUUGE. I offered to repay him in kind, that is, with my skill. He was confuzzled as to what my sewing skill could be useful for, so I listed the obvious: buttons, zippers, hemming, blah, blah. Then his face lit up with sudden realization and he frantically Googled an image of Ezio. "Make me THIS!" Of course I'd heard of AC2, what with all the hype. He's going to a New Year's costume party and would also be wearing it to a convention in the spring. And probably forever-more
He's even offered to pay me! I quoted him $200 including
materials (2 weeks to realize that was awkwardly worded) and he's totally fine with that! He could always buy this one: http://www.cosplaymagic.com/ascriiezco.htmlhttp://ve3dmedia.ign.com/images/04/75/47552_AssassinsCreed2-Ezio.png
So here's my planning stage so far. I like to draw everything out so that I know how it's to be constructed, and I gotta say that this is the most complex outfit I've tackled. I've had to take creative license because making a REAL doublet would add several hours of work, and I have to draft it up in the first place (I'll likely use Simplicity 7030 as the basis). I may omit the pazillion metres of ribbon trim, depending on how much $$$ it would come out to (not to mention that attaching all that ribbon CAN be done after the New Year's party, but before the convention, eliminating some of the time crunch).
The under-stuff and the front of the hooded doublet (sorry my notes are mostly illegible, the pix won't post any larger).
The back of the doublet plus the front and back views of the skirt-thingie (I have no idea what you COULD call it
The flat-view of the pauldron (and according to a girl who posted her version on DeviantArt, I seem to have it mostly right, construction-wise).
It just so happens that my landlord, whose industrial-sewing-needs shop is below my apartment, offered me suede for the half-cape and leather for the pauldron FREE because I paid my January and February rent today, (he LOVES that I pay my rent in advance). The leather is a little on the pale side, but MEH! IT WAS FREE!
Expect updates as I do stuff. I'll probably start drafting next weekend and begin construction shortly thereafter
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That belt! AGH! It is functionally nonsensical! I had to squint at low-quality screenshots to figure out what the back part looks like, and thank heavens for *fevereon on DeviantArt and her blogspot page! If it weren't for her, I'd have had no hope in designing it. Mind you, the entire design of the straps just makes me scratch my head. I would have done it differently, but video game designers don't need to understand garment/accessory construction (just look at the pic at the top of this page: notice anything weird about the red stripes???)
I'll likely use some of those awesome leather pieces I have for the belt. The two colours are just a reference for me so that it makes sense to me later. Unless I really do decide to use the suede for the dark parts and the leather for the light parts. Unfortunately, I don't have *fevereon's 1337 skill with resin, so I'll probably make the front part using a quilted technique like I did with my She-Ra headpiece. See her uber-skills here:http://fevereon.deviantart.com/
I also made arrangements with my friend to do a fitting, probably Thursday or Friday. I found a cool technique for creating a doublet pattern using an old button-down shirt:http://freespace.virgin.net/f.lea/doublet1.html
Apparently I WON'T have to draft it! Just mostly-draft it
I went over to Sean's on Tuesday night and made the initial fitting shell out of an old short-sleeve button-down. Not a lot of modifications. Cut off the collar and sleeves, took in the waist a smidge, created darts in the back. His girlfriend thought it was all very hilarious and took pictures, none of which I have, unfortunately
Then off to Fabricland for supplies! I still need a few small things, but those can come later.
2 spools of thread
9.1 metres gold ribbon
10 metres red grosgrain ribbon
3.5 metres red poly-cotton broadcloth for lining
3.5 metres gray poly-cotton broadcloth for interlining
3.5 metres white polyester satin, of which I'll be using the back side of the fabric because the only place in town with cotton sateen was closed, and no guarantees that they had it in slightly grayish off-white (hence the gray interlining). We had to buy it that night because I'm now 4 hours away at my boyfriend's for the holiday season. Total cost: $68.28, and not a penny of it was mine
Sean and I also discussed the construction of various bits. He'll look after turning spring-loaded umbrellas into the hidden blades (he thought that was as ingenious as I thought it was; props to the dude who thought it up, must find the link to share it with Craftsters...), as well as making the belt centrepiece and pauldron slidey-knot-cover-thingies out of cardboard and tinfoil. He will also buy brown pants, the poet shirt, brown boots, and brown belt for across his chest. More to come as the story unfolds...
HA! Much progress has been made, despite holiday festivities. I got the proof-of-concept/toile/muslin done. Many thanks to my boyfriend for modeling. He puts up with so much craft-craziness from me... There's still some tweaks to be done. I've changed the hood a bit (hopefully no more bunching in the back) and I need to make the triangle beak-thingie on the hood smaller, of all the crazy things. I also worked out some issues in construction-order, so there won't be all that horrid bunching around the yoke on the back.
I also mostly-finished the pauldron and half-cape. The pauldron will be backed with canvas to give it more stability and the half-cape will be lined in red (which I forgot about at the fabric store, so I need more red fabric).
Now all I need to do is prove the feasibility of the... skirt-thingie. Sean doesn't like that I call it a skirt-thingie
And I may begin the doublet tonight. We shall see.