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Title: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: embercostumer on July 23, 2009 06:39:45 PM


This project has a story with it, of course. I'm the oldest of three, and my brothers and I love both costumes and Narnia, particularly since growing up we always played that we were Susan, Peter, and Edmund respectively. When the movies came out we set out to make the three of us Narnia costumes! (We plan to draft our cousin, who happens to resemble the three of us strongly and is about the right age, to be Lucy for the purposes of photos.)

So technically this is still an in-process project, since not all the parts of the project are done. But I'm so excited and proud of the pieces we have completed, I just have to share!

John and I are doing the bulk of the work, with me in textiles and John in leather and armor, with Nick as Gopher and Cleaner-Upper.

The first layer is the shirt, which I made from a modified Butterick 5008 http://www.butterick.com/item/B5008.htm?tab=costumes&page=1 (http://www.butterick.com/item/B5008.htm?tab=costumes&page=1)
I used a brown cotton twill for the material, with three metal grommets for the neck closure and buttonholes on the cuffs, all tied up with a bit of leather lacing.

The embroidery was hand drawn onto the collar and cuffs using reference pics of Peter's armor: http://costumes.narniaweb.com/pc_pevensiesfiles/55.JPG (His motif is the Oak Leaf, so we wanted to mimic that if possible on several articles of the costume) I'm planning on doing Nick's (Edmund's) shirt in the same way, but with his motif instead)







The next layer is the arm guards which I think are also called guantlets but I'm not totally up to date on all the armor vocab, sorry. John patterned, tooled, dyed, and constructed these by hand by himself.





Then the next layer: CHAIN MAIL
This is incredibly epic. John has now completed not just one but THREE complete chain mail shirts by hand. As a computer science major at UNL, he spent two entire semesters worth of classes (He claimed it helped him stay awake) and countless other hours cutting rings and making little swatches of chain mail which he  later put together into bigger swatches and eventually make into the shirts.

This shirt is made from aluminum. John buys quarter mile spools of aluminum wire, uses a home-made cranking machine to wind it into a long spiral, then clips each ring off of the spiral into hundreds of rings. Then it's just a matter of using two pairs of needle-nose pliers to bend them together.





Then is the belt, which John also cut, tooled, and dyed:



Here's a shot of the production of the belt:


He's also working on making the plate armor gloves too. The one he's wearing in the pics is made from aluminum, and is just a prototype. The sword he's holding was bought at a Ren Faire and needs a lot of work, but it's a great place to start for casting a copy of Peter's sword!

And an cool-guy shot for fun:


Obviously we still have a ton to do. The red tunic will go over the chain mail and then the plate armor will go over that! I also have to make his pants. :) But it's really coming along!

And so that this post isn't totally about John, here's the so-far on my Susan costume, which is just her silver underdress. (She wears it UNDER the purple dress in the movie.)





Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: La Maestra on July 23, 2009 06:47:42 PM
 :o  Holy moly!  That's some awesome costuming, my dears!  And kudos for jumping into the details - they can make or break a costume!  Very nice work!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: SimplyFabulous! on July 23, 2009 08:18:14 PM
Awesome!  I will have to show this to my daughter, she is crazy about Narnia.  I cant wait to see what else you come up with.


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: Angry Angel on July 24, 2009 05:30:39 AM
These are gorgeous! I love all the detail, and I think it's really cool that you're all working together on this. I'm looking forward to all the rest of the costumes, they're going to look so impressive when they're all put together!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: nirauan on July 24, 2009 08:02:00 AM
oh my stars! that is some seriously dedicated costuming, I cant wait to see everything all completed, that is seriously beautiful work :)


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: carmencrafter on July 24, 2009 08:21:11 AM
Amazing!! Absolutely amazing!!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: planetjune on July 24, 2009 09:00:01 AM
Absolutely fantastic!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: Eliea on July 24, 2009 09:38:26 AM
totally amazing! And may I just say "HORRAY MORE CRAFTY GUYS!". The shirt and gauntlets have to be my favorite part. I am just loving gauntlets lately. And the rest is just jaw dropping. the amount of work you've put in is extremely evident. Great job!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: distracting1 on July 24, 2009 03:20:05 PM
One word: Amazing. You and your brother are VERY talented. Nice work! The leather work is beyond cool.


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: craftewoman on August 05, 2009 09:31:23 PM
A-MAZE-ING!!!! I can totally see my boys doing this when they get older. The most used items in their toy collection is the dress up stuff and swords, and their Dad loves everything Narnia. Everyone in your family is so talented!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: abandonedcouch on August 06, 2009 11:31:03 AM
Oh my gosh, this is just outstanding! You and your brother are very talented!

I'm also jealous that you have a Peter and an Edmund. Since my closest-in-age sibling was well into adulthood when I read the books, I had to play Narnia with imaginary siblings. :(

Can I join your family? I'll be Jill!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: Dragonflower on August 06, 2009 02:28:58 PM
How incredibly detailed and awesome! I can't wait to see all of your costumes together.
And the shot with his ripped jeans beneath the chain mail cracks me up!  ;D


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: lindsycarranza on August 06, 2009 08:34:24 PM
All I can say is WOW!!!! This stuff in IN CRE DI BLE!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: ParallelFifths on August 07, 2009 07:45:50 AM
WOW! this is so amazing!! I looooooove the Narnia books (I named my dog Lucy the Valiant!)!! You guys even have the dark hair which I always imagined the real Pevensies to have. The costumes are amazing... I am totally blown away! I say next, you need a DLF!

After all, he is not a tame lion... :D


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: SkyyAngel on August 07, 2009 04:52:56 PM

The next layer is the arm guards which I think are also called guantlets but I'm not totally up to date on all the armor vocab, sorry. John patterned, tooled, dyed, and constructed these by hand by himself.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/MorganMadding/DSCF5694.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/MorganMadding/DSCF5696.jpg

<snip>

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/MorganMadding/DSCF5598.jpg


Actually those are called bracers or vambraces... and they look FABULOUS! :)

The metal bit in the sword photo is a gauntlet. ;)


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: patchyemm on August 08, 2009 03:14:09 PM
Gosh - what incredible work.  I can't get my head around the patience involved in making that chain mail.  And the arm guards are amazing.  Can't wait to see more photos!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: Hadassah on August 11, 2009 01:56:15 PM
Those bracers are amazing! I'm going to try my hand at them soon.
AWESOME job! Narnia is ftw!
(okay, did I totally just use ftw? I never use that expression...)
Anyway, great job and I'm EXTREMELY jealous! My best friend, her siblings and I all played Narnia too! Only she and her sibs all have red hair and I have blonde....(which didn't work so great.)

Tell your brother he's awesome and he has a bunch of craftster stalkers now. (just kidding)  ;)

I really like the shirt and the embroidery too!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: embercostumer on August 11, 2009 03:32:42 PM

The next layer is the arm guards which I think are also called guantlets but I'm not totally up to date on all the armor vocab, sorry. John patterned, tooled, dyed, and constructed these by hand by himself.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/MorganMadding/DSCF5694.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/MorganMadding/DSCF5696.jpg

<snip>

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/MorganMadding/DSCF5598.jpg


Actually those are called bracers or vambraces... and they look FABULOUS! :)

The metal bit in the sword photo is a gauntlet. ;)

LOL thanks for the info. I'll update it when I get a chance.

And thanks for the compliments everyone! John isn't so much patient as industrious--he can't sit still even to watch a movie, he'd rather be making chain mail or sewing leather while he watches. Heck, he took some chain mail swatches when we went to a baseball game!

We also have a cousin who looks like us we're going to try and wrangle into being our Lucy. Hopefully she won't be too embarrassed!


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: CloudxxSeph on August 13, 2009 09:55:51 PM
these are beautifully impressive! especially the chainmail. and the leatherworking. and attention to detail. and... okay, all of it.


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: McJulie-O on August 30, 2009 02:34:11 PM
Chain mail from scratch...that is so mindboggling!

I hope you all are thinking ahead to a dragon costume for another cousin to be Eustace.


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: Ladyblades on August 31, 2009 09:40:55 AM
And you did all this work for costumes just because? You aren't reenactors? WOW!

Lynn


Title: Re: Narnia shirt and gauntlets (pic heavy)
Post by: dropoffradar on August 19, 2010 07:24:30 AM
i would love to see an update on this if you have one! im sure the end result will be amazing!  :)