Step 1: The Materials
- Brown suede (about 1 1/2 yards)
- Maroon cotton material (about 6 yards)
- Blue cotton material (about 1 1/2 yards)
- White piping (about 12 yards [4 packs])
- Gray upholstery material (about 2 yards)
- Corset boning rods
- Eye and hooks
- Belt buckles (2 heavy duty & 3 light duty)
- Leather brads
- Wooden beads
- Plastic lanyard
- A lot of time
- Simplicity Pattern 4059: http://www.simplicity.com/p-2089-men-costumes.aspx
- Butterick Pattern B5580: http://butterick.mccall.com/search-pages-624.php?search_term=5580&submit.x=0&submit.y=0
- Butterick Pattern B5371: http://butterick.mccall.com/search-pages-624.php?search_term=5371&submit.x=0&submit.y=0
- A Serger
- A Sewing machine
- Leather working tools: Leather shears, leather knife, leather stain, leather glue, and leather hole punch
- Dremel tool
Step 2: The Coat
I used the *** pattern. It was heavily modified, the coat was lengthened, the sleeves were made larger, the neck was pulled down to run straight, a blue stripe and piping was added to the pattern as well.
The belts that are on the arms are made of suede and used the light buckles. The belts were made after the coat was completed, the left arm has the two longer belts and the right one has a short belt on it so the sleeve can be cinched up so the bracer and guard can be seen.
As for the other parts of leather they are held on by snaps so they can be removed of the coat ever needs to be washed. The snaps with be the very last thing you will add to the coat. You will have the free hanging leather pieces on the right side, and the other two will be attached to the should guard.
Step 3: The Shoulder Guard
After the main part of the guard was done I had to come up with a way to attach the guard to the cloak. I used contact cement for leather and cut out some leather patches, these will be the two extra teardrop shaped leather patches, so I would be able to attach square rings to. For the other 4 teardrop shaped leather patches that hung off of the cloak I used snaps so I could remove them when I wanted (you will make 4 total ones with snaps. I would recommend using a very very heavy duty snap more heavy duty then the ones I used. To get the snaps through the leather shoulder guard I had to use a Dremel tool and and wood carving bit to shave off some of the leather to get the teeth in the snaps to go all of the way through.
Step 4: The Belt
Step 5: The Arm Guards
Step 6: The Neck Guard
Step 7: The Sword & Drinking Gourd
The gourd I made a few years ago as well too. All I did for it was let it dry out, use a scouring pad to rub it smooth, drill a hole in the top and scrape the inside out with a metal rod. To make it where I could actually drink from it I heated up some wax until it was near the flash point and quickly poured it in capped it and shoot it vigorously for a minute until it coated the inside entirely and then poured out the excess. If you wanted you could either paint the outside or use a lacquer to coat it, I let it bare on the outside.
To attach it to the belt I just used some plastic lanyard and some wooden beads. To attach the gourd to the belt I used some twine I already had tied to the gourd.
Step 8: Other Miscellaneous Items
- The leather tears with the snaps and the square rings. a leather brad is holding it all together and a Dremel was used to thin the leather where the snap is going through the leather.
- The covers on the shoes it is hard to explain how to make them but they use the upholstery fabric and just stretch over the shoes with elastic to hold them in place.
- For the shoes, I just used some shoes that I wore when I was a server (did not want to pay for the boots I would only wear once).
- For the rest of the cloths I wore a black tight under armor shirt that I had (a plain black shirt will work as well)
- For the pants, I just wore some black sweatpants with a white stripe on them.
- The sunglasses I wore really needed to be a round lenses pair with no frames, but all I had were some oval shaped ones but they worked just fine.