The accessories like the arm bands and the shoulder pads really made the costume come together.
Brown pleather fabric
(same as you use for skirt)
You will need to cut two arm bands for each arm: the upper arm band (UAB) and the lower arm band (LAB).
: cut a rectangle 4" wide and 1"-2" longer than the circumference of your arm.
: spans from your wrist to just before your elbow. It goes straight around your arm, but make it a bit shorter than the circumference of your arm because you are going to lace this arm band up. The end near your elbow comes to a point, while the end near your wrist goes straight around.
Hammer in Snaps (or velcro
This is to keep the UAB
together. I found the snaps were much more robust. Follow instructions for on package to add them to UAB
Grommets and Thin Brown Cord
Add grommets along the long sides of the LAB
. Lace up the LABs
by threading the cord through the grommets like you're tying shoe laces.
Line the edges of the UAB with gold studs like these
Add Detail: Cast armor or Paint Armor
I went an extra step on these arm bands and casted the detail in latex. For details on how to do this see Step 4: Cast Breast Plate Armor. If you want the same detail i suggest painting the pleather with gold metalic paint (I think this is the best way to go)