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I got inspired to create a dwarf costume after seeing an awesome knit beard/hat combination. With that already in place, I set out to complete the outfit. I wanted the costume to be low-cost and reasonably warm, and I decided I wouldn't worry how things looked from the knees down.

My main task was to come up with something knee-length and sleeveless that was made of leather, or at least had that appearance. I also wanted to create the appearance of wearing chain mail beneath this garment, but wasn't interested in wearing actual heavy chain mail.

First stop: thrift store.
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Step 1: Secure raw materials

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At the thrift store, I headed to the coat section. I scanned the bottom edge of the rack, looking for the longer coats that hung lower than most of the others. I was lucky enough to find a long fake leather coat with a color that resembled deerskin.

Step 2: Pare down the coat

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Once I got the coat home, I got out my seam ripper and set to work dismembering it.

I started by taking out the lining; I knew once I removed the sleeves, it'd be difficult to keep the lining in place, so I decided to live without it.

Next I took off the sleeves. I used a seam ripper to remove the stitches, leaving the fabric that had made up the seam.

Then I cut the collar from the band. The band is the the strip to which the collar is attached; on some coats, the collar might be attached directly to the body piece, but this one had a band connecting the two. I liked the look of having a small strip around the neck, but without a collar.

Finally, I removed the belt, belt loops, and buttons. Because the coat was faux leather, I took my time to cut only the thread, to avoid damaging the coat itself.
Eldalote1 year ago

It looks cool :-). but it seems to me more like a viking than a dwarf