First of all, I must say that I decided to be Xena only a month ago. So there was no enough time to buy and prepare all the things Xena have. But I worked for 15 days (non-stop) to be ready on time.
First I started with the most challenging part- the dress. It was so hard to prepare the parts of the skirt, I have to cut approximately 200 tiny pieces of leather, then join them with rivets. Then I did the armor and the accessories.
Hope you like, enjoy! :)
-1.5 x 2 meters dark brown leather
-1 x 1.5 meters brown plush fabric
-Approximately 150 silver rivets
-Sheet Copper (about 2 meters)
-Black or brown craft foam (2 A3 Paper size)
-Hot glue gun - silicones (about 20-25)
-4x D or O shape rings
-Silver Spray Paint
-Pitch (which is used for crafting)
-Trace Paper for patterns
-Eyelets (about 20)
Step 1: Patterns
I made the patterns with trace paper but you can use whatever you want, it's up to you. You can directly use the leather if you want.
I bought 1.5 x 2 Meters of dark brown leather (fake), then applied the patterns to the leather. The important thing you should know that you must cut the leather 1-1.5cm outside from the line of the pattern. (But you should also draw the patterns' lines.) You use these extra parts while you are sewing :)
Step 2: Sewing
It takes time to learn which part you should sew first, because if you did it in the wrong order, you may have a disaster in your hands. :( First, sew the lower parts and leave the breast parts to the last. Sew the right pieces and left pieces seperately, then join them. After sewing all the parts add breast pieces.
Tip: If you do backstitch before you sew, you can sew easier.
Step 3: Skirt
After that, I cut the little pieces. (Every long piece has 10 of them, so totally there are 120 little pieces) These part of the skirt must be applied over the strips we've cut before. So it must be a bit thinner than the first one. -Mine are 4cm(width) x 8cm(length)- Before sewing these, you must join these little pieces with each other with using rivets. And then fix them with hot glue from the back (apply on needles)
Then sew all these pieces in the right order (you can see in the pictures) with using backstitch again.
Again with using your hip measurement and the length you decide, cut the plush fabric and sew the edges. (It must be like a normal skirt, not like the leather one)
Final step is joining the leather skirt and the plush fabric skirt together. Sew them with machine from the hip part.
Step 4: Sewing the Skirt and Corset
Tip: If you can't apply the eyelets to back of your corset, you can get help from a shoe maker/repairman.
Step 5: Armor
Tip: Do the bump parts from the back of the sheet, and dent parts from the front. To avoid the damage, fill the armor's back with hot glue when it's done.
When you done with the front piece and the back piece of armor, apply pitch with using a brush, then wipe the bump parts so the pitch stays on the dent parts. This process makes the armor looks like old and used. Also Xena's armor looks darker so with using pitch you can get this look.
I used leather strips to join them from shoulders but, for the sides I used a brown belt. Cut the belt's tips and glue them inside of the armor. (one tip to front, one tip to back). For the other side, just cut a little piece of belt and fix it again.
Step 6: Shoulder, Arm and Wrist Parts
Again I used leather strips to tie them. I made some holes onto the pieces with using punch.
Step 7: Chakram and Sword
I don't have a real sword (wish I had one!) so I had to do it myself. I couldn't find an adult size so I bought a children-size sword from a toy-store, and take the blade part off and used the handle part. I made the blade part with balsa. (I carved it,of course) Then painted it with silver spray paint. Lastly, glued it between the handle parts.
I made the scabbard with styrofoam. Then covered with leather and made some tassels and decorations with hot glue.(Paint the glue parts copper-colored metallic paint) And added some rivets.
Step 8: And Here We Are!
Actually on Xena's outfit, there are knee parts but i couldn't make them because I didn't have much time. But you can add them if you want. (Make them with craft foam like arm and wrist pieces.)
Also you can make a little purse with the same technique and hang it to your waist with a leather strip. So you can carry your stuff (mobile phone, money etc.)
I really enjoyed being Xena and everybody liked my costume. Most of them didn't believe that I made it haha :)
Thank you all !!