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"The White Warrior Elf"- in the making
Before starting any costume or design, you should do your research! This costume idea was actually from last year. I love elves, and not just any kind. I was hoping to go with more of a white warrior elf look, but didnt have the time to go out and buy all the warrior stuff. So, with what i could find and buy, this is what the costume came out to be, some kind of princess elf LOL.. oh well, it had it's compliments all night. I decided to show how this was all put together.
Concept photos: Elves with warrior shoulder pads, armor built into their corsets, bustiers, sexiness, chain mill, and blonde hair and blue eyes.
So first night i had to review the concept photos and brain storm about how to make this thing and with what i had already bought, or had in my fabrics and trims. I started off with a $30 bustier and a pair of undies for $5.
Here were the trims i had bought for the costume. The gold mesh to recreate fake chain mill and some rope trimmings to create the royal feel from the elven medieval times.
I wanted to create a dragon scale armor somewhere on this costume so decided to start on the bustier. I bought pleather fabric and just did some different sized cuts that would fit into each section.
Here, all the pieces have been sewn and put together. Now time to add the chain mill onto the bustier. Creating dragon scales or recreating bust cups out of the pleather would have taken too much time, as well as change the shape of the cups. Going with the chain mill sewn over was the easiest way into this.
And with the chain mill sewed in place, I decided to add the rope trim down each section to create dimensions in the scales.
Once those ropes were added, i then added a larger rope trim at bust line, to help cover the chain mill stitching at top and to add more dimensions from skin color and the white bustier. The more trim you add on, the richer the costume will look.
For the panties, i added the same chain mill and rop trim at areas that would not need as much stretch.
And the completed top and bottom.
I now moved on to add more armor to the costume. I used elastic rolls of sequin to create the armor pads. The neck band is a vintage one i always wear and used temporally for this costume.
Finally, i found the necklace for $1.00 downtown and stitched it onto the bustier and attached it to the neck band. I envisioned the elf to be of high royalty and felt that the stones in gold trimmings would be the best thing for this look. At 2:41 am, the look was completed in 2 nights. I worked on it for a good 12 hours total, not including about 5 hours of putting the concept together via photos and imagination.
SO, this is the second year that i made or changed up a costume and missed the costume contest. Of course i know that i may have not won anyways lol, but heck it's worth a try. Last year was $500 and this year was an Apple Ipad (which i would've loved either prize) But for some reason, i have no idea where i was when the contest was going on! So, i better try again next year. Here are photos from the night. I switched out the bottom into a simple ruffle undie because the original need some more touch ups and we were out of time!
Ears were bought: http://www.aradanicostumes.com/elf_ears/small_anime_ears $12
Big was bought via ebay: $20
Next blog will feature the making of my first outfit for the MODDAME 2012 FALL/WINTER Collection!
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