Stephanie Cosplays Merrill from Dragon Age


Merrill – Dragon Age

Cons: DragonCon 2014

All of my friends have amazing Dragon Age costumes and tell me about all the fantastic times they have with the DA group at DragonCon, so I wanted to join the fun, especially for my first DragonCon!

Naturally, I had eight months to work on this, so I waited until July to finish it. 8D This ended up being a pretty stressful, time-consuming project since my sewing machine blows and my leg guards aka platypi ended up breaking as soon as I tried walking in them and my chain mail also just turned to shreds. SIGH. So, there are some things that need to be redone. But all in all, I think it turned out pretty good for the time I wore it.

I had a great time with the Dragon Age group at DragonCon and had fun in my first ever parade experience! And we all looked awesome at our big photoshoot!

Costume Details

Tunic: I made a pattern for this. First time ever making my own pattern. Yikes. I didn’t add as much detail to the front of the tunic as I would have liked, but it took me about ten hours to hand sew the trim on the bodysuit (again, a new sewing machine would solve this insane process), so I just didn’t have time for the rest. I secured everything with elastic at the top and sides and shower curtain rings that I painted gold.

Scarf: I found some great flowery yellow fabric and cut it into a perfect square to use as my scarf. Literally the easiest thing I have ever made. Yay!

Bodysuit: I bought a bodysuit from amazon to work as my base.

Chainmail: My homie Josh made a pattern for me from my bodysuit and I used silver net fabric to give it a chainmail effect. This worked in theory… But ended up ripping to shreds when I actually put it on at the con. I blame the hurrying because I put it on just fine at home. Oh well, looked fine without it. (But I am a perfectionist!)

Fur Shoulders: I used shoulder pads as the base and built the fur pieces around that so they would be naturally shaped that way. And more hand sewing!

Arm/Leg Guards: I made patterns and cut out the bases with craft foam. I then made various strips of craft foam and layered them/hot glued them in a criss-cross pattern all the way down the pieces. An Exacto knife became my BFF. Once the design was done, I used a hairdryer to heat form the pieces so they would be curved to my legs/arms. Then, I Mod Podged/painted everything for eight hundred years.

The arm guards worked just fine because I had built craft foam straps into them.

Unfortunately, the leg guards NOPED right off me as soon as I tried to walk in them. So to fix them, I’m going slice them up and velcro them directly to my bodysuit. TADA! I just don’t want all that endless work with the details/painting to go to waste.

Belt: Also made out of craft foam because I couldn’t find a base long enough. And I made the gold buckles out of craft foam. Hooray craft foam.

Shoes: I wore some sandals. I want to make “invisible shoes” for her someday. We’ll see.

Wig: I bought a black wig from eBay. I used clear elastic ponytail holders to give her hair the mini ponytails.

Ears: I can’t remember exactly which elf ears I bought, but I got them from Ardani Costumes! They looked adorable and stayed on super well.

Face Tattoo: A kind soul had a stencil of Merrill’s face tattoo and then an even kinder soul named Jess drew it on my face since I was so frazzled I couldn’t do it myself at the con. :3

Mage Staff: Kind soul Dale (probably the only time he will be described as such) aka Varric made this for me out of PVC. It is AWESOME.

On to the Photos!










Other Cosplayers:
Alistair – Kevin
Sebastian – Nick
Inquisitor – Zonbi
Awesome Dragon Age @ DragonCon Group

Photos by: Danny Hunter and Lucky Sevens Craftworks


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