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!
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!