Monday, October 22, 2012

AnimeBonzai is done

At long last the massive Assassins' Creed costumes are done.  This will mostly be a glut of pictures as I don't have much more to add except to thank Hoggar for making the hidden blade vambraces for the kids.  Hoggar also used the pattern and ideas developed by with various modifications by both of us.

Detail of Altair's hood

Assassin apprentice Tori

 Tori as the apprentice.  The black detail work is 1 7/8" bias tape.  I didn't get the top corners to align properly.  I'm afraid I was in a bit of a hurry and not paying attention.

back of apprentice costume
Front of apprentice

The front detail aligned up a little better but still not as crisp as I'd like it to be.

bottom of apprentice tunic

Hood detail

side of apprentice tunic.

Christopher as Altair.
 Christopher as Altair was a rather plain costume to put together.

Altair hood

A better side view of Altair's hood

Altair; back view

detail of hood and tunic embroidery

When I was working on Altair's costume the sewing machine started giving me grief.  It kept skipping stitches and breaking threads.  Eventually I figured out I had the wrong type of needle for the fabric I was using but I didn't have time to pick out the stitches and redo them so I'm not happy with the machine embroidery detailing.   In general I'd rather had embroider than machine embroider any time.

Etzio complete

Etzio complete closer view

Back view of Etzio all three layers.

Assasins moving out for a photo shoot in the early morning light

My assasins

Cosplay pose

Altair and me
 The kids said they were asked many times to pose for pictures and they had a great time at Bonzai and are already thinking up ideas for next year.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Etzio is done!

I've been furiously working for the past month on costumes for AnimeBonzai.

 My kids and nephew decided they wanted to cosplay characters from the video game Assassin's Creed so I had my son get me pictures and still shots from the game to see if I could create these costumes.  My nephew also gave me an Etzio action figure to try to draft a pattern from.  Then a light came out of the interwebs and I found this website Thank goodness!  This lovely young man makes and sells Assassin's Creed costumes and he has also posted patterns and tutorials on his website.
It was a good thing I found the pattern web site because I was starting to get frustrated with my desire to make an historically correct Venetian gentleman's outfit instead of a cosplay costume.  The two don't necessarily mix well.  The following pics are my nephew in his poofy shirt and under tunic for Etzio.  If I could figure out how to rotate the long shots I would but I can't so you'll just have to tilt your head or if you're reading this on FaceBook I'll have the pictures posted on my costume's album.  I know how to turn them right side up there.

detail of sleeve pleating.

bottom of undertunic close up

embroidery detail undertunic

embroidery on undertunic sleeve.

The next batch of pictures are of the overtunic and hood.

embroidery on back of over tunic

I still need to make a cape with leather shoulder pauldrin but that accessory is going to have to wait while I get the Altair and Apprentice costumes put together.  Bonzai is in two weeks and time is short.