View Full Version : Having some trouble with Leonardo...

09-06-2012, 09:43 PM
I know there are no specific patterns for dear Leo, but I'm having a LOT of trouble trying to find a pattern for his slashed sleeves that aren't super-poofy. (Reference so that you understand what I mean here -http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101109221054/assassinscreed/images/8/8b/Leonardo.png )

This pattern here on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Butterick-Making-History-Renaissance-Costume/dp/B004A2BEXG) is the closest I've found in terms of the general tunic shape, caps, and poofiness of the sleeves. The main issue with this pattern is that the tunic opens in the front and also lacks the elaborate cut-outs. However, the length and fit seem to be correct...

Even if no-one can point me in the direction of pattern, it'd be great if you know of any historical costuming books that could help me to make this! My local library can get inter-library loans, but I'd rather know exactly what book to get instead of having to try and get my hands on a few books because some of them didn't have the info I needed.

I know there was someone who did an amazing Leonardo cosplay commission, but I also noticed that they never said what pattern they used... they did, however, mention the materials they used which was helpful.

09-24-2012, 10:41 PM
This is definitely a costume you're going to have to splice and modify no matter what commercial pattern you pick. The one you chose is fine but I would go for something like: http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Pattern-4059-Costumes-XS-S-M-L-XL/dp/B000MU1MYG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_3 . In the right example piece (gold-ish one) it gives you more of a plain front panel base to work with and add details. This pattern also has the cut out sleeves with the base tunic under it. That will help proportion the sleeve layers.