View Full Version : fem!Necromancer concept

04-12-2013, 08:09 PM
Turns out this (http://boreotheria.deviantart.com/art/Diablo-2-Necromancer-cosplay-concept-365322370) will probably be a whole lot easier than the Amazon I was thinking of doing. Less wacky armor to wonderflex, maybe more sewing. And boot-shopping. And wig-shopping.

It's the necro's starter outfit converted to be female-friendly with the addition of a shirt. :P Maybe a corset, but only if I get it all together and decide that it need a little more perking up or I haven't lost quite as much weight as I usually do by summer. ;)

I know that a chemise and breeches and a vest are things I can already sew. The pauldrons and bracers should be easy too, with some interfacing and a little practice topstitching. The boots and gloves might take some hunting down. I know where I can get twisted vine wood for the yew wand. The big learning curve may just be in working with some kind of polymer clay? fosshape? foam rubber? to make the shrunken head.

If Five Wits gets the Stupid Smexy Tomb Thief (http://thefivewits.net/2011/03/stupid-smexy-tomb-thief/) wig back in stock in time, I might go for that. Would love some commentary or reviews by anyone who's worn it before.

04-13-2013, 04:11 PM
Already thinking of modifications, heh. If I'm putting a belt over a chemise, rather than having a tucked-in shirt and a belt, I might as well go with a cincher. Because corsets are awesome and I love wearing them at conventions. They keep me upright when the coffee fails. Also I think it would be an elegant feminizing detail on this.

I've never made a corset before but I want to learn. Folks in a corsetry panel at Ad Astra last weekend recommended Laughing Moon's (http://www.lafnmoon.com/product_p/p113.htm) patterns. I also have a Butterick pattern for faux corsets/cinchers (http://butterick.mccall.com/b5371-products-10286.php?page_id=916), but if I was going to wear one of those I'd have to change the shape and add boning anyways to keep it from wrinkling over on me. So I might as well just learn to make a proper corset and decorate it accordingly.

04-14-2013, 04:34 PM
Another thought. This is the reference image I used (http://www.firingsquad.com/games/diablo2preview/images/necro.jpg), and unfortunately I can't find a higher resolution copy. But it occurs to me that maybe what he's wearing is not a long vest with a belt around it, but rather a short vest, a belt, and a... butt flap? half skirt? in the back. I remember now that in some of his leveled-up outfits it's pretty clear that that thing in the back of his trousers is an armor accessory that is variously made of leather, plate, or chainmail.

I might just make both versions, one with a long vest, and one with a short vest and a half skirt. I'm also noticing now that in this version the skirt comes to a point quite low. I didn't get as good a look at that in my original reference image. Hmmmm. Wonder if I can make that a decent shape but also make it comfortable to sit in.

04-15-2013, 02:58 AM
I really like this idea! I think I remember the... flap... half skirt thing as well. Could you get a good shape with something like leather/pleather so you could sit comfortably?

04-15-2013, 08:10 AM
Possibly. My initial thought was to use faux leather, interfaced and lined. That would at least give it a bit of an armor-y stiffness. Is there such a thing as pleather that already comes in leather-like thicknesses? I've never seen it, but then I've only been shopping at Joann.

Heh, I look at the ref image and I think, he might just be wearing cloth or thin leather. Clearly he isn't worried about physical injuries, with what he's wearing. XD It's only later that he decides he'd better cover up.

04-23-2013, 06:02 PM
I'm going to work on two different versions of the belt assembly.

Option 1) Half-skirt attached to lower edge of corset-style belt over top of thigh-length tunic or chemise.

Option 2) Half-skirt attached to normal belt on hips, with shorter tunic tucked into trousers.

Both look good on paper, but which one I use is really going to depend on what shape my body is this summer. I'm leaning towards option 2 as the more successful one because that half-skirt really has to hang from the hips rather than the waist. So I'll build both and see how it looks. I don't mind getting in more practice sewing, and I also don't mind having an extra grey chemise in the closet. :P