Mary took about to month to make, however, most of it was made the week before the convention. I, being the eternal optimist, thought I could finish this costume within the week and still be able to sleep and eat. Boy was I wrong. This costume almost made me go insane, I've never been so sleep deprived in my life (ask Ceno, lol). However, the end result was totally worth it! I have loved this costume since the moment I saw it and I was thrilled to be cosplaying such an awesome character (although most people at Fan Expo thought I was a pirate, woe!). My only complaint would be my boots. Killer shoes are killer!
Recipe for Mary Spencer: The jacket is made from navy twill and a modified pattern, the vest is light green cotton and the dickie (the white collar peaking out of my ascot) is also made from cotton. The ascot is black cuddle satin.
The hat was loosely based off a costume pirate hat. It is made from two thick sheets of interfacing encased in more blue twill. There are countless yards of gold ribbon, bias tape and trim. I also used about 5 different buttons. The epaulettes are made out of wonderflex, more buttons and gold ribbon. The white dangly things are made from fused white twill, and gold pattern was painted on using a stencil. The earrings are blue jewels I salvaged from Ion and glued to an old pair of earrings I never wore (if you look carefully you can see the chickens...yes, I owned chicken earrings).
The many belts were bought second hand and painted and bejeweled. The sword is made out of wood and craft foam. The sheath is made out of fake brown leather, which was painted to match hers. I purchased the boots and then mutilated them. The cuff was added, along with the lace. The gold armor on the boots is made from wonderflex and then spray painted gold.
I am sure I am missing stuff...oh well I guess it'll just have to be an incomplete recipe.
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