This guy is so odd, adorable, creepy, and hilarious all rolled into one. I was cosplaying with a group, obviously all the major characters got called, so it was a toss-up between Drocell and Viscount Druitt. The fact that Drocell has a barrel organ totally won me over. But where's the monkey?
This costume started out as a train-wreck! I was using a mens pattern in XS which turned out so much larger than the measurements said it would be so I ended up taking in the coat about 6" on either side. After I figured out the sizing I finished the lining which was red satin. The jacket has a zip front. Unfortunately no one sells any separating zippers but the gigantic obnoxious parka zippers.
Hat: I made this using a mini top hat tutorial but scaled up. The base is plastic canvas which can be tricky to work with but it is darn near uncrushable. I covered it with felt and decorated using rooster feathers and grosgrain ribbon.
I reused my tuxedo shirt from work for as it made no sense to make a shirt that is exactly like one I already own.
The ruffle thing is made from bridal satin. I figured being an organ grinder/puppetmaster he would wear bright colors and wear fabrics that attract the eye (shiny).
-Pants v.1.0 were repurposed black pants that I trimmed the legs from and made cuffs.
-Pants v.2.0 were a bit troublesome to make. I copied pieces off a pair of work pants and made a new pair complete with zip fly. I am happy with how they turned out.
This costume required 20 buttons, it's a little obscene to go into Joanns and buy 7 cards of the same buttons. I definitely got the, "So whatcha makin'?" question.
Music box was finished just in time for AnimeNEXT 2010 with help from my father. It is constructed from white oak which is a hard wood know for being sturdy... and well, it's oak so it's really heavy. My father milled the wood and did the cutting using the table saw for me. Together we made rabbet joints on the box itself and mitered the joints on the front frame. As this is a decorative woodwork piece it is held together with wood glue and no nails/brads.
We had to change the design of the front of the music box to accommodate the speakers I installed, aside from this, it looks great. I used a handle off a printmaking tool and the metal part of a paint roller to make the crank handle. Footman's loops came from Brettun's Village trunk supply store. I used Minwax mahogany stain on the wood and applied 2 coats to get a nice rich color and of course poly coating followed.
The speaker fabric and the decorative part with the fleur de lis are fabrics wrapped over inserts.
3rd Place (Journeyman) - Otakon 2010