Finally got off my butt and scanned my reference comic for a better image. At this point it doesn't even look like laced lames at all, just like knotted laces running along the top of some backing to keep it semi-rigid. Now I could pretty easily do this, but it's not really armor. I guess my waffling point comes down to 2 choices:
1. duplicate it exactly and stay true to the comic source (even though I now think it was drawn by someone who didn't bother to do much research on actual armor)
2. approximate it with real lacing and lames.
(I've also discovered that the colorist for this series can't decide what color some of her costume bits are, as they change color depending on what page they are on)