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Unread 05-19-2010, 10:46 AM   #61
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Yeah, sounds like just a rumor, unless those people were passing them off as "I got this direct from WETA, lol!" I would think they'd be more like "holy cow, how did you make this? You just used cotton? It looks just like ours!" or something ^_^

I have a fabric question. I've finished a dress for my LotR OC, but I want to make a cloak for her as well. Since she is basically royalty (long story), I want a fabric that will reflect that and also reflect her connection to the Elves (adoptive family). The pattern I'm going to use is a McCall's one that I don't remember the number for; floor-length, gathered drawstring hood. I've been looking at found two I might be able to use to acheive this: velvet and velboa. Can anyone tell me about velboa? I don't know what it feels like, if it's easy/difficult to work with, how it drapes, etc.
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Unread 05-19-2010, 04:55 PM   #62
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I know I go on about my Aragorn costume a lot, but it really IS my favorite of all my costumes. I recently got in touch with the man who made the footwear for the movies and he's working on a pair of exact replica Aragorn boots for me! Woot!
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Unread 05-19-2010, 10:52 PM   #63
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^ That is amazing! Going right to the source, eh? Think he could do a pair of Arwen slippers for me while he's at it? XD I kid, I kid.
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Unread 05-19-2010, 11:52 PM   #64
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1. I am currently slowly asssembling the necessary materials for a Mouth of Sauron costume (including working on those monstrous teeth, and working on my creepy voice), and also planning a Sauron costume (I'm not sure whether or not to make him as he was when he was "The Necromancer"). I have also done a thrown-together-at-the-last-moment haradrim. Maybe a ringwraith (possible the witch-king) is also in the cards. And the king of the dead........

2. I have to admit that the movies got me into the series. I fell in love with the first movie, so read the books.

3. I personally loved the movie.

4. The undead things (including the Mouth of Sauron). I mean, the cairn wraiths, the army of the dead, the ring wraiths, Sauron himself, and all of the others. They just had a cool vibe to them that I couldn't resist.
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Unread 05-20-2010, 09:40 AM   #65
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1. I am currently slowly asssembling the necessary materials for a Mouth of Sauron costume (including working on those monstrous teeth, and working on my creepy voice),
Thank you for proving that I'm not the only one who wants to cosplay the Mouth of Sauron! I doubt it's gonna happen for me anytime in the near future, but I still like to dream
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Unread 05-22-2010, 04:08 PM   #66
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That would be pretty epic. You'd need a handler to wander around with you at a con, though, thanks to the helmet having no eyes. You could get someone to dress as an Orc escort or something.
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Unread 05-22-2010, 10:25 PM   #67
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Heehee......Mouth of Sauron is also in my List a long time ago but until I improve my Armor/Props Building skill, it's just a dream

*Point at the 1/2 done Galadhrim Armor*

I actually have a theory on how to be able to see thru his helmet, along the line of the placements of the panels in his helmet to be able to create small slits and maybe using one of the thinging used to darken windows (we can see outside but as long inside is dark, others can't see in) for the front or side panels. But till tested out, it's just a theory.......


Hmm....maybe when I'm a lot slimmer (soon I hope!), I want to dig out the cloths I had gotten for Annatar years ago. One of those expansive purchases I did for my costume as I bought Silk Dupioni. Ya, not as expansive as compared buying from Spotlight (sold so ex there!) or what you all might pay for it but still a big purchase for me.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 05:58 PM   #68
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I've been doing some pretty intense research on the coronation gown, and it;s gonna be a lot harder than I first thought @_@ The basic structure of the dress is pretty simple and (hopefully) easy, but all the beading and lacework is gonna eat up most of the time. I have a couple of ideas on how to recreate the lace pattern, but it'll take a looooooot of time, even before doing the beading -headdesk- Why did I have to pick that dress to make this time around? XD Now I gotta order some more swatches to see if chiffon would good for the underdress, or if I can get away with a matte satin or something. And more organza! Hurray! -dead-

Well, until I figure out the dress I've got my fabric to make the banner with, so I want to start on that sometime this week. At least get it cut out and transfer the patterns onto it


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That would be pretty epic. You'd need a handler to wander around with you at a con, though, thanks to the helmet having no eyes. You could get someone to dress as an Orc escort or something.
Shoot, I don't have good enough friends that would help me out. Knowing them they'd walk me right into a wall XD Plus I'd feel really bad having someone essentially be my slave while I wore it; I tend to wear my cosplays all day long. Hey, if I'm gonna spend that much money and work that hard on it I'm gonna wear it for its worth, dammit! :3
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Unread 05-27-2010, 12:19 PM   #69
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I cosplayed Frodo (no proper photoshoot yet... it's coming) for a LotR symphony. ^^ I was an utter nitpick on the fabrics, which is part of why there's no frock coat... I couldn't find a perfect enough fabric. XP Everything else is basically the same as what they used in terms of fiber and weave...

What I learned: I'm never making another LotR costume again. XD Way too many details to obsess over. XD
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Unread 05-28-2010, 02:53 PM   #70
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What I learned: I'm never making another LotR costume again. XD Way too many details to obsess over. XD
Aww, but that's the fun part! Stressing and obsessing and making sure everything is just-so to the point where the only cure is intoxication!

If re-creation isn't your bag, though, you could always do an original design based on the descriptions in the books. There are a number of things that the movies did different from the descriptions in the books in order to make it look more like a unified whole (Éowyn's starry mantle is the first thing that comes to mind; they way overdid the stars). The costume designs from the movies may be more recognizable these days, but there are plenty of people who will fawn over a well-done original design.
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Unread 05-28-2010, 05:55 PM   #71
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Aww, but that's the fun part! Stressing and obsessing and making sure everything is just-so to the point where the only cure is intoxication!
Agreed. Sure, it's kept me up at night for the better part of two weeks now and is making steam come out of my ears at every turn, but that's the fun part! ^_^ As for the fabric, I'm also a total retentive prick when it comes to the fabric for this costume, but I know I don't like the feel of the silk velvet they used in the movie, so I'm improvising with peachskin. I think it's for the best :3 (-haaaates velvet-)
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Unread 05-28-2010, 06:25 PM   #72
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Aww, but that's the fun part! Stressing and obsessing and making sure everything is just-so to the point where the only cure is intoxication!

If re-creation isn't your bag, though, you could always do an original design based on the descriptions in the books. There are a number of things that the movies did different from the descriptions in the books in order to make it look more like a unified whole (Éowyn's starry mantle is the first thing that comes to mind; they way overdid the stars). The costume designs from the movies may be more recognizable these days, but there are plenty of people who will fawn over a well-done original design.
I've considered doing book designs, but... I have hideous design sense, so I like having a direct reference. >_<;; Drawings are really a happy medium for me, because there's detail without it being "down-to-the-type-of-thread-they-used" detail. XD It might just be men's historical clothing I hate making though; I've considered making Arwen's cranberry gown down the road (only a couple fabrics to hunt down, there XD).

Beyond that, there's some illustrations in various editions of the books I think would make for beautiful costumes... I do think re-creating articles of clothing that actually exist is too much pressure for me. >_<;;

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Agreed. Sure, it's kept me up at night for the better part of two weeks now and is making steam come out of my ears at every turn, but that's the fun part! ^_^ As for the fabric, I'm also a total retentive prick when it comes to the fabric for this costume, but I know I don't like the feel of the silk velvet they used in the movie, so I'm improvising with peachskin. I think it's for the best :3 (-haaaates velvet-)
I know some people hate the feel of velvet, though I personally like it. ^^;; Peachskin is a nice substitute, though.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 11:57 PM   #73
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I will start a LOTR costume, based in the movie´s Arwen´s requiem dress, I´m making a Mirkwood Maiden style dress
I want also do a original design, but I´m still working in the sketch and design because I dont want to do in out of period... so..

1. Do you cosplay as certain characters from the book/the movies, or do you have an OC?

If I have the phisical apearence like a certain character.. I would do it, but because I dont have blond hair, im not in the lines as a hobbit or has the posibility to do crossplay... I can say that I´ll make a original character (based in the movie outfits)

but yeah, I have a Original Character: Nibenwen, I´m currently working in her story, a fanfic, eventually I will work in other costumes for her,... originally I has another character, Ninde Tasartir, but the fanfic that I was writing for her, was to much out of enviroment in the middle-earth, that I drop aside the project


2. What got you into the fandom and when did you start cosplaying from it?
I currently have some years in the fandom, in JRRT fandom.. I have like.. 10 years or something like that... but I have never decided to make a cosplay or costume of this book/movie, but I want new challenges in costuming and clothing.. so, I re-take this project


3. The movies - what do you think? Great inspiration or totally off?
the movie tells the story in other point of vew, in the book, you see all like a narration, in the movie is the same, but with the actors and all they give you another side of the story, centered most of it in Aragorn vs Sauron and Frodo and Sam friendship.. in the book you can gave the interpretation that you want, but no matter what you´ll end up sucked in all the enviroment of the middle-earth, you almost can feel that you walk among them
sure, the movie has changes from the book, but thats something that you cant help...
in other hand, I think that its a great surce of inspiration, because that way, you dont do something to celtic, to medieval or out of period

4. Any particular race (Elf, Hobbit, Man...) you prefer cosplaying? Why?
elves, always elves.. they are in sintony with their enviroment, whit the nature, that its impossible to not feel something for them...
they are well mannered, polite, respectfull, wise, king hearted.. but also they have a great weigh in their shoulders...
its impossible to not love them..
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Unread 06-05-2010, 06:52 PM   #74
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Hello LOTR fans I'm also a big fan of the series, I've read the books a few times and seen the movies (I tried to watch all three extended editions in one day... bad plan!) but I'd never really considered cosplaying it.

However, my brother approached me yesterday about making him an Aragorn costume for Halloween this year and I'd love some advice on what to do about it.

Firstly, do any of you have any suggestions as to which version of Aragorn would be relatively simple to make? He's leaning towards one of the Two Towers costumes, I think the one from Helm's Deep but he's willing to change. And since I know that he probably won't treat it all that kindly (he's planning on wearing this to a nightclub!) I don't want to spend months slaving away on detailed pieces that will just get wrecked, so any advice on a plainer costume would be greatly appreciated (Would his Strider outfit be a good one? I'm quite partial to it myself...)

Secondly, does anyone know a good site for screen grabs from the movies, or do I have to do that myself? (I don't mind doing it, it would just be handy to have them there!)

Thirdly, any advice re: fabrics would be awesome. I suppose it would depend on what version, but I think he definitely wants one of the elven cloaks, and those to me look like they're made out of some sort of wool? Then again, I'm not the most experienced in terms of fabrics, so if anyone had advice on that front I'd really appreciate it

This has turned into a bit of an essay - sorry! xD To summarise - which version of Aragorn would be best, is there an online resource of screenshots and what type of fabric would be suitable for the elven cloak?
Sorry for writing so much, but I'd appreciate any help you could give me!
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Unread 06-05-2010, 07:15 PM   #75
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Try this site: www.alleycatscratch.com. It's helped me so freakin' much, along with their Yahoo fan group linked on the site. They basically tear the costumes apart and give their opinions and thoughts on how to recreate them along with a boatload of pics.

For my LotR OC, I have good news! Thanks to a very lovely, helpful cosplayer I found a way to make my body paint smooth, long-lasting, and the near-perfect color! I tested it on my arm yesterday and will test it on my face Monday before AMA so I can work out everything before the con. I've conned a friend into taking photos of my costume, so I'll be uploading them within the next couple weeks -uberexcited-
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