First off, I'm very, very, VERY picky about material accuracy (within reason, of course. Live steel is a NO, and I'm not a blacksmith anyways). I respect anyone who can get by with less or a pass one material off as another, but me? I'm OCD about it. Unless it makes my wallet bleed beyond repair.
I'm finally at the point where I have to start considering the sewing part of this year's projects. Props are moving along fast enough to spend a little time on this.
I'm doing Kirito (Aincrad arc). Modifying slightly Simplicity pattern 5386 (The Matrix dusters)
The coat is referred to, officially, as [Black Wyrmhide Coat]. The name implies leather. Materials stickler that I am, I know that I won't be able to afford even the outer layer in garment leather (I priced it at around $500 for the 108 sq ft of leather needed to fit me...hell NO, not half my budget), so I'm going to relegate myself to pleather at best. Thus, I'm looking for something with a rough-ish, reptilian texture, in black. I found a croc skin one online, but it only comes in white >_<
I have a concern (other than heat) that it'll break down and crack from movement over time though...
While I'm on the subject, if anyone knows where I can find both black AND grey (p)leather binding tape, please share. My google searches only come up with suppliers that require ridiculous quantities and only in black or brown. And I only need a roll or two of each..
I'm again modifying the same pattern as Kirito, unless someone has a better suggestion. I'm much, much less sure about the materials choice here, partly due to the amount of applique/embroidery I'm tempted to do with this. The one wearing it is also less likely to be comfortable with the heat (despite white being cooler since it reflects visible light) by using pleather, but it's still an option. There's nothing in the anime or LNs that specifically states what material her outfit is, but I infer it as leather--typical MMORPG fare: Lightly armored melee are leather wearers, Cloth is a caster thing (which Aincrad didn't have until...post-Fairy Dance).
So would you...in my OCD state, go white pleather? Or another material
(I can take suggestions, doesn't mean I'll take them though :3)
Other than those two...the one I have no idea what the heck to do about
Yes, that's Final Fantasy 14's Bard. So many fabrics, so much jewelry, so many tied/bunched areas. Totally open to suggestions for patterns and materials on this one. Fire away.