I'm in the process of making a Night Elf costume
for London Expo in May. So far it's going pretty well, and I have a plan for how to make almost every bit of the costume. Except for the back of the I'll-call-it-a-skirt.
From what I can tell from the picture above it doesn't look the same at the back as it does at the front; since nothing can be seen hanging down behind her it would appear to be shorter. It also have to be wider, obviously, or you'd end up showing half your bum on both sides. Now here's my problem: how does it actually look? Are there any pictures? If not, how can I improvise? Can the bits at her hips be connected all they way around the back and make a sort of half-skirt-half-loincloth?
In fact, that would be an good way to solve the second problem, which is: if the back and the front should be similar, how should I make the decorations? I was going to use craft foam on the front, mainly to give the whole thing some structure to ensure it doesn't expose me in the slightest breeze (and because I like the effect it created, with the design overlapping itself), but that's not something I want to sit on.
How've other people done it? If I did do a full, plain back (with only silver at the edges and that diamond-pattern) would people just shake their heads and tell me it's wrong? I want to do it as accurately as possible, so if anyone actually has a picture of them from the back, please do tell!
Thanks for any suggestions