Been back at the drawing board again for a while. Though apart from paint which I havn't been able to get now for a while, the Cerberus is looking a lot better. PVC pipes, cardboard, craftfoam, plywood. A bit of everything really.. It looks very dark because of the primer and an first coat of matte black. Will remodel the trigger thingies in the far back because they look off, otherwise fairly pleased.
But the current problem is the capelet. Tried a bunch of things on an old sheet and watched the concept art closely (Advent Children, 1080p, screenshots). I then made a simple replica in cheap fabric and it worked out alright. I could not try the collar though.
Here's a picture I made with some basic drawings of the pattern. The numbers in blue on the picture are for your reference to understand my idea below better.
My idea of how to make the collar. The large red rectangle is the main fabric used for the rest of the capelet. More than twice the collars height. The darker sections of it is "Vliseline", something you use in for example shirts for example to make the collar stiffer and making sure it can stand upright. It's a bit like a plastic/fabric mix that melts a bit when you iron it and assists in retaining the shape you gave it. I think it's called "Vliseline", it might not be the international term for it though.
The collar again but this time it's folded so it's double layered. The pink:ish thingie on the bottom of the collar is a piece of fabric attached all along the collar to make it easier to attach it to the rest of the capelet, Vincent has this too. Example on the bottom right concept art. The black line on the upper part of the collar (still picture 4) indicates where a handstiched line is. Shown on the concept art in the bottom left corner.
This is the collar from above, with the piece of fabric attached to it's bottom making sure that it looks the way it does in the movie. To the right of it I just illustrated how I'd cut out a piece of fabric that'll be long enough and would fit the bottom of the collar without creating wrinkles or whatever you'd call it. I'd also make sure it is cut out big enough for the collar as the collar actually overlaps.
This is a preview of the full capelet. Some things are definitely off, but it sort of resembles Vincent's capelet. This also shows the stitches from the folds (top right image with concept art). The hole between collar and capelet will be filled with the fabric attached to the collar's bottom.
5&6: my solution of how to make the left and right front parts. They are supposed to go past each other, hence the extended part but I'd want to strengthen it too, to make sure the weight of the belts doesn't mess up the way it's beautifully supposed to fall. I'll try using a double layer of the fabric, either that or use Vliseline again to strengthen it perhaps?
The folds rough positions are marked again with the black broken lines. This allows for reaching about 6-7 cm (2.3ish inches) further than the "middle" and also creating a double layer just where the belts are attached to the fabric. If I go with the double layer idea that is.. That'd mean there are 4 layers of fabric in front of me (only counting capelet...), sounds heavy and warm so perhaps I'll just fold 1-3cm (~0.3-1.0 inches instead to keep it lighter and go with the Vliseline idea.
The front in one piece. If you'd rip it in two they wouldn't overlap obviously, that's why I'll try the way illustrated on 5 & 6. The fold in the bottom is marked again. Also note how the front and back are slightly wider the lower it goes, allowing for a little bit more mobility without ruining the appearance.
The backside, in one piece. Fold marked again. These 2 pictures are mostly for showing how I'll get the collars base shape. Regarding the cut, there'll hardly be any at all on the back while on the front (7) there's a pretty low cut. This helps making the collar to be the way it looks to be in the movie.
The exact meassurements are not really decided yet, I'll just make it too big and then put on the clothes I'll have underneath it (thin shoulderpads, tight leather shirt, cloak) and then have my grandma attack it with needles until it looks fine. Then start sewing it all together.
Any ideas on how to improve it? Did you do it in another way that seems better? I'd love to see your opinions on this elusive piece of cosplay clothing.