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Unread 04-23-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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Joffrey Baratheon help, anyone?


I just registered as a user today! So yay for me! :P

But here's the thing: I really would love to cosplay as Joffrey Baratheon, from Game of Thrones. I just have very little experience with making cosplay outfits. The only clothing pieces I've made are a skirt and an Ash Ketchum jacket (by sewing two shirts together).

This is the outfit I'd like to make:
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So my question is: Do you guys and girls have any tips for me on how to start this project? I'm trying to find a suitable pattern, as I don't know how to make one myself... I found this, what do you think about it?

I'd also like to add that I do have sewing lessons from a teacher since a few weeks, so I could ask her help with making the outfit! She just doesn't know much about cosplaying, but she does know a lot about making clothes (obviously). So yeah, I got that going for me, which is nice.

Yeah, so that's it, probably. I hope you can help me, because I'm not sure what to do.
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Unread 05-21-2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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since no one has answered you yet...

I'd suggest using Simplicity 1552, McCall's 5500, or even McCall's 5214 as a starting point. Although the general cut of the tunic in Simplicity 4059 seems right, you would have to figure out on your own how to add his cape thing.

For fabrics, you'd be looking into brocade, jacquard, and maybe even drapery.

Make a mock-up in muslin or any plain weave cotton fabric that costs $2 or less per yard FIRST. You can usually find some horribly ugly printed quilting cotton on sale or very cheap, which will serve your purposes here. You can use this mock-up to drape on yourself (if you don't have a mannequin or dressform), and then check the fit in the mirror or with a friend. Use chalk or marker to draw on your mark-up, then you'll know where to adjust your pattern, and make any changes according to the character design.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 11:47 PM   #3
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Personally, I think that the pattern you first posted would be best to start out with, b/c it's closest to the original. Yes, it may be a bit tricky to add the capelet, but worth it (imho) to get a more accurate final product.

Also, the reason I found this post in the first place was because I'm actually working on this exact cosplay for a commission for Halloween. If you'd like, I could PM you with any tips I end up figuring out along the way ^_^ Also, to be painfully honest, this sort of project would be quite difficult for a beginner. You definitely would be able to do it, I just am afraid that it will take a while. So, if you'd like, I would be completely willing to make a second costume of this outfit if you'd like to commission me. If not, then feel free to message me with any questions!

Also, I second the mockup comment. With a costume this complicated, especially one using such expensive fabric, you would /need/ to test out with cheap fabric first.

Hope this helps!
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Unread 10-21-2014, 12:31 AM   #4
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Tbh, I would suggest using Simplicity 4059, since he doesn't actually have a cape, he has these pretentious drapy things that come down from his sleeves. It'd actually be pretty easy to modify!

To add on to the types of fabric, you'll also need velvet for the red patches over the legs, and possibly muslin or taffeta for the lining of the jacket. I'd make the boot covers out of leather or pleather (unless you have boots that would work) and the pants out of suede, if you don't mind spending a bit more to be authentic. If you do, then I'd probably just make them out of a simple cotton.

I would /definitely/ second the mockup idea. With a costume this complicated that you would be modifying this much, regardless of how much experience you have, you really need to make a mockup with cheap fabric first.

Finally, the reason I found this thread was because I am currently working on a commission for this exact outfit for Halloween! If you would like, I would be happy to make one for you as well, or just to tell you any hints I find out along the way. Feel free to PM me!
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