Edward Kenway WIP

Photographer: Charlaine Kreuning

I made this costume back in 2013 and I never bothered to make a tutorial. I did take some in progress pics, so hopefully this will be of use to someone 🙂

Some general tips: use heavy and expensive material and weather your fabrics to make your costume as authentic as possible 🙂

Also: don’t be an idiot like me and take the time to correctly measure everything and do the math before you start cutting.

11026035_857831757611850_6331460863086446328_n

The first version of the hood. I used a material that was surpringly close to burlap and that frayed in all the right places. It had a nasty smell to it though.Getting the hood to be nice and round was a skill I never quite mastered.

11045347_857831760945183_489627375430020911_n

These shoes were bought for like 20 Euro’s at a cheap shoe store. I weathered them with brown shoe polish.

11012670_857831767611849_5885283848910393177_n

I love those early moments when you see things coming together for the first time. The pants were store bought, the shirt was an old blouse from my boyfriend.

10314658_857831774278515_5911000888631326118_n

Ridiculously happy with the first wrist blade I got in. Bought it on Ebay. It was uncomfortable as hell. Those with thick wrists / lower arms should not attempt to wear these. Also be careful: the lock mechanism is not fail safe. I stabbed myself a couple of times ;’)

10424236_857831827611843_6049125833253252363_n

For the hood, I used eye shadow to make it dirty. On the clothes, I used a mixture of brown face paint and a spray bottle to dilute the paint and create some nasty looking stains. I even hung the fabric in it a bit in places where it’d get extra dirty.

10422178_857831860945173_4708560568361202300_n11043000_857831844278508_7261003979911271045_n20716_857831867611839_7204937566465772023_n11034315_857831857611840_7026237513376647114_n

These flaps were made with two kinds of fabric. In retrospect, I would advise anyone to make these with bias tape, but I wasn’t even aware bias tape existed when I made this costume 😉 We live and learn, people.

1907471_857831900945169_355373540854703971_n11066520_857831914278501_2348938428425134586_n

Aah, the jacket. The thing that still haunts my nightmares. This was a pain. It was built to be open in the back, but because I had raised the location of the sash to accentuate my waist, it was a real pain to get it to stay open in the back. It didn’t help that I was impatient with measuring it and made a complete mess out of the thing. The two rings on the back are key chains I painted and the straps stay on with velcro. This was the best possible way to make sure they stayed reasonably open.

11004530_857832484278444_5132568748530935403_o

Some minor weathering already in place. I often see amazing Assassin costumes, but what sets the great ones out from the good ones is weathering. You’re an assassin. You travel, you get dirty a lot, you stab people. Go a little nuts! Cover yourself in dirt, in blood, whatever! It’s truly the thing that will make your costume stand out the most 🙂

 

www.ravenstarcosplay.compinterest

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*