Anyone who knows me knows how much of a Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth fan I am. I believe it was last year’s project for the first Hobbit film that made me decide I needed to start blogging my costume attempts. Click here to see it. So for Desolation of Smaug I absolutely needed an outfit, and this year I was determined to do a reproduction.
I decided to model my costume after the elven character Tauriel. But because the film hadn’t been released, I only had promo pictures to work from for accuracy…so when I was watching the film I realized I was completely wrong in some parts of the costume. But- here is my attempt at one of Tauriel’s costumes.
For those of you who sometimes ask which pattern I use, I am proud to announce that I don’t use patterns, well, 95% of the time. I have moved on to creating patterns from my dressform by draping with muslin, which is a much more enjoyable experience, imo.
The corset is made of brown pleather and boned with plastic boning. The green “undercoat” (for lack of better word) is made of green micro-suede and lined with green satin.
I embroidered the bracers via machine…no not an embroidery machine, but by slowly running the needle along the design I drew in white chalk. It worked…but boy do I need to buy an embroidery machine!
To complete the look I donned my leather leggings, brown boots, and elf ears!
I also made my two brothers tiny hobbit cloaks because I had extra material. However they are 6 foot…and not hobbit sized. I think the cloaks ended mid-back on them. *snort* But they wore them anyway. I love my family :)
Hope you enjoyed the pictures! As always, I answer each and every comment- so if you have any questions feel free to comment!