This was my first ever cosplay costume. I decided that Petyr Baelish also known as "Littlefinger" from the Game of Thrones would be a good one, as it would be a sewing project, and looked as if I would be able to manage it!
I have to say first of all though I'd never ever sewed anything before and even bought the sewing machine especially for this project. Having decided to go along to my first ever Comic-Con (the Granite City Comic Con), I also needed to come up with a character to cosplay and Littlefinger does wear some nicely tailored clothes - even though as a character he's probably one of the worst manipulators on the show.
I'd had a look online and found that others who had done this had followed a couple of patterns, and the one that I was able to get hold of was Butterick 6844 which is actually a cleric's robe. I needed to make some adjustments, so I got rid of the large cuffs on the sleeves, altered the collar so it closed, and also altered the front closing so it uses a zip to come together precisely, instead of the overlapping button closure the pattern uses.
One of the things with it being split open at the front was when you walked your legs showed. Looking up some videos of the real Littlefinger walking I noticed that there are often extra layers underneath the robe, so I made a simple underskirt in a lighter fabric which had a split at the front, but which overlapped itself by about 6 inches. This is then worn under the robe, and as you can see in the video, I think it creates a nice effect when you walk.
I also then had to invent the scarf/tabard style thing that he wears. I looked at the reference pics and then made a mockup of the pleat pattern. Because the fabric was quite soft I also decided to stitch underneath each pleat (so that the fold covered it) to keep the pleats from falling apart. Effectively the scarf was a big tube with pleats in one side. The back on the shoulders was simply a couple of layers sewn together and connected to the front scarf parts. I think this is perhaps not strictly what the back was on the show, as the pleats continued on the shoulders, but it was a lot easier this way. All that was then decorated with gold dots using a fabric marker pen. There were a lot of dots!
Finally I made the belt out of gold cord, and then constructed the closure from a couple of charm bracelet fleur-de-lis pieces and an ornate clasp I bought on ebay. I think it looked pretty good! I also decided I needed something to carry my wallet and phone etc., as I didn't do pockets, so I made a box out of fablon leather sticky plastic and drew the littlefinger mockingbird on it and some other decoration - plus I got the mockingbird pin from eBay to finish off the costume. Underneath I was actually wearing black wool tights, and a pair of black leather riding boots.
I was really happy with the way it turned out - hopefully you think so too from the pictures below! If you have any questions you can contact me here. :)
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