Ezio Auditore de Firenze (Assassin's Creed Revelations)
The tunic, depending on which reference I'm looking at, looks like slightly printed design, with embriodery on it, or a more solid thick material..
Since I had no luck finding a fabric that looks just like the printed reference(and my attempt to dye a cotton/poly blend ended in failure.. go fig), I dug out a big pile of off white fabric I was collecting to remake my Altair tunic. I don't know what it's called, but it had a nice noticable to it.
I took Rit dyes (Royal blue and Black) and dyed them.. (this was the cotton poly.. as you can see, only the cotton parts actually dyed. I may use this as an inner lining or something...
They turned out really light because I didn't dunk them for long enough, and its hard to guage how they'll turn out until they're rinsed & dried. I did another dying, this time with mostly Royal blue and a little black, because black liquid dye has a purple tint to it. Here's the fabric when It was done. Each of the panels I dyed a little more/less etc. to give a little variation. They turned out a bit on the purple side though. Unfortunately, black & grey dyes are never true grey, but a compilation of other dark colors.
I dyed the embriodery thread as well. It turned out a little uneven, but I was wanting it to have a more handmade feel!
June 15, 2011
BAH!!! Fond some better references, and it looks like the fabric is more toward a gray, with some blues along the sides and such... time to break out thr ultra smelly RIT dye remover, and have another go at it again with gray!
June 16, 2011
...and began the layout of the acr embroidery.. theres a LOT of it on there T_T
Speaking of which, I found an embroidery technique called Tambour embroidery, which could help speed up the process of embroidering this stuff.. its a glorified chain stitch using a hook tool. Though I won't be as fast as the Indian guy I first saw doing it in a video, if I can get the hang of it, it will be much faster than standard hand embriodery. I'm trying to get both of these outfits done in some insanely short amount of time, so yeh.
here's a few links that has some info on the technique!
Plays With Needles: Getting Hooked: Tambour Beading Masterclass
- here you can see closeups of the hooks that is used :)
YouTube -Indian Embroidery and Zari Work : Filling a Circle in Zari Indian Embroidery
YouTube - tambour beading - this guy shows how the hook works while settng beads, but you don't need to add beads to it of course!
June 17, 2011
I did a test embroidery, with the pattern on the tip of the hood. I can't say I like how it turned out, but I think it'll get better with time, since there's a LOT of it to do for this costume project.
June 19, 2011
I was still unhappy with the fabric that I had, because besides it being blue instead of the gray that I was ideally wanting, and also found that some of the refs showed the fabric itself having a texture. I liked that much more.
A friend reminded me of a local fabric store that carries TONS of different fabrics, and I found a wonderful grey fabric that has a weaved design in it. I did a dye test with some royal blue, and it came out the exact color I wanted (on left). The middle one was soaked a little longer, and the right is some other fabric that I'll add into the outfit too add variation. The purpleish swatch was the earlier attempt to redye the other fabric. Boooooo!
June 20, 2011
Spent much of the day drawing up embroidery patterns for the ACR gear (with some ACB tossed in there for good measure)
July 13, 2011
A friend had a bunch of foam sheeting from her job that they tend to just toss out, so she passed some sheets my way.. definitely not usable for finished pieces though.
Pinned sheets of it down to my dummy
then scrawled the layout on it, cutting it out afterwards.
the sides were taped together, snipped where needed and retaped. The foam helped see the curves better
After taping together tubes for the arms, I laid out the sleeves with a pen, and cut them out into
After everything was laid out the way i wanted, I went and made clean patterns for them.
Here's the final pattern set, taped together for final fitting and ready to transferred to fabric and sewn. There's an inner tunic that'll be buttoned, and the outer one that will receive similar treatment hidden on a seam in the front
Next up, transferring all this onto fabric and sewing the panels. I'm going to attempt to do the straight embroidery with a zigzag stitch to help save time. My machine can do 3 different sizes, so hopefully that'll be enough to add variation!
July 16, 2011
Here's some of the pile of sewn panels for the acr sleeves. The one on teh left is sewn, then they were turned inside out. The stitchy swatch was a test because I'm still new at this, and needed to adjust the settings on my (sucky) sewing machine. I also am using a heavy thread for the embroidery
after turning it inside out, I carefully sewed the edge flat
The panels had a thick and a thin stitch sewn onto them, using the edge of the foot and other visual cues as a guide to align them straight
after the stitch was done, I pulled the threads to the back, tied them off, and snipped the excess. Trying to keep this as clean as possible!
Unfortunately, i had to hand embroider the little "tiickmarks" along the inside of the panels. blah. I quadrupled the thread up on the needle, to avoid having to stitch over each line multiple times. the edges were then butted together and sewn, making sure i sewed the inner layers together to hide the stitching.
Here's one of the sleeves completed, and will return to the other one a little later.
August 19, 2011
The tunic was revised. Since I wanted to be able to interchange the panel on the front between the masayaf logo and the assassin one, the earlier design would have been a pain to interchange, and was a pain to secure to begin with (remade the panel, and have it zipper up. (totally not period, but meh)
I seamripped the front panels (1 on right) and replaced it with the new ones (1 on left)
The zipper runs right in the middle, and was pretty easy to install, though i couldn't find my stupid zipper foot bluh. This could make for a pretty cool vest during non cosplay time XD
and the panel will either snap or hook onto the front! Muuuuuch easier to change out! (and putting on the vest is really easy as well! )
August 24, 2011
So, I really liked the doublet/vest to wear it as day-to-day hoodie when done, so didn't want to directly attach tails to it. Here's a couple pics of the hood, and i'm 95% happy with it! The middle panels are a more rigid interfacing, which is helping it keep its shape. the rest is interfaced with a softer form of interfacing.
I had removed the tails from the tunic and took them apart(fun with a seamripper :p ), since they were meant to be temporary for Otakon, and were a bit misaligned. I decided in the end that I'll be making a separate "skirt" that has all of the tails and sashes on them. The tails and such were pinned to the inner tunic of my dummy, put the outer doublet on it and used a chalk marker thinger to lay where the doublet ends.
After taking everything off the dummy, I put it on my fiance to make sure it all sat straight, and safety pinned a fabric sash to it. After unpinning (the straight pins) I seed the tails & dangly bits sash to the sash.
It all got sewn down, turned over and sewn to a tube like shape there. THough I was initially going to use hooks & loops to connect it, The sash turned out a bit short (oops!) and I remember what a friend had done for her AC2 outfit, and ran a belt through it )
It buckles in the back, and though the sash turned out a bit short, it should work fine for the costume, since that are will be hidden under the doublet. please excuse the phooto, as I had forgotten to straighten out the back of the inner tunic