COSPLAY — Merrill (Dragon Age 2) More photos
All right. So, Merrill! I originally created this costume for PAX East 2012. The tunic is made from faux suede and I developed the pattern myself. The faux-fur shoulder pieces are attached and the whole thing stays on with two velcro pairs on each side, where the ties are on the actual model. I have a black ribbon sewn to the fur pieces that goes behind my neck, under the scarf, so that I don’t have to worry about the straps coming off. The gold rings are white plastic upholstery rings that I colored gold with a Sharpie paint pen.
The scarf is just a trapezoid of green jersey sewn together at the angled edges. This created a shape that was wider at the bottom so it would look layered instead of just a straight tube.
The arm guards and leg guards are both made of faux-leather from fabric.com. The arm guards have two loops of brown elastic and one loop of faux-leather, the last of which is around the palm. The leg guards have brown elastic linked to the gold rings, as well as a hidden black elastic strap below the calf so that the middle of the shin would conform to my leg and now bow out. The foot flap is held in place with velcro and I put safety pins at the top of each leg guard to help them stay up.
The body suit… oh boy. I used a site that shows you how to make pattern blocks for dance costumes and swimwear but I can’t find it now. I made the whole suit myself, with a zipper in the center front (so it would be hidden from view), then I cut out the joint and thumb holes. I tried to finish one of the knee holes with a band but it didn’t work out, so I had to cut it. They are the worst part of the costume, but I don’t really know how I would fix it =/ I had tried FOREVER to find an adequate silver or gray stretch netting in order to make the proper “chainmail” look, but I never found it. I think most people got the idea anyway. Damn you, character designers!
The elf ears I ordered online. My original wig was a long witch wig from Party city that I cut really badly, put rubber bands in, and hairsprayed the crap out of. I didn’t like it but I forgot to order a proper wig before Otakon, so I just bought a short brown wig from the local wig store and used that instead. I think it looks fine. I actually did makeup for this costume: basic powder foundation, eyeliner, and dark red + black eyeshadow. I actually painted my nails blood red for PAX, but my nails were so messed up (I pick them when I’m stressed… aka always) I didn’t do it for Otakon. My boyfriend did the tattoos for me =)
The belt I made out of the same faux-leather. It’s a bit too wide. My boyfriend made the buckle and belt end out of clay (and wire, for the buckle tongue). They are both very heavy, so I had to hold the end of the belt when I walked so the heavy clay thing wouldn’t break my knees.
The staff is the Torch of Falon’Din, which you get from Marethari at the end of Merrill’s last companion quest. I made it the week before Otakon and I’m very proud of it, though it just barely made it back from the con alive. The blade is upholstery foam + cardboard + paper mache + spackle. The sticks are willow branches from Michael’s held on with a combination of hot glue and gorrilla glue. The handle is a 7/8” dowel from Michael’s wrapped in faux leather left over from my Gwen costume. My boyfriend painted the blade for me. I didn’t completely glue down the handle wrapping so it started to come unraveled halfway through Friday, which was very frustrating and upsetting for me.
Overall I am extremely proud of this costume even if it is a pain in the ass to wear. I’m not sure if I’ll wear it again, but I love Merrill and I’m so, so happy with how this costume came out. I’m glad I finally have a ton of pictures to share. There are more at my Cosplay.com profile.