Alucard is FINISHED. HOLY BALLS. D:!! I can barely recall this even happening, and basically took ever ounce of brain power to engineer, construct and finish.
✞ The poet shirt and cravat are 100% cotton batiste.
✞ The waistcoat is made from 100% dupioni silk, with hand-set nickle pyramid studs (A lot of patience with that on my part, lol), nickle buckles and vintage metallic lace circa 1940.
✞ The frock coat is 100% velveteen (outer), interlined with black linen, and lined with this amazing silk that has a beautiful paisley/filigree pattern. The frock coat collar is 100% silk textured brocade, and the bias trim down the front of the coat was made by hand from the same material. Finally the looping details are 100% cotton trim in antique gold, coupled with brass enameled buttons.
✞ The cloak is matte duchess satin, lined with a gunmetal crepe satin. The collar was a feat of engineering, and I managed to get the right stand without using any wire or boning -- just a very stiff camel hair interfacing! (*___* Amazing stuff!!) The cloak clips were hand-cast by yours truly, and the sword was purchased, and decorated with large crystals to mimic the 'jewel sword' from the game.
Note: I really wanted to avoid using anything actually metallic for the trims and accents for the frock coat, so this is why it's only on the waistcoat (vest). Didn't want it to become too shiny and distracting, or detract from the other details of the costume overall. ~(^o^)/
Soooo happy with this, you guys, and looking forward to sharing more photos of it on my model come July! Cheers, and be on the look-out for updates for Maria Renard!