These costumes are based on the one worn by Vanyel Ashkevron on the covers of Mercedes Lackey’s “Last Herald-Mage” series. My best friend and I are huge fans of the books, and we just had to have these costumes! These versions of the costumes are what we refer to as our “dress whites”, and are fancier than the leather “field whites” listed below. The jerkins are made of silk, lined with cotton, and interlined with needle-punched cotton for warmth. The shirts are cotton, and the breeches are suedecloth. The collar and cuffs are decorated with a fancy lace trim. The belt buckles were hand-sculpted, and then cast in resin and painted. The cloaks are suedecloth lined with flannel, and interlined with heavy wool for warmth. I made all of the satin shantung bias tape trim by hand. We wear these costumes with white hose and calf-high boots.
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