These costumes are based on the one worn by Vanyel Ashkevron on the covers of Mercedes Lackey’s “Last Herald-Mage” series. After creating silk versions of them for myself, and my best friend, I decided to tackle leather versions. We call these costumes our “field whites” because they are more durable than the fancy “dress whites” listed above. The jerkins and boot spats are made of deerskin leather, and lined in cotton twill. I made all of the satin shantung bias tape trim by hand. The shirts are an organic cotton/ bamboo blend, with cotton lace decorating the cuffs and collars. Our breeches are made of suedecloth. The belt buckles were hand-sculpted, and then cast in resin and painted. The pouches are made of leather, and lined in a knot work printed cotton. The tassels on the front of the pouches are made of white horse hair, and finished with beads that I covered in blue embroidery floss. The bells on the bottom of the pouches are meant to resemble the ones in the books that the Companions wear on their tack.
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