I made this costume for myself to wear at an anime convention. It is a recreation of the uniform worn by Zechs Merquise in the anime Gundam Wing. The coat is made of polyester, which resists wrinkles and hangs beautifully. I created the epaulettes on the shoulders from an inner layer of wool felt with piping details, and covered them with gold quilter’s lame. I hand-stitched all of the gold ribbon details onto the epaulettes. I made the belt buckle from aluminum bracelet blanks, which I cut with tin snips and glued together. The boots are actually spats made of stretch vinyl that meet the under boot at the ankle. They have wires inserted into the upper flaps to keep them rigid. The pants are a stretch cotton twill, and the under shirt is polyester.
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