Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

How to make a Loki costume part 3- Materials

A fair chunk of the work put into this costume has been on gathering the correct materials for the job. Any one else looking to make a loki costume I’ve just made your work a lot easier, here’ s the list of where I sourced everything:

Wig (original seller has shut up shop, here’s a close match though)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Premium-Futura-Straight-Lace-front-Wig-Heat-Resistant-Available-In-13-Colors-/161011464287?pt=UK_Women_s_Wigs&var=&hash=item257d07f85f

Black leather: http://www.leprevo.co.uk/ ( 017 cowhide brazillian leather)

Patterned leather: http://www.pittardsleather.co.uk/ (Big thanks to Liz for letting me know about this place. Call up and ask for a sample sent to you. They emboss lamb leather so you’ll need about 5 hides) My sample looked like this: 

Green fabric: I dyed noile silk in my washing machine with dylon dyes, all from fabric land. It looks like this http://www.fabricland.co.uk/NOILE.jpg

Metal edging: cheapest place I could find was on ebay here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Zipper-stopers-Top-Stops-30-per-pack-/350410295147?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item519614c76b Mine were size 10 in the brass. They come in packs of 30, I ordered 65 packs.

Metal chainmail fabric: Tricky one, on close inspection the costume looks like it’s got this stuff on it:

You can order samples and buy from this american company here: http://www.whitinganddavis.com/pages/cfMeshFabrics.cfm

Or you can buy 2 of these on ebay and repaint them like I did:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WOMENS-LADIES-CHAINMAIL-STUD-TIE-BACK-SEXY-PARTY-EVENING-CLUBWEAR-DRESS-TOP-6-12-/230811764430?pt=UK_Women_s_Tops_Shirts&var=530063751936&hash=item35bd7406ce

For armour I’m using silicone moulds and easy flo 120, which I buy here:

http://www.mouldlife.net/easyflo-120-1090-p.asp

Black poppers for boot covers

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181063569040?var=480211904904&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Boots: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140832642298&var=440075012505

(bit pricey but they have the perfect toes. Had to be cut down at the front to avoid the trousers bulging)

 

And that’s about it! If there’s any bits I’ve missed please let me know and I’ll try to track down how I sourced it.

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12 Responses

  1. RoseReaper

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for all the tips you’re giving in all your posts! I want to make a Loki costume for myself. I’d like to know how much black leather and silk noile you did purchase. I’m a small girl (5ft tall), and I absolutely don’t know what quantity of leather/fabric I should buy. Also, which Dylon dye did you use?

    March 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    • Tab

      Good point! I bought 3m silk noile, 5 skins of lamb leather for the patterned leather and 1 half cowhide of plain black to make mine. The Dylon dye was two packets of amazon green and one pack dark green.

      April 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      • RoseReaper

        Thank you very much for the answer!

        I’ll buy two lambskins then, and I guess a whole cowhide (or one and a half maybe), as when you look at reference pictures, the patterned leather is only used for the two front flaps of the coat. So I’ll need more cowhide for the rest. Concerning the dying process, did you use some pre-dye?

        April 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  2. Tab

    In my references the patterned skin is on all the skirt panels as well as the shoulders and small bits on the arm and tunic.

    No pre-dye, just banged it into the washing machine with salt.

    April 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm

  3. Sage

    About how much of each type of fabric did you use? I love looking at everything you’ve done, and I can’t wait to try it out myself!

    May 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    • Tab

      I used 3m of the green silk noile, 2 chainmail shirts, 5 patterned lambskins and 1 black half cowhide to make a costume for a person 5’8″. Good luck!

      May 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      • BooperDooper

        What grade leather did you order? AA, A, B or C?

        I’m also short -5’2″- and pretty thin, not sure if I should go for 2 grade AA because they’re suitable for larger pattern pieces, or grade C because its cheaper but for small pieces (how small is small anyway?!)

        Your tutorial is a godsend, I literally didn’t know where to start Tab but now I already havethe vest (minus the tails) drafted up -in old bedsheets- and half the shirt and it’s only been about one days work in total.

        God bless you.

        June 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        • Tab

          I’m not sure about the grading- lots of suppliers use different codes so it varies. After I made my mockup I calculated the square footage I needed and added 10% on. I think I asked for 25 sqft in the pattern and just ordered half a cow for the plain leather. I still needed to re-order an extra two patterned skins though as the bottom panels of the coat are pretty large and had to take a skin each.

          Sometimes the hardest bit is starting- best of luck with your costume!

          June 24, 2015 at 8:12 am

          • SJ

            What weight did you use of the cow leather if I may ask? Thank you for the useful tutorial, it will help so much making my husband’s costume! He can do the sculpting and casting parts himself…

            August 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm

          • Tab

            I used the lightest weight clothing leather I could find- usually 0.8mm thick.

            August 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  4. Meeja

    What size zipper top stops did you use?

    May 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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