[extracted from character description in the Guest List]
Costume Suggestion: Orange tunic with armor breastplate and centurion helmet.
Okay, mine's not exactly orange and there is no centurion helmet. May get to make it some day. But for now, I did the following from cardboard box for the breastplate and red cloth for the 'skirt'. I figured that any red t-shirt should suffice for the top.
Freehand-sketched the breastplate and cut 2 pieces. I painted the 'abs' on later with brown postercolor paint.
Drew and trace multiple flaps for lower part. And cut.Making a loop over the top narrower end allows it to be stringed onto a belt. Piece of cardboard for the loops were stapled in place.
After all the components are in place, we painted it. For a touch of glamour, I drew on the trims with a gold paint pen.
The red tunic under, was actually made of the red cloth. I just sewed it into a 'sarong' (wrap skirt).
No pictures to show the process, but I attached the front and the back breastplate pieces with 2 gold/red colored straps. Later I added the gold lion-faced (gaudish) buttons on the front breastplate. The front and the back pieces were held in place with another belt.
And instead of the centurion helmet, I just gave him a laurel leaf head band.
(seeing the friend in the above picture, we probably have to scrap the "He is proud, with a no-nonsense personality, rugged good looks and a truly intimidating physique" part)
For earlier posts related to my Roman Murder Mystery Costumes Project, please refer to the following links:
- Introduction my Roman Murder Mystery Costumes Project.
- A rough guide to the construction of a ladies tunic.