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Sewing for starters ??? Tips #1

Posted by Ellinor Orton on February 19, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Recently I was asked if I had a blog or similar for the sewing tips I’d been posting on the Orton Originals facebook page and twitter account (shameless plug!). I've posted some up here, and it's cross-posted over at" target="_blank">Costume Collective, which is a brand-new collaborative costume and prop=making blog I've been asked to contribute to.


These are probably aimed rath...

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Thermoplastic Gunblade

Posted by Ellinor Orton on October 29, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I’ve never made a cosplay for myself before, for various reasons, but I decided at the last minute to make a costume for hallowe’en, and picked Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy IIX. I’d made a jacket for a customer several years ago, so I still had the pattern for that, and I had various remnants to make it from. By Wednesday I was happy with my soft kit, but I wanted to make a gunblade, Squall’s iconic and impractical signature weapon.

As any cost...

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White Mage cosplay

Posted by Ellinor Orton on September 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s all happening over here! I’ve got cosplay and costume commissions out the wazoo (wherever that might be).


The most recent one to be completed was the White Mage from Final Fantasy XIV. This is a complete outfit with accessories. It consists of:


A white dress with rolled collar, long flared sleeves and pleated skirt. The pleats in the dress are i...

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Oberyn's coat

Posted by Ellinor Orton on August 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Another Game of Thrones based costume, though this time not an exact replica. I was asked to make a costume for live roleplay, based off the sunburst coat but with embroidered spirals instead of the suns.

There were plenty of pictures of the coat, which let me see that it comes to slightly below the knee and is worn over a tunic and held shut with a belt (neither of which were included in this project). The front crosses over low down, meeting a little above waist level, and the line o...

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Varys robe

Posted by Ellinor Orton on July 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (2)

This commission was to make a robe based off one of the ones worn by Varys in Game of Thrones. The robe is for a Game of Thrones themed party rather than a convention. I still wanted to make it as accurate as possible to the original item, however, within the customers’ budgetary constraints.

The original of the robe I am creating

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First entry!

Posted by Ellinor Orton on July 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It seemed like it might be a good idea to keep a blog on what I'm making and my progress, and what better time to start it than the week I start moving house!

It's been a busy week. I've finished a banner and a suit and also completed a cosplay for Varys from Game of Thrones. I'll put pictures of that up next week, after the client has been to his event. People often like to keep their new out...

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