Ezio Auditore de Firenze
Assassin's Creed II
I am a huge Assassin’s Creed fan. It all started when my coworker gave me a copy of the first game. I played it through and thought it was the best game ever made. Then, I played Assassin’s Creed II.
This is the game of all games. It has plot, romance, intrigue and, when you get tired of the main quest, you can meander through collection quests with some really sweet rewards. The world felt open and, most of all, I fell in love with Ezio’s character. Even today, going back to play the game, I still thoroughly enjoy it (though I’m now a bit pickier about graphics). Ezio is a bit of a rogue and a bit of an urban sophisticate. He’s from a wealthy family and it shows. To capture his look, I used rich fabrics and emphasized strong detail-work.
Drafting the pattern for Ezio was a no-brainer. Someone had already done most of the work for me. I contacted Brent over at One Tailed Wonders and ordered his pattern ($60). A friend of mine had made Ezio’s costume as three pieces (undershirt, tunic, over doublet) but I didn’t want that many layers. I opted to go for just connecting the lined tails into the main doublet. With that in mind, I began editing the pattern to accommodate my build.
I knew that I would have to do some tweaking to make my broad, stout frame appear more like Ezio’s leaner build. So, when I got Brent’s pattern, I combined the pattern with Simplicity 4059 and used some of my own edits to change the line of the shoulders and neck, giving me an illusion of being taller than I am. I changed the sides and shortened the torso. I also tapered the tails and drafted shoulder pieces.
Ezio’s poet’s shirt was drafted using Simplicity 4059 and was done with white, 100% cotton Irish linen. The sleeves were trimmed in lace and fasten with faux silver plated bronze buttons. Ezio’s pants are cotton broadcloth in brown. Ezio’s over tunic is a soft gray dyed using a 50% concentration of RIT Pearl Gray over 5-6 yards of fabric. The details on the tunic are a combination of shredded lace and red cotton. Gold, black and white accents were added using EZScreen’s screen printing dye system. The belts and pauldron were hand-stamped in vegetable tanned leather and then dyed dark brown. The belt’s main piece was cast using TAP Plastics Polyurethane resin. The cape on the pauldron is the only artificial non-period fabric and is composed of brown moleskin. The entire ensemble is lined.
This costume, as you can tell, is definitely my favorite piece.
Completion Date: Winter, 2011.
Logged Time: 180 hrs.