Tutorial, Faux Leather Braces

Originally posted to my Cosplay Amino Page (NiverasWings)

For those of you who follow my social media you’ll know I hate making armour gauntlets/bracers (foam/worbla) it just never works out for me.
Featuring, The failed attempt earlier this year for my Demongaze Armour and my Dragon Scale Armour gauntlets from last year.

I can never get the right shape and if I do it will be far too large and when I attempt to fix it I usually ruin them!

So for my Demongaze Armour attemopt I decided to make leather bracers with a cool pattern on them as I was inspired by This Post I think I did pretty well at replicating the design.

The first thing you want to do is create a bracer pattern. You can use the plastic wrap and painters tape method or if you want to cheat just get a long sleeve pattern decide on your length and cut it.
step-one
Because I wanted mine to do up with a zipper I made sure that the size/length of the patter would correspond with the zipper length I bought.

Next I pinned the zipper to the pattern and out it on my arm testing the fit and cut the size down if it was needed.
step-two
I kept mine a little loose as it would be worn over a bodysuit (I’ve had bad experiences wearing tight leather costumes to Summer cons before)

And with that the mock up stage was complete!
step-three
I bought this really nice faux leather for these gauntlets.

step-four
Next I printed a picture of the reference I was using and broke it down into pattern shapes. I really liked the lattice effect they had on theirs so I did my best to replicate it.
step-five
Here’s a close up of the pattern I drew out. It’s important to draw the pattern onto the mock up you have made !!!

You’ll later cut these out.
step-six
Next pin the mock up to the fabric to the fabric you are using (again I’m using faux leather but essentially any fabric could be used !)
step-seven
Cut the fabric out. It’s important at this stage to ONLY cut the outline out and not the lattice pattern on the interior.
step-eight
Once you’ve unpinned the mock up from the fabric you are using you can start cutting out the lattice patterns.
step-nineI suggested cutting out two pieces at a time (like I have highlighted), pin those two pieces to your fabric (in the area they mirror to) and cut them out.

Then pin the pieces you’ve cut together (make sure to reference the mock up cut patterns if you need to it can get confusing) and then whip stitch the pieces together. This could also be done on a sewing machine using a very small and tight zigzag stitch but I found the hand sewn look has a much more ‘adventurer’ look to it!
step-10
If that sounded a little confusing hopefully the above picture helps clear it up. That’s what the finished bracers should look like once all of the individual pattern pieces are sewn together.

I suggest once you’ve used a pattern piece you do to best to lay them out again the way they were previously, then tap them together so they won’t move. This will make matching the pieces together again for the bracers pair much easier! (Believe me it’s a struggle otherwise)
step-11Next you will want to sew the zipper onto the bracer. The zipper I used had a join at the bottom which prevented it from opening completely but other zippers will work just fine. I sewed it on with a 1cm seam allowance which worked out perfectly.

Once the zipper is sewn on you can add weathering but I preferred mine just the way it was.

And then it’s complete!

I think I will turn over the zipper edges at some point but haven’t done so yet.

Further notes

•Eyelets could also be punched into the leather and they could be laced up of you prefer that (I assume this would be the better decision for LARP)

•Any fabric could be used for this, faux leather worked best for me as it’s got a more fantasy feel to it.

•Any needle and thread will do, nothing special is needed unless you are using real leather in which case you will likely need specialty needle and thread.

I don’t have anymore photos but if you think I need to explain something a little more or have any questions please comment!


Thanks for reading
-Nivera

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