Thursday, June 13, 2013

My Next Adventure - Elf of Mirkwood

First official look at Tauriel from Empire
So, as many of you might already know, Empire Magazine released the first official picture of Tauriel from the upcoming film in the Hobbit trilogy "The Desolation of Smaug" about a week ago. And then, only two days ago, the first trailer for the film was released -- featuring this new Elven guard of Mirkwood! Can you see where I'm headed with this? :D If not, allow me to spell it out for ya...

The idea began to form when the first official picture of Tauriel was released.

I had seen her in the live event with Peter Jackson back in March, but I immediately jumped on the band wagon that so many other people have joined, featuring comments akin to this:

"Why did they have to add her?? So stupid!"

"And she's not even in the book!"

"A female elf warrior? I think not!"

Well, you get the idea.

And this was exactly my mindset until just recently. Then appears this new photo...and I begin to think how much fun it might be to recreate that costume and wear it to the midnight premiere of The Desolation of Smaug in theaters.

But, I kept these thoughts to myself, and decided to wait for the first trailer of the movie to appear so I could see Tauriel in action, and determine whether she would be worth cosplaying.

The trailer releases. And I am totally won over by her sheer awesomeness. :D (I will keep my other thoughts about the trailer to a minimum, but basically, OHMYWORD IT WAS AMAZING I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER EEEEEEEPPP!!!) So anyway.... ;)

So, as you have probably figured out by now, I have officially found my next adventure.

Becoming an elf of Mirkwood.


  1. I was wondering where you got the pattern for the bodice, or where I could find one? That's my biggest issue so far with my Tauriel costume I'm working on. I kinda bad at making corsets, so I'm hoping if I find the right pattern I can manage it.

    1. I actually totally free-handed the bodice. I made a mock-up first to figure out all the seams and such, then used that as a kind of guide when I made the real thing.

      However! I was *originally* thinking of using Butterick 4669 (here: ), view C minus the back "tail" thing. I still think it would work quite well. The thing with this pattern, is that it isn't *technically* a corset -- it doesn't have any of the whole boning stuff, which I really wanted to avoid. xD

      You might want to make some alterations to the pattern if you wanted it to be more accurate... i.e. lowering the back a bit and conjoining the front pieces instead of having the lacing in between it (but then you'd have to figure out some other closure).

      So yes! Hope this helps, and good luck with the bodice!! :D