Amen on that one!...I now know there are details I've left out or gotten wrong, but that's the sweet curse of building to a deadline. Sweet because it would never get done at all without a looming convention on the horizon.
It seems that most costumes are in a continual work-in-progress status -- we do them, then we find things we'd like to re-do or re-work, and we're off again on version 2.0, then 3.0, and so on. The work you have been able to accomplish is amazing, with a great use of materials. The choice of quality over quantity is a hard decision to make, but, in this case, well worth the sacrifice of the helm and possibly the sword. The other option might be to pick up a latex LARP or cheaper Rohan-style sword to fill in till you get yours together.For this year, I've already decided to postpone the helmet, and the sword might be the next casualty, depending on whether I can get some extra days off before Dragon Con.
Hey! Yes, your site was a TON of help (and inspiration), especially for vambrace and grieves pattern. I gave your pauldron pattern a shot, but it didn't work for the materials I wanted to use. It still helped me make sure my scale was more or less correct when I patterned my own. I'll try to post as many of my illustrator templates as I can when this is all over, and hopefully pay it forward a bit.It was one of my favorite costumes to create ever. I too had a terrible time with the $(*(%*#)$ pauldrons. I'm wondering if it was my pattern that didn't work for you. (I'm Jedielfqueen)
Actually, Guri, what did you do for the tunic/shirt/base layer? I have this image, and I'm planning to use a very simple Viking tunic pattern with an added collar, but I'm still not sure if that's the best option and what material to use. Currently I'm planning to use something natural and breathable, and dye it if necessary.Anyway - I will be following now and if there's anything I can help with let me know - I know it's late... but I thought I'd offer anyway.