Time taken: 3 hours.
Materials: Cotton lycra, old pair of boots, thread, red suede thong, gold paint, black waxed thread.
Tools: Sewing machine, speedy stitcher, scissors.
Difficulty level: Easy.
So the only Saarebas we’ve seen pre-Inquisition have been male, and they all go shirtless. I wasn’t keen to walk around a con like that so I had a look around and found the concept art for female qunari:
OK, not much of a top, but it covers the vital parts. I guess I could have used a pair of leggings for pants but I’ve put so much work into this that it would’ve felt like cheating to not make some just for this. And I had an old pair of boots that I’d been keeping for just such an occasion as this.
I removed the ankle buckles and cut them to mid calf length and stitched around the top. I figured they were old and huckery enough to not need much else doing to them
The top is made from cotton lycra. I measured from my hip at the back, up around the front and behind my neck, then back around to the other hip. At first I cut a straight band, but quickly realised it’d be more comfortable and look better if I made the strip around the neck and the ends narrower, so I ended up with something that looked like a very loosely-made bra:
It required a couple of darts in strategic places to make cups for my boobs, and then I sewed a hem right around the outside and a loop on each end. While I had my sewing machine out, I made a pair of pants from a leggings pattern, with tapered legs and a lace-up fly (there’s where the suede comes in – not that anyone will see it but *I* know it’s authentic). I sewed two large buttons on the back for the loops on the ends of the top to go through.
The final touch was to paint a gold strip around the outside of the top. This was probably not necessary but I thought it was a nice touch that would go well with the rest of the gold in the outfit, and make it look a bit worn as well.