Brienne of Tarth Costume: Part Three

Some of the final pieces of the Brienne of Tarth costume came in the mail on Wednesday. I was exuberant until I opened the package and realized that at least one of the items was not going to work.

At first I had hope for the floppy chest armor…if I just cut it in the right places, that might decrease the weird stomach bulge happening because of the poorly designed tying system.

Chest Armor with Nipples

This chest armor has nipples. This is what happens when you don't heed the warning reviews on the costume website. :"

By Wednesday evening I’d abandoned the idea of the armor working and was back to bouncing around all the internet sites hoping against hope that I could find a cheap alternative that would arrive in time.

Then, the DH and I recalled some armor at Party City  which had actually looked decent. Unfortunately, it’s a bronze color. Not to worry though – just had to bust out the spray paint and go to town.


Here is the chest piece BEFORE:

Chest Armor

This is Sparta!

Here is the chest piece AFTER:

Chest Armor

THIS is Brienne of Tarth!

I applied the spray paint with a cloth method from this video tutorial. I didn’t use a black matte base, because the armor already had a lot of black mixed with the bronze. And I used more of a dabbing motion than any kind of sweeping. The whole process took about 30 minutes or so.


Was also mildly disappointing because it only ended up being a “half-skirt” which is fine, because the cape will be covering up my backside anyway. But really – they couldn’t design a silver armor skirt that just, you know – wrapped around the entire body? Coulda used velcro and overlapping. *smh*

But it fits with the rest of the costume pieces so well:

Skirt and Cape

Skirt and cape together! I need to get a mannequin. The rocking chair doesn't really do it justice.

As you can see – we also modified the cape (using good old safety pins) without sewing. Woot! We will probably attach it to the chest armor the day of (otherwise it pulls on my neck and chokes a bit).


This was the biggest struggle of them all – finding a shirt that would work underneath the armor and look somewhat like it could be mail. I really didn’t think this was going to happen, until I visited a local Goodwill (my fourth such visit in the last month) and scouted out the perfect shirt.

It’s a cream-colored, heavier material that drapes similarly to mail and has a bit of shine to it.

Check it out:

Fake Chain Mail Shirt

If it worked for LOTR...

We used the same spray paint from the chest armor and just applied it in light, sweeping strokes to the shirt. This is about the fifth or sixth coat right here, and I think it’s looking pretty much how I’d like it to. I have some yarn I still intend to knit the hood with, so I’ll do a comparison and may have to apply a few more coats.

That’s about it for now. I do have pictures of myself wearing most of the costume items assembled/crafted thus far…

Here are a few different angles to give you the flavor of how it’s all coming together:

Brienne of Tarth Costume - Right Side View

Right side view

Brienne of Tarth Costume - Left Side View

Left side view

This is without the chain mail shirt (just a grey long-sleeved job) AND the knitted hood.

Looking forward to the final unveiling!

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Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

6 responses to “Brienne of Tarth Costume: Part Three”

  1. addie says :

    The spray paint also appears to have given that armor some abs… I’m guessing that’s the flipside? 🙂

    I’m on a total sewing rampage for my Mel cape as of last night. I can’t wait to dress up as many times as possible in that outfit on Halloween weekend.

    • tinyheroes says :

      Oh the abs were there…Not mine though. I miss abs. 😛

      What really cracks me up is the ridiculous shoulder width. I look like a linebacker with the armor on. Ah well – Brienne is kind of a beast of a woman. It makes sense. I’m pretty irritated that there’s no knights armor for women, unless you want your breasts popping out. How is that even SAFE!?

    • tinyheroes says :

      Dude – I just realized what you were talking about. Oh LOL. I took a before picture of the backside. But an after picture of the front side.

      You saw what I did there. 🙂

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