Eretria is a main character in The Shannara Chronicles, based on the character of the same name in The Elfstones of Shannara. She is a Rover and the adopted daughter of Cephalo, the leader of their caravan of Rovers.
Eretria Costume: By Laura Bielaczyc
When I was told I should make a costume from The Shannara Chronicles, my first thought was to be Eretria! Not only is she the one I look like the most in the series, I like the way her character develops. Most of Eretria’s costume pieces were things I thought I could just pull out of my closet from past costumes. The most difficult piece was her orange jacket of course.
I usually try to make most of my costumes from scratch, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to do that this year. So, what better place to find most of my costuming pieces than good ol’ Goodwill.
I go into Goodwill with the mindset of finding something similar that I can hack up and turn into exactly what I need.
This Jacket is a pretty close example of the one I found there, except mine had a zipper front, collar and ruffles! That was a lot to have to remove, this jacket below would have been much easier to work with.
I also purchased several belts for all of the detail work on Eretria’s jacket similar to these:
For the trim work on the edge of the jacket I used leather trim similar to this:
For the shoulder armor, I started with veg-tan leather scraps I had lying around. I dyed them black and decorated it with a lot of rivets and eyelets like these below. I saved a few spots on the leather to use the rivets to connect the leather armor to the jacket.
I couldn’t find big eyelets like the ones on Eretria’s jacket, so I popped the ones out of one of the belts I bought from Goodwill. I used those to make part of the sleeve detail shown in this picture:
Here is my version:
My version of Eretria’s jacket isn’t exactly like the one on The Shannara Chronicles, but I’m fine with that. Some of the details are a little different such as the buckles in the front. I did a mix of black and brown leather because she’s a rover and Eretria’s going to use whatever she can find or steal to make her clothing! The studded detail down the front was made using a wide belt from Goodwill that I cut in half longways. I used the leather belt that I ripped the eyelets out of to make a support for the buckles. The black pouch on the sleeve was made using scrap leather I had from another project. Here is my version of her jacket: