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Burning Man 2013 Commission by Marcusstratus Burning Man 2013 Commission by Marcusstratus
Made at the request of ~stunam1, I just got this finished and mailed off in time for Burning Man 2013 www.burningman.com/ He's a member of the Abraxas Dragon crew and was looking for a samuraiesque ensemble to wear for this year. Using the same vest design I did for my Industrial Ensemble, I also made matching hakama and bracers. The vest and bracers have 1" webbing sewn across them to give them an armour aesthetic. One of the things on this outfit I'm most pleased about are the clasps on the front of the vest. They're claws that fasten around a metal button.

The bracers are a redesign of my Hourglass bracers fav.me/d3es5xg which essentially replace my DemiGauntlets design fav.me/d1azopw

The hakama are made with the standard ~Lastwear pattern. It's been a long time since I made these and had to re-remember a large portion of the tricks that go into making 'em. As such, there were a couple times I realized I had done something wrong only after finishing this or that and so I had to unstitch and redo.

Linings and webbing are made of 100% cotton fabric while the burgandy fabric is a 65/35 cotton/poly blend. All hardware where possible is solid brass.

When I get a picture from the commissioner I'll post it on here so folks can see it in action.
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KageNoMozaiku Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
alrighty then, i have to make a coat like this!  but mine would be chocolate brown with black stripes, a few cargo pockets and no belt.  i already have a 2 inch wide leather belt with my leatherman and a couple pouches on it.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
That sounds good! The vest is a rather simple design, with a large hood like what you see on cloaks, just add some pleated cargo pockets and a few MOLLE straps and your done!
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KageNoMozaiku Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
fantastic!  thanks for the tips.
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TheArtfulJellyfish Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Man, I love this. With the hood and the buckles and the gloves, oh goodness it's glorious!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Being able to do a complete outfit is great, control of everything 
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gabivampire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student
i loooove it <3
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LIGER-GUYVER-0 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Told my wife I would wear this in a heart beat! Let's just say her response was less than supportive,  lol! But man I love design and the color! 
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha yup, many things I make are too different for some people to swallow... and I wouldn't have it any other way :D
Cheers!
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ILL-I-AM Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Pretty frikkin' awesome... bracers and vest are REALLY cool.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks mate! Glad to share my work :ahoy:
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DukeWeerd Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that rocks. makes me happy,
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MackSztaba Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional
Great work.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers :D
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Kissakisan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee-hee... Fire Nation look and Burning Man :D

I like the subtle Japanese themes blended in
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers! Yeah, lots of Japan in this one :D
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Dai-Azaiwa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
D: WAAAAANTTTTT! Seriously, would you be interested in making this again but in a slightly edited format? :3
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Wriin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Gorgeous work! One of my new favorites among your craft :)
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frmrson1 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I have commented before on another piece, so I hope I am not repeating myself. I was trying to put a fine point on why I really like your work. Here are some of my observations and opinions. Your pieces do not look too "costumey", they look functional and perfectly usable in another reality (or this one). They look durable, and by the materials you use I would dare to say they are EXTREMELY durable. You have a very clear vision and consistency to your design style. All of your pieces are "finished", not just in material, but in style. Your details are just right, not too much, just enough to have exciting little details. Didn't mean to gush too much, just think you are a terrific talent. Well done.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers mate! I do try to achieve a balanced composition in everything I create. I also value quality and longevity in an item.
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Zae369 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
This looks amazing! The proportions and shape are so well done that when i saw the thumb i though this was concept art for a character.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah! splendid. Thanks for the remarks :ahoy:
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gryphonsshadow Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
damn I want to make a puffy shirt now... anyway this is great work, that vest has such a nice big hood. I love the bracers too, might take some construction ideas from them, they might solve some design problems I'm having.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh yeah, any hoods you can find on clothes these days are much to small. Glad you can get some ideas from the bracers :)
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stunam1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Also I just received the package and the clasps are do epic Marcus. I'm pleased i just gave you artistic freedom within my needs. The color everyone is darker maroon or burgundy. Not as bright as this photo. The stitching on the Hakama pants is impeccable. People Marcus is a fine master artisan.

Wait until you see the Kat I made for this and the shoulder armor piece that lays on top.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome, good to know you received it successfully. I'm excited to see what the complete outfit looks like :D
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stunam1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Pardon my spelling. Hat not Kat.
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PJvG Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome! I totally wish I had something like this! :D
I'm in love with this outfit! :heart:
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you! I definitely enjoy doing entire ensembles more then single articles.
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Love it, it looks so natural, not at all contrived.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! That's certainly what I try to achieve with my work.
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nora302 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student General Artist
super awesome :3 
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers :D
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nora302 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
:)
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zeara263 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Your work is hugely inspiring. As a textiles/fashion student, everything you make amazes me, and pushes me to keep learning and practicing. Thank you so much for sharing it here. I hope one day i can make things like this too. 
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh indeed. I started sewing by following instructions on commercial patterns, but then got my degree in design school after graduating high school. So you're probably well on your way there :D
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BurningIvy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm thinking you are the best in your craft that I've seen on the entire internet and I've looked around. Again, this design is breathtaking. Really liking this color combo too.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers! Thanks for the kind words. :ahoy:
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Damn. You really outdid yourself this time. Excellent work.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha every time I make an effort to outdo my previous work.
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
I think it's safe to call this one a success, then!
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kolllybry Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waaah! It's so beautiful !!!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!
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TheRealLuxon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My girlfriend told me that outfit and im amazed. I really like to have one and if its not problem can you show me how to diot or get it?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This entire outfit was drafted and sewn together by myself, so if you would like something similar I would accept payment for another project.
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frederickbeaudoin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
That's just amazing.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Cheers!
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DanilLovesFood Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Amazing work sir!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :ahoy:
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elenahasdna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*flail*
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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