Edward Elric is one of the main characters of the anime series "Fullmetal Alchemist." Creating a costume for this character can be an expensive undertaking considering that Edward has a fully functional metal arm and leg which are known as automail in the series. Fortunately, the trousers, long coat and white gloves that Edward is often seen wearing completely cover these limbs so you can render a recognisable and affordable costume without worrying about recreating the look of robotic prosthetics.
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Things you need
- Long red jacket
- Fabric pencil
- Black fabric paint
- Damp cloth
- Black button-up shirt
- Liquid starch
- Double fold bias tape
- White gloves
- Black trousers
- Black boots
- Brown belt
Shop thrift stores to locate a long red jacket or robe with a hood. If you cannot find a red jacket or robe, use a white or pale coloured robe and dye it red using powdered fabric dye purchased from the laundry section of a grocery store or a craft store. Follow the instructions on the package to dye the robe in your washing machine or in a large pot on your stove.
Refer to a picture of the character and draw the symbol from the back of his coat onto the back of your jacket or robe with a fabric pencil or chalk. Fill in the symbol with black fabric paint or a black permanent marker. Gently wipe away any remaining pencil or chalk lines with a damp cloth after the paint or marker has dried.
Launder a black button-up shirt as you would normally. Remove the shirt from the washer and place it in a tub of equal parts water and liquid starch. Soak the shirt for approximately 30 minutes.
Remove the shirt from the tub and place it on a large, clean towel. Roll the towel up tightly to soak up water from the shirt. Unroll the towel and hang the damp shirt on a clothesline until it is completely dry.
Iron the collar of the shirt so that it stands straight up. The fabric will be stiff from the starch so it should stand up easily. Put the shirt on and trim the bottom so that it falls just above your waist.
Sew white double fold bias tape along the bottom of the shirt, up both sides of the button opening of the shirt and the top of the collar. Bias tape is an inexpensive item found in craft stores. It is pre-folded so you can encase the edge of the fabric with the bias tape and sew it into place with one line of stitching leaving no raw edges.
Purchase a pair of white gloves, black T-shirt, black trousers, black boots and a brown belt from a thrift store or look through your own closet to see if you already have these items.
Tips and warnings
- Turn any old pair of boots into black boots with a can of black spray paint. Apply thin coats of paint until the boots have been completely covered. The paint will not be permanent but it should last for a few wearings.
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