Hi! I’d like to cosplay Maryden Halewell from Dragon Age: Inquisition, but I don’t know how to tackle her sleeves, they have an interesting texture I’m not quite sure how to replicate. Do you have any suggestions?
That texture is quite interesting! There’s a few ways I can see to go about this.
First of all, the pattern of the sleeves themselves. They appear to be vertically pleated, which is an usual style. I would pattern these like you would a pleated skirt, only you are going to need to deal with the curve of the sleeve cap. Basically, vertically slash a straight, dartless sleeve pattern at even intervals where you want the pleats to go, spread the pieces apart in the distance you need (these are box pleats, so pleat depth x 2 for the sides + however wide you want the “bottom” of the pleat), and then redraw the curve of the cap to fit the new size and shape.
For the texture, you can either buy a fabric with a texture or you can create a fabric with a texture. Chenille or corduroy with the wale running horizontally would work well, as would a synthetic fabric with a pre-pressed “crinkle” effect. You might also get lucky and find a really textured dupioni that could work. If you want to create the pattern yourself, you can use dye to create a simulation of texture (possibly by doing rough accordion pleats on green fabric and then dipping in black?), or you can pleat or melt fabric in a way that gets you that texture. If you don’t want to deal with all that, raw silk/silk noil might make an interesting texture, though not entirely accurate. I would say that the more inherent texture to the fabric you use, the better in this case.
Personally? I would go with a chenille or a corduroy with a wide (lower number) wale (the the lines running through it), since the rest of the outfit gives off the kind of vibe where a rich, fall fabric would make sense.
I hope that helps! Good luck :]