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The Merchant - Resident Evil 4 by DugFinn The Merchant - Resident Evil 4 by DugFinn
Edit! I'm featured as the Merchant in the RE mini-series Resident Evil Residential Files Eps 2 Video!!! Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-4jR4…

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I'm not sure who took this photo, but that's me :icondugfinn: cosplaying the Merchant. I'm really happy with how the photos came out. I added them together so both the backpack and belts could better be seen.

How I Made the Cosplay
I put the Merchants outfit together over the course of a few weeks. Much of it is thrift store items that have been fully mutilated to create that lovely RE4 look.

The trench coat is all leather. Got it at a thrift store and sewed a hood on and distressed the ends of the sleeves and trench coat hem lines. Inside his coat, there are all the pouches he has in the game. I usually carry guns (and Pokemon cards) in there.

I used an assortment of belts and leather pouches to create the straps and such for the insides of the trench coat, the robe and the apron. I had to do a lot of cutting, sewing and glueing for that one. (Note to self: leather belts are a pain in the ass to hand stitch!)

I custom painted the gloves with sharpie markers and the shoes with spray paint. Living in TX, it's super easy to find heavy duty leather boots at the thrift store all the time. Lucky, tee-hee! The shoes are several sizes bigger than my feet to give the illusion that I'm "bigger" than I really am, heh.

The backpack is also made of leather. I found a few leather luggage bags at the thrift store and took them all apart and re-sewed them all together to create the frankenstein's monster of a luggage back pack that the Merchant has. It is amazing. The backpack is fully usable and I often carry spare clothes, brown eggs, guns and bananas in there.

I custom drafted a pattern for the robe and made that out of drapery fabric found in the red tag area at Jo-ann. I used spray paint to distress the fabric and dirty it up.

Basically, this is a HIGHLY modified thrift store outfit. Just goes to show what a little searching and lots of modification can do.

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:iconemperorkarino:
EmperorKarino Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great cosplay :D
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:iconmishkuu:
mishkuu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!
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BethanyRoseCostumes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing! love this game!
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:iconminorfiction:
MinorFiction Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Over here stranger.
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Stranger, stranger! X3
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:icona-hardie:
A-hardie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
....How can you see?
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:iconayahime0:
Ayahime0 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, you made him look badass!
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MyGreenApplePhotos Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I love him! GReat job!
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:iconstarfoxguy308:
StarFoxGuy308 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
8D Freakin' A!!!
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:iconlotr1000:
lotr1000 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
love it! the jacket, gloves, and backpack especially! :)
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:iconomegadragon4:
Omegadragon4 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am so glad I finally found someone that did this. I got the inspiration recently to do a Merchant Cosplay since finishing my HUNK cosplay. I can tell this is going to help. Thanks a whole bunch. Amazing work.
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:iconelcazadordeaventuras:
I love you merchant! :B Come back to RE :)
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:iconripoffmanx:
RipOffManX Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Impressive...this was an idea I had too, long ago.
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972oTeV Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
what are you buying?.....

what are you selling?.....

Stranger, Stranger. now thats a photo!

Wow! :headbang:

The Merchant is.... HEAVY METAL!
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:iconteamsnic:
TeamSNIC Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I love it! <3
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:iconipwnlocks:
ipwnlocks Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
if you saw him around comic con, i think everyone would avoid him. he doesnt look creepy as FUCK or anything...
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DaikiTheWolfTIC Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
I want to cosplay as The Merchant to D:
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:iconkuiiki:
Kuiiki Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
great cosplay!!!
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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BekkaWatts Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student
this is awesome! "over here, stranger" :P
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Tee-hee! The Merchant is really such an awesome character!
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BekkaWatts Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student
OMG yes, he is :3
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XenoLink Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ahhh, I'll buy it at an high price! :D Perfect Merchant! *_*
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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:iconthe-true-zx:
The-True-ZX Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Would you mind divulging what material you used for the hood? I managed to get a leather/pleather (idk which, thrift store stuff) trench, but it needs a hood. What material would be the best to work with? It's also kinda difficult to figure out the pants he wears under the robe and apron.

I mean damn, dude, I'm definitely using your setup as a guide for my own. These pictures give the Merchant an even darker feel than he does in the game. Of course, mine won't be perfect, but it doesn't hurt to try.
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, no problem. ^ ^

I used a pleather I found at Jo-Ann's for the hood. It was a softer type (not marine vinyl). Ask the employees for help in finding a realistic pleather to use for garments. It should be easy to sew and bend. I think the one I got had white fuzzy stuff on the other side used for padding. You'll have to line the hood, so that won't matter. I used black cotton as a lining.

In the game, it's almost impossible to see what pants he's wearing. Sometimes it's like blck or brown, others it's just glitchy. I've used several different pants when I wear the outfit, but my favorites have been the dark brown or off black baggy pants. You'll want something that will tuck into the boots and be really baggy around the shins, like extreme bell bottoms. Like the super baggy Hot Topic tripp pants! Something that has that shape works awesome!

Hope this helps!
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The-True-ZX Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ok, I finally managed to get the time (and money, woot for jobs) to buy the fabric for the hood and the apron. I may go back to Jo Ann's for some material for the straps and pouches, or go to another thrift store for belts to line the inside. That large pouch on his apron may be an issue though.

I have to ask though, did you use one of the patterns provided there for the hood? And if so, do you remember which one it was? I have a pattern in mind (and it'll be detachable even) but I'm not sure if it's a 100% fit.
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet!

I actually drafted the hood pattern from scratch. I just played around with paper and tape until it looked right. XD But I'm sure any hood pettern you already have or the detachable kind should work out really well. :)

I wish you good luck!
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The-True-ZX Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A couple of final questions. Sorry for just bombarding you like this, lol. What materials did you use for the pouches, and were they on both sides, or just the left (The side of the jacket the merchant opens in-game)?

I can even send you some pictures of the final product (when I have it finished later this week), if you want.
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yoh! No problem at all, send all the questions, heh.

I used leather for some of the pouches and cloth for most. I mostly used old pouches I ripped off of other items or pre-made pouches. Like, one is a leather CD holder, another is a camera box, and another is actually an old YuGiOh! deck box made of cloth. XD So, feel free to use anything you can find and just sew it in there. I only added pouches to the left side, since it's the only side I open to the public, heh.

I would LOVE to see your final outfit! That would be fantastic! :D Thank you!
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
What did you use for the brown robe underneath the leather jacket?
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It was an upholstery fabric I found in the red tag area of Jo-Anns. I haven't seen them carry that fabric again since that one time many years ago.
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
How did you fashion it into a jacket or overall or whatever it is?? xD Please explain it to me.
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I made it into a robe. It's a pretty basic robe actually. It's made like a nightgown. No sleeves. A small zipper in the back at the neck to easily allow it to fit over my head as I slip it on. The entire robe is only two pieces (front and back) and sewn together at the sides. I actually didn't use a pattern for it.
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Maiden-Of-The-Maggot Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! That helps alot :>
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gamegeek4ever Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
omg..... i was looking for ideas for the merchant cuz my dad is cosplaying as him and i know sewing the hood was a pain in the ass...... although your outfit is way better than the fake hood i made for my dad cuz it isnt leather ......... i did the thrift store thing too i tell u it was hard looking for most of it and im not even done making it but does the merchant actually wear a skirt guacho type of thing under his clothes???? i couldnt tell from the videogame pics cuz they were dark.. i was wondering what type of fabric did u use for the apron??? i think i might have some material although i would have to paint it.... I absolutley loved this outfit although my dads wont be as fancy and leathery i'm sill gonna go for it .... thanks ^.^
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The Merchant wears a robe, but the big leather pouch is attached to the purple apron. Basically, they are the same piece. This image should help you. [link]
My Merchant outfit is actually inaccurate in several ways (as you can see from the reference art), so don't use it too much as a reference, heh, heh.
But thank you for the compliant!

Oh, the fabric I used was red tag drapery fabric from Jo-anns. They get it randomly in different styles, shades, and colors, so you can't really predict when they'll get it.
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DERICORE-X Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I just love this. Myself and a Friend are heavily considering cosplaying as The Merchant and Leon Respectively. About how much did this cost you (Materials + supplies). I will most likely have a limited budget and would hope to get away with spending less than 300 Piezas. (Hope you get the reference)
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The Merchant outfit cost me about $60. But I checked my local thrift stores over the course of months to find all the items and modify them. I also got lucky at Joanns when they finally got the perfect fabric for him. It's the only time I ever saw them have it. Anways, good luck!
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DERICORE-X Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! Im planning on spending the brunt of the cash on leather saddlebags and pouches to put in the coat.
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Jackolantern555 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Artist
that is so awesome it's hot
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank ya' Stranger! Heh, heh, heh!
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Jackolantern555 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student Artist
awesome
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weskerfreak105 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehehe awesome epicness strangah!
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Patronum1121 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Awesome outfit, stranga. :)
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ChaosRoulette Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm thinkin about doing a cosplay similar to this =) ....well actually exactly this lol could you suggest some advice? I'm not particularly adapt at sowing but you're costume is very very impressive XD
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You can use Fabritac (the fabric glue of the gods!) instead of sewing.
Also, you're gonna have to hand stick a lot of this outfit because of the thickness of the leather/pleather.

I suggest visiting your thrift stores, like once every few weeks. Be patient. You'll find the right stuff over time. Especially during and after the winter months. Same if you look on eBay. Great place to shop for old dusters and leather luggage bags.

Good luck!
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xRage64x Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
WHATTAYA SELLIN?!?!?!
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:icondugfinn:
DugFinn Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WHATTAYA BUYIN?!?!?!
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xRage64x Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I'd lik-aHBAHBHABHBAHBAHRAGAGRGAR *you are DEAD*
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