Lara's holster belt is probably my favorite part of her whole apparel, so I was eager to finally get to make it. Trying to figure out where she got
this holster belt in the video game, I noticed that it simply materializes onto her thigh as soon as she gets a pistol for it, which is more than I'm
able to do, so I guess I'll just have to make one by hand instead.
The creation of the holster belt
As much as I like the video game and Lara's holster belt, it felt really great to finally hold this item in my hands, even if it is just a replica
costume part. A replica of the first pistol that Lara acquired was also later made for this holster belt, otherwise carrying one around would be
Whoever left behind the leather bag and everything else useful in my attics.
Skinnlåven for selling me the metal hardware and leather oil.
10 days - Between 4 August 2014 and 19 October 2014.
Leather bag - 0 NOK - Found in my attic.
Leather oil - 108,75 NOK.
White cotton thread - 0 NOK - Already available.
Large D-ring - 0 NOK - Already available.
Small D-ring set - 57,10 NOK.
Large belt buckle - 0 NOK - Seller forgot to charge.
Small belt buckle - 0 NOK - Seller forgot to charge.
Total - 165,85 NOK / $21,67 USD.
The pistol housing was sewn onto the main part of the holster belt
with the same thick white thread.
I also made the seam avoid the deep cut at the top of the main part, as
seen on the original.
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After cutting out the pocket that is really too small to hold anything
useful, the same amount of stitch holes were made through it and the
pistol housing so the pocket would form itself to the right shape when
being sewn on.
Since the lower belt was held in place by video game logic, I had to
slightly reposition it and the rivets that hold it in place to make the
rivets actually hold it in place.
A long search had also taken place to find just the right looking belt
buckle that matched the original.
To make the pistol housing and its mounting edges stay in the right
shape, the leather was bent back even further while still wet, and was
then clamped down to dry off in this new position.
Among the various crap that had been left behind in both my attics
was a thick leather bag that I thought would look just perfectly old
and distressed for turning into the holster belt.
It even had different leather thicknesses that would work great for
making the small pocket and other details.
Comparing the two-way radio to its digital equivalent was very helpful
for finding the right size of all the different parts of the holster belt.
While the leather was still soft from the hot water, all the stitch holes
were made through it on a sewing machine while trying to make the
seam just as misplaced as on the original.
After cutting out the main part of the holster belt, it was soaked in hot
water and pressed flat against my horrible kitchen floor to straighten
out the old leather that had been creased and folded for the last 50
years or so.
A leather oil was also brushed onto the parts since the old leather was
very dry and cracked.
While the digital version of the holster belt doesn't show how the
pistol housing is attached, real-life versions usually have outward
facing mounting edges that are sewn onto the main part, so I decided
to make mine the same way.
Several small clamps were used to relax the leather of the pistol
housing to the right shape after it was also soaked in hot water.
The small pocket was sewn on with a thick white thread, and a dark
rivet was attached to the lid since it looked like the original snap
button, even though the lid can't be opened anymore.
After figuring out the appropriate length for the main belt, it was cut
from the same thick leather as the main part.
Another long search had also taken place to find just the right looking
belt buckle that matched the original.
The three D-ring holders for the main belt were made from the thinner
leather of the bag, and were sewn together with a thick black thread.
The three D-ring holders were placed in just about the same
misaligned position as on the original.
The belt loop for the main belt was also made from the thinner
leather, and was sewn together with the same thick black thread.
Two small rivets were also custom cut and mounted onto the belt loop
to match the look of the in-game version instead of the publicity
version that was missing these.
Trying to figure out what the main belt actually buckles onto, I
decided on a curved piece of leather that would be attached to the
large rivet at the corner of the main part.
After adding thick white stitches to the small belt, it was folded
around the D-ring that holds the main belt in place before being
secured to the large rivet and the main part with glue.
Pieces of sandpaper and other rough objects were rubbed around the
surface of the holster belt to make it look worn and weathered at the
same locations as on the original.
meant to make leather look antique, and it gave the holster belt a
perfectly antiqued look too.