Often when I glamour my Disciples of the Hand, I try to stick to really functional things, which generally serves to be a pretty severe limitation. My last few crafting glamours have been largely variations on the same basic look, with the basic color scheme and even many of the pieces staying the same from glamour to glamour. Given that high end crafting isn’t especially enjoyable for me in Balmung’s economy, I’ve largely stepped away from crafting in general, which has meant it’s actually been almost six months since my last one.
For a few days after I picked up the new Spring Shirt, I thought pretty heavily about using it for a new crafter look, but ultimately I wasn’t ready to move away from the Ala Mihgan Doublet just yet. But as I mentioned recently, I did have some Patron Requests to tackle for this month, and the first of them was for a new crafter glamour! I knew from the start that I wanted to get away from the sort of standard top plus Falconer’s Bottoms and Field Commander’s Boots stuff that has dominated my crafter glamours of late, and I also wanted to get some more color going.
Glamour Components (Required Level: DoH 70)
Head: Red Beret
Body: Ala Mhigan Doublet of Crafting (Dalamud Red)
Hands: Guardian Corps Gauntlets (Dalamud Red)
Legs: Werewolf Bottoms (Dalamud Red)
Feet: Scion Healer’s Highboots
I still wasn’t ready to give up the Ala Mhigan Doublet, of course, so I decided right away to stick with that. Since I was looking for a more colorful look, I settled on using the Scion Healer’s Highboots, as crafters don’t have a lot of really inspiring boots to begin with and the red on the Highboots would give me something to work off of for color, too. From there, the challenge proved to be choosing all of the other pieces, as I had a lot of different options.
For the legs slot, I was pretty sure I wanted a skirt of some kind, since I was already using using the Highboots. As a starting point, I settled on the Werewolf Bottoms, but I experimented with several others along the way. I really liked the shape of the Faire Kohakama, but the bit of the tights peaking out over the back of the Highboots ended up being too much of a sore thumb for me to commit to them. The Valentione Skirt was a top contender, too, but the overall shape didn’t seem quite right. At some point, I considered the Guardian Corps Skirt, too, but I felt like it didn’t really blend with everything else in terms of colors. So, in the end, I came back to the Werewolf Bottoms for something perfectly functional.
For a change of pace on crafter glamours (though less so with more recent ones for other roles), I wanted to avoid using glasses, as well. As has often been the case recently, I started out with the Flat Cap, since I’ve grown so fond of it, but its colors didn’t quite fit in with everything else. The Red-Feathered Flat Hat looked much better in terms of colors (and it has a cute feather on it!), but it’s a lot wider than the regular Flat Cap, which made it look quite silly on Alahra. But, I’d had the Red Beret on my radar for a little while now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to put it to good use.
The real struggle proved to be the gloves, though. Crafters have abysmal choices for gloves, and I wanted something that really worked well in red (or, ideally, something red and black to match the Highboots). None of the available options offer a good red and black scheme, and most choices that looked right when dyed red just didn’t seem to mesh well with the Doublet. I considered just sticking to the Ala Mhigan Gloves of Crafting, but they didn’t really seem to fit in with the Beret and the boots. The Guardian Corps Gauntlets, a piece I’ve never used before, seemed to work pretty well, though, given that they seem somewhat functional for working with ones hands without being too bulky.
The more I’ve sat on this one since finishing it, the more I grow to like it, and it actually makes me a little sad that I very rarely craft these days. I did a decent amount of crafting to decorate my FC house recently, but once that was done, I’ve gone back to largely no crafting at all. That’s a bit of a bummer since I once enjoyed crafting more than most anything else in the game, but if nothing else, I sill have a really cute look for idling around in!
This post comes by request of one of this site’s patrons on Patreon, Curious Usagi, who wanted to see a new crafter glamour. If you’d like to make requests yourself, either by voting for the monthly Patron-Only Glamour Spotlight or for the site in general, you can contribute to Fashion Ninjutsu’s Patreon.