Finally finished this piece.
Ok, so not entirely done, I need to put the top coat on, put the backing and lining in, and add the back straps that'll hold it in place, but the majority of the work on it is done!
I am in love with the lacing/braiding on this thing, it's absolutely gorgeous! It took me roughly 5 hours, 6 meters of leather lace on either side.
Will upload a picture of me wearing it when I attach all that stuff.