Productivity, 3.

The other thing I made was a skirt. I already spoke about the larp event we are organising. I quite like to have costumes for that sort of thing, even if I’m not playing myself. However, a month later (beginning of May) there is an event where I will be playing. In case my current character decides to die (or just dies) I would like to have a backup character ready to step back in again.

So while I was at school trying to work on my thesis, I decided to take a break and google for a larp-staff. A piece of equipment I have been wanting to own for years, however, the only ones available are.. well.. ugly. I don’t like them at all. Then, a miracle happened, I founded something I liked! Or at least, liked a lot more than all the other ones out there. It can be found here. Now, the only thing I didn’t like were the metal caps around the bottom. I got a custom order and they will make me one without the caps. It all went fairly smoothly and they are very friendly at Skian Mohr.

Next, I needed a new costume (of course) so I drew one out:

Fighterdress

On Saturday I started with the first layer: the white underskirt. I decided to do it simple. I made a little “tutorial” to show what I did. Step 1 consisted of cutting 3 lengths, slightly over one meter (the length from floor to my waist) and then cut them across diagonally. The selvage edges were then sewn together (to end up with 3 pieces with a  selvage seam in the middle). The selvage and fold pieces were then alternately attached to each other using French seams. Number 2 shows half the skirt. The other half would look the same only there would be two fold pieces on both sides and a selvage piece in the middle. At step 3 and 4 I marked and cut the bottom of in more of a circle shape. In step 5 I cut the waist section in a circle shape. Then I cut a very long rectangular piece to be the waistband. I then gathered all the panels onto the waistband (6; yes this drawing makes little sense). All in all there is a lot of fabric at the bottom, the hem is going to be several meters long.

Tutorial

I have not actually hemmed it, which is why it is not finished yet. I felt I should let it hang for a while before hemming it, since the fabric is somewhat stretchy. I attached a little extra waistband to be able to tie it into a bow at the front. It’s actually really comfortable (if much too long). This is what it looks like, without the hem finished.

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As you can see, it’s very wide at the bottom, and much too long. Still I feel it looks nice. It’s also finished on the insides and the ‘getting in’ opening.

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Just hemming to do on these and I will really have been productive!

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About Luus

I'm a girl in my mid-twenties, living in the Netherlands. I like to do creative stuff and I read a lot.
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6 Responses to Productivity, 3.

  1. Janneke says:

    Hi, I found your blog through my WP news feed, I really like it (being a roleplayer and fanatic seamstress myself). I really look forward to your costumes, always like to see what other people are up to!

    • luus says:

      Awesome! Thanks, I hope to finish that white skirt soon, and start the green over .. thing. I also make a lot of ‘normal’ clothes, but that shouldn’t decrease the fun.
      I don’t know if you’re looking for a new event to play at but you are always welcome at ours in Zeeland: http://www.the-balance.nl
      (hey, no harm in trying right!)
      Good luck with your own costumes!

      • Janneke says:

        Hahaha, looks like a lot of fun 🙂 unfortunately, I am a bit busy, I play at Attila Lrp and Fase 3 post-apocalyptic Larp, which already means at least 8 events in a year (plus the promotion on the elf fantasy fair). But when I find the time, I will think of your event! 🙂

      • luus says:

        8 is a lot indeed!
        I only play 1, with two events a year. But I’m part of the crew of another one (also twice a year, but very new). Have a nice season!

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