August 16, 2015 by New Capel Street: Fabric Division
A few years ago I decided to stop buying fabric, as much as possible, as to co-opt a friend’s description of her own stash, I had a veritable Fabric Mountain going on. I made exceptions, such as for the commissions I was doing at the time, and of course any time I really couldn’t resist something in the scrap bins in Hickeys and the Woollen Mills (I didn’t know about The Cloth Shop back then, and I was afraid to go in to Murphy Sheehys for fear of being turfed out). But the end result is that I have enough fabric to fill an entire bookcase, and I really did want to use up the crappy stuff so I could buy nice, pretty fabric.
I’ve mentioned before that the fey group I play in at LT is known for wearing mostly grey, and many of the members wear ‘raggies’ like these ones from Velvet Glove So I wanted to riff on that when making my character kit, but put more of a spin on the scrappy aesthetic. So when making bracers to use as armour, I cut them from a scrap of a waistcoat (more on that another day) and the tunic, and from an ill-fated pair of hero pants. I may write about those another day, once I have done something I don’t utterly despise with the fabric. But for now, bracers!
I found a Lord of the Rings cosplay site when searching for bracer patterns, which gave a very handy schematic for self-drafting bracer patterns. I used that, realised yet again that I have abnormally tiny hands and wrists, and came out with these babies:
They’re several layers thick, lined with hidden pockets in case I ever want to put more leather in there for additional Armour Value (an LT term), and very comfortable.I sewed little metal rings to the inner for lacing them, and used a tarred cotton cord for the lacing.
Once those were finished, I was on a roll. A happy, scrappy roll. So I wanted to make a belt to close my waistcoat with. Obi style seemed like a good idea, as I could use it to hide whatever generic belt I put my weapon loops, pouches and random other crap on. And it could be used on any number of layers without looking too small. Pinterest provided a link to schematics for this one, and I ended up with this:
These items really help to pull my kit together, and I wear them with basically every iteration of my costume, along with armour and a London-style hood. I’ll write about that when I get to blogging about my character’s outwear.