Sturdy material pattern making

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Hi, I'm new to the group.

I'm trying to make a costume out of a pretty hard leather, I'm trying
to make it fit to my body but don't know enough about pattern making to
start. Is there any basics I could learn to help out. I made a mock up,
but it is basically a box.

Thanks for the help


Re: Sturdy material pattern making
A great way to make a pattern for a costume that fits your body is the
duct-tape method.

You need a friend to help you, a roll of duct tape, a permanent marker,
and an old T-shirt you're willing to sacrifice.

Put on the T-shirt, and have your friend slowly cover the shirt with
duct tape.  Use 4-6" strips and make sure that you're covered.

Then go stand in front of a mirror.  Think about where you want seams,
necklines, etc to be.  Draw the lines on the duct tape with the marker.
    Then have your friend CAREFULLY cut along one of the seam lines so
that you can take the garment off.  Cut along all the seamlines, and
squash the pieces flat.

If you're working in hard leather and you only want to lace the pieces
together, then use this as your pattern.  If you want to actually sew
seams in the material or leather you are using, you will need to add
seam allowances to your taped pattern pieces before cutting them out of
your final material.

I'm a costumer who works Ren Faires and SF conventions - I was a
Masquerade judge Windycon this weekend.  I'd be happy to give you more
specific advice if you'll tell me a little more about what
costume/character you are doing.
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Re: Sturdy material pattern making
That is a really good simple idea, I'll have to try that. My goal is to
make samurai armor. It is the type that involves long strips that are
laced together kind of like a ventian blind. From info on a site I
found I think I need to put a curve into the first few strips at the
bottom and put less curve into successive strips until it gets straight
towards the middle of the chest. It sounds difficult.

The site I'm talking about is
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.html


japanese leather armor was Re: Sturdy material pattern making
Um - are you talking about the do?
Cuz he has .pdf files on the site with scaled pattern pieces.

okegawa dô; four lame nagagawa dô(front)
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/graphics/patterns/oldDoFrPattern.PDF?65,16
okegawa dô; four lame nagagawa dô(back)
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/graphics/patterns/oldDoRPattern.PDF

okegawa dô; five lame nagagawa dô(front)
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/graphics/patterns/NewDoFrPattern.PDF
okegawa dô; five lame nagagawa dô(back)
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/graphics/patterns/NewDoRPattern.PDF

Scale them up and cut them out of posterboard,  and start taping them
together.  Trim them if you have to.  If you use a removable tape to
hold them together while you're fitting, you can then use the
posterboard pieces as pattern pieces when it comes time to cut your leather.

If it's the sendai-do you're after, the pieces are plates that are not
curved at all.  This picture
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/graphics/07graphs/sendaiflat.gif
shows how the flat plates are cut to fit close to the body.
He's got a scale pattern on tehre for one of those too.

Really, with careful reading, everything you need to know is on that site.
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Wendy Z            Chicago, IL       (Moo)
Wench Wear Costumes    http://pages.ripco.net/~zski
Minstrosity        www.minstrosity.com
Wench #525              AIM=wendylady525
http://www.livejournal.com/users/wendyzski /
"Though she be but little, she is fierce"
"It's the little ones you have to watch out for..."
"I'm not short - I'm concentrated"
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