Mythlore Costume – Battle Skirt

The leg armour has affectionately become known as the battle skirt.

Here’s something resembling a step-by-step of what I’ve done so far.


So first of all I draped the fabric on the stand so that I could just draw the pattern onto the fabric and cut directly on that. I’m using the calico for the middle layer anyway so there wouldn’t be any wastage. Initially I planned to make the battle skirt in just two pieces so I’ve pulled the fabric up over the hip to cut the waist in a curve so that I didn’t have to add darts to the quilted layers.

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And here it is cut out… At this stage I decided to split each one down the side and create the skirt from four pieces instead of just two. Just in case it was a bit stiff and he struggled to sit down.

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I worked up some samples with the double needle – I wasn’t sure how well it would quilt with the walking foot, but as you can see it appears to work just fine.

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And so onto the actually quilting… *insert boring in progress shot*.

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This is where it starts to get interesting. Well, I think it’s interesting anyway. Here’s one of the back sections of the skirt after it’s been quilted. You can really see the nice blue-grey colour of the fabric in this one too. My iPhone is not great at colour reproduction.

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And then the really interesting bit happened. I started to add studs.

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Those white lines are just the chalk marks where I lined everything up.

The back looks something like this at the moment, it will eventually go blue and neat.

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But this is what the finished section looks like on the mannequin:

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The drape of this ‘new’ fabric is just beautiful. It’s stiff, but not so still that it doesn’t still drape and move nicely.

In fact you can see that here in these pictures how different the sections are in various stages of assembly:

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I had to take a break there and wait for more studs and more thread to arrive in the post. But now I have these things so I guess I will start again!

 

 

 

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  • Emelyne Peloquin

    So I only recently found this blog after looking into making forms of quilted armor for a LRP I’m looking at going to; and I was wondering what did you use for fabric for all of the layers for this Battle skirt (if you remember)?

    • Charlotte

      Hey! I think in the end I used three layers of the very fine coloured muslin, a calico, and a layer of hobbs heirloom batting (it was what I had). However in many LARP systems this doesn’t qualify as thick enough to count as armour, so you will most likely want to look at something heavier and thicker.