Monday, 15 February 2016

17 Months?!

Has it really been 17 months since I last posted? Where has the time gone! Oh right – LARP; and the time and will-to-live sucking thing called “gainful employment.” Sad to say, along with thousands of others, with the crash in oil, this is no longer a problem. On the bright side, that has left me with lots of time for video games sewing, I mean sewing.

Actually with our annual masquerade event in January, I was kept pretty busy. Scroll down for photos of my work.

Since the last post in August 2013, I have done so much! For your viewing pleasure, here is as much as I could find:

The gaudy robe made for our goblin librarian.

Close up of the Chinese brocade fabric.

A silver dress for a silver dragon (oversized, so I could fit layers underneath). This used the pattern based on Galadriel’s dress in the Hobbit.

A new coat for Shauna’s NPC: Grand Duchess Victoria. This used the coat pattern based on the TV show, Once Upon A Time.

I was debating posting this one because I really don’t want to offend anyone. This is the host and NPC team for our 2015 summer competition event, the “Festival of Crows,” the Dark Elves. I played the Empress. The lovely crown was courtesy of Shauna.

Close-ups of the embroidered flags.

The empress’ dress.

Masquerade 2015: Zanthia’s new dress.

Which needed a matching pouch.

Chelsea’s dress for her character’s new status as “Lady.” Photobomb courtesy of Cory.

The heraldry for the nobility.

 Festival of Crows 2015 saw a dwarven thane as the visiting host. This of course requires new heraldry. There were enough player teams that we did not add an NPC team.

New heraldry for Masquerade 2016.

And finally a commissioned custom tabard. I may need to make a few more of these, after making a few adjustments to my pattern. No this is not my original design. It was done by request from a photo using a lot of guessing.

Next up: starting an Etsy store. Just working on getting enough stock ready. So excited!

Bonus: Az’Caine!

Friday, 30 August 2013

End of Summer

Even though the calendar says it’s the end of August, the weather does not seem to know this. It’s warmer now than it was most of the month of June, but it did give us really nice weather for our August LARP event.

This week I have been working to finish edging the monster tabards. I just finished them before I sat down to write this. Next on the list are some belts and new tag bags, then to get to work on my player costume! It’s still “wait and see” if we get to play in September or not, so I have to be prepared for both.

Nothing new to share this week, instead, here are costumes pictured last week actually worn and looking as they are supposed to look. Enjoy!

Cory as Master Wayanwood in the tree pajamas:

A tree tabard as worn by the protection tree of the Dryad grove:

Cory as his scout Terron:

 This one is just for fun. I didn't really have anything to do with the preparation of these costumes, our monster duregar:

Have a great long weekend and keep cosplaying!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Catch Up Part 2

You never know what sort of havoc the players of the LARP are going to create, but you can be assured they will create as much as they can. Well, our chapter’s players are no different. One of our winter events ended up being a trial to deal with some of this havoc. This meant we needed judicial robes for the tribunal. This is Cory’s as his non-playing character is the leader of the tribunal. The others were the same, just without the gold trim.

At the same event, I played a gryphon-in-humanoid form. The costume isn't quite complete, it’s missing feathered gloves as per the game description, but I just didn't have enough time to make them. By the way, this costume is freezing in the winter!

Another of our winter tavern night events saw a travelling carnival of non-human characters visit; by the name of “Giovanni’s Wonders and Horrors”. Cory of course was Giovanni himself, a wolf. It was my turn to play a Saar (see previous post for explanation). I do love the Kimono, but it was almost as much work as Cory’s costume!

As part of the story-line we are trying to do in the LARP, Cory and I needed to play Medusa characters at one of the first summer events this year. In one place, we were black and white (that world had no colour). That was easily taken care of with a couple of morph suits with the faces cut out. Back in the game world, we needed coloured snake costumes. Here’s mine: 

Another event saw the gryphon return, this time in gryphon form. The costume is still incomplete (I need gloves for this one too, and wings), but I think it got the idea across. 

Cory also requested a new costume for one of his non-playing characters. We found this really nice faux-suede material that is a dream to work with. It just doesn’t stay closed very well. I have to change the clasps to make it work. 

With a leaf-camo hood: 

Our Shauna decided it was her turn to jump into playing. I have to say I had as much fun watching (and listening!) to her play as she was actually playing! This is the over dress of her costume. The dress is a blue Newfoundland plaid. It looks really good together, but the ribbon loops just didn't stand up to her aggressive play-style. Oops! Time to switch to grommets! 

Our July event saw the return of the Giovanni, so Cory needed a proper coat. This is what he chose: It looks great on, but it was dark when he came out in it, so I’m not sure how many of our players actually saw it. 

Most recently, Cory needed a costume to look like a tree to play a Dryad. Fortunately, the summer quilting patterns were on clearance, so we were able to get the material for a steal! 

Cory went a bit overboard and got a lot more than was needed for his costume. With a lot of the help from the players, I have put together a lot of new tabards in a variety of patterns: fire, stone, bark, etc. These will really help our monsters look more like they are supposed to look. 

At this point, my to do list still has some of the same items as last year, but with ever more additions.  Eventually, I want to make more items for sale and set up an Etsy store to do it.

This weekend is our August event, and we are madly trying to get everything finished in time. Look for pictures next week!