The work on the lart No Man’s Land (Ingenmansland) is progressing. We held the first workshop for the larp at the beginning of April with great success. Today the first concept pictures for the larp were published. They depict a Delanjan Alchemist, a nobleman and an assassin. The purpose of them is to showcase different styles of clothing worn by different people. The inspiration for the clothing style is a mix of Renaissance and Victorian fashion.
The academic work is very important in Delanja, the search of knowledge seen as something sacred. Academics usually wear long robes as a status symbol for not having to do manual work. This Alchemist wears a yellow ochra dress, a green doublet and a purple robe. The higher her rank the more decorated or richer the fabric would be, probably a heavy brocade. The book is her manual of alchemical formulas and in her left hand she holds a bottle of luminescent liquid.
The nobleman is dressed in knee long pants and a long-hemmed doublet over a ruffled shirt. He wears a leather chest piece and a short cape. On his chest is a Delanjan crest, and he wields a rapier: Probably in the middle of instructing younger noblemen and -women in the art of fencing.
Spies and assassins in Delanja work at the command of the Queen, but have a lot of leeway. Practical clothing is of key essence, but as usual in Delanja, everything has to be stylish.
The first two pictures are inked and then coloured on the scetching program on my phone (I decided to try something new). The picture of the assassin is a pencil drawing with some added textures (using GIMP). So a lot of first tries to me.
I will be drawing more concept art for Delanja during the spring as well as other concept art for No Man’s Land. Mor info about Delanjan clothing can be found here (in Swedish).
I have a few different projects that I’m working on at the moment. One of them is learning to make bow ties. I have a few Whovian friends and thought it would make a nice gift for them. So this is my first attempt at a sewing one and I must admit that it turned out rather nicely (especially since I have never tied a bow tie before). I will be trying this in more materials and I’ll probably try a few different patterns. I have one Edwardian bow tie pattern, but thought I’d start with something more modern (and probably easier to tie and shape).
So here is the result:
Never mind the ruddy hair. ;p
There are lots of patterns and instructions out on the net so I won’t repeat anything anyone else has already said. I used the pattern from this page (but pretty much ignored the instructions). I would say that choosing the correct size is the part that requires the most attention. I cut the fabric on the bias so as to make the bow tie behave better than if it were cut on the grain. The material I used is taffeta, with a cotton-backed fusible interfacing.
I’ll probably get back with some variations, and maybe even my own pattern (or at least tips and tricks for choosing fabrics, laying out pattern pieces, cutting and sewing).
This summer will mark my tenth year as a larper. My first years of larping consisted of going to one larp a year. Then I moved away from home and also started writing my own larps. I’ve lost count of exactly how many larps I’ve been to, some have been bigger and longer than others. A big larp in my association, Eloria, is usually a weekend-larp with 30+ larpers. Eloria is a small association and perhaps a bit isolated. It is the only Swedish-speaking larp association in Finland. Each year about 6-7 larps are played, usually with at least on bigger larp in the summer. This July will see the larp Loc Sacru and will be different from earlier larps in the way thet the venue is in Pukkisaari in Helsinki. Usually Eloria larps have been somewhere in Ostrabothnia where most of the members also live.
I am still not entirely sure exactly what kind of character I’ll be playing, but I’m probably going to be in charge of making the food. This early on I can’t make any definite plans about my clothing but most likely I will sew new clothes. That is because most of my larp clothing consists of dark garments, leather armor or nobility clothing. The things I could use I have probably outgrown. So it’s time to think of something new.
This was a quick concept drawing of what I might make. I was thinking of a simple dress of linen of cotton, and a short-sleeved knee-length tunic to wear over it. I’m going to need to get some new shoes (or learn to make them, which would be an interesting project). I’m also going to need a new belt and some shawl to wrap around my head. I might reuse an old knee-length half circle cloak that I have, but somehow I feel like adding something green or brown to my wardrobe so I might also make a new cloak.
Seems like my project list is growing fast (which only makes me happy). I’ll try to post tutorials and patterns as I make these clothes, but first I should decide on the final design of the outfit.