Best way to get started would either to know someone who sews that can give you nudges in the right direction during your project, or to go into the local fabric store and ask the ladies there for advice.
I recommend starting with a Simplicity Sew Easy pattern, usually simple tunics and draw stringpants. They aren't always pretty, but they can be great clothes to lounge in! Buy some inexpensive fabric so if you mess up and have to start over, it's not a tragedy. I started with some simple cotton gym shorts (though I never finished them, so I don't really count that. )
Eacy pattern you buy comes with sheets of directions. Best thing to do at first is to read through the ones applicable to your desired project (sometimes patterns come with options) to familarize yourself with the pattern and to get any confusion or questions out of the way.
Thank you! I made it from a teaser picture of the last dress Arwen wears in RoTK. I should do a detail shot of it one of these days to show all the pearl bead work I did to get it to match the picture. And I need the headdress.
But it was way comfy. I live in Colorado, and so walking around downtown at midnight to see a movie in December in a costume I couldn't wear a coat over... I made sure to make that thing warm. SUcks for indoor conventions though. Those sleeves are great blankets.
Kilts are great! You don't necessarily have to be Scottish to wear one. Some friends of mine wear theirs to conventions and Renaissance Festivals. I'm in the process of making an orange one for my friend Ed. Good times. Bright colors.
The cream colored fabric was a semi stretch polyblend that I found at the Denver Fabrics Annex. Less than $2 a yard, so it was adopted to be modified heavily for the underdress. Since the premier was in December and it's cold out here, I made a full under dress (3 yards) and a full over dress (10+ yards velvet). However, I'll be stitching the two together soon and trimming off the underdress since I won't be needing it any longer.
That is BEYOND awesome. I went to the midnight showing of "The Return of the King" here in Lakewood.... oh man. I wish I had had a costume... I had a serious lack of money as well as time (finals week) and was disappointed that I couldn't dress up. I sat in line for 8 hours - second in line - and made a tshirt that says "FRODO LIVES" on the front, and part of one of the songs in RotK on the back. Hehehe. What pattern did you use, if any at all? I'd love to know so I could make one for myself come Ren Fest this summer!
Awe Thank you! I didn't use a pattern from any store. I drafted a pattern based off of a boatneck shirt that I used to wear alot. I made it into a muslin pattern.
You're in Lakewood? As in Colorado? If so, I'd be more than happy to make a copy of the pattern for you to use for Festival. It's actually a simple enough pattern, though I'll need to make a few modifications to it that I had made on the dress for ease of wear. Just lemme know!
you're going to make it for me? Oh my gosh! -bounce- I don't know what to say... uh... how much will this cost? I would feel guilty if I didn't at least pay for some of it... I was just expecting a pattern or something!
No, I mean I need some kinda of base measurement to make a new pattern off of. The one I drafted for me was based off of my favorite shirt.
I'm all about sharing patterns! And I'll be happy to help in construction anywhere I can.