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Tales from the Hood

I've been inspired for my next cosplay idea:

If anybody has any suggestions, patterns, thoughts, ideas? I'm not a tailor but I want to teach myself to sew.


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Jun. 16th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
SIX MILLION TONNES OF LOVE. I love Jonas Armstrong's Robin Hood.

*ahem* Sorry. Anyway, most of that costume is just basic stuff with open side seams that have been grommet-ed and tied back together the way they should normally have been sewn. Honestly, your best bet for the tunic is to go to an inexpensive store and buy a jersey hoodie that fits you like that one fits him, tear it apart and make your own pattern pieces out of that. (I have one quite like it that I got from WalMart... in the women's fitness section... sadly black, hence the remaking task. :/)

**IMPORTANT** If you make your own pattern from an existing one/shirt where the seams are sewn together, you're going to want to double your seam allowance to allow for a doubling over of the fabric (especially depending on whether or not you have a fabric that frays) or you'll have short raw edges on either side of the grommet-ed sides.

You can then use the hood pieces you get and experiment with how big you actually want the hood to be. The white shirt underneath is just a long-sleeve linen shirt, not sure what kind of neckline though because he wears this green scarf thing that looks like a 3/4" wide wool belt that's probably at least 6ft long. o.o

If you want to make it from scratch, Google a keyhole neck and how to attach a hood.

The pants also, in other pictures, seem to have the same criss-cross pattern holding the crotch closed where the zipper would be, but in the interest of simplicity (as you're not an avid sewing person) you'll probably want just drawstring pants, since they'll be covered by the tunic and the big belt if you're having it.

The stitched trim on the hood and cuffs looks like just a regular chain of knitted hemp... which is also what the quiver seems to be hand-sewn together with. A lot of hand-stitching in this project, which personally is my least favourite part of costuming. o.o

I don't know what you do(n't) know about this kind of thing, so hopefully I helped kind of. xD
Jun. 16th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Actually that was a lot of help, thanks! I hadn't thought of tearing apart a hoodie to make a pattern, but it makes a lot of sense. And a lot of the little details you mentioned were stuff I hadn't thought of/found yet either.

I do have this link that shows more about the shirt and the undershirt, which seems like the easiest bits of all. :) http://theartofclothes.blogspot.com/2009/06/bbc-robin-hood-character-costume-study.html
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
That is a really cool costume study, I was going to mention the hood slit but I always figured they had two hoods in the show because how do you get a hood with a big hole in it to cover the head? But a-ha, somehow it does.

Good luck... though costuming is super expensive, I used to do all mine myself before I found out I can (usually, for what I want) get it pre-made from China for half of what I pay here just for the fabric, let alone all the findings. :( This costume was the one that evaded me for that reason, this one and Prince Dastan from Disney's Prince of Persia. xD
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
I used to buy all my costumes and spend a fortune. And I don't know how you'd get something this specific premade anyway--I couldn't find any 'BBC Robin Hood' costumes for sale anyway, and all the Robin Hood costumes out there are either the cheesy Party City ones or licensed stuff from the Russell Crowe movie. Not what I'm looking for. LOL Anyhow, it will be done very slowly if at all.
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
Most sites/eBay sellers will custom make them for you, but not to the level of detail you're going to want for sure. I had a quote done for the Dastan costume and it was $250... and who knows what it would turn out like since they didn't have a pattern either.

Definitely, I've spent those hours looking myself--- I really, really wanted that hoodie and all I could find were the sex shop mini-dresses when I looked for Robin Hood. :/

Slowly but surely! I'm currently learning Korean in reverse... where I learn it and then proceed to forget it and am almost at the part where I learn it again. xD
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, even $250 is the kind of money where if I'm spending it, I want it done RIGHT. So if I have to spend more on getting it right, I'd rather do that. And again, I don't have a deadline (I do RenFaire/cons every year) so I can take my time with it.
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