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Garb Questions for a Newb! Be gentle, it's my first...


Hello, all! For those of you who don't know me (all of you, seeing as this user name isn't a real hint), my name is Skyler. I've attended the last two practices and had a lot of fun getting my ass kicked repeatedly so I'm looking to join you guys. Now, I like to jump the gun a bit with everything I do so I'm already looking to make some weapons and garb of my own. Currently, I'm working on the problem of garb. I don't have a lot of money to run off of here, so I wanted to ask a couple of questions before I just do it and fail miserably.

1. Currently all I have in way of fabrics in the color I want for this tunic is velvet. Is velvet an acceptable fabric for garb wear?

2. If it is acceptable I have yet another question: Would I need to worry about the durability of velvet on the field?

3. If it is not, could one direct me to where I might purchase a more acceptable cloth at a reasonable price?

Also, I have one final question: I've been doing a lot of digging these last few days for good tutorials on garb. I'm finding a severe lack of tutorials for garb pants. As I'm not looking for the freedom of a kilt, could someone direct me to a tutorial somewhere?...
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Re: Garb Questions for a Newb! Be gentle, it's my first...


wrap pants

^pretty much the most common piece of garb on the field. you can do a lot with them design wise and make them really complicated or super easy.

hakama

alternatively, you could make some hakama, which are basically samurai pants. if you don't pleat them, then it's just another design of wrap pants.


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Re: Garb Questions for a Newb! Be gentle, it's my first...


I don't see why velvet would be a problem rulewise, but it is going to be very hot in these summer months (which is the primary event season).
A few alternatives is playing the coupon game at joanns. They usually have coupons for 40%-50% off their fabric in the store, the trick is that they are always for the next week. So go in this week, grab coupons and come back next week to buy cheap fabric.
The other option is Goodwill or Salvation Army. These places are nice to pick up cheap beginner garb. I know that Goodwill also offers a student discount if that does apply to you.
If you have anymore questions everybody is pretty helpful.
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Also velvet can be a giant pain to clean. But I understand how economic constraints can be. If you do decide to use velvet I'm going to recommend making it a tabard style (don't sew up the sides) that way you can still get airflow and get a similar look with a belt.

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Thanks for all the information! I really like the last idea and I did notice that the thing gets dirty easy. The cloth is going to be sitting around anyways, so maybe that would be a good idea and if that doesn't end up working for me...coupon game? Also, thanks for the pants links Toland! I'm not sure about the hakama, but the wrap pants should be easy enough to make and would work just fine.

Also, thanks for being gentle with me. emoticon
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I second Jayne on that one, velvet is a giant pain in the ass to clean. Also, if it gets the least bit wet it kinda sucks. And is this the Skyler that works at Kroger?

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Nah, Alex. I'm totally not the Skyler that worked at Kroger with you.
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You might want to think of using your velvet to make night garb, if you aren't familiar with this, night garb is stuff that people wear after fighting at night during campouts. These tend to be fancier things that people don"t want to get dirty or sweaty. Also cloaks or period coats or other things to keep you warm at night or in the fall might be a better option for your velvet.
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Hmmm, that's a good point too. I don't have many full bolts of cloth on hand that isn't velvet, unfortunately. There's a large amount of velvet here. The rest is pretty much scraps from other pieces, silk, or just horrible colors/prints. I suppose I could check out Joann's first and see if I couldn't find a good deal before using the velvet, though it will hurt my soul to us money that I don't necessarily have to.

My poor, poor soul...
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My poor, poor soul...



give it about a month of hanging out with us, and you'll stop worrying about it.


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