Once upon a time there was a place, that existed in the real world in many forms and in the world of the imagination. That place was named Prudha’s Ridge and I would like to share with you some of the inspirations that have built that mighty crumbling wreck of a castle – family home of my Feudal Knight Lady Judith Tirel, the Maid of Prudha’s Ridge.
I take my title from a friend I’ve made through LARP who makes beautiful costumes and put up a photo of some embroidery they’ve been doing recently – given the “Beast from the East” has been prowling around these last few days.
People ask me how I got into sewing and I can recall stories of my Mum and Nanna sewing things when I was little (and knitting too!), and trying to guide me through making my own things as a young girl. I think I made a couple of lopsided soft toys (which were dearly loved), some things for my dolls and Sylvanians, but BIG projects were never really an option. I do, however, remember the awe I felt when my Nanna gave me a beautiful homemade Belle princess dress that got worn to shreds (and was flaunted happily at a World Book Day or two …) – and the feeling of wonder as my Nanna took a piece of slippery rose pink satin and made my Rose Queen dress. But I didn’t properly take up sewing myself until I was at university and asked my housemate to help me make an ambitious costume for Halloween. Crouched over our extendable dining room table, hogging all the living room space and abusing my friend’s poor little sewing machine led to me making my first proper costume piece and I was hooked. Sure, it’s been patched and repaired over the years and I’ve made better material choices and better things since then – but it’s what got me started.
But rather than have me go on about all the things I’ve made, I’d like to share my thoughts on the key pieces of equipment you need to start sewing your own costumes, with links to other helpful resources.
This post is a little outside my usual posts of directly LARP related topics, mission write ups or the jumbled heap of sewing that I pull together at the end of the project. However, today I would like to share a few of the films / tv shows that get me in the mood to LARP at the moment. I hope you all enjoy a glimpse into my collection.
The best thing about having LARP characters, in my opinion, is having the opportunity to take the styles and fashions that you see in your favourite films and tv shows and bring them into your life. It’s a way to find excuses to wear outrageous gowns, or to flounce around in a draped cape that you can casually toss aside when someone challenges your honour or opinion, or a chance to wear big hats with feathers outside of a wedding season. It’s a chance to step outside your usual norm and wear something you wouldn’t dream of wearing out in ‘public’ – like lashings of heavy gothic makeup for a Vampire masquerade, a wimple and veil or even armour. LARP is, as ever, a chance to escape the realm of normal and to be someone else.
If you’re anything like me you’ll find part of your mind picking up on costume details when you’re sat in the cinema or in the comfort of your living room, obsessing over some detail or outfit that would be ‘perfect’ for your current or future character. But how does one take that image on the screen and recreate it in real life on an often limited budget?
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I’m a little stunned – we’ve hit the 3rd year mark and I still have umpteen things planned for the coming months; helped of course that we are in Fest season and I’ll be bringing you the continued adventures of Ithron’s heroes both near and far. Last year we celebrated hitting 100 posts, the continued ‘healthy’ LARP posts and the highlights of kit making – but I would like to focus on my personal favourites of the last 12 months. I hope that you’ll join me.