Just before our first weekend residential larp, one of my friends asked if we could help her run up an under dress, as she was running short of time but needed it for her NPC. We thought it would be fun to document the process, so here's how we did it! Words are by me, photo captions are by Katy! (No really, only Katy would write these captions :-P)
We started off by folding the fabric in half and spreading it out on my lounge floor. (Apologies for the lighting in the photos - they were all taken at night!)
|Step 1: ALL OF ZE FABRICS… ALL OF ZEM|
Then, ask your dress wearer to lie down on it with their arms out stretched and draw round them.
|I are drawing a WUTH|
|Ruth: Please amputate my legs here, so that the dress is floor length|
|Shhhhhhh little wuth… go to sweep, when you wake up YOU WILL HAVE NO FEET…AND A DRESS|
Ruth is lying at the point she wanted the dress to end, plus a little extra for hemming purposes. Once you have drawn round your model, cut away any excess fabric at the top.
|Step 50: Let Ruth do the cutting IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND NOT ALLOWED TO HANDLE SCISSORS. Scissors are for grown-ups.|
|This hole? This is a Ruth.|
|Do not cut off your fingers. ONLY FEET CUTTING IS ALLOWED|
|Step 19: Be sensible like Ruth. :( no-one likes sensible|
The finished piece will look like the above photo. Ruth wanted slightly droopy sleeves, so that's what we went with, but you can make them as straight or droopy as you want.
|USE YOUR MAGIC PENS TO DRAW ON ZE FABRIC. ALSO USE THEM TO DRAW MONKEYS ON EVERYTHING WEEZA OWNS. (Srsly, erasable gel pens – best sewing tool ever. I love them)|
This is a good pic of out drawn lines - fun tip - erasable gel pens make great fabric markers because they iron off!
|Ruth is disappoint. She thinks she will get chilly in this dress, and people will be able to see her knickers… this is because we have not sewn it up yet!|
|Hey look Weeza, I mades a wedding dress!... oh wait… no|
|Step 700: Do not leave thyself enough seam allowance, this allows for you to be CREATIVE. And creative people win. So there! Also, Step 701: Be a skinny minny like Ruth, this way YOU WILL NOT USE SO MUCH FABRICS… and that is ECONOMICAL.|
|Step 968: Take a million photos, make Ruth grumpy.|
|Let’s pretend the angle is ‘artistic’ (bonus points to anyone who gets that reference! Be my friend FOREVER)|
Next - pin the shoulder seams and one side seam and get your model to try their dress on. If you discover, as we did, that you haven't given yourself enough of a seam allowance, don't worry, just cut a strip to be a tiny side panel out of your scrap fabric and pin it in.
|Cut out a strip of some fabric, or let Weeza do it. She’s responsible.|
|Sit and watch Ruth, being Ruth. (THAT IS ME BY THE WAY… MY FACE AND MY EXTREMELY SHORT SKIRT) And you can clearly see in this picture where Ruth’s feet have been amputated from before…|
|Again, notice the RESPONSIBLE ADULT USING THE SCISSORS. This is because if I was allowed to use them RUTH WOULD HAVE NO FEET BY NOW.|
|Step 1034: BE EXTREMELY BORED BECAUSE WEEZA TOOK HER CAMERA AWAY TO TAKE SENSIBLE PHOTOS|
|Ruth: I’m a laaaaaaady|
|Don’t pin Ruth in the boob… she won’t like it.|
Then, try the dress on again and if you are us again, discover that you need to repin your side panels.
|Step 1165: Actually do something helpful for the first time in the evening|
|Step 1166: Realise you weren’t helpful, because you pinned the strip in the wrong place.|
|Step 1167: Twice.|
|PIN AGAIN. This time I was allowed to help with SPEED PINNING. Take a break to let your OCD organise all the pins in Ruth’s pin cushion… or use them to spell out your own name, because this irritates her.|
Help your model back into the dress...
|Here Ruth, HAVE ZIS DRESS|
|Step 1587: BE INSUFFICIENTLY TALL TO HELP RUTH INTO HER DRESS|
|Step 1588: Laugh at the fact that RUTH IS STUCK IN HER DRESS, continue until Weeza puts down the camera to come and help Ruth like the sensible adult she is.|
Then pin any adjustments you need to make and check the overall fit.
|Ruth: Weeeeeza, WHERE YOU STICK ZAT PIN?|
|Droopy droop is too droopy. DROOP|
|Ruth has realised she is wearing A DRESS |
|Ruth: Shut up Katy. You are helping NO-ONE HERE|
Ruth decided she wants the sleeves less droopy, so we pinned them to where she wanted them and cut the excess off.
|TAKE A PITCHER OF ZE WEEZA FACE|
|Weeza: *more pinning of the Ruth-dress* Katy: UGH, ARE WE NOT DONE ALREADY?|
|HALF A DRESS AND RUTH’S AMPUTATED LEGS|
|ARRRRRR… RUTH IS CURRENTLY A PIRATE|
|Even weeza cannot stop the giggles of Ruth being stuck in the dress… oh come on… IT WAS FUNNY|
|But she is adult enough to help through the giggles… the photos are blurry, BECAUSE I AM NOT.|
Ypu might also take a break at ths point, like we did!
|Step 65832: But first… let me take a selfie!|
|Clarification: RUTH IS NOT STRIPPING HERE… I’m not sure what she IS doing, but I’m pretty sure she wasn’t stripping… I think…|
|If you’re interested, THIS IS WHAT WEEZA LOOKS LIKE WHEN SHE WRITES ALL OF HER BLOG POSTS… so now, when you’re reading this, you can picture her, sitting here, WRITING THIS. Except weeza DIDN’T write this. I did.|
Once the seams were sewn we neatened them up with the over locker and Ruth tried it on again.
|LOOK WEEZA – I MADE A RUTH! Or a dress. Or you and ruth made a dress… one of these things.|
It fitted well so we moved on to pinning the hem.
|TWIRL LIKE A BALLERINA RUTH… TWIRL|
|Interesting fact for you… Both Weeza and Ruth pin backwards… MADNESS. I lied about the fact being interesting.|
|AND YOU CAN AGAIN CLEARLY SEE IN THIS PICTURE THAT RUTH HAS NO FEET LEFT… just like she asked at the beginning… I CALL THIS A SUCCESS.|
After that we hemmed the sleeves, neckline and hem and called it a good job well done.