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Interest in costume making courses?
by angel blood (lucifermourning)
at February 23rd, 2011 (10:50 am)

Some folks have suggested this might be a good place to ask for ideas/feedback on a venture the company I work for is looking at.

We currently run basic DIY courses, and we're now opening a new workshop venue. Now we've got dedicated space, we're recruiting teachers and planning courses on a lot of other topics, not just DIY. One of the suggestions we've had is some kind of costume making for LARPers.

As I'm a LARPer, I've volunteered to do a little research - we're trying to get a feel for what the demand might be like, and what people might like to learn.

Thoughts so far have included bags/pouches, cloaks and corsets, but I know that's far from exhaustive!

So if anyone out there has thoughts on the type of things they'd be interested in learning (ideally to a sufficient extent they'd be willing to come to London and pay to do so!) it would be fantastic to hear.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts/opinions...


Posted by: Marianne Wells (plucky_lass)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)

Corsets would be a course in and of themselves, and a quite intensive one at that. :)

How long are the courses? An afternoon, a day, a weekend, series of evenings?That would rather influence what you could cover in the time

Posted by: angel blood (lucifermourning)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)

i think any of the things i've listed would be their own course. how long definitely would depend on what was being made - a basic pouch could be an evening or Saturday afternoon, while corsets might be a day or a weekend.

we're trying to gauge interest in different sorts of courses so we can then talk to the teachers about developing them, and figuring out how much time each would need.

Posted by: kt_peasant (kt_peasant)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)

How to draft patterns might be useful eg this is a basic shirt - alter here to fit chest size, here for arm length, here for back length. Similarly for hero pants/trousers, and panelled skirt.

How to put sleeves in. How to finish necklines/cuffs a) quickly or b) authentically. The importance of putting pockets in your design.

Posted by: ravenrigan (ravenrigan)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)

Things that are easy to do, and generic such as Shirts, Hero pants, Shifts, petticoats and skirts, cloaks.

If you are looking for a teacher I'm a LARPer, a professional Costumeier, and have about 20 years experience in Adult Training, including running sewing courses at Broadwater Farm Community Centre.

Posted by: angel blood (lucifermourning)
Posted at: February 24th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)

That sounds really interesting - would definitely love to talk more, as we are looking for a teacher - please do e-mail me info@thegoodlifecentre.co.uk

Posted by: absintheskiss (absintheskiss)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)

Where is your workshop venue?

Other subjects could include converting/accessorising modern clothing into costume, working with different fabrics, costume cleaning and care.

Posted by: absintheskiss (absintheskiss)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)

Doh! Just seen, you are in London.

Posted by: sarahlascelles (sarahlascelles)
Posted at: February 24th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)

themed by period or genre might also work, so a Victorian day, covering the outfit and the accessories.

Posted by: Costume Mercenary (costumemerc)
Posted at: March 9th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)

It's a cool idea, and it may well work very well in London, but for a local university larp community like Durham's, there's already a lot of cross-pollination of basic skills (like pouch-making). I suspect there'd be much more enthusiasm and impetus to travel for things beyond the basics. I suppose if you're willing to travel, there might be a market for doing a one-day course for societies/communities like ours.

That all said, I'm thinking you might want to pimp your company at Nerd East. There'll be other speakers and workshops there. You could something simple as a taster and urge people to go down to London for something more challenging?

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