Charcoal linen, gold acetate satin, red drill fabric, thread, waxed linen heavy thread, 810 cap 10mm and 12mm shank rivets, 1.2mm leather in 20mm strips, 20mm buckleTools:
Pins, sewing machine, ironing board and iron, sewing awl, mallet, hole punch, rivet setter and anvil.Techniques:
Sewing, leatherwork, riveting.Difficulty level:
Pretty easy apart from handling that goddamn acetate satin!( Collapse )
And then, the moment of truth! I apologise for the quality of the pics here, especially the somewhat crooked back view. They were taken mainly to show how the armour hangs and are not my best work.
Note here: this means of attaching armour would work well for women, who tend to have hips which give you something to hang belts off. For men, who tend to be straight through the hips, using belts isn't ideal. The weight of the tassets and overskirt armour pulls it all downwards and because it sits over the tapered lower section of the breastplate, there's a tendency to slide downwards. You can see in the pics that it's all sitting lower than it should. My model said he felt as if the tassets might slide off if he jumped up and down.
I will address this by adding loops to the breastplate for the armour to hang off. This should prevent it from descending too far. I will also add a means of attaching the tasset part to the overskirt part so they stay together and in place. I may even rivet them together for extra security. However, we can pretty much call this job done now.