Rising’s Warrior Armor Instructions
Rising is a player of LarpCraft and he made this nice How-To video for some basic armor garb that almost anyone can do.
· A basic sewing kit with needles and pins, I used grey and brown string to sew this.
· About Yard-half a yard of leather and fur materials, these can be bought at many fabric stores, but I got mine at Jo-Ann’s fabric store.
· You will need Grey T-shirt that goes below you’re waist, at least by a little. You don’t want it to be extremely long, but if it’s to short it won’t work well. This doesn’t have to be green, any color can be used.
Notes for sewing:
Since you are sewing on a shirt, make sure you do not sew the piece onto both sides of the shirt. If you do, then the shirt will be stuck together and you will be unable to wear it. It will waste your time, materials, and a good shirt! In order to fix this, you can do three things. The first thing you can do is put your hand into the shirt, and hold up the side you are sewing. This is hard at times, and you can easily stick the needle into your hand by accident. The next which is the way I used, is to put a large hard back book into the shirt. The hard back of the book will prevent the needle from going through, and it pushed the side you are sewing up also. The next way would be to put it over something flat, like an ironing board or small table. This is unavailable to many people but if you have something like this then it is the easiest way.
When sewing these on make sure they are all sewed on tightly, and securely. You can sew a bit of the inside, rather than just around the edges for added strength as I did, but if you’re short on time you can do that later.
· First, you need to cut out two pieces of leather for your breast and back plate. Mine was about 21x16 inches, but you can change yours to fit your body size.
· Next sew this onto the front and back of the shirt. The top should stop at the bottom of the collar line, and the bottom should not go over the shirt.
· Once the front and back pieces of leather are sewed on, cut out four 5x4 Inch pieces of leather, and two 8x4 inch pieces of leather. Also, cut out two 8x20 inch pieces of fur.
· Sew the two8 x4 pieces of leather to the shoulders. (Notes, do not sew it to the shirt, sew the end of each strip onto each of the leather plates, and leave the center unattached; this way when you wear it will fit your shoulder snuggly.)
· Next sew the four 5x6 strips to the side of the shirt. Place the two pieces of 8x20 inch furs underneath the two bottom straps on each side. Sew both onto the shirt, the leather over the fur. This one can be sewed to the shirt. Sew around the edges of the strips. There should be two pieces of leather on each side of the plate, one above the other.
· Next cut out the groin flap. It should be 20 Inches long, and 12 at its widest point. It looks like this.
.· Now, cut out a large 27x17 inch piece of fur. This will go on the back of the armor.
· Flatten out the piece and sew it to the back of the shirt. It should go past your knees, but higher than your ankles.
· Next cut out another piece of fur. This should be 19x6 inches.
· Next fold this in half so there is fur on each side. It should be 19x3 after it is folded. Sew the folded piece onto the back part of the strips you used for the shoulder.
Finished Armor Notes:
Once the armor is finished, put it on then check yourself in the mirror or with a camera. Make sure everything is correctly sized and secure, if it isn’t it should obviously be fixed. I designed the armor to be attached to a shirt so it could be easily taken on and off without the straps and buckles of other armor that can be found. Putting this on is simple, just like you’d put on a normal shirt. But DON’T try and take if off like a normal shirt because it might rip the seams if they where no securely sewed. I found the best way to take this off was to grab the front and back collar of the shirt, and pull it up over your nose, from their pull each arm out of the sleeves and into the body of the shirt, then off. When storing it hang it up on a hanger, do not fold it. Also, this armor looks a lot better with a brown leather belt. If you find the grey sleeves of the shirt to not match the actual armor, you can either cut them off or sew extra fur around them so you have sleeves made of fur.
(Back of completed armor Leather bracers, belts, and helm are notable accessories that fit with this armor well. Helm and bracers are made, but the sword holder across my back is a replica of links from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time)