Thank you for the kind words. This was one of those things much like Mojo's Dog collar. Where I knew what I wanted and how it should look but it came to fruition as it came together.
I do create alot of patterns, with this it was started from my standard jedi robe pattern I made about 15 years ago.
I was alot of fun to work on and really it was a ton of fabric! I know theres a pic somewhere, 8 bolts of fabric I think.
I ended up using 3 different textiles to achieve some texture and variance to the look.
Justin and I talked about the shoulder shape and the neck quite a bit. We both wanted the look you speak of.
He did go with football pads in the end and I built a separate hood piece for the shape of the head.
I wanted to avoid wire and ended up using hat buckram to build the base of the hood.
There basically is 3 robes in one if I remember correctly. I can't imagine 5!!!! The 3 is heavy enough I'm sure Justin would agree.
This is where I fail I don't note as I build and on a first time build I create and manipulate till the effect or desired look falls into place.
The base robe was a heavy black twill with a shirt yoke in the back and down sized sleeves to alleviate some bulk... but a full robe hem to give the fullness at the base.
If I remember I added in the other two robes into to the yoke opposed to making extra bulk at the neck with 3 robes.
The cowl or short cape is attached to the base robe. It was made from the gauze.
The second layer robe was a real nubby textured black hopsack linen and the outermost layer robe was the black gauze.
I believe I left the center and side seam on the two outer robes slit midway and not sewn to the hem.
The outermost sleeve layers were way over sized almost extreme (think of gandalfs sleeves sort of, longer at the back)and gathered up and actually cinched to the inner robe. I built in an adjustment for Justin on the inside to lengthen or shorten them to his desire.
The weathering is alot of shredding and paint. the shredding is hard to explain and almost needs to be shown to someone. =P sorry that isn't much help I know. There is a very old look to the edges like rotten fabric.
I padded the edge of the hat buckram on the hood base with cotton batting and covered it in the linen fabric to give it the roll edge and then there was an overhang of fabric from the hood itself that was also very oversized.
The outer hood was cut to drape down into the neck of the robe and blend and disappear into the robe, almost like an A-line haircut hangs, that's the hairdresser in me...lol
There is also the scarf like piece that hangs down in the front, which is over the hood & drapes down the back making the second layer on the cowl, over the shoulder then down the front making that scarf look. Which is essentially two big rectangles.
I just took a long maybe 4 yards length and the width of the gauze and sewed in the two lengths creating the rectangular bottom edges and the rest just drapes over the top of the hood.
You can start with either of those patterns I'm sure and work at oversizing almost everything. Widening and lengthening the hood and sleeves.
All the edges of the textiles are left raw.
Most important is to prewash everything.... but the gauze, cause it shrinks like crazy.
The robe hem I utilize the entire 60 inch width for each panel, so you end up with appx 237 inches or so at the hem.
If I can offer an other help, lmk. I don't know if this is of any help.
I'm all over the place with recalling the build.
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