Haradrim LARP costume

This is the costume I wore last weekend for a small “Middle earth” LARP (Tolkein’s “Lord of the rings”).

I played an Haradrim witch (Haradrims = Moors, substantially). I don’t remember reading descriptions of Haradrim women In Tolkien’s books… Only men.  So I used the “color chart” for Haradrims (red, black, gold) and did want I felt like and what seemed consistent for the character.

In truth I’ve done little sewing for this one.

I’ve had the shirt for a long time and I bought the corset (because it is beauuuuuuutiful).

So I just made two elasticated waist skirts.

  • The underskirt is made of a red embroidered Indian fabric purchased from Nalli Silk Saree in Delhi. It has a slit on one side… Being able to run is essential when LARPing !
  • The overskirt is in black crepe. Once sewn, I gleefully torn it into strips by hand. I thought the torn effect was perfect for this character and it allowed a glimpse of the beautiful fabric of the underskirt when I moved ^ ^.

Oh I also whipped up a veil. I used what was left of the golden embroidered border of the Indian fabric to make a headband. I tied it around my head and then I pinned a rectangle of fabric until it looked ok and sewed it. I just added two small darts under the eyes to give more of a rectangular shape to the opening and to have a better field of vision.


Find the differences game : There is a difference between the 1st and 2nd pictures… Which one ? It’s not subtle !


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Haradrim costume

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Haradrim costume… something has been added !

The difference : yes it’s the ritual dagger at the hip (thank you Ben ^ ^) … Well let me reassure non-LARPers: this is not a real one, it’s foam / latex.

Just before the beginning of the “game” !


Grand Theogonist costume

Here are pics of my “grand Theogonist of Arianka” costume.  It’s a character I played during my last Warhammer LARP. It’s an authority figure with precepts like : order, discipline and unity.

Those of you who know the Warhammer universe know that the Grand Theogonist represents the cult of Sigmar, but we were in a parallel universe where Arianka is the main Goddess in the Empire.

As a base, I used my white medieval style dress to which I added large sleeves, a corset, a train and a headband / tiara…  All of this, brace yourself,… In a golden color !

robe médievale blanche

White dress : the base of the costume for the Grand Theogonist (the large sleeves are removable)


I used McCall’s 4491’s large lower sleeve pattern. I elasticized the upper edge to be able to change them quickly. To get clean edges, I did a rolled hem with my the serger.

The fabric is a stretch golden knit

Corset with train

No, I did not make the corset! No time! And  I don’t know how to make one to begin with, do learning as the same time would have taken me even more of a time I did not have!

But a golden corset is tough to find. That’s why I bought a white corset that I simply painted with a gold acrylic paint purchased in an art store (regular paint, not fabric paint). Because this corset will always be dry cleaned, the acrylic paint shouldn’t be an issue. I painted two layers.

The end result isn’t too bad.

I thought, for a moment, about adding embellishments to the corset but I finally opted for simplicity (as I do most of the time in my sewing projects), especially since the character is pretty uptight : frills aren’t her thing.

For the train : I made it directly on the dress form. I just hung the golden fabric at the upper edge of the corset back, where I hand-stitched it, and then cut the train until it looked like what I wanted. I used the same stretch fabric as the sleeves and didn’t hem it (the fabric doesn’t fray).

The headband / tiara

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I used a faux leather as the base (but it can’t be seen in the end result anymore) in which I cut the shape of the headband.

I then stitched lengths of golden ribbons over it.

Finally I glued the symbol of Arianka. The symbol was cut out of faux leather and painted gold (with fingers oO). At the center of the symbol a big strass is superglued.

To form the headband and for it to fit snugly around the head, I sewed the two ends to a piece of wide elastic (2.5-3cm), also painted gold. The elastic being hidden under the hair once the headband is in place.


Add to that a two-handed sword (thanks Jean !) and I was the leaving image of authority…  What do you mean it’s all because of the sword ?

Costume doré

3/4 dos

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De profil

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3/4 devant


LARP costume dress

Going somewhere and meaning it !

During a ritual

White Wizard Costume – LARP

White Wizard from the Light Order Warhammer

Here is my White Wizard costume from the Light Order for a LARP event in the Warhammer universe.

A white wizard is dressed in white ! It doesn’t change much from my Priestess Shallya dress … Especially since it’s the same character who has just changed careers.

This has greatly facilitated this costume since I reused the same white dress (McCall’s 4491 pattern).

I only had to make a surcoat, sleeves and as my friend Ben has kindly lent me a white cape, to adapt the cape a bit.

Surcoat and sleeves

A White Wizard from the Light Order has to be luminous. Especially since it has a spell to enchant its robe and make it luminous to protect himself. So I decided to make a surcoat and removable sleeves that reflect light to mimic the effect of this spell.


Tulle with small particles that reflect light, purchased at Mondial Tissu.

This is not sequins, it’s more like flakes/small white stones. I am very disappointed that the very nice effect that it gives does not translate well in pictures… I have not been able to properly capture it… But trust me on this, in person it is pretty.

I was a little afraid to stitch through it but in fact the flakes are soft enough and I had no worries.

Tulle avec "pierres" brillantes

Tulle with shiny flakes – sleeve and deep armholes


For the surcoat : I used the dress pattern : taped the front and side front and I cut to create the deep armholes.

For sleeves: same, I used the pattern of very large sleeves from the McCall’s pattern but I cut / folded to reduce the width and length. I wanted something more practical than the original sleeves that almost touch the ground.


Ben loaned me a white wool hooded cape, saying “you can do what you want with it” … . This cape is a 3/4 circle, it was destined to be dyed, that’s why the thread is black.

To adapt this cape to my costume I:


I ripped all the visible black stitching lines : around the hood, center front and bottom hem …

A cape 3/4 of a circle has a nice size and allows to be nicely covered, it is more comfortable and easier to wear than a half circle cape… But then the hem is sooooo long, it took me 45 minutes of playing with the seam-ripper to get rid of it.

Added a lining

I added a white satin lining. Which allowed me to :

– Hide all the black stitching lines inside the hood and cape.

– Make the cape “richer” with a better and heavier hand.

– To be warmer of course! And when you have a LARP event in the Alps in October this is super important ^ ^

For the lining pattern I simply used the cape, put it on the satin lining and cut (4 pieces: 2 for the hood and two to the body). Paying attention to the seam allowances, of course.

Added closure

For this I simply sewed by hand a white frog closure 15.5 cm (closed) at the neckline.


Brandebourg blanc

white frog closure


Because accessories are important for a LARP costume, I made :

Ugly Balls of light to throw… It was my first time and I did not apply myself, it shows! They are weighted foam balls covered by fabric that materialize a ball of light that can be sent on an enemy.

A grimoire, not great either. It’s just a book that I painted, decorated with metal lock ornaments, small shiny stones and a belt loop to close it.

A luminous sugar thingy … In this LAPR, sorcerers can make any object luminous and make it “their flashlight”. And at night this is really useful! So I used the powdered sugar holder because my flashlight fits in it and I stuffed some of the tulle inside to hide the object. You could tell me that I did not work too hard on this one… It’s true.

A white wig

And all the usual stuff you have to carry around for a LARP event.

A staff would have been nice for this character but I decided not to bother because I know I will find it annoying to carry it around after 2 hours … I already have to carry a big heavy bag.

Accessoires GN mage sorcier

Ugly Ball of light, grimoire and luminous sugar thingy

I’ve finished a second costume, but I can’t talk about it yet… Secret.


So I haven’t ironed the white linen dress before the photos … That’s wrong! And the first 2 photos are particularly ugly, the fabric effect of surcoat doesn’t show at all.


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Dress in the shade – not a good pic :S



Dress in the sun, can’t see much of the shiny flakes either :S


neckline – Ah shiny !


Cape before unlined



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Cape after




Cape before with black thread visible



Cape brandebourg

Cape after with frog clossure and no more visible black thread



Cape blanche doublée

lining of the cape

Tulle avec "pierres" brillantes

Tulle with shiny “flakes” – sleeve and deep armhole

New Priestess of Shallya dress #2

McCall's pattern 4491

McCall’s pattern 4491

Pictures of the dress at the bottom of the post.

Pattern Description

McCall’s 4491
MISSES COSTUMES: Lined dresses have princess line, close fitting bust, scoop neckline, sleeve variations, laced band back closure, optional purchased trim and sweep hemline; dress D has contrasting lined sleeves.

I’ve made view C (short sleeves) but also made the sleeves from view D (which is the only difference between C and D)

Pattern Sizing:
Size. AA (6-8-10-12), EE (14-16-18-20)
I used size 16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes !

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes they were pretty easy. The dress itself isn’t really hard to construct. I’ve read others had trouble with the gussets but I though the instructions were pretty clear on this too, you just need to mark each symbols on the fabric pieces carefully.

Likes or dislikes about the pattern

Loved the sleeves on view D, the laced back and I have a thing for princess seams !


SUGGESTED FABRICS: Dress, Sleeve Lining D – Brocade Jacquard Silk Velvet Velveteen; Dress Lining – Lining Fabric.

I used white linen for the dress and a net like fabric with small hearts for the sleeves (the heart is a major symbol for the character I’m impersonating)
This dress being for a LARP event this summer I didn’t use regular lining (I get too hot and sweaty^^) and used a sporty kind of lining instead.

Pattern alterations 

Train :
I removed the train effect completely.
To do that :
-I ignored the pattern piece for the back train.
-I had to redraw the hem on the back pieces to make a curve.
-I also had to redraw the hem on the side-backs, removing a triangle shaped piece at the hems.

Lining :
I didn’t line the sleeves at all, only the bodice. I attached the lining at the armholes by stitching it to the seam allowance (not all the way around though because of the gussets).

Sleeves :
I wanted to make view D for the pretty sleeves but, this dress being for a LARP event, I also wanted to be able to use it as a blank canvas and the sleeves make it too distinctive.
So instead of sewing the lower large sleeves to the upper sleeves I finished the dress as per view C and then cut the lower sleeves and added an elastic casing on the upper edge. This way I can remove them if needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes to both !


I needed a white medieval style dress for a LARP event and this pattern fits the bill perfectly. It’s has great shape and could be adapted to any type of character by changing fabrics, adding trims, etc…
The dress is pretty easy to construct, no major difficulties and I just loveee the dramatic effect of the sleeves !
Just because LARP events give you the opportunity to wear such dresses, you’ve got to love them !

Oh and you don’t need to unlace the back when putting on or taking off the dress. I can squeeze in it while it’s laced, without sweating too much or having to break my ribs.

white medieval dress

McCall’s 4491 back

McCall's 4491

McCall’s 4491 front


Priestress of Shallya dress #1

My first ever sewing project...

So this is the dress that started it all.
When I look at it now I only see all the defaults (and there really are many) but I remember the pride I felt when I finished it. And I must say that it did fulfil its function during the Warhammer LARP event.

All I had at the beginning of my sewing adventure, was a white sheet, a spool of thread, a needle and a pair of scissors.
After some research, I decided on a medieval bliaut style dress. It seemed like the easiest one to make with a sewing experience = 0.

I used two main resources to guide me through the construction of the dress. Two French sites :

  • Easy faerie costumes, This site has the great merit of helping you relieve stress when it comes to sewing for the first time. The author is funny and her method of construction is rather clear (thank you, great drawings!) And her sewing approach style “but if it’s so easy, you can do it too” frees you quickly from any fear of cutting you fabric.
  • Perline, full of information, clear explanations and tutorials on medieval costumes. A reference to keep… If you read French !

In the end I used a mix of: the XIVe “chainse” by Perline and “bliaut” by easy faerie costume for the dress.

I added a hood (roughly two fabric squares with one corner rounded) and a small heart stitched on the left breast (symbol of  Shallya). A cheap metal belt, with hearts, found on ebay, cape (see there) and a bag (see there) in linen made from a sheet found in grandpa’s closet and tada here is a priestess of  Shallya costume for less than 7 euros.
hum, yes, except that in the middle of the construction I bought a sewing machine (Toyota low-end …) So it was a tad over 7 euros … But it doesn’t count, it already paid for itself ;).

Edited 06/2010:
Here’s Priestress of Shallya dress #2 … way better !