How to Make Elven Clothing

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How to Make Elven Clothing
Elf clothing is popular with kids and adults alike, for Halloween or fantasy enthusiasts. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

For Renaissance re-enactors, fans of franchises like "The Lord of the Rings" or "World of Warcraft," or partygoers searching for unique costumes, elven clothing can be simple or intricate, quick or time consuming. With elven accessories like shoes, ears, wigs and jewellery readily available online, you can create an entire elven ensemble that evokes other worlds. Sew a courtly tunic, a flowing gown or a hooded cape, or grab a roll of Stitch Witchery for quick elven clothing.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Sewing notions
  • Embroidery thread
  • Stitch Witchery (optional)
  • Fabric paint (optional)
  • Rit dye (optional)

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    Choose what pieces of elven clothing you wish to make. Include items like a dress, tunic, trousers, boots, slippers, wings, cape or hood when considering. What garments you make will guide what fabrics and patterns you need.

    Remember to account for seasons, weather and the shape of the wearer when planning your unique elven clothing. Decide what kind of elf you want to dress as, like a royal elf or a wood elf, and whether you want "daily" elven clothing or "dress" elven clothing.

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    Use a pattern (see Resources) that accommodates variations in fabric or embellishment if you want to make more than one outfit. Find materials in woodland colours, like shades of green, brown, and blue; or use fabric for a specific season, like white and silver in winter, or red and gold in autumn. Textures for elven clothing should be light and ethereal for women, or rustic or royal for men, depending on the kind of elf. Consider gauzy organza or silk, velvet, felted wool, suede or leather.

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    Follow dye instructions to dye textiles for additional depth to experiment with colour, or steep your fabric in natural dye to create woodland colours using water mixed with berries, tea or walnut shells. Set the colour and complete the dying process using salt or vinegar as a fixative.

    Sew your elven clothing according to your pattern and size, allowing time to work with various materials.

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    Customise your garment, if desired, with embroidery featuring nature motifs using colour-on-colour thread or metallic thread. Stitch shapes and designs with no pattern to do freehand embroidery, or sketch a pattern and trace it onto the cloth with a wax pencil.

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    Substitute leather lacing or ribbon for cloth ties if your pattern includes a laced bodice or cinched sleeves, and use nature-themed metal closures and clasps for capes or jackets. Sew fake moss around hems for woodland outfits.

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    Paint "Lord of the Ring" elfish runes or nighttime constellations on your elven garment with non-toxic fabric paint, using a brush. Write with the brush along hems, or create a pattern on solid cloth with silver paint, such as painting phases of the moon at intervals around the body of a dark blue jacket.

Tips and warnings

  • Take photos of your finished elven clothing and note what pattern, fabrics and embellishments were used. Add notes for future suggestions, and store in a binder or album for reference.
  • Purchase elf ears online to enhance your outfit. Add woodland-inspired jewellery.
  • Many elf clothing patterns resemble medieval or Renaissance patterns; use those if elf patterns are unavailable.

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