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Leather Costume course :D

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Hello i am a student who is currently studying costume at university. i am specialising in leather and making costumes from leather, using a rage of different techniques.
Although when i finish university i want to run a short course teaching the basic skills and methods needed to make your own costumes using leather as the base material. it would be very useful to know if other costume enthusiasts are wanting such a course

I have done some online research an i haven't been able to find a short course which offers anything like this.

I would love to hear all of your opinions on this, also if you have made your own leather costumes please post and discuss them :)
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Hi
Yes I would be interested in making some items of clothing in leather - especially a kaftan type war coat for Rus Viking - :D
I might be in the gutter....but I'm still looking up at the takeaway !.

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Hi Lauren,

I'm not certain what you mean by 'leather costume', you may want to clarify that. I'm guessing that you're looking at the skills to make garments from leather using modern techniques.

The first thing that I thought of when you talk of leather costume, was the moulded masks. However, I've then pondered a bit more and thought that the subject could potentially cover purses and scabards, Tudor leather doublets and leggings, WWII bomber jackets or the hardened leather armours of the 13th-14th centuries. Being specific will help narrow the field.

You may also want to propose an area, as a course in Leeds isn't likly to get anyone from London or Scotland.

Best of luck with it.

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i did not specify a particular area in the field of leather because i would like to know which areas people are most interested in.
thank you very much for you replies. depending on what people want i would run a course containing a series of lessons covering the techniques needed to make the basic leather garments for begginers, then another course for people with the more advanced skills, to make more complex and historically accurate costumes using these skills.
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I'd be interested depending on the content of the course, and of course the cost.
Crafting courses these days are few and far between so am happy to travel - Leeds is pretty central and easy to get to from most locations.

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If its a historical activity you might even be able to approach the Armouries to see if you could get a discounted room, maybe also an opportunity to see some of their leather artefacts?

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Have you managed to have a word with some of the traders who make things in leather? They range from fantasy and science fiction clothing, viking shields, armour from different historical periods, steampunk, fetish, motorcycle, LARP to street-wear.

It might be an idea to build up a wardrobe of sample items and take them with you to various events this summer to check what you do against what others are selling to find out what subjects might be popular amongst re-enactors.

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There is a million miles of differnce between making clothing and just about any other thing made of leather. I'd be interersted in learning to make leather clothes (although I have made the leather shirt type thing described by Bad Viking above). I'm a trained shoe maker and have made hundreds if not thousands of other items from leather but would like to learn to make leather clothes.
I'll check your blog and drop you a PM.

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