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My Peaceful War Kampfrau Dress

Added May 9, 2011

by angelical

Århus, Denmark






This dress is but fit for an reiklandish highborn! Yet, I, a simple country maiden, will wear it with pride, as I, with needle and tread, aid the soldiers in their bloody fight over gold and honor.

The dress, called a “Kampfrau dress” or a “Landsknecht Dress” is made to be worn at Krigslive VII (War LARP seven), where I will play the cheerful, young seamstress in a peaceful village, close to the battlefield where the armies of Reikland and Marienburg have met to fight over gold and honor. Who will return to their master with news of victory? Who will stand in first line as the cannons enter the battle? And – most importantly – who will ruin their clothes and be in need of a kind seamstress?
Only time and the GM will know!

The dress is made of app. 4 m of royal blue linen and features red contrasts on bodice and skirt, fully lined bodice and sleeves, a pleated skirt, cuffs and a front lacing closure.

I used the pattern RH504, but I only used the back bodice and cuffs as they were, as the front bodice and sleeves were weird and did not fit. The bodice ended up a size to big, despite fitting after each step. I might end up selling this after Krigslive. I will NOT recommend this pattern, though.

Read the entire story (in a LOT of posts) and see more photos on my blog, www.mydearlizzie.blogspot.com
(it’s in danish)

Material Notes

Royal blue linen (outer), Currant colored nettle (lining and contrasts), app. 1 m of light brown linen (interlining), 1 m of royal blue cord, 1 m of ribbon for closure system, 1 hook and eye (not shown in pictures), red tread, blue tread.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Geek, Other, Romantic
Linen, Other

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