Hero Pants!

Yes, they merit the exclamation mark.

heropants

There is a saying in LARP – or at least at our LARP club – that you can gauge the power of a wizard by the length of their dress and the mightiness of a hero by the volume of their trousers. Trouser volume is measured in ferrets (as in “how many ferrets could you fit in these trousers”)* and the higher the ferret-rating, the more heroic the trousers.

On a marginally more serious note, a lot of LARPers favour the Extremely Baggy Trouser because it looks vaguely historical without pinning you to a particular period, it’s practical for fighting in, non-fitted and therefore lendable (kit is expensive, and new players will almost always be wearing borrowed kit for quite a while) and also, if you’re making your own gear, obscenely easy to make.

These are destined to be part of a costume for an upcoming character of my partner’s, but conveniently we have the same hip measurement and so to spare his blushes the photos have me in them instead.

hero-pose

Pattern is Butterick 5044, which is a super-easy generic elasticated-waist pattern – the largest size, widened 4-5 cm, lengthened as far as would fit on the fabric, and with the front crotch curve re-sketched to give a bit more room. (Ahem.) They were squeezed out of a 70x114cm remnant of what I think is cotton/elastane, from Samuel Taylor – it handles nicely, is a little shiny and a little stretchy, but burns to ash rather than melts. The background is black, with a gorgeous watery-looking blue stripe.

cuff-edge

I elasticated the waist (got it wrong the first time and had to tinker – the inside waistband is a total mess) and the hems, and they hit just below the knee on me and just above on his. The elasticated hems I’m quite proud of – they came out really nicely and wiggling the elastic through the casing didn’t take too long.

knee-cuff

I’ve mentioned before – in reference to this very pattern – how satisfying it is to be able to plonk down a bit of fabric on the table and have a new garment at the end of the evening. And of course then you get to prat about in it with a sword wear it afterwards.

Yarr!

avast!

*Ferrets are not LARP-safe. Do not try this at home.

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