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Kahlan: Legend of the Seeker costume research

Posted by Laura on February 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Hi All,

I’m planning on making Kahlan Amnell’s costumes from the television series “Legend of the Seeker” later on this summer. I’ve been researching the costumes for about 6 months now, and I decided to document my findings for others to reference. I’ll be going through my research first, and after I finish my other sewing projects, I’ll be posting progress images on my own construction of the costume.

 

I’m going to break down all the parts of her outfit little by little, with hopes of getting every piece replicated as close as possible. I do this by looking at many hi-res reference images, watching behind the scenes footage, and of course, watching the actual episodes.

I like to draw out flat sketches of the garments so I can understand where all the seams are and design details. I will be posting them here. Please understand that drawing them takes time, so if you want to use my images, you can, but please give me credit for them.

If you feel that something I’ve included doesn’t seem right, or if I missed something, please speak up! I love feedback! This is just the ramblings of someone with lots of time on their hands!

 

Anywho, onto my first part of Kahlan’s costume, her corset.

Reference Image:

 

The corset is basically an underbust corset with bra cups and straps. The corset laces up in the back through grommets. She wears the corset underneath her white Confessor robe and her green traveling outfit, and as of 2x08, she wears it with a split skirt and short jacket.

 

My Sketch:

 

The Fabric

The body of the corset is made out of soft dark olive leather. The binding on the bottom edge (as it appears in 2x08) is the same fabric as the cups. The top edge of the corset, and the straps, are leather. The bra cups have a pleated fabric on them, it’s hard to say what it is, but it is a dark brown color.

 

 

Some construction notes:

The corset has decorative stitching that is applied before the boning channels are sewn in, which would mean the boning channels on the inside of the corset use boning tape and the boning is not just stitched in the seam allowances of the corset. The boning is applied along all the seamlines, including center front.

The metal swirls on the edge of the bra cups are made of one piece of curled metal layed over itself in different directions.

 

 

Detail Shots

 

My thoughts:

I've already purchased a leather hide for the corset, but I fear that I didn't get enough. I won't know for sure until after I draft it and complete the muslin mock up. If there isn't enough I'll have to purchase a whole new hide, probably two, since I want all the colors to match.

I plan on sculpting the center front decorations and the strap holders out of precious metal clay so they would be real metal. I was thinking of doing the same thing with the swirls along the bra cups, but I think I might be able to make those out of a thick gauge wire or finding them in a scrapbooking department or something.

I will likely underline the leather with denim for strength, and then line it in cotton. I want the corset to be comfortable and not too thick, since so much stuff is worn over it. Bridget Regan also manages to fight in it, so it mustn't be rock hard. She does bend a bit!

Another issue is the bottom panel. In the beginning of the series, whenever she wore the corset without a dress over it (Like in Revenant) she wore the skirt with it. I always assumed the bottom panel was part of the corset, since it seems to lift up with the corset when she bends, as seen in the detail shot above. However, now that she has a different outfit in season two, and she wears the corset on the outside again, the panel is no longer there. That makes me think that the leather panel is actually the waistband of the skirt.

 

So that's all for now. My next part will be about the skirt!

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27 Comments

Reply Elizabeth
5:54 PM on April 22, 2010 
i am soo excited to see you doing this. i am trying to make some of kahlan's costumes myself.
Reply Ali
1:03 PM on May 27, 2010 
Hello Laura

I am in love with the wedding gown Kahlan is wearing in season 2 episode 21. Please let me know if you made it or if you purchased it somewhere else. I must have one:-)
Thank you so much
Ali
Reply arseen33
3:41 AM on May 30, 2010 
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Reply Laura R.
6:32 PM on July 13, 2010 
Hi! I love Kahlans costume, would you be able to make me one?
Reply Susan
12:09 AM on August 19, 2010 
I am craving to replicate this in 3d. Thank you so much for the details. I will give you credit as well when the model is finished.
Reply Sarah
1:39 PM on August 29, 2010 
I'm planning on making a costume of the Mother Confessor dress for Halloween, currently am trying to find someone with leather working skills to do the corset. Would you mind if I printed up this page to show them the design? It's so cool how you got it so accurately. :D
Reply Kristi
2:43 PM on September 6, 2010 
My daughter wants one for Halloween. Is there anywhere to buy one?
Reply abigel
1:39 AM on October 23, 2010 
i love your design so much espcially kahlans wedding dress
Reply Laura Kane
8:13 AM on October 23, 2010 
abigel says...
i love your design so much espcially kahlans wedding dress

Hi! I didn't design the costumes in Legend of the Seeker, Jane Holland did. I am merely an admiring fan!
Reply Kristin
11:20 AM on October 24, 2010 
Laura Kane says...
Hi! I didn't design the costumes in Legend of the Seeker, Jane Holland did. I am merely an admiring fan!


I just want to know if you got my e-mail. You asked me about the white mother confessor costume (!Warumono!) i won trough ebay.
Reply Laura Kane
1:59 PM on October 24, 2010 
Kristin says...
I just want to know if you got my e-mail. You asked me about the white mother confessor costume (!Warumono!) i won trough ebay.


Hi!
No, I didn't! What email did you send it to? My primary email is Laura.kane1@gmail.com
Reply Kristin
3:25 PM on October 26, 2010 
Laura Kane says...
okay i send it to the wrong adress. I'm going to send it to you again.

Kristin

Hi!
No, I didn't! What email did you send it to? My primary email is Laura.kane1@gmail.com
Reply Haliey
10:39 AM on October 29, 2010 
Hi! I just wanted to inform you (from looking at whats posted on the Legend of The Seeker website) they removed the bottom panel in the 2nd season, so it is part of the corset from season one. They made two different corsets for the different outfits.
Reply Nathan
8:54 PM on November 1, 2010 
Check out the costumes I made for my girlfriend and I. We went as Richard and Kahlan. Let us know if you got yours done Laura.
http://s1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb332/nlongfx/
Reply Kisti
4:14 AM on December 12, 2010 
Hi, I just want to know how the seewving is going? I am gonna try and make one for myself as well. Just love this outfit. Will you be selling the pattern when it's finished?
Reply Kylara
3:10 PM on February 10, 2011 
Sorry for my English I am French.
I don't know at all how to sew: could you make a second of them to sell?
Otherwise would be able to sell me to you the pattern?
thanks
Reply Anastasia
10:52 AM on May 5, 2011 
well done on your research
can you do a design for the dark jacket and split skirt that she wears in season 2? thanks
Reply Emma
2:52 AM on May 28, 2011 
How is this one going? I am dying to know! :)
Reply Sharon
11:34 PM on June 9, 2011 
I would love to see you do this.I would love to have ths costume.We are going to Dragon con and we are working the table to try to Save the Seeker.We went last year and loved it and I would love to dress up this year.Good luck !
Reply Cheyenne
9:02 PM on August 21, 2011 
If you do this all successfully, would you be willing to make one for me to buy? I would so much appreciate it because I am not skilled at sewing and I want this outfit for me wedding!