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