I want to make a set of armor out of leather. Where on earth do I start?
I haven't had a real project to work on in a long time and I'm a little gung-ho about this whole idea, maybe overly so considering my lack of experience.
I want to make a full set of armor (chest, bracers, pauldrons, skirt, boots) out of leather. Well, probably leather- it seems the most approachable way to do it. I'd also possibly like some metal accents, maybe grommets or hammered sheet metal, and intricate designs tooled into the leather.
I have some sewing experience but none in pattern-making. I am pretty handy and creative and headstrong when I want to make something. I have a sewing machine and a decently large space to work in. I know I'll likely need a dress form.
Here's a basic design
I sketched out.
Where do I go from here? Should I buy scraps of leather I'm interested in and try tooling and sewing them? Read up on info somewhere? Search out cosplay forums? I've looked into hardening leather to make a molded breastplate and bracers- that seems like the best option for my, um, stature, but sort of seems... difficult.
I want to make this happen! Where do I go from here?