I'm working a medieval film and will need to build armor and cloaks, and probably some shirts too, as well as pants. I literally have zero experience with sewing. Any tips? Also, how would you make a puppet with a removable head but can later be reattached?

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For gluing fabric seams there is a product called Fabritak that works very well. It is acetone-based and benefits from occasionally being thinned. I bought a tiny bottle with a thin metal nozzle that is ideal for puppet work, and a big bottle for fill ups.

I have just had some success with making a cloak by gluing together two pieces of cloth with double sided fusible interfacing - basically a hot melt glue sold in thin sheets for dressmaking. This stiffens the cloth really nicely. I also used 1mm wire around the edges. This was done by having one of the cloth pieces about 6mm bigger than the other all round, then laying the wire on with a little glue and using the Fabritak to stick the cloth edge over the top.

Removable head:  This is a generic body designed to work with different removable heads.  If you weren't using a wooden block in the chest like I did, you could have a piece of K&S square brass tubing encased in a blob of epoxy putty that also covered the top of the spine and the arm wires.  The K&S tube comes in sizes where the outside of the next size down fits perfectly inside the first piece, so you would have a piece of smaller square tube on the end of the neck wire so it could slot in to the one in the chest.  Being square, it wouldn't rotate loosely, so you might not even need a screw to hold it on -  you wouldn't be lifting it out when animating , just bending and twisting the wire.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbF6m3BeGUQ&t=131s

I generally do sew clothing, with patterns adapted from full size clothing, but usually simplified.  But for a cloak I did something similar to Simon, put  wire around the edges so I could animate it flapping in the breeze, and just folded the edges of the cloth over the wire and stuck it with some spray glue.  Simple tunics can also done without sewing, like a poncho, a strip of fabric with a round neck hole in the middle that fold  over the puppet, half in front and half in back.

Hi, Count Croc. I had to do the same for my piece, and here's what I ended up doing.

   I built one of the first outfits for my characters, but it was extremely difficult. My hands were hurting and the process took forever. I have a friend who was involved in costuming for local school events, like renaissance dress-up days. I contacted her to see if she wanted to build small clothing, and she agreed. I paid her an hourly amount we agreed upon.

  I had to supply her with concepts and images, mostly from Pinterest, about what I wanted. I also measured all the puppet seam lengths so that she was able to make them the correct size. She was able to embed wires into the costumes so that they were animatable.

  Without her help, I would have struggled to get good wardrobe for my characters. I avoided a ton of wasted time on failed clothing attempts.

  So I recommend reaching out to see who can help you in this way.

Good Luck.

   

What height are your puppets? There is a huge 1:6 figure community if you are working with 12" puppets. 

Rare earth magnets work great for removable heads. 

Good point.  I use 1:6 scale action figure clothing whenever I can find something that suits the character.  It works if your proportions are fairly close to realistic, but not if they are extremely stylised like all of Laika films.  

robbiethepainter said:

What height are your puppets? There is a huge 1:6 figure community if you are working with 12" puppets. 

Rare earth magnets work great for removable heads. 

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