View Full Version : need help making a tabard

10-05-2010, 01:18 PM
so I'm new to this whole cosplay stuff. I already made a dueling flag which was fun and fairly simple but not I have to suddenly have some weaving skills to make a tabard!

I plan to do the ironforge tabard. I bought all the cloth materials but don't know the best way to go about

I originally planned to have a blank tabard canvas and individually sew on the pieces that make up the tabard but I realized how tedious and skillful this will take. I think we have some sewing needles and thread but I do not have a sewing machine

I also went over budget on what I wanted to spend for the flag and tabard so I would rather not take it in to have the sewing done.

any helpful suggestions or tricks of the trade will be greatly appreciated!

10-05-2010, 03:45 PM
Ironforge Tabard (http://www.wow-tabards.com/images/ironforge.png)

Doesn't look exceptional hard.
If your worried about sewing on each peice there is always the option of a painted image. using a good image of the design. break it down by color and either draw it out and play paint by the numbers, or... you can make stencils of the image and do it that way.

The paint would run you about 10 bucks or so plus a nice brush pack for 5 bucks. Just an idea for a nice easy way to get it done. After all only 16 days to go!!!

10-06-2010, 02:22 PM
thanks for the suggestion essex but i'm really gunning for a more "authentic" look that they might have looked if done in the early ages.

I cut out the tabard on a black piece of cloth for the template. took me a while to trim the edges as I didn't have a seamstress to take my measurements or make adjustments haha

I am having a tough time getting it to stay uniform when I'm bending over. It bulges out a lot when I bend over and makes me look 40 pounds heavier! I'm thinking of tapering the sides so they're nice and snug when i'm standing straight but will prevent excessive bulging.

what do you think?

11-26-2010, 06:19 PM
One thing that may not look incredibly 'authentic' but would make for a clean looking icon is that they have printer paper that you can print iron-on designs with.

Problems you might have are that the paper is normal latter size, so you might need to carefully line up two sheets to iron on to your tabard. The stuff wrinkles up and cracks in the wash, but if it is for a special costume thing, I doubt it will need too much regular wash depending on how frequently you plan to wear it.

But it would be simple and cheap.

Pocket X
11-26-2010, 09:03 PM
I made my tabard, seen here: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2752836/
orig tabard ingame: http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090122233825/wowwiki/images/8/83/Midsummer_Fire_Red_Tabard.jpg

It's basically clothe folded in half and sewn down under the arm on both sides. The fabric that lay on the portion of my lap was trimmed down to the width I needed.

Paint actually makes the tabard look more war-like and authentic, but that's my personal opinion. For my tabard I trace the symbol out on separate fabric and then glued it down to the front (you can also sew it down for sure), then I painted the symbol fabric with a nice brush of fabric paint since the glue does sometimes stain the fabric with blotches.

Been using it for two years now, extremely sturdy and looks decent.

SIDE NOTE: I would really avoid using the printer paper, it does crack and is hard to achieve a sharp look sometimes. As far as the bulging, tapering the sides has helped and wearing a sturdy belt about the hips is a plus. You will rarely lean over enough to make too much problems (in my experience I could barely even bend over anyway with the massive WoW shoulders) and if you do just pull the bottom of the tabard back down under the belt for a quick fix.

11-27-2010, 02:25 AM
Out of curiousity, what kind of fabric are you using?

12-30-2010, 11:05 AM
Wow, very cool pic. Tabard looks great, but all of the other stuff you did is fantastic!