Have you heard of Professor Elemental? He’s a chap-hop/steampunk musician with a rousing song about his ‘Fighting Trousers’ that has a quite splendidly done video. Here’s a look-see at it.
Now, being something of a dork this song inspired me to do something silly. My roommate does all manner of sewing/costuming work so when the knees wore out on an old pair of pants I got him to put canvas patches on and then a batch of carefully spaced grommets around the edges. Why? So I could anchor some chainmail to the knees!
Yes. Seriously. Here, take a look.
Then, while working on a larger scale mail project the idea of doing up scale mail knee patches hit me so I quickly did up two patches like the one above. This test patch doesn’t have the trim needed to keep the scales from flopping around, and needs a few more scales to make the anchoring process work out, but it’s basically done. The really keen part is that with the canvas backing, I don’t need to worry about scraping my knee on the scales when I kneel down or bump into things.
Function over form folks! Making sure that the things I make work is a huge priority for me. Suffering for fashion is nonsense IMNSHO. Things need to be comfortable and wearable first, then it’s time to worry about making it pretty. Thankfully chainmail lends itself to that so my job is pretty easy.