Saturday, 29 November 2008

Deconstructing Dark Cloud's pants

For years Gib has yearned to have pants like Dark Cloud's from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In about a week he needs a costume for an event we are attending, so he's going as some sort of warrior, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to give them a go. I'm not aiming for his pants exactly, but a similar style.


The problem:

I've been trying to take still shots from the DVD and work out how on earth they made those pants look so damn cool. I thought it would be straight forward, but there are surprisingly very few shots of the pants at angles that make it easy for working out how they are made. It's been hard to work out whether there is more than one layer, or if its just folds because the legs are really wide, or if there's a split somewhere. I have thought that maybe they were constructed like hakama...


... or wrap pants ...


... or Thai fisherman pants ...

...and after watching and replaying various sections and replaying over and over again, it's still too hard to know. The best view of the pants in full was in a scene where Dark Cloud was cartwheeling down sand dunes in a fight scene, and the pants billow out in full. I'm pretty sure from that the pants are just one piece, and the things I thought were splits are just folds (but the fabric is quite fine, so it looked like it could be a separate piece).

The conclusion:

I have come to a workable conclusion (as in, I don't care if it's wrong, this is how I'm doing it) that the pants are massively wide fisherman pants made in 4 panels, and the extra layers in the legs are just extra pleats that tuck in at the front.

Solution:

I took Gib down to Ziguzagu in Richmond and we picked up some beautiful hemp fabric that I've dyed black (or tried to. They are dark brown and still ok. My constant disasters when it comes to dying fabric can be left for another post!). I'm going to work with two patterns and nut out a pair of pants from there. They might turn out nothing like Dark Cloud's, but it'll be damn fun trying to make it.

7 comments:

flossy-p said...

Can't wait to see the finished result! Best of luck.

membracid said...

I'm sorry, I keep looking at that last photo and

um

what was this post about, again? :D

Cluro said...

Hey Beff! Didn't realise you blogged here so extensively (took me a while). I must lurk here more often :)

For the record, I like the hakama pants.

This is what I got when I googled Goat in a Coat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyQkQl6zofs

Taccolina said...

My goodness, that's incredible! (Your efforts, I mean, though the photos are amusing). I mean, you're dying your own fabric, doing all this research... I can't wait to see how they turn out! I'm assuming you're expecting them to be worn more than just once at the costume party??

Melanie said...

I like the hakama pants too but sheesh they look hard for someone like me that struggles with making clothes. i cant wait to see them. be sure to take a pic with them whilst Gib is bustin out a few kung fu moves like Dark Cloud.
I love that movie so much.

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