|Strange Men in Lederhosen, photo courtesy of Google ;-)|
Bernie's lederhosen weren't embroidered; they were just decorated with leaf-shaped leather appliques, but my internet search for photo inspirations turned up quite a few embroidered versions. Embroidering microsuede is sure to be a nightmare, which is right up my alley. Fun, fun fun!
Here's the plan: I'm going to attempt to make a muslin pattern from the existing lederhosen by turning them inside out and tracing along the seamlines. Then I'll add an inch or two to the length and width, sew the muslin together, and have the Augustus actor try them on for fit. If the muslin fits, it's my pattern. If not, I tweak it until it does fit. I'm going to raise the waistband a bit, like the lederhosen dude on the right, so I can use the straps from Bernie's real lederhosen instead of having to mess with buckles etc. I just have to put buttons on my shorts that fit the buttonholes on the lederhosen straps.
My microsuede fabric is soft and drapey, not stiff like the leather lederhosen, so I'm going to try to interface it with some Pellon stuff. Can you fuse interfacing to microsuede? I don't know -- but I'm going to find out! The embroidery will be the fun part... Here are some of the things I found online:
I am NOT going to attempt to put pockets on my lederhosen, but the shoe lace ties on the green pair might be fun...