I am pretty much a pants woman. I am just not graceful and aware enough of my body to properly pull of skirts. I sit like a man, and that usually does not go well with skirts.
That said, for costumes, I cant really avoid them. LARP certainly isnt re-enactment, so I can get away with pants most of the times. But for some roles, like noble ladies, skirts or dresses are the way to go. The suspension of disbelieve starts with the visuals after all.
One of my characters was in desperate need of a new skirt. The old one was starting to get threadbare. Luckily I had a beautiful red wool lying around that was just perfect. The color was just right, the wool would add weight and it would be durable.
For this project I had help of a friend. Measuring your own body can be sucky, but doing a fitting on your own body is impossible. I might have to invest into a mannequin, but those usually dont come in my size either.
First off we started with cutting the wool in two large panels and then folding it so the overall folded piece was slightly wider then my waist.
We pinned the pleats. But because we are also paranoid about our sewing machines messing up our carefully folded work, we also stitched everything together before using the overlock machine to stitch everything together. (A overlock machine is often called a serger in north america)
For the waistband I cheated. First I overlocked broad strip of fabric so it would not fray in any way. Then I ironed it so I had a nice fold to work with. I folded the strip of fabric over the edge of the skirt and sewed it in one go. Fast and easy.
This process was used for both halves of the skirt. After sewing the band on, the pins were removed and the yellow stitches removed. Before sewing on the straps to tie it all to my waist, and measuring off the bottom seam, a fitting was in order.
The two sides of the skirts werent sewn all the way. This was to keep the multifunctionality of the skirt. When wearing it with nothing beneath, the slit that remained would allow me acces to pockets underneath. It would also leave enough room, in combination with the straps, to wear a petticoat underneath. Or a petticoat and a bum roll if I wanted to go all out.
The mannequin wearing the skirt in combination with a bum roll:
I am very happy with the result. The skirt has weight but is not too heavy, and it drapes very nicely. A good addition to the wardrobe!