The first ever Calgary Mad Max Ride just happened, bringing the flavour of societal collapse to the bike scene.
Making my Mad Max Shirt
I totally procrastinated on getting a costume together, and with less than 24 hours left I had to scramble to get everything sorted. Fortunately, I’d just finished reading The Shirtmaking Workbook by David Page Coffin. I took a quick look through Pinterest for inspiration, then headed to Fabric Depot to get some fabric. After settling on some creamy-coloured woven cotton, I got right to work.
I knew I wouldn’t have time to do anything elaborate, so I settled on a simple folk rectangular shirt. For the sizing I copied the boxiest T-shirt I had and made measurements. I didn’t have time to cut a pattern proper, so I fudged the sizing and added a half-inch seam allowance.
I didn’t take into account the possibility just how little stretch there was in the weave, but I was running on luck and caffeine at this point. After triple-checking the pencil-drawn lines, it was rotary cutter time. It’s not obvious from the photo, but I used the selvedge for the bottom hem to save extra work.
It didn’t take too long to pin and straight-stitch. I decided to forego the press step since this wasn’t supposed to be a fussy shirt - in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max, I don’t imagine there’s a lot of functioning irons ;-) I cut out a bandana out of some red wine cloth, and the meat of the costume was done.