Get a ball of GS. Doesnt hurt if it has cured slightly, say for about 10-15 mins.
Flatten it into its rough shape on a nice flat surface. I use my plastic box here, as GS doesnt stick too well with that kind of plastic. A bit of talcum powder or oil can help prevent the GS from sticking. The semi cured GS does make it less sticky so that is another plus point for waiting.
I start with a V-shaped or triangular fold across the top. The top edges are whats going to be joined to the belt so thats where the stress points are.
Next I add another elongated triangle down the centre. I also make the cuts taper towards the top and also across the surface to give it some smooth shape.
The other side of the triangle...
I define the left side of the tabard, adding the more defined fold, similar to the triangle effect done on the centre.
I cut the left triangle in half, adding yet another fold. By now you should be realising it all about triangles.
And one more, on the right side.
Chop down and neaten as necessary. Note that my folds are softer towards the bottom, as cloth doesnt bunch up as much as it would at the top. Working with this stage at the aroundd 1.5 to 2 hr mark allows you to bend the GS into a more flowy shape helps to make it not look so stiff.
Edited by The Angelus Sanctus, 14 July 2009 - 11:02 AM.