View Full Version : FMA Military Tops

09-12-2007, 07:17 PM
Hey everybody! *waves* My friend wants to cosplay as a sort of joke Riza with a mini skirt but doesn't know how to make the top.

Any tips on how to make it or what pattern to use as a base would be helpful! Thanks in advanced! *hugs*

09-13-2007, 02:13 PM
Wow! I'm also making a miniskirt Riza cosplay! >w<
I suggest using this Burda pattern, but you'll have to edit the front pieces of fabric for the rectangular fold (: Also, the collar needs to be lengthened to get that "turtleneck" kind of look. As you can tell, I haven't started sewing it today XD

As for patterns, I suggest using Pattern C from this pattern set: http://www.smartcart.com/1sew/cgi/display.cgi?item_num=8022bur
You can find it at your local JoAnn Fabric's, and probably most fabric stores. If all else fails, you can order the pattern through the link I gave you (:

09-14-2007, 01:29 AM
If you can be patient for a few days, I'm planning on posting a tutorial on this. I just have to dig out my pattern models and photograph them. :)

EDIT: The tutorial will also have design for the pants and butt-cape. I've had several PMs asking me how I did mine, so I figured I'd just share. ^_^

I don't recommend working from commercial patterns for the jackets; the FMA jackets are square and have clearly defined center back seams, whereas most patterns are made to be tailored to the body, and therefore won't look like the uniforms.

The Civil War pattern is particularly nasty to work with, as it has princess seams and bloused sleeves -- neither of which the FMA uniforms have. >_<

09-14-2007, 02:13 AM
I know that my commissioner used a Civil War period style pattern. It has sleeves and a collar that only had to be altered slightly, but the front part had to be drafted from scratch, and I had to futz around with it in order to get it to close right. (We lived 300 miles apart, so no fittings. I just adjusted the closures after she sent it to me.)

Those jackets are a b*tch to do... a tutorial on them would certainly be welcome.

09-15-2007, 09:01 AM
Mine took alot of trial and error. I used a civil war pattern but altered it. I never really follow the pattern instructions anyways. Though I was ambitious and my military uniform was the first thing I ever sewed from scratch (many of my other outfits have 1 or 2 items made and the rest were bought). That and I was helping my friend in Florida make hers to and she had less experience sewing then I did. For the first time out the door I think it turned out ok. Yeah it needs tweekig, but what first outfit doesn't?? I know my jacket doesn't have the seam up the back like it should, but at the time the less seams to try and match up the better. And no one ever took a picture of my backside that I know of.

I'm looking forward to the tutorial to see what adjustments can be made to mine to make it look even better.

09-15-2007, 04:54 PM
Tutorial is now up! Let me know if you have questions. :)

09-18-2007, 12:23 AM
Wow, I'm probably being completely blind, but where is the tutorial? I can't find the link! :bigcry:

Edit: Waah! Nevermind, I found it. ~smacks forehead~

09-18-2007, 01:40 PM

This is the link to the tutorial. I had a bit of trouble finding it myself, but it does exist and is really helpful! Thank you so much for finally posting one!