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l o l i t a
05-13-2009, 12:04 PM
Hi all!

Okay, so I know that most people like to use Simplicity 7274, but it's out of print and if I don't have to order one online and wait for it, that would be best... so I was wondering if anyone has used McCall's 4745 for the uniform instead, and if that pattern is a double-breasted coat as well like the SIM pattern.

It looks like it's double-breasted, but the listing says single-breasted. Does anyone know the answer? Thanks!

Lo

Celyddon
05-13-2009, 02:15 PM
You might actually check with your local hobby store--if Simplicity says something is "out of print", that simply means it's not being manufactured any more. It doesn't mean the stores are sold out of it. :)

I have used the McCall pattern before (and still do!). It's listed as single breasted--the grey coat pattern they use is single. (The pattern has two styles.) The blue coat shown on the pattern front is double breasted.

l o l i t a
05-13-2009, 02:22 PM
You might actually check with your local hobby store--if Simplicity says something is "out of print", that simply means it's not being manufactured any more. It doesn't mean the stores are sold out of it. :)

I have used the McCall pattern before (and still do!). It's listed as single breasted--the grey coat pattern they use is single. (The pattern has two styles.) The blue coat shown on the pattern front is double breasted.

OKay, thanks a lot! I know it's easy enough to get the SIM pattern, but I'm on a huge time constriction lol. I only asked about the McCall's because they have it in stock in the store nearest to me, so I had it put on hold.

Mehdia
05-13-2009, 02:43 PM
I'm actually using the McCall's pattern you listed right now. I'm actually making my own take on the FMA uniform as a formal one from it though. But I had actually started modifying pieces to create the traditional uniform from the anime/manga. It's a pretty simple pattern to follow and a good jumping off point if you don't know how to draft patterns completely from scratch.

The Hag
05-13-2009, 02:51 PM
I used the McCall's. It worked just fine. I altered the front of the double-breasted pattern. It took a bit of trial and error to get it the angles right so you might want to do a muslin, at least for the front. You'll have to add cuffs, epaulets and a collar - but none of that is terribly hard. I also used the "skirt" panels as the basis for the butt-cape.

l o l i t a
05-14-2009, 10:57 AM
Okay, great! Thank you both!

I do know how to draft patterns from scratch, but since I only have a few days to get this costume done, I figured using a pre-existing pattern would cut my time down by a LOT.

=D You've been a lot of help, I'm going to pick that pattern up today!

Kenmichi
05-14-2009, 11:43 AM
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=125985

Thumb through that thread, it's chock full of helpful information on how to make the whole uniform. Progress pictures, comparison pictures, and a lot of what works and what doesn't.

I was going to make my FMA uniform using a pattern but found that the jacket is so unique that a pattern would require such heavy modification that it would almost void the need for a pattern to begin with. So I used an old jacket pattern, just a standard jacket, and cut the body and sleeves out to length (full arms, down to my waist) and free-handed the collar, cuffs, and the front panels of the jacket.

blackcat523
05-14-2009, 11:50 AM
I used the Mcalls pattern for my military outfit. My FMA military outfit was my first cosplay (and the first thing I ever really sewed completly by myself). The pattern is easy enough to follow. It does need modification though (for the flap, cuffs and empulets), but it will work for someone who doesn't have alot of skill or time. And the pattern comes with a pants pattern to make matching pants.

l o l i t a
05-14-2009, 07:00 PM
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=125985

Thumb through that thread, it's chock full of helpful information on how to make the whole uniform. Progress pictures, comparison pictures, and a lot of what works and what doesn't.

I was going to make my FMA uniform using a pattern but found that the jacket is so unique that a pattern would require such heavy modification that it would almost void the need for a pattern to begin with. So I used an old jacket pattern, just a standard jacket, and cut the body and sleeves out to length (full arms, down to my waist) and free-handed the collar, cuffs, and the front panels of the jacket.

Thanks a ton, this will help a lot! I'll sift through this tonight and take notes for when I start the mock-up!