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caisse
07-15-2010, 09:46 PM
Hey guys! I've asked this same question on the Code Geass forum... but unforunately it's pretty dead and has yet to elicit a response. So here I am, hoping you all can help me out!

I'm dead-set on completing Euphemia Li Britannia's Petal Gown (http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t74/KaileenaTracer/Code%20Geass/022.gif) (farthest left) by Setsucon in January; I've got a bit of time fortunately! What I'm really stuck on is... well, most anything, I suppose.

I've asked a Euphie cosplayer I know about how she went about her gown, and she suggested a strapless dress pattern for the purple bodice (adding the "petals" on top), and a large costume skirt pattern for the white part. This is all well and good, but what about the extra purple petals on the dress? How would I go about drafting that pattern; just on my dress form with tracing paper? Also, how would I cut the petals and sew them (I presume by hand) without fraying? Hem-guard? Lining them?

And for the bolero - anybody know of a good pattern that's pretty close?

Thank you for any and all help - you guys are the best!

polence
07-17-2010, 01:34 PM
Hey guys! I've asked this same question on the Code Geass forum... but unforunately it's pretty dead and has yet to elicit a response. So here I am, hoping you all can help me out!

I'm dead-set on completing Euphemia Li Britannia's Petal Gown (http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t74/KaileenaTracer/Code%20Geass/022.gif) (farthest left) by Setsucon in January; I've got a bit of time fortunately! What I'm really stuck on is... well, most anything, I suppose.

I've asked a Euphie cosplayer I know about how she went about her gown, and she suggested a strapless dress pattern for the purple bodice (adding the "petals" on top), and a large costume skirt pattern for the white part. This is all well and good, but what about the extra purple petals on the dress? How would I go about drafting that pattern; just on my dress form with tracing paper? Also, how would I cut the petals and sew them (I presume by hand) without fraying? Hem-guard? Lining them?

And for the bolero - anybody know of a good pattern that's pretty close?

Thank you for any and all help - you guys are the best!


For satin, if I don't want it to fray, I carefully burn off the edges, just up to the point that the fabric melts but not turn black, if I have a top layer of chiffon or organza, I burn them together. Btw, I use an electric stove top for the job. As for the bolero, I suggest you use Butterick 6533 (http://butterick.mccall.com/b6533-products-787.php) for the body, and for the arms adjust the sleeve lenght of Simplicity 3750B (http://www.simplicity.com/p-1997-misses-tops.aspx) because I find it a bit too short for my taste, and prolly modify the girth too. If I want to be more accurate with the sleeve, I'd use the sleeve of Butterick B4954 (http://butterick.mccall.com/b4954-products-5301.php) just for the top part, then cut a bias pattern for the lower full part sleeve.


Next time, when you are looking for patterns, go to Joanne's, there's a section there where you can sit down and look at books for clothing patterns. that way you will get more ideas.^_^ Hope that helps and good luck.^_^

Kiichigo
07-18-2010, 10:27 AM
Frankly, if I were you, I'd just hem the petals the normal way, and preferably with a sewing machine :)

caisse
07-19-2010, 11:44 AM
For satin, if I don't want it to fray, I carefully burn off the edges, just up to the point that the fabric melts but not turn black, if I have a top layer of chiffon or organza, I burn them together. Btw, I use an electric stove top for the job. As for the bolero, I suggest you use Butterick 6533 (http://butterick.mccall.com/b6533-products-787.php) for the body, and for the arms adjust the sleeve lenght of Simplicity 3750B (http://www.simplicity.com/p-1997-misses-tops.aspx) because I find it a bit too short for my taste, and prolly modify the girth too. If I want to be more accurate with the sleeve, I'd use the sleeve of Butterick B4954 (http://butterick.mccall.com/b4954-products-5301.php) just for the top part, then cut a bias pattern for the lower full part sleeve.

Next time, when you are looking for patterns, go to Joanne's, there's a section there where you can sit down and look at books for clothing patterns. that way you will get more ideas.^_^ Hope that helps and good luck.^_^

Ah, thanks for the suggestions! I've never had any experience with burning - would practice just be the best way to get the hang of it or are there tutorials out there?

Frankly, if I were you, I'd just hem the petals the normal way, and preferably with a sewing machine :)

As I'm a pretty new sewer (which is why I'm giving myself six months to do this) what do you mean by the "normal way?"

polence
07-20-2010, 11:54 AM
Ah, thanks for the suggestions! I've never had any experience with burning - would practice just be the best way to get the hang of it or are there tutorials out there?

Practice, just be sure you are very focused when you do this, so if you make a mistake, hopefully just a very thin mistake, you can just trim it off.

Kiichigo
07-20-2010, 04:43 PM
As I'm a pretty new sewer (which is why I'm giving myself six months to do this) what do you mean by the "normal way?"


The.... Way you sew all other hems? Just fold up a bit a bit (a couple of millimeters) of the fabric and sew on top of it with a straight stitch :) Of course fold it up to the inner side where it won't be seen.


You could also do scallops, but that's insanely hard. I have a link to a tutorial somewhere, I'll try to find it for you

However, I am begging you on my hands and knees NOT to use the satin-and-burn method!

Reason:
http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp321/KiichigoPhoto/CasaSatin.jpg

On the left side is casa-satin, in which I burned to holes, on the right is a crappy old lining-satin. What basically happens is that you melt the fabric. First off, it becomes dark. Second off, it becomes really sharp and you could hurt yourself or others with it. Third of, I may not have won any prices for craftmanship, but I do know bad work when I see it. Burning edged should only be used for making holes/patterns in the dress itself (like C.C's red dress from the Code Geass artbook.)

caisse
07-20-2010, 09:53 PM
Practice, just be sure you are very focused when you do this, so if you make a mistake, hopefully just a very thin mistake, you can just trim it off.

Okay. I'm not sure if I have the patience or skill to do that. Dx

The.... Way you sew all other hems? Just fold up a bit a bit (a couple of millimeters) of the fabric and sew on top of it with a straight stitch :) Of course fold it up to the inner side where it won't be seen.


You could also do scallops, but that's insanely hard. I have a link to a tutorial somewhere, I'll try to find it for you

However, I am begging you on my hands and knees NOT to use the satin-and-burn method!

Reason:
http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp321/KiichigoPhoto/CasaSatin.jpg

On the left side is casa-satin, in which I burned to holes, on the right is a crappy old lining-satin. What basically happens is that you melt the fabric. First off, it becomes dark. Second off, it becomes really sharp and you could hurt yourself or others with it. Third of, I may not have won any prices for craftmanship, but I do know bad work when I see it. Burning edged should only be used for making holes/patterns in the dress itself (like C.C's red dress from the Code Geass artbook.)

Ah! That's what I thought was the "normal way"... but I'm second-guessing myself, ahaha. It just seems like it would be so hard and painstaking to do that for every single petal of hers on the overlay... welcome to the world of cosplay, right?

And I see what you mean about the burning - as I said before, I'm not sure I would be able to do it effectively at all and this only helps solidify the fact.

Kiichigo
07-21-2010, 03:04 AM
Caise; Yes, that's the way of cosplay, sadly XD But if you do, say, a petal a day, you should be fine. Comfort yourself with the fact that you have plenty of time, and a lot of people here in the forums to help you! (and give you entertainment when you're bored with sewing XD)


If you run into any sort of trouble I'd be happy to help - and even if I can't help (duetothefactthatIsewlikecrap XD) I'm here if you need to vent some ballgown-anger.
Last but not least, I can't wait to see you as Euphemia! You really are great for her ~ ^^

caisse
07-21-2010, 12:06 PM
@Kiichigo: That sounds like a good idea - thankfully I'm deciding on this early enough to budget my time like that. It's definitely nice to have a bunch of people here, as well - I couldn't imagine taking on a project like this without plenty of reference from the people here.

Ah! Venting would be just lovely. And thank youuuu! <3333 She's become one of my very favorite characters and it's nice to know I'll be able to pull her off! I've got her chest, that's for sure... not the ridiculous stick-thinness... but I don't think anyone has that. hahahaha!

polence
07-21-2010, 01:29 PM
Reason:
http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp321/KiichigoPhoto/CasaSatin.jpg

On the left side is casa-satin, in which I burned to holes, on the right is a crappy old lining-satin. What basically happens is that you melt the fabric. First off, it becomes dark. Second off, it becomes really sharp and you could hurt yourself or others with it. Third of, I may not have won any prices for craftmanship, but I do know bad work when I see it. Burning edged should only be used for making holes/patterns in the dress itself (like C.C's red dress from the Code Geass artbook.)

@caisse

Use or do whatever is more comfortable for you. I use an electric stove top to do it, I don't even let the fabric touch the metal plate, I clean/trim the frays before hand, and I just hold it millimeters close, enough to have the fabric melt. I have done it on white fabric before, turned out ok with me. Ofcourse this requires focus and your full attention, bad result would be the fabric turns brown or black, or worst scenario you glide it over to the heated surface and it burns off and sets on fire. I can testify that a lot of gown makers do it, it leaves clean smooth edges. I do suggest that you put chiffon over it, it gives it a more delicate finish.

Good luck!