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godsavethequeen
06-07-2008, 06:13 PM
Lately, I've been seeing quite a few people asking questions that I'm positive have been answered in other places. In an attempt to answer some common costuming questions, I've started a list below. Please post anything other common questions/tutorials that I missed.

Tutorials:

Appliques
* Applique Basics (http://www.nmia.com/~mgdesign/qor/begin/applique.htm)
* Andrea Zuill's Blog (http://zuill.us/andreablog/2008/07/28/update-of-applique-tutorial/)

Bias Tape
* Simple Method (http://www.savvyseams.com/techniques/biastape.php)
* Continuous Method (http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/free_how_to_make_bias_tape.html)
* Handy Gadget (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3720&PRODID=prd2791) - These are awesome! I've got a few and they work just great!
* DIY Handy Gadget (http://creativelittledaisy.typepad.com/creative_little_daisy/2007/11/diy-version-of.html)
* Mitering Corners (http://ryuuraigeki.livejournal.com/336911.html)

Bows
* Bow Tutorial #1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=115227)
* Bow Tutorial #2 (http://godsavethequeenfashions.com/Bow_Making_101.html)

Bootcovers
* Useful Thread #1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=129386)
* Useful Thread #2 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=18144)
* Boot Cover Tutorial #1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=149696)
* Boot Cover Tutorial #2 (http://sithcamaro.com/boottut/index.htm)
* Boot Cover Tutorial #3 (http://www.sarcasm-hime.net/bootcovers-tutorial.html)
* Boot Cover Tutorial #4 (http://www.lynleigh.com/cosplay/)
* Bootcover Topper Tutorial #1 (http://godsavethequeenfashions.com/Regular_Bootcover_Topper.html)
* Bootcover Topper Tutorial #2 (http://godsavethequeenfashions.com/Inverted_V_Bootcover_Topper.html)
* Bootcover Topper Tutorial #3 (http://godsavethequeenfashions.com/-V__Bootcover_Toppers.html)

Sailor Collars
* Sailor Collar Tutorial #1 (http://www.lynleigh.com/cosplay/sewingtutorials/seramyucollarpattern.gif)
* Sailor Collar Tutorial #2 (http://godsavethequeenfashions.com/Making_a_Sailor_Collar.html)
* Sailor Collar Tutorial #3 (Page 1 (http://www.lynleigh.com/cosplay/sewingtutorials/collar_page_01.gif), 2 (http://www.lynleigh.com/cosplay/sewingtutorials/collar_page_02.gif), & 3 (http://www.lynleigh.com/cosplay/sewingtutorials/collar_page_03.gif))

Hakama

* Hakama Tutorial #1 (http://www.sarcasm-hime.net/hakamapattern.html)
* Hakama Tutorial #2 (http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/graphics/patterns/hakama1.PDF)
* Hakama Tutorial #3 (http://www.tokyopop.co.jp/Robofish/tp_article/286869.html)
* Roundearth Hakama Pattern (http://roundearth.stores.yahoo.net/hakformarar.html)
* Costuming.org Hakama Pattern (http://www.costuming.org/hakamahaoripattern.jpg)

Kimono

* Useful Thread (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=149139)
* Kimono Tutorial #1 (http://taeliac.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Draft-a-Kimono-Patten-63652749)
* Kimono Tutorial #2 (http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/graphics/patterns/hitatare.PDF?51,1)
* Folkwear Kimono Pattern (http://www.folkwear.com/113.html)
* Butterick Kimono Pattern (http://www.butterick.com/item/B6698.htm)

Other Patterns

* Janchan Patterns (http://www.cosplay.janchan.com/patterns.html)
* http://www.sewingpatterns.com/
* Simplicity Patterns (http://www.simplicity.com/)
* McCalls Patterns (http://www.mccall.com/)
* Folkwear Sewing Patterns (http://www.folkwear.com/)
* Butterick Sewing Patterns (http://www.butterick.com/indexflash.html)
* Vogue Sewing Patterns (http://www.voguepatterns.com/list/whats_new/page-1)
* KwikSew Patterns (http://www.kwiksew.com)
* http://www.patternreview.com
Pleated Skirts

* Pleated Skirt Tutorial #1 (http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00219.asp)
* Pleated Skirt Tutorial #2 (http://slightly-obsessed.blogspot.com/2006/12/taking-stab-at-knife-pleating.html)
* Pleated Skirt Tutorial #3 (http://www.thimble.ca/?p=168)
* Pleats Won't Stay In! (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=148183)

Dyeing Fabric

* Useful Thread #1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=14250)
* Useful Thread #2 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=148017)
* Dying Polyester with iDye (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=149684)
* Can I dye acrylic fabric? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=144114)
* How about stockings/nylons? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=135906)
* Can I dye fur? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=133924)
* How long should the dye set? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=134894)
* Leatherworld Leather Dyeing FAQ (http://www.leatherworldtech.com/category.aspx?categoryID=46)
* Dye Remover Thread (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=134107)
* How do I dye spandex/lycra? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=130322)
* Acrylic paint instead of dye? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=127233)
* Can I dye polymer fabrics (neoprene, polypropylene)? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=127998)
* Gradient Dyeing Tutorial (http://hiyoko-chan.deviantart.com/art/Gradient-Dyeing-Tutorial-100915228)

Painting Fabric

* Painting patent leather (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=149055)
* Removing fabric paint (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=147551)
* Fabric spray paint (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=146168)
* Painting on Silk (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=145805)
* Stencils and Stamps (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=144412)
* Painting on stretch fabric (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=144777)

Fabric Applique

* Heat-N-Bond (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=122301)

Zippers

* Zipper Installation Tutorial #1 (visible sport zipper) (http://godsavethequeenfashions.com/Installing_Zippers__v1_.html)
* Zipper Installation Tutorial #2 (fly zipper) (http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_serging/article/0,2025,DIY_14143_2277030,00.html)
* Zipper Installation Tutorial #3 (invisible zipper) (http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_serging/article/0,2025,DIY_14143_2277028,00.html)
* Zipper Installation Tutorial #4 (invisible zipper) (http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/el_zipinvis.html)
* Zipper Installation Tutorial #5 (lapped) (http://www.fittingtips.com/classes/Class-LappedZipper.htm)
* Shortening a Zipper Tutorial #1 (http://www.stanssewingsupplies.com/catalogs/store.asp?pid=235369)
* Shortening a Zipper Tutorial #2 (http://www.beaconfabric.com/shortenzipper.htm)

Sleeves of All Sorts

* Useful Thread #1 (poofy) (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=142301)
* Useful Thread #2 (poofy) (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=140061)
* Sleeve Tutorial #1 (http://www.vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-04.html) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
* Sleeve Doesn't Fit in Armhole! (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=130090)

Petticoats

* Petticoat Tutorial #1 (http://home.scarlet.be/fenicia/tutoral/petticoat/petticoate.htm)
* Petticoat Tutorial #2 (http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/otacomi/diary/200511040000/)
* Petticoat Tutorial #3 (http://community.livejournal.com/sew_loli/116820.html)
* What are they made of? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=139973)
* Useful Post (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=2156229&postcount=7)

Fursuits/Mascots

* Tutorial List (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=147495)
* Working with Fur (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=142142)
* Working with Foam (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=142130)
* Animal Feet (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=139986)
* Mascot Building Tips (http://sarcasm-hime.net/mascots.html)
* Beetlecat Originals Tutorials List (http://www.beetlecatoriginals.com/tutorials.html)
* Livejournal Community (http://community.livejournal.com/fursuit/profile)

Alterations

* Taking in a Garment Thread #1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=61348)
* Taking in a Garment Thread #2 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=46809)
* Taking in a Garment Thread #3 (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=147028)

Accessories

* Gloves (http://vintagesewing.info/1950s/50-hmg/hmg-toc.html)
* Hats (http://vintagesewing.info/1950s/52-hmh/hmh-toc.html)

Tailored Jackets/Menswear

* Useful Thread about Suits/Tuxes (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=135672&highlight=tuxedo)

Misc

* Wing Design Tutorial (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=23650)
* Facing a Garment (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=146178)
* Fiber Glass Armour (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=5681)
* Hidden Pocket Tutorial (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=140399)
* Various Tutorials from Taeliac (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=118544)
* More tutorials (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=121627)
* Alicehana's Tutorial List (http://www.cosplayclasses.com/category/cosplay-props-and-accessories/)



Need to add more! Make suggesstions!

Ashbrie
06-07-2008, 06:37 PM
This is a good thread and you are a good person for making it!

Dying fabric seems to be a fairly common topic--if anything, I think this thread is worth posting: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=149684 about the recently discovered polyester dye~

godsavethequeen
06-08-2008, 12:02 AM
Common Questions

* Why can't I find a pattern like the character I'm cosplaying?

Commercial patterns are made for...commercial/mainstream looks. Rather than looking for something exactly like your character's clothing, look for basic pattern shapes that you can modify.

* I don't have a sewing machine. Are gluing & hand sewing feasible options for me?

It all really depends on your patience level and quality expectations. Glue isn't really designed to piece fabric panels together in the same way as a sewing machine (latex being the exception). It can certainly be done, but you simply will not get a fantastic quality costume. Hand sewing is feasible if you have the patience, but do realize that your stitches will not be as consistent as those on a sewing machine and again, the quality of the garment may suffer.

* What kind of fabric should I use for my costume?

Popular choices tend toward cottons, garbadines, lycra, dull satins, etc. Most people would recommend staying away from ultra-shiny satins (difficult to photograph well). Broadcloth tends to be frowned upon as well, due to its thinness, but when full lined or paired up with light interfacing or flatlined, it can hold its own.

* Can I dye (insert name) fabric?

As a general rule, natural fabrics take dye pretty well while synthetics don't take dye very well (if at all in some cases). For more specifics, view the linked threads above.

* Alternatively, can I bleach fabric to make the color lighter or to make the fabric white?

Bleaching out your fabric will give you one of two results: (1) damaged from from oversaturation of bleach or (2) splotchy bleach stains. Additionally, you can never be sure what color your fabric will turn once you bleach it. Remember those favorite black pants that now have pink spots on them from bleach? There is always the possibility of a dye remover, however. See linked thread above.

Need to add more! Make suggesstions! Continued below.

The Hag
06-10-2008, 09:31 AM
I would add these two to the list. I refer people to them all the time:

Gloves:
http://vintagesewing.info/1950s/50-hmg/hmg-toc.html

Hats:
http://vintagesewing.info/1950s/52-hmh/hmh-toc.html

nathaara
07-12-2008, 02:33 PM
This is an excellent thread and very helpful.

Eidolon Bird
07-12-2008, 05:27 PM
I wish I had known about this list when I started my own resources/tutorial thread (http://community.livejournal.com/cosplay/2715691.html) (on LiveJournal).

I don't have time to copy/paste all my links right now, but I can do so later if necessary.

D001
07-12-2008, 06:47 PM
Well here's a post that's going in my bookmarks. This is fantastic! Thank you for doing all of that work!

Riyunah
07-12-2008, 09:30 PM
@godsavethequeen:

You save the queen and the whole cosplay community!
We can now find useful tutorial/information in a snap!

Great job on putting all of this together. ^^

Beetlecat
07-13-2008, 12:04 AM
Just a quick revision. Under fursuits/mascots, my name is misspelled 'bettlecat'. Thanks for the correction :)

The Hag
07-13-2008, 11:36 AM
GstQ: I would add a link to this thread:

http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=135672&highlight=tuxedo

under Tailored Jackets

alicehana
07-24-2008, 12:36 AM
yes, i also have some cosplay tutorials (http://www.cosplayclasses.com/category/cosplay-props-and-accessories/) to share which from mine and my friends

Zetsubou-Sensei
10-14-2008, 06:29 PM
Thank you SO MUCH! I'm glad I checked here- I was freaking out over a Lucky Star seifuku, but now that I have references, I can rest easy. <3

Calico`
12-04-2008, 04:22 PM
I'm fairly new at making costumes, and i'm having trouble creating a curve to sew on. I heard something like cutting a slit into the fabric so you can turn it along the edge to sew something. Does anyone know what i'm talking about? >.<

godsavethequeen
12-04-2008, 06:31 PM
It is called clipping. It can be used to either eliminate bulk in a curved seam, or to help ease a curved shape as you sew it to a non-curved shape (side front and center front of a princess seamed bodice, for example).

For the former, clip your seam allowance after you've sewn your line of stitches. I like to clip in "V" shapes.

For the latter, do a stay stitch along your curved edge. A staystitch is a basic, straight line stitch that prevents your fabric from stretching out and gives your fabric piece a little stability. Make the staystitch allowance just slightly smaller than your regular seam allowance. For example, if your seam allowance is 5/8", make your stay stitch about 1/2". After you've made your stay stitch, make a small clip (don't cut past your stitch line) about every 1/2" to 3/4". As you sew both pieces together, it will be much easier to match them up.

Note: As you begin to sew more and more you can elect to make your staystitch allowance the same as your regular seam allowance, just make sure you line everything up or pick out any visible staystitches when you're finished =)

Hope that helps!

The Hag
12-05-2008, 08:21 AM
Here's a tutorial from Burda showing what GStQ describes:

http://www.burdastyle.com/howto/show/50

(My only quibble with it is that a concave curve does not really have an "apex". It would be more appropriate to use "nadir" or the more general "inflexion point" for both curves. /grammarNazi)

Dy1ng0fL4ught3r
12-06-2008, 02:52 PM
are their any sites with a collective of concept images; something that shows original sketches and designs of individual people. you can find pics like that here and there but i've never been able to find one comprehensive site. I doubt one exists but maybe a mix of sites have a good collection.

Also, i've been thinking into doing a cosplay for captain tyler... get back to the roots sort of speak and i was wondering if anyone had any good information on that since good images on that seem to be hard to find now or days as well.

godsavethequeen
12-06-2008, 03:09 PM
http://www.cosplaymanual.com has a section devoted to character sheets. The database is still growing, but that may be a good place for you to start.

Character Sheets: http://www.cosplaymanual.com/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=listcats&cat_id=45&Itemid=8

The Hag
12-06-2008, 04:04 PM
My favorite way to get anime reference images:

1. Download the VLC media player for free here:
http://www.videolan.org/

2. Buy, borrow or rent the DVD. I recommend Netflix. They have almost everything that has been licensed in North America. The cheapest plan is about $10/month.

3. Use the snapshot function under the video menu. Screensave to your heart's content!

The biggest problem is that you will find that character designs will vary slightly from episode to episode and some times even from frame to frame. So you often just have to decide what you like and go with that.

@GStQ. Nice reference for the character sheets! I haven't run across that site before.

xLunarxKishx
12-23-2008, 12:29 AM
Very helpful. Thanks.

flying-pyro
01-25-2009, 08:27 PM
Anyone have anything about dyeing feathers?i was thinking about taking wig dye, putting it in a spray bottle, and spraying the feathers,but i have no money to waste on something that might not work.

Ama Uzume
01-27-2009, 10:55 PM
GStQ: I have a link to add for patterns

KwikSew.com (http://www.kwiksew.com/)

godsavethequeen
01-28-2009, 02:57 PM
Anyone have anything about dyeing feathers?i was thinking about taking wig dye, putting it in a spray bottle, and spraying the feathers,but i have no money to waste on something that might not work.

I'm not completely familiar with dying feathers, but here is what a search on google turned up:

http://www.ginabellousdolls.com/feather_tutorial_1.htm
http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-how-to-dye-feathers.html

Perhaps someone that is a bit more versed with feather dying can chime in?

Also, Ama Uzume, thanks for the pattern link. I'll add it to the list =)

k4rasu
02-08-2009, 04:50 PM
I wanna make some armor. what should I use?? um, also, anyone can help me find body stocking?? or some skin colored t-shirt that fit our body. one more, I wanna make suu from clover costume. what should I use for the fabric, wings, and the accessories??

Eidolon Bird
02-08-2009, 05:38 PM
I wanna make some armor. what should I use?? um, also, anyone can help me find body stocking?? or some skin colored t-shirt that fit our body. one more, I wanna make suu from clover costume. what should I use for the fabric, wings, and the accessories??

This is a commonly asked questions/where to find tutorials thread, not "tell me how to make my costume from scratch" thread.

The props/accessories thread is here (http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=47). Check their list of tutorials and SEARCH the forum for information on armor. There are at least half a dozen different materials and techniques one can use depending on what needs to be made.

Google body stocking. Many dance shops or eBay sellers have the things.

Questions about Suu should be directed to the anime/manga forum (http://http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=30). She has multiple different outfits and styles of wings, so you might want to post a reference picture for the outfit you are interested in. If you really have no clue where to start when it comes to her costume, you might want to consider an easier outfit or different character.

Belldandy428
02-10-2009, 10:02 PM
Any tutorials on making like a bra? I've searched on how to make a strapless bra but found nothing.

godsavethequeen
02-10-2009, 11:31 PM
You should look into Kwik Sew lingerie patterns - they have a good variety of bra and bustier patterns that can be easily adapted into a strapless-bra-type of garment.

http://www.kwiksew.com/Catalog/cat_thumbs.cfm?Cat=Misses&Level=Lingerie&QL=MissLingerie

Belldandy428
02-11-2009, 09:54 PM
I've done strapless dresses before, but I am really looking for a solid strapless bra, I am not sure how to adapt the bra pattern with straps to a strapless bra. But thank you for the suggestion ^_^

The Hag
02-12-2009, 05:40 AM
GStQ, can you add these to the main list? I find that they both come up fairly frequently.

Applique:
http://www.nmia.com/~mgdesign/qor/begin/applique.htm
http://zuill.us/andreablog/2008/07/28/update-of-applique-tutorial/

Making your own bias tape:
simple method:
http://www.savvyseams.com/techniques/biastape.php
continuous method:
http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/How_Tos/free_how_to_make_bias_tape.html
handy gadget:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3720&PRODID=prd2791
DIY method of handy gadget (not Hag-tested)
http://creativelittledaisy.typepad.com/creative_little_daisy/2007/11/diy-version-of.html

godsavethequeen
02-12-2009, 09:05 PM
Nice finds! I've updated the list on the first page. I love that little bias tape gadget (3rd bias tape link you posted).

han-pan
03-13-2009, 08:39 AM
Has anyone mentioned http://www.patternreview.com ? It's a good place to find patterns and read what people have to say after using specific ones. :)

PS: The Vintage Sewing.Info site is down D: D:

skydragon119
04-04-2009, 01:40 AM
do you have a tutorial how makeing a gi ???

Hiyoko-chan
04-04-2009, 10:57 PM
Hello! I have a <B>Rit Gradient Dyeing Tutorial</B> if you'd like to add that to the tutorials list :)

http://hiyoko-chan.deviantart.com/art/Gradient-Dyeing-Tutorial-100915228

xLapisLazuli
05-03-2009, 05:08 PM
Thanks^^ Great guide. However, does anyone have some plushie-making tuts they could add? I think that'd fit nicely here.

Horu-chan
05-13-2009, 11:46 AM
Do you have a tutorial link for how to make blazers? I'm cosplaying as Yui Hirasawa from K-ON! and there school uniforms wear dark blue blazers. And a white blouse tutorial would be nice also.

The Hag
05-13-2009, 01:29 PM
I don't know of any jacket/blazer tutorials. Men's jackets are one of those things that you think shouldn't be that hard - but they totally are. You can check this thread for some general advice:
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=135672&highlight=tuxedo

This book is invaluable - but expensive. :/

http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Tailoring-Techniques-Construction-Collection/dp/0870054317/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242239335&sr=8-2

Eidolon Bird
05-13-2009, 05:35 PM
Do you have a tutorial link for how to make blazers? I'm cosplaying as Yui Hirasawa from K-ON! and there school uniforms wear dark blue blazers. And a white blouse tutorial would be nice also.

Most of the tutorials in this thread are for things not covered by basic patterns (things like applique and dying, as well as things you probably won't find patterns for such as boot covers and sailor collars) or additional information (such as setting in sleeves and the various info already presented in regards to tailored jackets).

Instead of tutorials, you should probably be looking for patterns. Unless you are really good at drafting your own patterns, a how-to with mini-diagrams on the internet isn't going to be of much help. Most patterns come with the instructions you need and if you still need help with something specific, come back to us and we can offer better advice.

The Hag
07-15-2009, 05:46 AM
@GStQ Can this tutorial please be added to the bias tape section? Thanks!

The Hag
08-13-2009, 05:39 AM
Can you please update the applique links? The first one is broken and should be removed.

Can you please add these two:

a basic one on doing turned edged applique on a simple shape:
http://www.humblebeequiltworks.com/Applique%20Directions.pdf

a very nice one on satin stitch applique:
http://taeliac.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-How-to-Applique-95085013

thanks!


*double-post for great justice!*

LithiumFlower5
08-25-2009, 03:07 PM
I saw the threads for altering sleeves, but what about collars? I'm cosplaying as SunSun from Bleach and found the perfect pattern (an old 60's dress pattern) but it has a scoop neck and SunSun's costume is more of a mock turtleneck. How would I go about altering that? I'm great with following patterns but I've never tried to really alter anything before I would prefer to avoid the trial-and-error method.

godsavethequeen
08-27-2009, 08:01 AM
I saw the threads for altering sleeves, but what about collars? I'm cosplaying as SunSun from Bleach and found the perfect pattern (an old 60's dress pattern) but it has a scoop neck and SunSun's costume is more of a mock turtleneck. How would I go about altering that? I'm great with following patterns but I've never tried to really alter anything before I would prefer to avoid the trial-and-error method.

To change a scoop neckline to a mock turtle neck, you will need to:

- Raise the existing front neckline (assuming the back goes all the way up to the nape of your neck).
- Add a collar. If it is stretchy fabric, all you need is a rectangle of fabric that is folded over. However, if the garment fabric doesn't stretch, you will need to add a mandarin style collar.

Check out this post on another forum: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276608.0

Make sure you leave an opening in either the front or back of the shirt. That is pretty easy to forget, since scoop necks are usually large enough that you don't need an additional opening.

firstlight
10-01-2009, 05:29 PM
Thanks for the sticky!

Kaliea
11-04-2009, 11:14 PM
This is a GOLD MINE. Thank you so much for this, I'll be sure to keep this bookmarked.

FE Freak
11-16-2009, 12:41 PM
I was digging through the internet and found this really handy site for women's to men's size conversions for those who use patterns like I do. Enjoy. http://www.susans.org/reference/size.html

namida009
11-20-2009, 11:02 PM
Hey, thanks for posting! Though, I did have one question - I have a mostly-rayon jacket that I need to dye a darker shade of red. Should I follow the instructions/tutorials already posted for one of the synthetic fabrics? (polyester, ect?)

godsavethequeen
11-22-2009, 01:09 PM
Hey, thanks for posting! Though, I did have one question - I have a mostly-rayon jacket that I need to dye a darker shade of red. Should I follow the instructions/tutorials already posted for one of the synthetic fabrics? (polyester, ect?)

Rayon is interesting in that it is a natural fiber...sort of. Check out this article for additional insight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayon

For dying rayon, this article should answer many of your questions: http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/rayon.shtml

namida009
11-27-2009, 12:49 AM
Rayon is interesting in that it is a natural fiber...sort of. Check out this article for additional insight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayon

For dying rayon, this article should answer many of your questions: http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/rayon.shtml

Thank you :bigtu:

Zouai
12-13-2009, 04:40 AM
thanks for sharing :D

I can't read patterns though, I have to look at clothes and take them apart to see how to make them XP is there an easier sleeve tutorial around to follow? :)

Valdrein
02-04-2010, 12:34 AM
Bias Tape Trick?

I've always avoided costumes with curved bias tape like the plague. But I fell in love with a character that has curved trim. Is there trick or tool that allows you to avoid puckering? Or is the only way to cut the curved design 4 times and create fo-biases tape? (I had to do this with D-Grey-man)

Ion
02-04-2010, 01:08 AM
Bias Tape Trick?

I've always avoided costumes with curved bias tape like the plague. But I fell in love with a character that has curved trim. Is there trick or tool that allows you to avoid puckering? Or is the only way to cut the curved design 4 times and create fo-biases tape? (I had to do this with D-Grey-man)


Ah! Bias tape, it's a staple for me. To use bias tape on curves sans puckering, you will want to iron it to shape it that way. Use the steam setting on your iron or spritz water on the bias tape as you iron. Bias tape is designed to handle corners and curves because it's cut on the bias (it stretches and gives). You shouldn't have to cut it into pieces (unless you're adding on) because it will stretch and adjust to almost any curve.

Start by ironing along the tape, pulling the tape in the direction you want as you iron. Keep the bias tape taut. It may take a few passes to get the shape you want but I guarantee it will work even on tight curves. This is what I did when making my Kratos costume (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2093621/) and about 7 other costumes. With a little manipulation you should be able to get smoothly trimmed curves for your costume. Hope this helps!

Valdrein
02-04-2010, 09:06 PM
@Ion
Thank you so much ^^
I'll be sure to try that out <3

Kawaii Pocky
02-06-2010, 01:34 PM
What about making bows out of ribbon? I wanted to learn how to do that so I don't have to keep buying them premade.

jambreaker
02-06-2010, 01:44 PM
What about making bows out of ribbon? I wanted to learn how to do that so I don't have to keep buying them premade.

Here's one possibility -- it shows how to make a bow that isn't lopsided:
http://www.wikihow.com/Tie-a-Bow

Kawaii Pocky
02-08-2010, 01:37 PM
Thanks, that looks pretty simple. I'll have to try it out when I go home because I always have tons of ribbon. lol

Loveless16
02-28-2010, 12:47 PM
Thanks everyone for all the tutorial links, it's really helpful!

August will be my first time cosplaying, I'm not expecting a work of art but these guides will definitely come in handy ^-^

Kawaii Pocky
03-04-2010, 10:56 AM
A couple of the links didn't work, I think it was the zipper ones. It might have just been the invisible zipper link.

Buns
03-05-2010, 09:08 PM
ugh so I have a little princess peach crown to go with my costume, how do I get it to attach without covering it in glue? I used a little comb thing but that won't do it, I'm trying to get it to stay kind of slanted on my head D:

teardrops2m
03-05-2010, 09:50 PM
Love the thread. Anyone know where I can find a comparison chart for fabrics or a book or some such thing that gives suggestions about what fabric you should use for your mock up if your using such and such a fabric? Ex. linen(sheet) for crinkle chiffon?

Linwe
04-07-2010, 10:26 AM
ugh so I have a little princess peach crown to go with my costume, how do I get it to attach without covering it in glue? I used a little comb thing but that won't do it, I'm trying to get it to stay kind of slanted on my head D:

Have you thought about using hair clips as well/instead of a hair comb? Or wig clips, the kind used for temp extensions, have great grip power although attaching them to your crown may be a little tricky.

Vamp-Elanor
04-29-2010, 03:54 PM
There probably is a ton of this question all over the place, but I've searched a bit for an answer and didn't find anything. o_o

What's the best way to tighten a loose vest at the bust? (I have... small boobies? lol)

Linwe
05-04-2010, 09:26 PM
@Vamp-Elanor: the simplest answer would be to put in darts.

MaeMaeAngel
05-11-2010, 07:26 AM
I have a question about choosing fabric for a cosplay. I want to use chinese brocade on the kimono part of this character's cosplay, http://code-geass.bandai-ent.com/characters/kaguya.php. But it's supposed to be solid colors. Should I stick with just the solid colors or could I use the brocade? (I'm asking here because I really need to get the cosplay done soon)

Stormraven24
05-11-2010, 09:32 AM
MaeMaeangel: I really suggest solid colors. Brocade (at least the kind like in JoAnn's and such) is really not that great for something like that. I'd recommend something like silk if you want to spend that much or maybe just a lightweight cotton/poly blend.

MaeMaeAngel
05-11-2010, 01:20 PM
Ok I'll do that. Thank you for the help!

MissDragonblade
05-12-2010, 12:05 AM
A LOT of anime/game characters have bog, spherical shoulders on their outfits.

Anyone have any tips on how to pattern them out? Or perhaps an existing pattern that already has sleeves like that?

(example of what I mean: http://www.mobygames.com/game/n64/mischief-makers/screenshots/gameShotId,172309/ the one on the right, obviously...)

jambreaker
05-12-2010, 12:27 AM
A LOT of anime/game characters have bog, spherical shoulders on their outfits.

Anyone have any tips on how to pattern them out? Or perhaps an existing pattern that already has sleeves like that?

(example of what I mean: http://www.mobygames.com/game/n64/mischief-makers/screenshots/gameShotId,172309/ the one on the right, obviously...)

That looks like it could be made out of foam rubber, sculpted with an electric knife (the reciprocating kind that slices turkey or ham), and coated with enamel (not latex!) paint to get the color. Or with fabrics you could build it up like the panels of a beach ball, with nylon mesh lining the inside (interfacing might be too stiff). If you have the materials and the patience, there's resin formed around a wire mesh 'cage'.

MissDragonblade
05-12-2010, 02:13 PM
Hmm... Those ideas seem to work, but the only problem is uniformity. All the white parts (shoulders, top, gloves, etc) have to be made out of the same material, which, in this case, is white pvc. .___.;

I'd like to hear more about the 'resin formed over a wire mesh cage' thing. Is there a tutorial like that around here somewhere?

jambreaker
05-12-2010, 06:44 PM
Hmm... Those ideas seem to work, but the only problem is uniformity. All the white parts (shoulders, top, gloves, etc) have to be made out of the same material, which, in this case, is white pvc. .___.;

I'd like to hear more about the 'resin formed over a wire mesh cage' thing. Is there a tutorial like that around here somewhere?

I think that there are -- try searching for helmet or armor tutorials -- some of the Power Rangers cosplayers on these forums make their own gear, including some outstanding helmets. Vacuforming is another method that can work too.

MissDragonblade
05-13-2010, 12:34 AM
Right, but vaccuforming requres a vaccuforming table and generator and all that. I don't have the money to invest or the shop skills to know how to make one .___.;

Roses-and-red
06-03-2010, 06:11 PM
Does anyone know a good tutorial to make ruffles for a costume like this ---->http://www.cosplayhouse.com/images/D/Pita_Ten_Misha_wig_ver_01-6-03.jpg

Please and Thank you in Advance!

godsavethequeen
06-11-2010, 05:51 PM
I'm assuming you mean the ruffles at the bottom of the white underskirt? You have a few options:

- Purchase pre-ruffled trim (available at Jo-Ann's, Hancocks, etc.)

- Use a ruffler foot. Start with a strip of fabric that is already hemmed. The width should be the length you want your ruffle to be, plus a seam allowance. A ruffler foot will automatically tuck and sew your fabric as you feed it through, and they are usually adjustable (dense ruffles or sparse ruffles).

- If you don't have a ruffler foot, or don't wish to purchase one, you can gather a ruffle by hand, too. Using the longest stitch length on your machine, do a quick running stitch all the way down your pre-hemmed strip of fabric. Flip your fabric over. Pull gently on the underside thread to gather your fabric. You'll have to work your way down the length of the fabric carefully, making sure not to break your thread.

- And last, but not least, make sure you start with a strip of fabric that is significantly longer than the length you want the finished ruffle to be.

Alternatively, if you're referring more to the skirts (I suppose they're like really big ruffles), I'd suggest doing them as circle skirts. The more circles you use (I like to use at least two full circles), the fuller the skirt will be.

MissLlil
07-04-2010, 06:12 PM
Not really a tutorial (no instructions), but has LOTS of pictures of making an 8-bit/pixelated cosplay.

http://hyperbolestudios.com/kieljohnson.com/8-bit.html

Berrymon
07-06-2010, 11:18 PM
I was wondering if you could tape sewing patterns parts together. For example I'm gonna be making The A coat (http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4745-products-7030.php?page_id=493). And well the back part has 2 parts so I was wondering if I could tape them together and then cut the fabric from there.


I want to do this since the character I want to cosplay doesn't have the same design in the back since its all plain.


Hopefully it makes sense what I was trying to say. xD

jambreaker
07-06-2010, 11:22 PM
I was wondering if you could tape sewing patterns parts together. For example I'm gonna be making The A coat (http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4745-products-7030.php?page_id=493). And well the back part has 2 parts so I was wondering if I could tape them together and then cut the fabric from there.


I want to do this since the character I want to cosplay doesn't have the same design in the back since its all plain.


Hopefully it makes sense what I was trying to say. xD

I believe so -- some patterns actually have a line marked off where you can cut the pattern, and either shorten it or add a strip of spare fabric to extend it and still have the right cut overall.

The Hag
07-07-2010, 05:31 AM
I was wondering if you could tape sewing patterns parts together. For example I'm gonna be making The A coat (http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4745-products-7030.php?page_id=493). And well the back part has 2 parts so I was wondering if I could tape them together and then cut the fabric from there.


I have, in fact, done that exact thing with that exact pattern for an FMA uniform. The only caution is that if you want the coat to be very fitted, you may have to do some additional tailoring at the sides or with darts. Removing the curved seams makes the coat a little "boxier" - not a problem for FMA but might be for your design.

Berrymon
07-07-2010, 07:49 AM
Thank you! :]

The character that I will be cosplaying is Mukuro (http://ichocopun.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/konachan_com20-205401220katekyou_hitman_reborn20rokudo_mukuro20sc an.jpg).

Stormraven24
07-07-2010, 08:52 AM
You most certainly can tape pattern pieces together; like someone else said there are some patterns where you do have to tape extension pieces and whatnot to other pieces in order to get the look right (ex. McCall's 4491). The only thing to watch out for is if you ever want to remove the pieces you don't want to use very strong tape. My mom found some that is specifically made for the thin. fragile paper used for pattern pieces; it holds everything where you need it, but when you want to take it off it does so easily.

jambreaker
07-07-2010, 07:06 PM
I remember someone (on this thread?) was asking about face concealment, such as for helmets or masks so that skin doesn't show through -- I found a very cool resource for making your own concealment hood, cheaper than ordering a zentai hood and you can customize it -- the link is:

http://www.stretchy.org/catsuit/extras/hoods/

He shows two examples -- one fairly simple, and the other more technical but would fit better and avoid seams in case you're making a mask or balaclava.

Berrymon
07-07-2010, 10:38 PM
Thank you stormraven24, jambreaker, the hag, :D


Now another question. xD
Since the pattern is for meant for guys and I'm a girl.
If I cut out the pants just like the patterns will it come out weird? Should I do anything to it before.



This is my first time working with a pattern that is more complicated. So I'm really nervous. xD

jambreaker
07-07-2010, 11:23 PM
Thank you stormraven24, jambreaker, the hag, :D


Now another question. xD
Since the pattern is for meant for guys and I'm a girl.
If I cut out the pants just like the patterns will it come out weird? Should I do anything to it before.



This is my first time working with a pattern that is more complicated. So I'm really nervous. xD

You might get some cheap $1-a-yard material to 'prototype' your work -- that way, if something doesn't turn out quite right, it's just some cheap stuff that can be scraps to stuff a future project anyhow. Costumers for the theatre often use muslin for trial runs and test fittings, and then use the muslin for the pattern for that particular actor.

Kasinator
07-13-2010, 12:29 PM
There are A LOT of various skintight costumes and cosplays out there. Zero suit Samus, MegaMan, various superheroes, the list can go on. A lot of people don't mind buying a catsuit and working from there. but has anybody gone so far as to make a lifecast? Please do tell. Also feel free anybody to mention other workarounds they have done. In the meantime I'll continue lurking for what I find.

Allisande
08-18-2010, 10:33 AM
Just to let peeps know, the links for insterting a zipper 2-5 no longer lead anywhere. *toddles off to continue her zipper completion quest*

Kaiikee
11-08-2010, 10:11 AM
Hey!
im currently wanting to cosplay Emporio Ivankov from One Piece, i was wondering how i would make the outfit and collar. Please help!! Thanks :)

mechafaux
01-04-2011, 01:18 AM
Just finished a tutorial on applique for stretch fabrics (with many photos).
Hope it can be helpful and added to the list~
http://crashcult.blogspot.com/2011/01/costuming-stretch-applique-tutorial.html

KawaiiGeek
06-06-2011, 11:27 AM
Any tips on making a coat like Monaco's from Hetalia?

RillyReally
09-08-2011, 09:30 PM
i'm thinking of dressing as carrera from viper gts but i have no clue how to sew on my own so i would probably just buy and repurpose existing clothing to match my needs. is there any kind of paint that sticks well to vinyl or latex?

xskyskipper
11-06-2011, 06:34 PM
Might you have any fabric suggestions on a Shinee "lucifer cosplay?" Most the fabric is highly shiny which normally I have not seen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dww9UjJ4Dt8&ob=av2e

Nanners
11-23-2011, 12:21 PM
Thank you for this, I'll be using a few of these tutorials. :>

mumstheword
02-07-2012, 05:41 PM
great thread.. i know where to come for help and advice:sunny:

VeryVariable
05-26-2012, 12:01 AM
So, I've got a question.
How do us girls with bigger chests get away with a cosplay of Queen Nehelenia from Sailor Moon?
No straps on the dress so I understand a strapless bra would work but the shape of the "top" of her dress doesn't provide much cover for the front of a bra to hide and there is a low back as well. Any ideas?

Talossa
05-26-2012, 11:08 AM
There's a couple things you might try.

I googled 'bra for a plunging neckline' and there were quite a few results that came up, so you might want to give those a look. They also make stick-on bras, but I've never used one so I have no idea how well that would work.

If nothing else worked, I'd try making the bodice as supportive as possible, and using fashion tape to make sure you don't have any wardrobe malfunctions - but that might not be feasible depending on how much support you need.

wisetaner
07-22-2012, 06:18 AM
The list was great, although I didn't come across (at least I don't think I did) any ninja costume tutorials. Does anyone know if one exists, pattern or otherwise, for making a ninja costume...preferably in the style of Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero? :)

I have been looking all around and I've found a couple examples for the mask, but not very much for the costume overall.

jambreaker
07-22-2012, 09:47 PM
The list was great, although I didn't come across (at least I don't think I did) any ninja costume tutorials. Does anyone know if one exists, pattern or otherwise, for making a ninja costume...preferably in the style of Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero? :)

I have been looking all around and I've found a couple examples for the mask, but not very much for the costume overall.

Could be kimono with the chest piece added on, and the mask has a long 'tail' that tucks in all around the collar and fills in all the space?

Pendant
07-25-2012, 12:54 AM
I think this tutorial (http://tallystreasury.com/2011/09/dressmaking-without-a-pattern-cheat-to-win/) would be a good addition. I'm not sure which of the stickies it'd fit in, and this looked like the best bet. ^ ^;;

wisetaner
08-02-2012, 09:03 AM
Could be kimono with the chest piece added on, and the mask has a long 'tail' that tucks in all around the collar and fills in all the space?

Thanks for the info, I hadn't really considered a kimono as a ninja MK chest piece. I suppose that could work.

This is similar to what I'm really hoping to make it look like. http://youtu.be/2J3dhwVxz-Q

jambreaker
08-02-2012, 09:54 PM
Thanks for the info, I hadn't really considered a kimono as a ninja MK chest piece. I suppose that could work.

This is similar to what I'm really hoping to make it look like. http://youtu.be/2J3dhwVxz-Q

Very cool tutorial -- looks like a black 'base' suit with all the parts on over it -- kimono could add a bit of interest up close compared to a generic black T-shirt & trousers or jumpsuit, especially with Japanese-style ninjas ;-)

martinquesnel
08-04-2012, 08:06 PM
I would add catsuits: www.catsuitpatterns.com

This is a new site that just launched selling professional catsuit patterns.

wisetaner
09-01-2012, 01:26 PM
I've looked through all the "Kimono" links but I can't find anything that looks like a martial arts style upper body garment that also cover the pelvic area down the center. I googled Tunic as well as and I see images of what I'm looking for, but just not any tutorials on how to make them.

I could still really use help with this. :)

jambreaker
09-01-2012, 08:00 PM
I've looked through all the "Kimono" links but I can't find anything that looks like a martial arts style upper body garment that also cover the pelvic area down the center. I googled Tunic as well as and I see images of what I'm looking for, but just not any tutorials on how to make them.

I could still really use help with this. :)

There's the Hapi (often worn by merchants and at festivals) -- Taiko drummers sometimes wear them as a uniform as well -- other than a Gi I can't visualize much else.

ichi903
10-01-2012, 01:41 AM
So I have a few items to share!!
I did tutorials on:
-a frilly pettiskirt here: http://sewchibi.blogspot.com/2012/02/not-just-another-pettiskirt-tutorial.html
-a mini top hat here: http://sewchibi.blogspot.com/2012/05/postcards-from-lavendale-with-mini-top.html
-a super easy, adjustable, and customizable headband here: http://sewchibi.blogspot.com/2012/04/kaleidoscopes-clovers.html
-and Rainbow Dash inspired dress with cascading ruffle "tail" and wings added to a bodice here:
http://sewchibi.blogspot.com/2012/09/rainbow-dash-wings-and-cascading-ruffle.html

I constantly add new things to my blog: sewchibi.blogspot.com >._.<

Hope this helps!!

dizzymonochrome
11-06-2012, 11:51 AM
FYI some links are dead. The link for fly zipper tutorial redirects to the homepage of diynetwork. May need to check other specific tutorial external links in the list.

Kawaii Pocky
12-03-2012, 11:43 AM
I don't think what I was looking for on here was here, but I wanted to know, and I haven't looked for the pattern yet but I'm sure it's an easily findable one. But I just wanted to know... I'm going to be crossplaying so I'm not going to make or alter any of the pieces for it until I get my compression shirt so I can get those measurements. But I'm going to make the vest for my character and buy all the other pieces of clothing and alter them as need be. Since I want a masculine "body shape" I should buy men's clothes right? I mean I know it sounds like common sense but I had some friends telling me I should wear what's comfortable.

I know definitely if I get men's slacks I'm going to have to hem the bottom of the pants because I'm short. I have that issue with girl's pants too. XD But I was going to look up a pattern for a simple men's vest because I think that's the only part of the costume I'm going to make myself. Any way, I just wanted some advice. I wanted to pick up fabric and all that but I can't do any thing until I get my compression shirt because I'll need the measurements after the compression.

Link to my character, Akihiko from Persona 3. My first crossplay. X3

http://static.zerochan.net/Sanada.Akihiko.full.325274.jpg

PixiePopNixie
12-22-2012, 04:41 PM
I don't think what I was looking for on here was here, but I wanted to know, and I haven't looked for the pattern yet but I'm sure it's an easily findable one. But I just wanted to know... I'm going to be crossplaying so I'm not going to make or alter any of the pieces for it until I get my compression shirt so I can get those measurements. But I'm going to make the vest for my character and buy all the other pieces of clothing and alter them as need be. Since I want a masculine "body shape" I should buy men's clothes right? I mean I know it sounds like common sense but I had some friends telling me I should wear what's comfortable.

I know definitely if I get men's slacks I'm going to have to hem the bottom of the pants because I'm short. I have that issue with girl's pants too. XD But I was going to look up a pattern for a simple men's vest because I think that's the only part of the costume I'm going to make myself. Any way, I just wanted some advice. I wanted to pick up fabric and all that but I can't do any thing until I get my compression shirt because I'll need the measurements after the compression.

Link to my character, Akihiko from Persona 3. My first crossplay. X3

http://static.zerochan.net/Sanada.Akihiko.full.325274.jpg

http://www.shatterheart.net/games/persona3fes/artwork/persona3-art-akihiko-nude-underwear.jpg Zerochan doesn't allow hot linking, so I re-did ;p

You should go with men clothes not because of the shape (although it helps) but because of the fastenings. Men's clothing does up on the opposite side of women's, so for the sake of accuracy it would be best.

The glory of men's clothes is that it comes in waist and leg measurements. If you're short short, then try looking in the boys section. I mean, if you know anywhere that does school uniforms (I know there aren't too many in the states) then that would be the best place to go. Also, men clothes are super comfortable and actually the cheap stuff often fit a lot better than the cheap equivalent of the female stuff (this is because guys don't spend as much on clothes, so their good quality stuff is a lot less than ours).

Vest wise, I'd adapt a waist coat pattern - http://www.simplicity.com/p-5254-mens-vests.aspx would be a good one.

Compressing wise, depending on how en-dowered you are, you can just use a sports bra (if you're less than a B). Also, you can go by the measurement of the band of your bra - if you're 38" under your bust, for example, you'll be just a couple of inches bigger. A tight elasticated vest will also do the job (has to be elasticated, otherwise breathing can be an issue!).

Fabric wise; for accuracy, a wool mix would be your best bet. However, for it to be cheaper you can use poly cottons and use interfacing to thicken it.

Miizku
10-16-2013, 03:37 AM
So I got interested in cosplay when a couple of friends did it, and now i already have trouble. So I've been doing for first noob saibot costume from mortal kombat, but the mask does not seem to succeed. Is there any other way to make an easy mask, except for papercraft, or whether you would have something easy beginner's cosplay ideas (for example, im interested in all kinds of skeletons and death causing monsters and a little creepyer or cyberpunk type of characters)

I'll post some questions about the future costumes. Also can you "MOD" your cosplay? For example make a Noob Saibot mask, paint it white, buy white cargo pants, white sleevles hoodie and a pair of white contact lenses to make a cool "Street League" Noob Saibot.

Ororo Monroe
10-17-2013, 11:27 AM
So I got interested in cosplay when a couple of friends did it, and now i already have trouble. So I've been doing for first noob saibot costume from mortal kombat, but the mask does not seem to succeed. Is there any other way to make an easy mask, except for papercraft, or whether you would have something easy beginner's cosplay ideas (for example, im interested in all kinds of skeletons and death causing monsters and a little creepyer or cyberpunk type of characters)

I'll post some questions about the future costumes. Also can you "MOD" your cosplay? For example make a Noob Saibot mask, paint it white, buy white cargo pants, white sleevles hoodie and a pair of white contact lenses to make a cool "Street League" Noob Saibot.

Try looking in the tutorial link and do you have a picture?

axemnas
10-27-2013, 06:42 PM
http://images.wikia.com/buffy/images/5/55/Mage01.jpg
I'm about to start making my version of the shrouded Man ^ I was wondering if anyone would know of a good tutorial to make a shroud with? I was thinking of modifying it to where it'd be like a mask where it'd be just slip on and there'd be very little to no adjustments to be made once it was on and attaching something like Velcro on the inside to be able to hook the part that covers the face. I'm very new to sewing and have never used a sewing machine before though my grandma has a old one and my mom hasn't used one since HS. This is a huge task for me and I really want to make it look good. So any guidance is appreciated. I'm trying to complete the entire thing including the prosthetic makeup in a little over a month's time though the sewing will take up the most of it. I was thinking of doing a combo of machine and hand sewing so I could work on it during breaks between classes at school. I'm just guessing but, I'm thinking the shroud, doing it the way i want to will take the longest of the three piece ensemble. I'm planning to use a synthetic silk fabric so it has that appeal but, is soft to the touch.

I was also wondering how do you determine how much fabric you need? I'm 5'6" and on a site i looked at where they were making a circular cloak the person used a little over a yard to make their's and it stopped just above their ankles. I'm sorry if this question has been posted before it just popped into my head while I was asking about the shroud.

Yutsubara
02-27-2014, 01:29 PM
Lately, I've been seeing quite a few people asking questions that I'm positive have been answered in other places. In an attempt to answer some common costuming questions, I've started a list below. Please post anything other common questions/tutorials that I missed.

Petticoats

* Petticoat Tutorial #1 (http://home.scarlet.be/fenicia/tutoral/petticoat/petticoate.htm)
* Petticoat Tutorial #2 (http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/otacomi/diary/200511040000/)
* Petticoat Tutorial #3 (http://community.livejournal.com/sew_loli/116820.html)
* What are they made of? (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=139973)
* Useful Post (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=2156229&postcount=7)



The petticoat tutorial #1 no longer works : (

MelodyK
07-07-2014, 09:02 PM
This isn't actually a tutorial site, but I make costume breakdowns - reference guides - for all sorts of potential cosplays on my site here: www.cosbreaks.com . Might be useful for folk as a general reference!

thebirdorcage
08-31-2014, 10:51 PM
Really helpful, thanks!