Ever since they announced Reki Kawahara
as a guest, my friend has been SUPER excited about all the SAO awesomeness being promised. He's hoping to be going as Kirito, we're making his jacket and inner shirt/vest. He doesn't know how to do much more than sew pre-assembled seams, so basically the entire costume construction is on me.
We did a mockup of his jacket yesterday. It ended up being like, 6+ inches too wide and at least 8 inches too tall. Today I did the mockup for my vest for Erza. I ended up taking it in by about 5 or 6 inches. I measured properly and sewed with the right 5/8 seam allowance and everything. Patterns are filthy liars. We don't get along at all. .-.