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Unread 06-05-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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First Cosplay Attempt-help?

Hi guys! So...so far I have done 2 cosplays, but each of these cosplays were either bought or made by piecing things together. No sewing was involved. This weekend I'm finally buying my first sewing machine and plan on making a cosplay from scratch for a convention that's in 4 months. So...I kinda need help.

The character I am going to be going as is Yuno Gasai from Future Diary. I can hand sew but that's it. I feel like her outfit isn't TOO complicated and would be good for a first cosplay. The only thing I really need help with is her top. I have no idea where to start in making it. Should I buy a pattern and alter it? If so, what pattern would be good? Also, what material would be best? I attached a few pictures for reference. Any help would be great!!
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Unread 06-05-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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The first thing you need to do, before buying anything for the costume, is get to know the machine itself.

Pull out the manual and read it. Really.

Plug it in, turn it on, put your foot on the pedal and play with the stitch settings- before you even try to thread it. You can run a machine with no thread without doing any harm to it.

get a piece of paper and 'sew' it. No thread, just feel how the machine pulls the paper through, try some turns, try a back stitch. just get a feel for speed and power.

then thread it. Un-thread it and thread it again. Do this about six times.

get another piece of paper and sew it. this time it's real stitches, but still just practice paper which will give you a good bead on the machine.

NOW you can get some scrap fabric- just trashy stuff, nothing special! and do all the same things you did with the paper.

Fill a bobbin.
read the manual again.

try doing some real seams on scrap fabric( most patterns are designed with a 5/8" seam allowance). Your machine likely has markings on the sole plate (you know what this is because you read the manual, right?) to help you sew even seams.

All that should take about two hours, unless your manual comes with a video or something.

Finding patterns:
what you want to look for is:
the overall shape as it sits on your body (fitted, front opening, high to neck collar blouse, separate skirt)
major design elements (in this case, box pleats on the skirt, princess seams or darts on the blouse)

You can:
- use a top from one pattern and a bottom from another
- often swap one style of sleeve for another provided both bodices have the same sleeve type opening
- add details on he surface of nearly any shape
- remember not all drawn clothes have seams drawn in.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 05:39 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for the help!! I'm definitely going to take your advice and practice just with the machine first...I can't wait Thanks again!!
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Unread 06-09-2013, 08:19 AM   #4
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For some practice try making a blanket. Get a bunch of cloth scraps and sew them together, just to get a feel for the machinery before trying something more complicated.
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