While I know my way around a sewing machine and a pattern, I need to appeal to all you genius pattern drafters for my most recent project, as it falls outside my abilities to slightly modify a purchased pattern. So I have many questions!
I'm busy planning Reina Roja
, a character from the card game Netrunner, for PAX East. As you can see, her jacket is a little weird. The cuffs on the sleeves are manageable, as is the general hang of it (without any sort of zipper), but some other things are worrying me.
1) The shoulders/lapels/whatever those are. How would you recommend I pattern those out? Would they be an upper level above a more traditionally structured jacket underneath, or is there some clever trick I'm missing?
2) She is wearing a backpack which I intend to have as well. The straps have custom pockets through her coat. I've never done something like that, with no visible seams. Is there a particular method for creating external pieces like that?
3) I've never made a collar quite that large or stiff. Does anyone have a recommendation for a particularly stiff interfacing or some other method of keeping that large of a collar looking nice?
4) Similarly to above, the red piping on the shoulders seems to be much larger than the average piping. Is there some sort of large-diameter piping I could use, or should I just use the standard size and call it good?