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Unread 11-07-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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D-Gray Man cosplay help! :)

Okay, so I need help finding a proper pattern to alter for Lenalee's third uniform. Found here.

I found some patterns, but I'm not sure if there are better ones. Is constructing a jacket way too hard for a beginner sewer [aka ME] and should I just buy a cosplay? The only problem is I have no funds whatsoever to purchase a proper Lenalee cosplay. x :

The patterns are here, although, I was obviously thinking about buying one that looks similar to the basic design, and another one that I could use to help me learn how to alter the other pattern into overlapping in the front [I hope that made sense. xD]

Pattern Alpha
Pattern Bravo [for overlapping]
Pattern Charlie [pink jacket design. Should I just use this?]
Pattern Delta
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Unread 11-07-2010, 03:07 PM   #2
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Of all the patterns you linked, the second one is probably easiest to alter into what you need. But, keep in mind, jackets are not the simplest project to undertake. You shouldn't rush through this if you're low on time, that's the perfect equation for getting wonky sleeves... (totally speaking from experience there)
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Unread 11-07-2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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I agree that the second jacket looks the easiest to alter into Lenalee's jacket. However, depending on what your experience sewing is, and how much time you have on your hands, you might want to scour thrift stores/other discount stores for a similar jacket you can modify instead of making one from scratch or simply buying the costume. I did this for my Kanda coat, and it's a lot easier to do, but you still get the feel that you made something yourself. Unfortunately, it might take a while to find something that is easy to work with.
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Unread 11-07-2010, 10:13 PM   #4
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The ones you linked all have their good and bad points. I found the pattern on the same site that I actually used to make my friend's Lenalee (a pattern I use for a lot of things) and it only took a little altering, mostly just making it overlap in the front a little.

Here's the pattern: http://www.sewingpatterns.com/sub_item.php?item_num=4929but&model=%&new_category =Jackets&view=gallery&brand=Butterick&category=Jac kets&pageGoto=0&pageFormat=3|186|186&pageCount=18& search=&return=yes

And here's the finished product: http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/151385/

http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/184297/
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Unread 11-09-2010, 10:07 AM   #5
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I ended up using a vintage military parrrten but the one Mehdia link in the closets in nature to it. The front darts would have to be removed and there no upper back pannel which is a minor details.
http://www.mccalls.com.au/Shop/Butte...s,-Vests/B4929


This Matrix Dust is also a good starting point with a few alteration as well but has the proper layout in general including the upper shoulder pannel, it's also the closest to the vintage Military pattern I worked with. I recommend it more so for the guys pattern since it's already has the squared off shoulders an vertical seams. Altering the seam in the back is fairly simple and there are tutorial on this pattern from the Organization XIII coats that show you how. I've made two Organization XIII coats with this pattern before.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2235-men-teen-costumes.aspx



The Kwik Sew 3466KSP has potential as well with alteration but the seams are also vertical.
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Unread 11-09-2010, 11:11 AM   #6
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I agree, the Matrix pattern. It works for everything. XD

But seriously, we're using it for our third uniforms and it requires very little alteration. ^_^
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Unread 11-09-2010, 03:40 PM   #7
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I ended up using a vintage military parrrten but the one Mehdia link in the closets in nature to it. The front darts would have to be removed and there no upper back pannel which is a minor details.
http://www.mccalls.com.au/Shop/Butte...s,-Vests/B4929


This Matrix Dust is also a good starting point with a few alteration as well but has the proper layout in general including the upper shoulder pannel, it's also the closest to the vintage Military pattern I worked with. I recommend it more so for the guys pattern since it's already has the squared off shoulders an vertical seams. Altering the seam in the back is fairly simple and there are tutorial on this pattern from the Organization XIII coats that show you how. I've made two Organization XIII coats with this pattern before.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2235-men-teen-costumes.aspx



The Kwik Sew 3466KSP has potential as well with alteration but the seams are also vertical.
There wasn't a lot I had to change with the Butterick pattern luckily, and I already had it laying around, so I used it. And it's funny that you mention the Matrix pattern, because that's the one I used to make my Lavi's third uniform jacket. I wanted it to have a mens structure, even though I'm female, so it worked out great.
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