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Unread 01-02-2017, 01:37 AM   #1
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How to approach color-blocking

I'm going to work on my next cosplay, which is Magilou from Tales of Berseria: http://aselia.wikia.com/wiki/Magilou

I'm a little concerned about how to incorporate the color-blocking portions of her outfit--namely, the colored diamonds on her corset. I'm still kind of new to sewing so I don't know a lot of techniques or skills just yet, but I know there's applique and piecing, which I could use for these...I just don't know the pros and cons of doing either for this, or if anyone has any other suggestions or tips.

There's also painting or dyeing the fabric, but that's the absolute worst-case scenario and I feel as though that won't look as good.

Just a heads up, but I don't have any patterns NOR any fabric types planned out for her yet. Suggestions would also be appreciated (but not obligatory).
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Make the bodice out of whatever pattern suits you best in the base dark color then applique the diamonds into place.

These will be super easy appliques because they are very simple shapes composed of all straight lines

second bonus: the bodice doesn't have to have a pointed section over the bust, your applique will. so just cut extra diamonds of your base fabric and when you hit that section let us know and we will walk you through putting the applique off the edge & backing it.
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Make the bodice out of whatever pattern suits you best in the base dark color then applique the diamonds into place.

These will be super easy appliques because they are very simple shapes composed of all straight lines

second bonus: the bodice doesn't have to have a pointed section over the bust, your applique will. so just cut extra diamonds of your base fabric and when you hit that section let us know and we will walk you through putting the applique off the edge & backing it.
Thank you! Do you have any tips or even basic guides on appliques? I've only seen it done in some video clips (I've never done it), and if I remember right, it's essentially just stitching along the raw edge on top of the base of the bodice in this case...?
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For this I would turn under the edges and then top stitch them down. Other methods include satin stitching (a tight zig zag stitch) or simply zigzagging, which would work but I personally dont think is needed here.

This is the basic idea, with a nicer stitch
http://www.mollyandmama.com.au/2013/...s-of-applique/

This is a great method for turning more complex shapes to have a finished edge. Again, less necessary with triangles as you can simply fold the edges under and iron before topstitching it down.
http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com/...-tutorial.html

For fusible I swear by heat n bond.
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For this I would turn under the edges and then top stitch them down. Other methods include satin stitching (a tight zig zag stitch) or simply zigzagging, which would work but I personally dont think is needed here.

This is the basic idea, with a nicer stitch
http://www.mollyandmama.com.au/2013/...s-of-applique/

This is a great method for turning more complex shapes to have a finished edge. Again, less necessary with triangles as you can simply fold the edges under and iron before topstitching it down.
http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com/...-tutorial.html

For fusible I swear by heat n bond.
Turn under the edges, as in fold the raw edges underneath the diamond and then sew them down? o.O Or was it covered in one of the links that I missed? I was going to admit that when I think of appliques I originally thought of satin stitching, which I thought would have stood out too much myself compared to piecing.

That first link is absolutely fantastic though! Thanks for providing me those links.
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fold underneath, iron, and top stitch, yes. I think it will be far more subtle for such an easy design than satin stitching.
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fold underneath, iron, and top stitch, yes. I think it will be far more subtle for such an easy design than satin stitching.
I'll probably end up doing a mock-up design using top stitching once I get more reference pictures then. Thank you!
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I agree with Digit in that a more delicate style is more appropriate to this top. Personally, and because there's a good chance of boning and many layers of fabric underneath the applique, I was thinking it would be hand appliqued. With such a simple shape it's nowhere near as daunting as you are probably thinking it would be. Bonus: hand applique can be completely invisible stitches
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I agree with Digit in that a more delicate style is more appropriate to this top. Personally, and because there's a good chance of boning and many layers of fabric underneath the applique, I was thinking it would be hand appliqued. With such a simple shape it's nowhere near as daunting as you are probably thinking it would be. Bonus: hand applique can be completely invisible stitches
Boning. Ugh. I forgot about that...I did not have fun making boning channels for my waist cincher. Is there a specific name for the invisible hand-stitches though? It's not the invisible hem stitch, is it?
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I like slip stitches for this sort of thing. My Joker pants and jacket were done this way.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qt7TnXZod8
You can skip the first two whole minutes because she just promotes a bunch of products, but the view on the real stitching is good. It's not that hard.
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Ah, I completely forgot about the slip stitch. Thank you, especially for the video!
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