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Unread 02-10-2013, 12:50 AM   #1
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Suggestions How to Make Design on Coat

I'm going to be cosplaying Jellal from Fairy Tail at A-Kon this year, and I've decided to make my own costume. However, I don't have much experience with sewing, so I was hoping for some advice!

Here are some pictures of the outfit I want to do:
http://images.wikia.com/fairytail/im...third_prop.jpg
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...65-d3exkmt.jpg

My biggest problem at the moment is that I have no idea how to do the yellow parts on his coat. Can anyone give me advice on the best way to go about doing this? Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
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Unread 02-10-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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It's probably intended to be some kind of trim--I've seen people create similar looks using bias tape or by attaching cording or ribbon. Alternatively, you could use fabric paint to paint the lines on, but that can be difficult to do in straight lines, since it doesn't wash out if you mess up.
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For the thinner parts, I would use an extra wide double fold bias tape. For the wider parts down the arms, I would find a fabric that matches the bias tape and cut long strips that sit where you want on the sleeves, turn under the edges (so you don't have fraying) and then stitch them down before you sew your sleeve seams or set the sleeve in the jacket.
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Thank you very much for the suggestions! I'll look into bias tape. Is there a way to sew that onto the coat so it doesn't show the stitching?
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Hand stitching is pretty much always the most invisible way to sew something on top of something else (unfortunately--it takes so long!).
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I wouldn't worry about the stitching showing all that much honestly. If you follow right along the edges of the tape or fabric pieces, you will have a nice straight line that won't pop off and be super noticeable unless you use a different color than what matches the fabric. I use bias tape and top stitching a lot, and it's never just something that people look at and go "Oh, that's got stitching lines running all over it!"
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Oh, okay! That's good to hear. Thank you!

risamori -- I've sewed a bunch of plushies by hand, so hand-stitching shouldn't be too much of a problem for me. (Other than stabbing the bejeezus out of my fingers; I'm good at not bleeding on the fabric though. XD) Thanks!
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