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Author: Roxanne Nelson

Few tips to improve store-bought costume

While I’m on a post-con cosplay break, I’ll also take a breather from talking about sewing techniques but that won’t stop me from writing! So let’s talk about something different but still cosplay-related: how to improve the costume you bought! Why not?!   Nowadays, it’s easy to buy a full costume for a decent price, and there’s nothing wrong with that- as long as you don’t pretend you did it yourself. There are many reasons to buy premade: sometimes fabrics with specific print are just impossible to find in store; it’s made in a material you’re not used to...

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Introduction to pattern modification : The collars and neckline (beginner)

Since we have covered many of the basics now, I will teach you a little bit about my speciality: pattern-making! As we’re still doing beginner level, it will be about making modifications to existing patterns, specifically collars and neckline! After all they are often something you will want to modify on an existing pattern as every school or military uniform in japanese anime has it’s little quirks. Let’s try to uncover some mysteries in there.   Where to start First, as you would do for any design reproduction, you need to analyze it! Here are the most important things...

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Sewing: Basic Tips

Before we get to costuming-specific tips, let’s cover a few general sewing tips that will really, REALLY pay off on the long term. Master the seam ripper This little tool is not your enemy, it’s your friend. The poor thing always gets so much hate. Even the most advanced seamstresses will unsew pieces from time to time. It happens to me at least once per project, even if I’m being careful. So here are some tricks I’ve learned over time that will hopefully help you master this very useful little tool. Use the sharp edge to unsew the first...

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Sewing: Basic Tricks

In the previous article, I described various kinds of fabric. This time I’ll show you a few tricks that will support said fabrics. Often in movies, anime, video games and sometimes even in real life clothing, you will see something that defies gravity, or looks like there can’t be only fabric in there. Most of the time, it’s true. Let’s go through a few of these magic tricks that will make everything look better and well-constructed. Interfacing Have you ever wondered how a standing collar is held up, how to make rigid cuffs, how to make a part of...

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Sewing: Know Your Fabric

Over time, I’ve helped many beginners and something that I noticed is that many don’t grasp the differences between fabrics. Well it’s not something we are taught at school and unless you’re interested in fashion and whatnot, you’ll never get an occasion to learn about it, right? But now you want to sew a costume, and choosing the right fabric is the first step for every project! So let’s get it right so you won’t be lost at the fabric store, and have a good idea of what you want and need! Analyze your costume This is a crucial step, before...

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