Sewing Skills

GReader bou asked how to make Gravitation character Shuichi’s trenchcoat, saying they had a sewing machine, but “absolutely no sewing skills.” Well bou (and everyone else out there), let me be the first to tell you that the only way you’ll ever get them is to jump right in.  Bou, go out a find a pattern as close to what you’re looking for as possible, and have at it!  Seriously, just go for it!  You may make some mistakes, but that’s the way we learn – just be sure to have a seam ripper by your side!  Here’s some tips to help you get started on your very first project.

  1. Before you even go to the store, take your measurements!  I cannot emphasize this enough!  If you’re not sure how to take your measurements, just Google it – it’s a very simple process so don’t be intimidated.  If you can, have someone else take your measurements for even more accuracy.
  2. Go to the fabric store and look through to pattern books – this will take a while, so be patient!  Find a pattern as close to as what you’re looking for as you can.
  3. Once you have the pattern, see how much fabric you need for your costume and make sure to pick up the notions needed for the costume, too – both of these are listed on the back of the pattern envelope.  If you are confused or need help, ask a fabric store employee!  They are happy to help you and very knowledgeable. While you’re at the fabric store, make sure to pick up a seam ripper if you don’t already have one – you will probably need it!
  4. Go home and jump right in!  Sewing takes time, so don’t be surprised if it takes you a looooong time.  I like to spread the work out a few hours a day for a few days, so it doesn’t get too overwhelming.  Just follow the instructions and if you make a mistake, don’t fret! – rip it out and move on.

Until next time, good luck with all of your cosplay creations!

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2 Responses to Sewing Skills

  1. KoHearts says:

    Not really sure where to ask for cosplay advice so I thought I’d try in a comment for the newest post…
    I’m not really sure if you can help with mascot costumes but I’m trying to cosplay Teddie (Kuma) from Persona 4. This is my first time trying to make a mascot cosplay so I’m just not really sure where to start with this or just altogether what I need for it. I have no idea what kind of fabric would be good to use or how to even start constructing it all.

    Here’s a picture for reference.…a0o/Teddie.jpg

    And sorry if this is the wrong place to be asking.

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