Friday, 24 February 2017

How to make Pokemon trainer leggings. Pokemon Go cosplay.

So  Pokemon Go.  You can go with just solid black leggings, or you can do the ones with the purple stripe down the side, which ever you prefer.

I prefer the ones with the purple stripe down the side. Mostly cause my romper has a random purple design on the chest that would kinda be weird to be the only place with purple, and because purple is awesome.

It's pretty easy to add to an existing pattern, but just in case here is how you draft the pattern. I used McCalls 7026, because I can't find the tights pattern I drafted right now.   At least I used this for a store display when I still worked in a fabric store, so I know they fit.

So cut out the tights pattern to whatever size you are and the  trace that sucker out (if you are going to reuse the pattern later, if you are never going to reuse it, you can probably just cut up the original).

Find the center of the side of your legging.  Legging/tights patterns come with the front and back as one piece. I just held it up to myself and marked it in the center to do it.  You can also just eyeball it on the flat pattern.

Once  you have found the center, draw a line from the waist to the cuff as a guideline.

Decide how big you want your stripe to be, divide that by 2 and add that on to each side of that center line. I chose to make it easy on myself and just did 2 inches.

Do that all the way down.

Then label your pattern pieces, cut apart.
 IMPORTANT: once you have done this, remember that the seams where you attach the stripe to the rest of the leggings DOES NOT have seam allowances!!  So do not forget to either add that to your pattern, or make sure when you cut it out you add them back in, or they will be too tight. I left 1/4 inch seam allowances on all 3 pieces when I cut them out.
Once you have it all cut out and your seam allowances are added in, pin the stripe back into the front and back pieces and sew them together.  And then finish making them either by following the instructions if you need to or not.

Friday, 3 February 2017

To catch them is my real quest~

To train them is my cause~

I have my romper almost done!  I just need to bind the armholes and neck, put the purple detail on the chest and add a hook an eye.

I have a long torso, a bone of  contention for one-peice things ever since I hit puberty.  One pieces almost never fit. One peices either give me a back wedgie or the far worse fontral wedgie. So seeing as this is a commercial pattern and not one I drafted for myself, I knew that length would be an issue. The world is designed for a standard sized person and the world is dumb for that. People have shapes.

Thankfully, I discovered Jalie patterns, a Canadian company that does dance wear. I used one of their patterns for the base of my Sailor Venus costume. What has that got to do with this McCalls pattern? Well, Jalie has a part of their webiste for fit issues which includes how to get the exact amounts to add so it will fit right for you, and it can be used with any pattern. THIS IS SO HELPFUL.

I ended up having to add 5cm all the way around to get this to not give wedgies, and I can say, having tried it, it is a super comfortable romper.

The rest will be made later. Since I an now self-employed and have lost my sweet, sweet staff discount (how I miss them)  I'm waiting for a 50% off sale on the 13th to buy everything else.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

I wanna be the very best~

Like no one ever was~

I'm starting work on one of my cosplay costumes for this summer, can you guess what it is?

Yup!  It's a Team Instinct Pokemon Go trainer.  This is a quick costume, I'll be using the McCalls 7556 pattern as a base, ignoring most of what they want me to do, cause it is not accurate.

 I am also planning on making a "juvenile" Weepinbell for my Pokemon. I'm calling it a Juvenile because these suckers are apparently 1m tall according to the pokedex and I am not carrying around a 1m tall plush in New Brunswick summer humidity. I will however carry around one that is like a foot or foot and a half big.  That is manageable.

I'm planning to put a voice box in it so it will randomly scream at people.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

That is as far as I shall go today.

Everything is attached!  Huzzah!  My back is killing me though.  At least it looks like a coat now.

All that is left is a bunch of small finicky jobs like: putting in the shoulder pads, attaching the lining/sleeve linings, hemming it and buttons and buttonholes.  None of which are huge jobs, just time consuming ones.

I think if I work at it, most of it will be done by the end of the week.  Then I can start on the belt, crown and daggers.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Well.. that went faster then I thought.

I was worried i wouldn't be able to bead, embroider and finish my coat as well as make the leaf crown, belt and daggers in time for halcon in November.  Well, it took less time then I thought to finish the pocket flaps, add the lace details around the back and shoulders and bead it then I thought.

Also less beads. I bought WAY to many beads.

I had hoped to be further along, but along came a 24 hour flu and I slept for a day and a half. Still even with that, I managed to accomplish quite a bit!

I finished the pocket flaps while re-watching all of Voltron: Legendary Defender and then some of first season Young Justice. Which if you haven't watched, go watch both of them. They are awesome.
 I'll add the interfacing to the back of them and the lace covered lining for the underside this weekend and then they will be ready for attaching when the time comes.

Here is a close up with less washout due to flash.  The fabric is actually closer to the green pictured above. Fun fact: You do not have to be 100% healthy to embroider. It is mindless enough or something I guess, that I finished the last bit of it last night when I was sick.

This is the back lace detail. It doesn't look like much here, since this was taken while it was laying flat on my couch. This view would be from the neckline up to the waist. It took me 3 tries to fussy cut out the lace into a look I liked.  Good thing the lace was on sale, I bought what was left and I had a ton left over. I'm not usually that wasteful.

Again, a fabulous shot of my jacket on my couch, cat hair and all I think.  The lace works its way up from a point about 4cm above my actual waistline, broadens out over the back and shoulders, then wraps around to the center front.
I probably could have done more with the beads, but I didn't want to over do it. I actually keep worrying that I may already be over doing it, but then I look at the pictures in my copy of Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, and it looks downright subdued.
(Also holy crow, that is not what I paid for this book O_O)

Anyway, with the stuff that I thought would take 100% more time done, I may have this coat mostly completed and ready to go by the end of the weekend.  Which gives me a month to make the crown, belt and daggers.

By Jove, I think I may just be able to do it!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Second day of Autumn !

This being the second day of autumn, it seems prudent to post an update on my fall themed Elf!  I've been busy all week working on it in some form or another. I started with then embroidery on the pocket flaps, something I am going back to after this update, and finished (for now) with the lining and sleeves.

Wednesday night I cut out the lace overlays for the pockets, lower lining and under sleeves and 3 hours later I had everything basted together and pinned as well.

Here is the underside of the pocket flaps and my under sleeve.

And here is the pile of lining before I pinned it all.

Today was spent sewing my lining together, sewing the sleeves and adding the cuffs.  Aside from some quick basting of the lining to keep it from shifting when I attach it to the coat, the sleeves are done.

And here is the lining all together!  I left the top plain, as my body will mostly block that, so there was no real point. I'm loving how it looks.

I think it is all gonna look pretty spiffy when it is all done.  Now I just need to finish my pocket flaps and cut out the lace overlay for the center back and shoulders of the coat. Then its some beading and putting it all together.

Did I mention I also need (well want, therefore need) to make a belt with dagger holders for my legs, carve the daggers AND make a fall leaf crown as well?  I can get all that done by November, right?

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Cough cough hack PUH!

These are the noises one makes when working with faux fur.

Seriously, it looked like a Raccoon exploded in my sewing room for a while there.  I had to keep the vacuum within arms reach.

In the end though I think the hood and cuffs turned out well.

 The hood is over-sized and lined in fur (outer shell is a very fine wale Corduroy).

And the cuffs are also lined in fur. I'll be able (in theory) to wear them down over my hands where they will look like this, or flipped up to show off the fur.

The outer coat is all sewn too.  My lining is in a pile on the floor, and now that I have time to spare thanks to a very selfless and brave Squirrel that sacrificed itself to knock out the power at the fabric store I work in (may it RIP) I can cut out the lace details.

I've decided to do the leaf embroidery on the pocket flaps of the coat as well.  I started one while re-watching Voltron (the new one) and it is mostly done already.


I was at Capercon this weekend and got some pictures of both Dipper and Star Butterfly, so stay tuned for those.