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.