December Monthly Stitch: A Kupo-tastic Hoodie

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Kupo! I was super excited to see this month’s Monthly Stitch theme: geek out! I’ve been thinking about making a moogle hoodie for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity. My boyfriend also mentioned that he’d like a Final Fantasy themed hoodie, so of course I went into WE MUST HAVE MATCHING THINGS mode. Sadly, this will probably the closest I’ll ever be to getting him in cosplay. Still, I’ll take it!

If you’re not familiar with moogles, they’re a race of teddy bear/bat-like creatures from the video game franchise Final Fantasy. They’re insanely adorable and one of my favorite creatures from the FF series. I could go into a lengthy explanation of why I think they’re so cute, but I think this video from the FFXIV King Mog boss fight does a pretty good job.

I feel like this song belongs in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Very Danny Elfman-esque. But I digress.

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I originally tried making this project with cheap anti-pill fleece from Jo-Ann’s using McCall’s 6614. It was okay, but not quite as awesome as I hoped. I set the project aside to work on Princess Jupiter and Stanley Tweedle.

When I started again, I went with the Avacado hoodie from Seamster Patterns. It’s a fantastic design and gave me lots of opportunities to play with color blocking. The only part of the hoodie that gave me pause was the front pocket. Fortunately, Mari made a video tutorial describing the process.

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In terms of fabric, I went with French terry and purple sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee. The terry is okay. It’s very shed happy, so I made sure to serge all the seams. I would have preferred white sweatshirt fleece, but GC didn’t have white when I ordered. Oh well, no big deal. On the plus side, the terry is quite warm.

The face appliques were the most time-consuming part of this project. I used scraps of black, red, and pink fleece for the ears and the face. The face pieces were fused with applique paper and then satin stitched to the terry.

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I made the red head bobble with red fleece and then stuffed it with batting. I originally wanted to attach it with pipe cleaner, but it was too heavy to stay up. Instead, I attached the bobble with a large heavy-duty snap. This actually works out better overall, since now I can remove the bobble to wash the hoodie.

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I absolutely love the wings. I drafted them using this pattern as a guideline. I doubled them up and top stitched them down just above the princess seams in the back. I left the edges of the wing free so they sort of flap when I walk.

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The Basics: 

Pattern: Avacado hoodie, view B

Fabric: 1.5~ yd. French terry, 1~ yd. purple sweatshirt fleece, and black, pink, and red anti-pill fleece for the face.

Alterations: I slashed the hood and added 5/8″ seam allowance to create room for the ears. I also added a zipper to the center front. Also did a small FBA and added ribbon to the neckline to reinforce it.

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Notions: Thread, zipper, applique paper, twill tape, batting, snap.

Make it again?: Probably. I’d love to have a couple of regular versions of this hoodie for everyday wear.

Favorite parts: Other than prancing around as moogle? I really like the overall shape of the hoodie. The princess lines are very flattering, and I love the thumb holes.

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Other thoughts: I adore this hoodie. It’s very happy making. I don’t think I’ll make another one for myself (though if someone wants one, I’d be happy to take a commission!), but if I did, I’d make the ears a little smaller and add interfacing to keep them up. The terry really didn’t want to stay up, but the fleece helped with that. I’d also add the ribbon all around the neckline prior to adding the zipper for a cleaner finish.

I can’t wait to wear this to PAX South! And make a Tonberry hoodie for the BF to wear with me :)

What’s your favorite Final Fantasy creature? 

Fandom Friday: Presents I Want Santa to Bring Me

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Happy Friday! Can you believe we’re less than 2 weeks away from Christmas? I haven’t even put up a tree yet!

Since most of the kids in my family are now technically adults, my family has taken to white elephant gift exchanges or doing a big activity together. It’s fun (and more than a little violent, given that five of us have black belts in Taekwon-do), and we don’t all have to scramble spend a bunch of extra money over the holidays. Still, I wouldn’t mind being surprised by any of these items:

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  • Brother SE400 Combination Embroidery and Sewing Machine: I’ve wanted to dip my toes into embroidery for a while. I’d love to have this machine to create the applique for Lulu and also to make patches for myself and to sell. I’ve been eyeing this machine for about 8 months, so if Santa doesn’t bring it to me, I’ll probably buy it for myself!
  • Shiva FFX Figure: Speaking of FFX, I’d love to have this figure! I have a few of the other FFX characters from this line, but not Shiva. She’s so pretty and would be a great addition to my (very small) figure collection. I’d also love a Lulu figure.
  • Totoro kigu: I specifically want one from Rarity’s Boutique. Lisa Lou Who is one of my favorite “big name” cosplayers, and her hoodies are absolutely stunning. As soon as she opened up Totoro kigus, I knew I wanted one. They’re just so cute!
  • Tickets to Distant Worlds: This is the orchestra concert of Final Fantasy music. It tours the U.S. every year or so, but it hasn’t been through Texas in quite a while. There is another concert by the same company in Houston today, but I can’t make it (sad trombone). One day! I’d also be happy with the albums to tide me over :)
  • Tickets to SDCC: Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll make it out to SDCC this year (lots of non-cosplay out-of-state travel this year), but if Santa surprised me with tickets, you can bet I’d do everything I could to attend!

What are you hoping for this year? You can see more responses on The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick!

Costume Notes: Stanley Tweedle

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Hours Spent: Around 20 hours

Why This Costume: This was a commission request from a friend of a friend. I’m still learning how to fit for guys, so it seemed like a good opportunity to practice those skills along with learning some new ones.

How I made it: When I started this commission, I didn’t intend to do a blog post on it, but I had such a hard time finding ANY information on this costume. Hopefully this will help other Lexx fans.

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Front and back of the coveralls.

This costume has 2 main components to it: the hat and the coveralls (with a belt). I made the coveralls out of a twill duponi using Kwik Sew 3389 as a base. I did have to make a couple of alterations. The main alteration was to draft a shawl collar to replace the double lapel. To create a plain back, I folded over the back pattern pieces and combined them with yoke. Once my pieces were all combined, I traced over them to create a new back piece. I took the same approach to eliminate the slash pockets on the pants.

One thing to note about this pattern: apparently Kwik Sew seems to think that dudes have the shoulders of line backers *with* shoulder pads. Since my commissioner was located in another city, I used my boyfriend as a quasi-dressform. In the end, I took 3 full inches off of the shoulders.

Close up of the pocket details. The silver strip on the right breast is unstitched at the top to allow my commissioner a space to attach his ID badge.
Close up of the pocket details. The silver strip on the right breast is unstitched at the top to allow my commissioner a space to attach his ID badge.

The pockets were an interesting challenge. To make the left breast pocket accurate, I drafted a flap pocket. It’s quite a bit of work, but the result is very snazzy. I’m definitely incorporating this into my  jacket project. The pockets on the legs are just top-stitched rectangles with silver ripstop nylon on the the top edges.

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Audiobook + hand embroidery = best road trip I’ve had in ages.

I came up with the hat pattern using this tutorial, but I only used interfacing to stiffen the outer pieces. The 4 on the front is my first attempt at embroidery. Craftsy has a great video class on basic embroidery techniques. Hand embroidery very time consuming (the 4 took me about 3 hours, including a failed first attempt), so fortunately it was a nice way to pass time on recent Thanksgiving road trip. Still, the experience definitely convinced me to invest in an embroidery machine to make Lulu’s “lace” applique (among other things). I don’t think I have the patience to do all that nonsense by hand. I also lined the hat and trimmed it in ripstop nylon.

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A few miscellaneous details. TL: I made the belt by doubling the waistband piece and adding a few inches. TR: The snap was something I hadn’t done before. This tutorial was quite helpful. BL: I slip stitched the collar since there’s not a facing for this pattern. BR: Hat lining.

Thoughts on this costume: Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this costume. This wasn’t an overly difficult project, but it was a good chance to practice some skills.

Are any of you Lexx fans? Who’s your favorite character? 

Spandex 101: All the Fun Extras

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Photo by Aperture Ashley.

Welcome to the final post in the spandex 101 series! If you need a refresher, see post 1 on basics, post 2 on fabric prep, and post 3 on construction. Today, I’m going to share a few of my favorite tutorials and tips to turn a basic leotard or bodysuit into attire for a superhero.

Creating and Attaching Appliques

It’s hard to get around a superhero suit without some type of applique. Pretty much EVERY superhero has some type of logo, with some more complex than others.

There are two basic ways to create a stretchy applique: slap it on the right side and top stitch or create a reverse applique by cutting out your design from your main fabric. Personally, I like the top stitch approach. I’ve used it for Deadpool, Ms. Marvel, and Supergirl. It’s very easy to do with a few basic tools and adds a bit of extra depth to your costume.

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To create more depth on Deadpool, I top stitched the vinyl pieces to the red.

The tutorial linked above covers just about every question you could have relating to appliques, but I will share a few tips that make life easier for me:

  • You CAN use irons on spandex! I see so many people freak out over this. Yes, excessive heat is bad for spandex, as it will lose its elasticity. Just set your iron to a low, synthetic setting and use a press cloth.
  • DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use pins for this. You will get bubbles (most likely). While working on Deadpool, I ran out of fusible stabilizer and just pinned stabilizer in place. So annoying. Layer your fabric pieces between your stabilizer like a stabilizer/fabric sandwich and you’ll be good.
  • Take mechafaux’s advise and trace out your stitch line. It’s very difficult to see your fabric through the stabilizer, so taking just a few extra minutes to sketch out your lines is suuuper helpful.
  • If your needle is giving you trouble, extend the length of your stitch.
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Supergirl emblem.The pins indicate where I went back over with a satin stich.

Creating a more complex logo like Supergirl is essentially the same, but requires a few extra steps. You’ll want to create your logo prior to attaching it to your leotard. I used this tutorial from The Dangerous Ladies. Creating your logo is pretty similar to attaching an applique, but you’ll want to use double-sided fusible web to attach the various fabrics together. I’ve used a couple of different brands and had success with pretty much all of them. Test a scrap of fabric before you work on the final thing!

Also, a logo like this loses its stretchiness due to the fusible web. Make sure to attach it to an area that won’t require too much stretch.

Creating Inlays

Another approach to creating logos or larger designs is to design and create inlays. I mentioned in this post how I came up to my designs for top stitching, and it’s the same for inlays: create a mock-up and draw in your design. Once you create your pattern pieces, you’ll need to add a seam allowance (typically 3/8″). My one main tip for inlays is to baste your stitches before serging or committing to your final stitch.

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My most recent Rogue costume is an example of a basic inlay. To create the white stripe, I just reduced the overall width of my fabric at the center and made up for the difference with white fabric.Photo by Cayden Vierra Cosplay.

Dyeing Spandex

Remember when I worked on Deadpool and mentioned that my fabric was waaaaayyyy too bright? Well, I fixed that nonsense by dyeing it! I know, seems crazy, right? Well, my friend Meredith shared a tutorial that blew my mind. BONUS: it’s super simple.

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A few prayers to the cosplay gods helps. The bottom left image is a comparison of my original fabric (left), the fabric I was trying to match (center), and the results of my dye job.

Pretreat  your fabric, then create a dye bath with iDye Poly and add a small amount (I used 1/4 cup) of vinegar to create an acid bath. This will allow the fabric to accept the dye. Swirl it around in your boiling pot for a few minutes (I let mine boil for about 2 minutes), let it cool, then run it through the cold wash. Boom, awesome color.

Just make sure to use a pot large enough to let your fabric swirl freely. Otherwise you’ll get funky splotches.

Holding up Bootcovers

One of my biggest annoyances with most costumes is ridiculous boots, especially thigh highs. Finding boots that cover my calves is hard. Finding some that fit, kind of match my costume, and are less than $100 is like finding a rainbow-farting unicorn. Instead, I make bootcovers out of spandex. There are lots of awesome bootcover tutorials on the web. What I want to mention instead is how to hold those bad boys up. Many thanks to DJ Spider for her awesome tutorial!

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To do this:

  • Put on your tights and boot covers, adjusting them to the height you want.
  • Carefully pin your tights and boot covers together, pointing the needle down. More pins helps!
  • Very gently pull your combined tights/covers off.
  • Using a zig zag stitch, carefully stretch your tights and boots to the same tension and sew them together.
  • Grab your excess tight below your stitching and snip it off so it doesn’t twist on you.
  • Go kick some superhero ass.

Create Super Cheap Armor and Accessories

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Supergirl made by me, modeled by my mom. The belt is made of leftover gold from the emblem.

Need a flexible piece of armor? Cover craft foam with spandex! This is one of the coolest techniques I’ve learned this year, and I used it on Supergirl. RuffleButt Cosplay has more details here, but here are my CliffNotes:

  • Pattern out the piece you need and cut out your craft foam. Use your pattern to cut out your spandex, making sure to add a seam allowance.
  • Coat your fabric and foam with contact cement. Let them dry for a few moments, then attach the two.
  • Once each piece has dried for a few minutes, grab your glue gun. Snip your fabric at corners and over curves and glue the fabric to the back side of the craft foam.
  • Let it dry and admire your handiwork. I attached the Supergirl belt with Velcro.

That wraps up this series on spandex! I hope you found it useful. If I could leave you with one final tip, it’s this: have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment. Your first couple of projects might not be perfect, but you’ll get there! Just like anything else, you’ll get better with practice.

What’s one spandex tip you would share?

Anime North Texas Wrap-Up

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We ran into SparklePipsi in the Dealer’s Room!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday. Today, I’d like to share some of my experiences at Anime North Texas (ANT) a few weeks ago.

Anime North Texas is a very new con in the DFW area. Last year was the first year, and it’s still fairly small. Despite being a smaller con, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it was run. My friends and I went on Saturday only and got on-site registration. We were intimidated by the line at first, but we wound up getting our wristbands in about 30 minutes. Lots of volunteers were on hand to organize the lines and answer questions.

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What do wannabe magical girls do while waiting in line? Take derpy selfies, of course.

The dealer’s room and Artist Alley were fairly small, but both had lots of fun items. I snagged an adorable Sailor Jupiter plush and some great art pieces!

I debuted my Princess Jupiter costume at ANT to match Ohheyabear’s lovely Princess Serenity. One of these days we’re going to gather all the princess senshi! We braved the frigid weather and did a small photoshoot with Myouri Photography. The images she got are gorgeous. I’ll post the full album on my Facebook Page when I get the edited images back.

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One of our shots with Myouri Cosplay!

We only attended one panel on Japanese mythos. The panel itself was pretty interesting, though the panel rooms were far too small and we wound up standing. Hopefully con staff will reevaluate room sizes  for panels next year (they were created with collapsible walls).

ANT’s Cosplay Contest was by far one of the best I’ve seen. Competitors signed up for 3-minute evaluations with the judges. Competitors could choose their time pre-judging slots, and we never saw more than 3-5 contestants waiting at one time.

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Winners with judges.
The contest itself started at 6pm. Competitors came in from an adjacent room, and all of them made it through in about an hour and a half. Staff had cosplay music videos to entertain observers while the judges deliberated for about 15 minutes or so. Once the judges were ready, all of the contestants were lined up around the room so they could actually hear the winners (this a problem I’ve noticed with some other local cons). The prize packages were fantastic, with the Grand Champion receiving a Brother 1034D serger! I’m not normally a fan of entering cosplay contests, but I might try to pull something together next year.

Here are a few cosplay photos from the con. More will be on my Facebook Page later today!

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Nonon from Kill la Kill.
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Sailor Moon and Sailor Mini Moon!
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I’m not sure which League character this is, but her staff is super impressive!
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Rikku, Yuna, and Tidus from FFX and FFX-2!
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Mami from Madoka. Love those drill curls!
Overall, this was a great small con to attend and a fun way to wrap up my 2014 con season. I’m definitely going to try to make it out again next year! As of right now, I’m not sure when my next con will be. Either Ikkicon or PAX South in January. The holidays will be a big deciding factor.

When’s your next con?

Fandom Friday: Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

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By the time this post goes up, I’m sure many of you will be finished (or close to finishing) your Black Friday shopping. I know I certainly will be! See, I used to be one of those people who’d hit the stores suuuuper early on Black Friday, but with so many stores doing Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals online, I’d much rather stay up late in the comfort of my PJs than wake up super early. Here are a few of the deals that I’ve been keeping an eye on:

  • Wig sales: Many wig companies, Arda and EpicCosplay included, have sales on Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday. I like to take advantage of these to stock up on wigs for characters I know I’ll cosplay in the coming year. This year, I picked up a curly black wig (for Wonder Woman and Zatanna) and a faux lace front (for Captain Marvel) from EpicCosplay.
  • Fabric sales: I love Spandex World, but I hate their shipping costs. Any time they have a sale (which isn’t often), I take advantage of it. For this sale, I picked up supplies for two commissions as well as my upcoming Captain Marvel cosplay. Their sale is going on through the end of today!
  • Pattern sales: Many of my favorite indie pattern companies have sales this weekend, so I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to pick up a few patterns for some upcoming makes.
  • Circle lenses: Pinky Paradise is having a 50% off sale through December, so I picked up contacts for several of my 2015 costumes.

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Of course, there are a few things as of this writing that I’m kind of tempted to brave the cold and crowds for:

  • Wii U: The boyfriend and I have been thinking about getting one of these for a while. He’s got his eyes on Mario Party and I’ve got my eyes on Bayonetta II. Target and Best Buy have some tempting bundle offers, but we haven’t decided whether or not we care about a fairly small savings.
  • A new TV: We’re looking for a new TV, and that’s actually one of the few times I’d be willing to brave Black Friday since deals are so good. I’m currently eyeing this one.

Of course, I’m also keeping an eye out on my favorite Etsy shops and small businesses for upcoming sales as well.

What deals would you sacrifice a night of sleep for? You can see more responses at The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick!

Spandex 101: Basic Techniques and Finishing

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Photo by Aperture Ashley.

 

Welcome back to the Spandex 101 series! If you need a refresher, check out Part 1 on supplies and Part 2 on prep. Today, we’re getting into the meat of spandex construction, and I’ll also mention a few ways that you can finish off spandex projects.

Stitches Galore

First off, let’s talk stitches on a regular sewing machine. Anytime you work with spandex, you’ll want to use a stretch stitch or a zigzag stitch. A regular old straight stitch just can’t stand handle the pull of spandex and will most likely pop (Note: there’s some disagreement on this. If you stretch fabric while sewing, it should theoretically hold, but I’ve never been a fan of that method). For standard stitching, go with a narrow zigzag (I normally set my machine to 2.5).

I also like to use a chain stitch with spandex, which is basically a stretch version of a straight stitch. Most of the time I use them with top-stitched appliques or with zippers. Your machine may or may not have this stitch. Make sure to check your manual!

You can also baste with a zigzag stitch within your seam allowance. I use basting stitches quite a bit with spandex. It’s great to match up pieces like side seams or neck bands and see how they look before committing to your final stitch.

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Stitches from left to right: chain stitch, zigzag stitch (width 2.5) and a basting stitch (width 5.0).

 

A friendly reminder: make sure you’re using stretch needles! Ever tried sewing something even remotely stretchy and get skipped stitches? You’ve probably been using the wrong needle. Knit fabrics are structurally different from wovens in that they’re made from lots of loops, which helps give them their marvelous stretchiness. Stretch needles slide through those loops instead of slicing them like a regular needle. You can read more about all that good stuff here.

If you’re serging spandex, I’d recommend a basic 4-thread overlock. It’s super fast, secure, and stretches with your fabric. Make sure to check your manual for the type of thread and needles to use.

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One thing to keep in mind with sergers is that you don’t want to use pins. Between the blade and the needles, they can really screw up your machine and/or potentially injure you. If you’re new to serging, I’d highly recommend basting your seams and using short zigzag stitches anywhere that your seams meet. Stretchy fabric can move around on you while sewing, so basting together those seams helps you get used to the machine instead of worrying about the fabric moving around.

Finishing hems

Pro-tip: Most knit/stretchy patterns have a seam allowance of 3/8" as opposed to 5/8" commonly found on woven patterns. Be aware of this! It feels hella funky the first couple of times you sew a stretchy thing. Because of this, I normally mark my notches with a water soluble pin instead of clipping them.
Pro-tip: Most knit/stretchy patterns have a seam allowance of 3/8″ as opposed to 5/8″ commonly found on woven patterns. Be aware of this! It feels hella funky the first couple of times you sew a stretchy thing. Because of this, I normally mark my notches with a water soluble pin instead of clipping them.

Spandex is one of those marvelous fabrics that you don’t technically need to finish. The edges won’t fray (but they may curl up, just FYI!), so once you’ve sewn your seam together, you can call it a day. Of course, if you want to do something more to give the seam a little extra strength, you can add an extra row of zigzag stitching in the seam allowance.

Sergers are awesome for finishing spandex, because you can sew your seam and finish it all in one move. You can also zigzag a seam and serge the edge, but I prefer to just serge. Try it out and see what works best for you!

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Pro-tip: Got a seam that needs a little extra stability? Try adding clear elastic! This is useful for shoulder seams or waist seams where you need a little extra support but don’t want to sacrifice stretchiness.

Hems, Holes, and Everything Inbetween

So you’ve got a garment that’s sewn together, but how do you finish those pesky arm and leg holes? Well, there’s a couple of things you can do:

  • As I mentioned earlier, spandex doesn’t fray, so if you’re going to be wearing boots or gloves that cover arm or leg holes, you can technically leave it unfinished and be fine. If you want a cleaner finish, a zigzag stitch is a good option. I did this with my polka dot Lady Skater hem.
  • For a more RTW finish, try using a twin needle. This is a double pronged needle that stitches straight on the right side of a garment but has a zigzag-like stitch on the wrong side, which gives it a bit of flexibility. This isn’t quite as flexible as a regular zigzag stitch, so use it on areas like wrist and ankle openings or skirt hems.
  • Bands are a great finish for stretch materials, especially if you’re new to sewing them. I used this approach for Supergirl when I realized that I didn’t have quite enough length for the arm. This gave me an extra few inches to work with and was a clean finish. I use my Renfrew and Lady Skater bands a lot, but you can easily make your own!
The top two images are the front and back sides of a stitch with a twin needle. The top side is straight and the back has a zigzag to it, which allows the stretch. Bottom left is a basic zigzag, which I used on my Lady Skater. Bottom right is Supergirl. I used bands from my Renfrew to finish the sleeves.
The top two images are the front and back sides of a stitch with a twin needle. The top side is straight and the back has a zigzag to it, which allows the stretch. Bottom left is a basic zigzag, which I used on my Lady Skater. Bottom right is Supergirl. I used bands from my Renfrew to finish the sleeves.

One final technique I want to discuss is elastic. Let’s say that you’ve got an sleeveless opening or have a leotard leg hole to finish. My preferred approach is to use 3/8″ elastic. To apply it, pin the elastic to the wrong side of your fabric and baste in place. You may have to stretch the elastic as you stitch (especially around curved areas like the bum), so take your time and use as many pins as you need.

Once the elastic is basted in place, fold it over and use your regular zigzag stitch to secure the elastic. This hides your basting stitch and secures everything in place. I love this approach because it’s clean and gives you a little extra security, especially for those high hip leos! Many leotard patterns have guides for how much elastic you need. I always find that they’re a little loose for my liking, so I typically take them in a bit. Make sure to hold the elastic around yourself and see what works for you!

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Top left: Basting elastic in place. This doesn’t have to be perfect, just try to get as wide as you can. This elastic is 3/8″. Top right: Fold over the elastic and basted spandex and use a regular zigzag stitch to catch the very edge of the two. Bottom left: Your final seam from the right side of the fabric. Bottom right: How this looks on my Ms. Marvel using black thread and black fabric. Your fabric may be puckered on areas that require you to stretch while sewing (e.g., the bum), but it shouldn’t be noticeable when your garment is on.

 

That’s it for this week’s post! Next week, I’ll talk about extra things that you can do with spandex, including dyeing, applying appliques, and more! It will probably be the last post in my spandex series, so if you have any questions or requests, let me know!

WIP Wednesday: November Edition

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I’m pretty excited for Thanksgiving this year, despite out-of-state travel plans happening last minute. I actually don’t have a lot to share this month since my con season is over for 2014, but here are the projects on my craft table right now:

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Stanley Tweedle: 90% complete

You might remember me mentioning this costume back in October. I’ve spent the last few weeks researching and working on this costume. Overall, it hasn’t been a difficult project, but I have picked up a few new skills. The flap pocket is fairly time consuming, but it is so, so pretty. I really want to incorporate this into my tailored jacket. As of this posting, all I need to do in order to finish this commission is finish the pillbox hat (I’m embroidering this sucker during our drive to visit family) and finish a small bit of detail work. Can’t wait to see the final costume on its new owner!

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Captain Cold and Squirrel Girl bodysuits: Research/Gathering Materials

One of my good cos-friends recently asked me to make some spandex bodysuits for her. I love working with spandex, so I was more than happy to oblige. As of right now, I’m gathering the materials for these projects and planning out patterns.

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Captain Marvel: Research/Gathering Materials

Are you guys and gals as psyched about Marvel Phase 3 as I am? I did some hardcore shrieking when I saw that Carol’s getting her own movie. I’m really feeling the Carol love right now, so I’m bumping up my plans to make Captain Marvel. I’ve got all my fabric and other supplies on order and will hopefully debut this costume either at Ikkicon in January (birthday con!) or Fan Days in February.

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Tailored Jacket: Gathering Materials and Muslin Making

I haven’t been able to make much progress on my tailored jacket this month with Princess Jupiter and Stanley Tweedle. However, I did finally decide to make my jacket using Butterick 5685 (pattern on the left). I thought about going with a basic peacoat pattern, but I already have one of those (even though it’s in purple and has way more belts than necessary). Hopefully I’ll have progress to share soon!

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Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast

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Ahhh! Thanksgiving is in less than a week! Are you ready? I keep forgetting it’s so close. But on the plus side: I’m super ready for some online Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals ;)

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This week’s Fandom Five theme is Thanksgiving guests. Here are my picks:

  1. Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter: I know, I know. Duh. She’s amazing. Plus, I think she’d kick ass at making an epic Thanksgiving feast.
  2. Carol Danvers: Another “Duh, Mindy,” guest. One of the reasons I love Carol is because she just seems like an overall amazing person to hang out with. I think she’d be awesome at keeping conversation lively and fun.
  3. Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk: Again, pretty much for the same reasons as Carol. She’s witty and sharp. I totally love Shulkie humor, which is always nice to have during these type of get-togethers. Also: karaoke.
  4. Spiderman: Who doesn’t love a bad Spidey quip from time to time? I really enjoyed the interactions Spidey had with Carol in some of the Captain Marvel and Avengers comics. He just seems like a fun guy to have around over the holidays.
  5. Molly Weasley: The Wesleys overall seem like the best family to hang out with over the holidays. They’re super warm, inviting, and friendly. Plus, Molly throws together a mean holiday meal. Throw in some magical clean up and she seems like the perfect Thanksgiving guest!

Bonus: The Flash. Who doesn’t forget something vital from the store on Thanksgiving? The Flash would be fantastic for super speedy trips to the grocery store.

No matter what you do next week, have a safe and happy holiday (or break of you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving).

Who would you invite to a Thanksgiving feast?