Costume Workshop Sew-Along

costume workshop sew-along: preparing your pattern

Costume Workshop Sew-Along

 

 

Last week we messed around with hats and ears and whiskers, that sort of thing. This week, we are talking about our basic pattern, and cutting our fabrics. I will be working with faux fur today, and if you are working with it as well you may want to check out my post from a few years back.

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Costume Workshop Sew-Along

costume workshop sew-along: supplies & pattern

Costume Workshop Sew-Along
Ro-Man (aka Robot Monster), 1953

Max From Where The Wild Things Are (Upgrayedd)

babycreeps #1: little dickens

On The Prowl

(post one September 15, 2016: hats with whiskers and ears, here)

(Literally waited until the earliest possible seemly date to start my Halloween sew-talk)

So hey. Hey good peeps. You know what?

I love making costumes so so so so much!

And given I’ve made quite a few for kids and adults all over the globe – from California to the Netherlands to Australia! – I wanted to showcase some of the methods I use to make a costume last, and last, and last. Continue reading

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vado jeans sew-along: waistband, carriers, hems, and finishing

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Today we finish our jeans!

Great Job!
All our work so far: we’ve assembled our supplies, then cut and marked our pattern. We created our front pockets, made a zip-fly, and finished our back pockets and yoke.

Today? We create our waistband, belt carriers, and stitch our curved jean hems!

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vado jeans sew-along: back pockets & yoke

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Welcome to our penultimate post, for the Vado jeans sew-along!

So far we’ve assembled our supplies and cut and marked our pattern. We created our front pockets, then made a kick-arse zip-fly.

Today? We tackle the back pockets and yoke!

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vado jeans sew-along: zipper fly

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Day four –  of our stretch jean sew-along. Only two more posts to go! We’ve assembled our supplies, then cut and marked our pattern. Last entry we created our front pockets.

Today? We bust out our zip-fly! (or, if you want to try something from my archives – a button fly!)
Van Damme

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vado jeans sew-along: front pockets

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Day three of our stretch jean sew-along! We’ve assembled our supplies, then cut and marked our pattern. Today we get to stitching, with our front pockets. You know what’s super-cool about these pockets? They are abso-fricken-lutely gorgeous! They are made with pocket stays (you will not want to make a trouser without them, after today!), hand-set rivets, and a french-seamed finish!
BMO

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vado jeans sew-along: pattern & materials prep; cutting & marking

 

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Having gathered our supplies, today we are earnestly getting started on our stretch jeans sew-along! Want to join us? Email me and I’ll set you up!

Before we start, I can tell you a little about my sew-alongs. They are relatively detailed, and talk quite a bit about construction theory and tailoring values. They aren’t especially “cookie-cutter” sew-alongs and you may find the posts a bit longer than typical offerings. That said, I have had many satisfied “customers” (I don’t charge for these, or use ads or affiliate links) tell me they learned so much from these posts. Comments like this keep me motivated to be as detailed as possible!

Let’s get started!

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Super-important-please-read-this-before-proceeding!!

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vado jeans sew-along: supplies & pattern

Can you believe it? We’re up for another sew-along in just a couple weeks! (Reminder: all my sew-alongs are cataloged here!)

Because – there really are a heck of a lot of reasons for you to make your own jeans!

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Want to join us? Sign up to join (after you enter your email address, simply read on)! You will receive six emails in all. Easy-peasy:

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For this super-awesome sew-along, we are going to do something scary – design our own custom jeans! The sew-along launches on August 15th, for my mom’s 67th birthday (mom jeans! wooooo! and always on trend!)

And let me tell you a little secret. When people compliment your jeans, and you say, “Thanks! I made them!” – nothing will be so fabulous.

Magic & Mystery

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Jalie-Kini Sew-Along

jalie-kini sew-along: swim shorts

Jalie-Kini Sew-Along

Today in our final installment of the jalie-kini sew-along we’re making up Jalie 3351 – a swimshorts pattern! These shorts feature two side pockets, a fitted waistband, and built-in briefs. I predict you’ll adore them once you try them out!

So let’s go!

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Jalie-Kini Sew-Along

jalie-kini sew-along: the bikini

Jalie-Kini Sew-Along

Today’s the day! We make up the entitreity of our bikini – which goes a heck of a lot faster than you might think.

We’ve assembled our supplies. We’ve cut and marked our fabrics. Let’s get our swim on!
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