Friday, May 31, 2013

Black Jacket, White Trim

Hello! Thought I would post this one up here before diving into the cosplay content.

This is a Christmas present I made for my mum this past year. This jacket is an original design. Very geometric and architectural in design, with a stark contrast between black and white.
I started by patterning a basic block based on my mum's measurements.  This I modified to resemble my design,  the white overlapping front panels would be straight lines, the curves would be in the black side panels.

I first made a mock-up in muslin, which I had to try on my mum blind-folded so that I could ensure it would fit correctly. (While keeping exactly what I was making a secret.) Keeping in mind that this is an over-garment, I had to let in ease for movement so it could be worn over other clothes. (Basic blocks are designed to be form-fitting, and have to be modified accordingly)

After the first fitting and a few modifications I was ready to cut from my good fabric.
The black fabric is a wool fabric, and turns out I am allergic to it! As soon as I began to cut it, it released a lot of fibers into the air which made my nose stuffy and my skin itchy. Whoops. From the black fabric I cut the two front side panels and the two back side panels.

From the white (technically an off-white) fabric I cut the two pieces for the center back stripe, and 4 copies of the overlapping front panel.
The two rectangles for the back stripe were sewn together directly down the center to the point where I wanted the slit to start. This piece would then be ironed open flat.

Each pair for the front panels were sewn right sides together along one edge, then clipped and turned right way out.

I cut the back piece for the collar. This was made of two pieces, sewn along the top edge, right sides together. This was then clipped and flipped right way out as well.
The darts were marked and sewn into the back black panels, then the side seams were sewn together.

Then I sewed the white front panels to the black sides.
The center back white stripe was stitched to the black sides, completing the body of the garment.

The collar was sewn into the back panel on one edge. After ironing the seam flat the second side was ditch stitched in place.

Then I was able to sew the shoulder seams.

At this point I used a school serger to finish inner seams before continuing.
With great difficulty (for I hadn't exactly thought ahead on this one) I had to finish the bottom edge with a white stripe. I ran into some difficulty at the corners, requiring me to sew and clip in some 45 degree angles to make the connection work.

This trim was then ironed over and cross-stitched in place. (Yes, by hand.)
The last part to do was the sleeves. I drafted the sleeve pattern, but interjected a whit stripe down the center, remembering to add in my seam allowances.

These were eased into the armholes, then the edges were finished and hemmed.

And presto! A really nice jacket! >:D
My new update day will most likely be friday. More great content coming this summer so look forward to it! ;D

Sunday, May 26, 2013

May Update

Hey all, it has been a while! I have been madly working for the past month to create more new content for you!

I just attended my first convention of the season this past weekend and I had a blast! This was my 9th year at Anime North, which is one of my favourite conventions of the year. Even though I am not as heavily into anime as I once was, it is an event that I always find enjoyable.

My new costume, Asuna Kagurazaka (from Mahou Sensei Negima) debuted at this con. Asuna was chosen by popular demand, thanks to all my facebook fans for taking the time to vote. It was a huge success! I won an award for "Best Props and Accessories" in the Masquerade at Master Level with my skit "The Impossible Knight". Special thanks to my crew (Alli and Ian), for without you this costume would have never made it to the stage! I only have a faint weird sunburn to show for all my time spent outside... More to follow on that including an in depth look at how I made it. But for now feel free to check out the video!

Congrats to my fellow competitors as well, it truly was a wonderful show! So many great costumes!

I have officially registered to attend Costume Con 32 which will be held in Toronto next April! Very excited, and already thinking of what costumes I want to make for that...

That's all for now!