The Convention That Never Was

Once upon a time, there was this Doctor Who convention set at the end of August, in the UK. My husband and I were so looking forward to it. I spent countless hours working on our cosplays for the event. To the point of getting myself a pretty nasty RSI in my left wrist due to all that knitting and sewing in a short amount of time.

But it never happened.

To make a very long story short, it folded and got cancelled less than 24 hours before the start. We were already in the UK, on our way to the location, when we heard it was cancelled. I know, these things can happen, but this wasn’t due to unforeseen circumstances. Anyway, let’s say the organizers didn’t act professionally. And we were probably too gullible in believing they would pull it off.

But hey, this is a sewing blog, not a ranting blog, so let me show you what I worked on!

The hubby – Fourth Doctor


My inspiration was Tom Baker’s costume in the episode The Masque of Mandragora.

This was the most time-consuming cosplay I’ve ever worked on, just because of the scarf. All in all, at an average of 90 minutes of knitting per day, it took me about 6 weeks to complete it. I don’t knit fast. And I hate knitting anyway. But I’m happy I can cross “Knit a Fourth Doctor Scarf” off my bucket list.


The waistcoat was made using Simplicity 2895. Honestly, it’s not my favorite waistcoat pattern. I just couldn’t get the welted pockets to work — I really don’t know why, I’ve made plenty of welted pockets before. So the pockets on his waistcoat are fake ones. I find this very embarrassing, but after cutting the front twice (matching the plaid as best I could) I was running out of fabric and patience.

The trousers are Laughing Moon Mercantile #119. As with all LM patterns I’ve made so far, the detailing is exquisite but enormously time-consuming. But the final result is a pair of trousers that fit really well (I used the “portly fit”) and definitely look the part.


The frock coat was the double-breasted coat of Laughing Moon Mercantile #109, which I used before for my Eighth Doctor cosplay. This new version was even more time-consuming, as pressing the velveteen required a lot of patience. The fusible interfacing just wouldn’t stick properly. But I did manage to press the fabric without damaging it (ha!) using a press cloth, and even though the sleeves aren’t set in properly (doh!) I’m still pleased with the result. And my husband is happy, so who am I to complain?

Me – A steampunk female twist on the TV movie Eighth Doctor’s outfit

See, I was supposed to meet Paul McGann again at this convention-that-never-was. And I just didn’t want to meet him wearing the same cosplay as the previous occasion, by fear of being recognized and seen as a stalker 😆 And I just really needed an excuse to make Simplicity 2172. I fell in love with this pattern when it came out last year, but never had any occasions to make it. Until now.


I decided to make the coat and the bustier, and leave out the skirt out of sheer laziness, really. I didn’t want to spend hours pleating! I replaced it with McCall’s 6911. I thought the uneven hem was an interesting design element and I believed it would complement the coat nicely. I used heavyweight duchesse satin in silver grey, and I added green rick-rack around the hem. (Arrrgh, the hem is turned on this picture, I didn’t notice!)


The coat is made with bottle green cotton velveteen, the same type/weight as my husband’s frock coat. Having worked on his coat before, I knew how to handle velveteen when it comes to pressing and sewing, and I’m quite happy with the result. The flounces are made of a cheap polyester woven in off-white.  I didn’t finish the edge with a narrow hem, instead I hemmed using my serger.


The bustier is made with the most expensive fabric of the outfit, luckily I only needed a yard. I bought it off Ebay, a beautiful gold/silver brocade. I finished the outfit with a mini tophat made using McCall’s 6975 (view F), that I decorated using some trim and bow I had on hand. It’s holding on my head thanks to 2 hair clips I tacked under the rim.

We still had the occasion to wear our outfits that weekend, despite the convention cancellation, as it coincided with the airing of the first episode of the new series and the new Doctor! We had tickets to see the episode at the cinema the Saturday evening, and we had a blast chatting with fellow Whovians and cosplayers!


Don’t we make the cutest geeky couple? ❤

All in all, it wasn’t a completely wasted weekend, but the aftertaste of the last-minute cancellation will last for a while.

And this was the story of The Convention That Never Was…

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I just wanted to dress up as a fairy

In all honesty, dear readers, I must give you a fair warning: it’s very likely this blog will take a turn towards cosplay and creative sewing for the time being, rather than regular garment sewing. I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But I hope you’ll still come by and visit from time to time!

That being said, let me tell you about the time I really just wanted to dress up as a fairy. There was this folk music festival happening nearby, and I knew from friends who attended in the past that people were dressing up Renaissance Faire style (with loads of gothic and steampunk costumes too). The setting is the grounds and the gardens of a beautiful castle. And I really wanted to go, just to wear a costume! The thing was, I didn’t have an appropriate costume — yet. I have a huge list of future costumes I want to make the coming months, but I’m still gathering the materials.

Cue Simplicity 1550, which I bought on a whim earlier this summer. I had a look at my fabric stash, found some fabric I could use, bought some metal wire at the hardware store for the wings, and I was ready to start! I was going to be a fairy!

I made view A, with the long skirt, but I used the corset of View B, with the front lacing.

I like how quick this pattern was to put together. A weekend of sewing, and that was it. It’s a whimsical fairy design, I like the pointy hem and edges. Using lightweight fabric, you get a nice effect when it’s windy!

I hated my fabric choice, however. I hate sewing chiffon, my serger was throwing a fit at me so I left the edges unhemmed (as recommended by the pattern instructions – either unhemmed, or finished with a serger). I used this chiffon because I ordered it for another project (where it would have been more suitable), but it was just not the color I wanted. I was stuck with this fabric in my stash and figured I might as well use it for something!

My only design change is regarding the wings. The pattern asks you to make 3 pairs of wings, and to mount them on a set of purchased wings. I didn’t want to spend money on a pair of wings in order to add 3 other pairs of wings to it (WHY?), so I constructed a wire frame that would be inserted inside my costume to hold it in place. Basically, the back band of my bra is the device that held it all in place 😉 The wings were very light and they stayed put the whole time, without moving or coming out of my costume. And I thought 2 pairs of wings were enough.

Oh the things you can do with duct tape!

And a tip regarding the wings: before inserting the metal wire to shape the wings, I wrapped the ends with a bit of tape to make it less sharp and less likely to pierce the organza.

For the flower crown, I first made a circle out of metal wire, and I wrapped ivy around it. I glued flowers at random. My wand is a curtain rod (!), I wrapped a ribbon around it, and glued ivy/flowers at the end.


I was definitely standing out of the crowd with my light blue costume, compared to the more humble peasant-like costumes, or the darker gothic or steampunk outfits I saw. I haven’t been cosplaying for a long time, but I can say this costume is my most ‘popular’, with several photo requests from strangers. Always a nice boost for my ego! But what made my day is a little girl looking at me with large eyes and saying “Ohhhhh!! Nice costume!!!”

You can see more pictures on my FB page Couturlututu, and my full pattern review can be found here.

I’m currently busy with 3 other cosplays, they are advancing quite smoothly. My deadline is in less than 3 weeks now, and I’m confident I’ll finish everything on time! (*knock on wood…*)

The Eighth Doctor meets the Eighth Doctor

It’s a long overdue post! And even though it’s pure geekiness, it is sewing-related.

A few weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to meet Paul McGann, who plays the Eighth Doctor, my inspiration for my first ever cosplay. (I detailed how I made my costume in this post, this post, and this post.) The location was the London Film & Comic Con, my first ever comic con of epic proportions… but that’s beyond the scope of this blog!

I put my costume on in the morning before entering the venue, dreading how warm it could become. And oh boy, did my fears become reality! By noon, I was literally sitting in a puddle of sweat. Literally. I too my frock coat off and sat on the floor to take a small break and eat a sandwich, and when I got up a half hour later, my trousers were wet. At first, I thought I sat on a wet floor but nope. That was me sweating. So you can imagine how wet my shirt was… Thank goodness I had a long & covering frock-coat to hide it all!

Finally, my moment came: my photo shoot with Paul! My fangirl heart was racing, and I think I was sweating some more from being so nervous. It was a very quick encounter, but hearing him say “Look at you, you’re me!” made it all worth it. All of it. The sweat up in my attic. The tears when I thought I’d never finish this costume. The blood from all that hand sewing.


Ahhhhh… I’ll never forget the shoulder squeeze and the pat on the back!

My next meeting with Paul McGann is now in less than a month, for another convention in the UK. I will probably bring my outfit, but I’d love to have another cosplay for the day when I’m supposed to have the photo shoot and the meet & greet. Unfortunately, there is just not enough time to work on my Fem!Eight cosplay (I have to finish my husband’s Fourth Doctor cosplay!), so it’ll have to be something quick. So I picked Clara and her look from ‘Asylum of the Daleks’. Not related to the Eighth Doctor whatsoever, but I thought it could be fun. To be continued 🙂

Time for some “me sewing”

I’m still working on my gazillions of cosplay projects. But with the London Film & Comic Con date approaching faster and faster, where I wanted to wear some of my projects, I started to get overwhelmed by the sheer size of them. And I kinda panicked. I started to drag my feet, procrastinated a lot, fell behind on my schedule… On the other hand, I also admitted to myself that my projects were really ‘winter costumes’, with several layers, and they didn’t seem ideal for a crowded and busy summer comic con. So I put them aside, and then fell off the sewing wagon altogether. Not good.

To kick-start my sewing mojo again, I chased instant gratification projects. The kind you can whip up in an afternoon. My first victim was Simplicity 1365, with their cute vintage 70’s style halter tops.

I made View A, but without the lace trim. The print on my fabric was busy enough, I thought it didn’t need the extra fluff of a trim. I puzzled a lot to make the pieces as symmetrical as possible, and I think I did a fairly good job!

I love the 70’s vibe. Love the peplum. Love the sexy open back. I’m sincerely in love with this top. If only it would look good on me… *sigh* As you know, I’ve lost a lot of weight, I went from a J cup to a DD… I’ll leave it to your imagination, but I really can’t go walk around without a bra. And this top is cut very low (it ties at the small of my back, not the middle) so that leaves me without the possibility of wearing a bra. I can still wear it, mind you, but it makes me very self-conscious!

I cut a size smaller than my usual size (I cut a 14) because I read there was some side gaping. I tissue-fitted and it looked fine, but of course I did the fitting with a bra, and the bra-less thing is changing everything about the fit, duh! I discovered the gaping situation very late in the game, basically when my top was 95% complete. How to solve it? Well, I pinched the excess, and made a dart, top stitching it on the outside. The print is so busy, you barely notice it. However, now my top fits perfectly!

My next project was a simple t-shirt dress in a very bold print with flowers & butterflies. I dug deep in my dash for this one, and used Hot Patterns HP102, which is now out-of-print (and has been for a while now).

I like it’s simplicity. Straight lines, easy elasticized waist. My dislike, as others commented online: facings. Ugh. I used them anyway, but I should have known better. It just wouldn’t stay inside, despite understitching and even tacking it at the shoulder seams. While I was hemming my sleeves and skirt with my twin needles, I ran a stitch around the neckline to keep the facing from rolling to the outside, once and for all. I should have just used fold-over elastic or my own neckline binding instead of the facing — I’ll know for next time. If there’s a next time.

I did my utmost best to match the stripes at the side seams, but it was impossible to match the print itself (I didn’t have enough fabric for that). And the sleeves were even more trickier because I didn’t have much fabric left. I tried to match the stripes when setting the sleeves in, but meh. It didn’t quite work. Oh well. It looks much worse in RTW sometimes, so I’m not going to beat myself up for it.

I used the classic round neckline with the A-line skirt, but left the ruffle out. The dress is maybe a tad shorter than I would have liked, but I’m wearing it with the elasticized waist sitting low, almost at the hip line, and I can get away with it. I know some commented that the bodice is really long: it is indeed long, but since I’m wearing it low, it’s actually the perfect length for me.

And finally, another old pattern from stash, now out-of-print, Simplicity 2956.

I made the halter bodice with the bubble skirt. This is an easy dress, the notches were matching, and it came together fairly quickly. I just completely missed the step about creating a casing in the seam allowance when joining the bodice to the skirt and I was wondering why the dress was so wide when I tried it on. However, it was too late to create a casing, since I had trimmed the seam allowance with my serger. I ended up stitching an elastic under the tiny seam allowance I had left using a zig zag stitch, and it seemed to work. The inside of the dress lost it’s neatness, but no one will see it anyway!

It’s a cute design, I was skeptical about the braided tie, but it works well. It’s very comfortable to wear, great for the summer. My fabric is a poly/rayon/lycra knit with a gold flowery print. I didn’t have a lot of that fabric, so the bodice facing and underskirt are made of a plain poly/rayon/lycra knit in black.

I have an office summer party coming up soon, I thought the gold print matched the occasion 😉

I have several other quick projects all cut and ready to sew, this should keep me busy the coming weekends! Until I pick up my cosplay projects again 🙂

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Eighth Doctor costume – Part III

The frock coat was by far the most challenging piece of my costume. Not only because of all time I spent on it, but also because it was my first piece of menswear and it required quite a bit of tailoring.

Prior to this project, I didn’t even know what a sleeve head was. And I had no idea what chest padding was, and why it was needed. As I said in my previous post, I ultimately left out the actual padding (with batting) from the waistcoat, but for the frock coat, I used a layer of cotton flannel. If you’re interested in learning more about chest padding in Victorian tailoring, check out this great blog, aptly named Victorian Tailoring. Very useful! And regarding the sleeve head, I drafted my own using this tutorial. Pretty easy. I also used cotton flannel for my sleeve heads.

I used Laughing Moon 109 again for my frock coat, using the double-breasted version, and I cut a size 36. The 5 inches of ease were plenty enough around the chest area, and the waist/hips fit nicely as well. However, once I was done cutting my fabric, I realized I didn’t do any length adjustments at all. Ugh! Too late now! I figured I could cut the excess length at the hem (I effectively chopped off 3 inches) but I was more worried about the placement of the waist seam. I do have a long-ish torso for my height, but I’m still just 5’2″, much shorter than the average man! On the final coat, you can see the waist seam sits lower than where it should have been sitting, i.e. it’s sitting almost at my hip line instead of a couple of inches higher, at my natural waist line. Also, the sleeves are much too long — I didn’t adjust these either. Lesson learned for next time: don’t forget to make length adjustments!


This frock coat was very time-consuming, due to all the little details. The tail, the double-breasted front, the sleeve cuffs, the lining, the contrast fabric on the collar, the hidden pocket in the front, the felt undercollar. There was a lot of hand stitching involved, but I like how everything turned out. This coat is definitely among my most satisfying projects.

My fabric is a mystery stretch woven. The color is olive green, not quite the same as the original, but since this costume was a stash-busting project, this is the closest I could find. The original costume (on the left) didn’t have contrasting lining showing on the collar, however if you have a look at the TV movie frock coat (on the right), there is a contrasting fabric, just not a contrasting color.


I’ve always thought Eight’s costume in The Night of the Doctor to be a washed down, disheveled and damaged-by-centuries-of-Time-War version of his TV movie outfit, but I guess it’s not. But I did like the idea and the look of using a contrasting color and fabric, so I went for it anyway. I used a remnant of a beautiful silk lining in light brown, a perfect match for the color scheme of the costume!

I left out the secret pockets in the tail, mostly because I struggled immensely with the tail and I was worried the pockets would weigh it down and make it look even more off. It was supposed to form a placket on the exterior, like on this picture of the Fifth Doctor costume (but without the contrasting bias):


Somehow, mine was way too short to form anything on the outside. It was just a little stump of barely 1cm. I decided to pull it back on the inside and tack it there, but it still doesn’t look quite right (as shown in the gallery below). I did follow the instructions and carefully marked the folding line… Strange. Something to lookout for when I use this pattern again: what did I do wrong? How can I fix this?

Phew! Now you know everything about my costume 🙂

I’m now busy with three different costume projects at the same time, trying to complete every piece before the deadline I set for myself, which is the London Film and Comic Con in July! I’ve been knitting & sewing, learning about hat-making, and playing with vintage patterns. Loads of fun! And I sincerely have to stop myself from adding more projects to my bursting pipeline… SO. MANY. COSTUMES. TO. MAKE. SO. LITTLE. TIME. More on these projects as I complete them!

Eighth Doctor costume – Part II

Here is the second post detailing my Eighth Doctor cosplay project!

The Vest

The original vest seemed to have a shawl collar and single-breasted front closure. My first intention was to use Simplicity 2895‘s view A, but several weeks after ordering the pattern, it still wasn’t in my mailbox and time was running out. I looked for another solution and found Laughing Moon 109, which I ultimately also used for the frock coat. This pattern is absolutely fantastic — from its amazing historical accuracy to the huge amount of reference information about tailoring. I’ve learned a lot using this pattern!

Looking at the original vest, I believe View B of Laughing Moon is a better choice than Simplicity’s View A anyway, with the straight bottom (instead of being pointy).

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Then came the issue of picking a fabric. I really, really wanted to use fabric from my stash, and this wasn’t an easy task: my current stash is a silent witness of my earlier sewing inclinations, which were about making comfy knit dresses or tops to accommodate my larger body at the time. (I have to admit that sadly, my patterns stash bears the resemblance to my fabric stash: it’s full of knit dresses, knit tops, wide and comfy knit clothes… nothing like my current inspirations!) And the few possible candidates were all in the wrong color schemes, like blue hues. One morning, I suddenly remembered some upholstery fabric I bought probably a decade ago, that I knew was stashed in a closet, under a pile of sports equipment. It didn’t have a flowery pattern like the original vest, it wasn’t brocade either (more like a soft velveteen/flocky fabric), but it fitted the color scheme and I’m a sucker for paisley (that’s probably why I bought it in the first place, just because of the paisley design!). Score! My only real concern was the glitters scattered around… Glitters? On a going-to-war outfit? Well, why not? I washed the fabric to see if the glitters would detach – nope, they held on tightly!

Making the vest was relatively easy. Due to the thickness of my fabric, I omitted the extra layer of chest padding (and as a woman, do I need chest padding?) but I still used interfacing to give the vest some body. I struggled a bit with the welt pockets, and realized eventually that I set them in wrongly, but it’s not really noticeable thanks to the busy pattern on the fabric. I liked that the pattern was asking for a back made of lining fabric instead of self fabric, as I was afraid the vest would end up being too stiff — not to mention too warm to wear comfortably.

I made size 36 despite my chest measurements being 37 inches, I thought 3 inches ease (instead of 4 inches) was enough, and I was right. There’s a tiny optional dart at the armhole, and it seemed enough for the vest to fit nicely over my womanly shape. Keep in mind: my dress form’s smallest measurements are actually too big for my current measurements, which explains the wonky fit on the pictures (the back pulls from all directions, for example).

Oh and there’s one accessory I forgot to mention in my previous post: my replica Eighth Doctor TARDIS key!


I got tipped from a follower on Tumblr regarding Mooncrest Models, a shop in the UK specializing in making replica props from Sci-Fi movies and TV shows. Their website seems taken directly from the 90’s, but believe me, they are extremely friendly and responsive. I had some trouble with ordering my key and they sorted it out immediately. And I received my key within 3 days! If you’re making your own Dalek costume or replica, and want to have an authentic sink plunger, take a look at their offering. Their work is top quality and the similarity to the original is amazing.

Up next: the frock coat! Stay tuned! 😉

Eighth Doctor costume – Part I

I promised I would give more details about my costume — here is Part I: the shirt, the pants and the ascot, and a quick look at my accessories.

Here is again my original inspiration:

The shirt

This shirt was a last minute decision. I was planning on entering the cosplay competition of the Antwerp Convention with my costume, and the shirt I was planning to wear, a simple fitted shirt I had in my wardrobe, just didn’t resemble the original shirt enough for my taste. My shirt was white with a round collar, his shirt was more off-white/beige with pointed collar. Not that I was hoping to win the competition anyway, but if I was going to have my costume referenced to the original for judging, I might as well do my best to make it as identical as possible, right?

On Easter Monday, I was off to the only “fabric store” I knew would sell unbleached cotton on this bank holiday – IKEA! I use the shirt from Simplicity 2895. It’s a men’s pattern, I made a size 38, the smallest size. My chest measurements were 37 in, and the shirt is extremely roomy, but for the purpose of this costume, it fit the bill. I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. I’ve avoided making shirts with collars and cuffs for YEARS (well, more like a decade…) because I remembered how difficult it was, but this pattern was quite easy to follow and it gave me my shirt-making groove back! Which is a good thing, because my next cosplay projects also involve making a shirt…

Before you ask about the result of the cosplay competition: no, I didn’t participate after all. The competition was happening at the same time as a panel discussion that I found much more important. It doesn’t mean I will never enter this costume in a competition in the future though — who knows? 😉

The Pants

I didn’t have a fabric in my stash that matched the color of the original outfit, but I still managed to find a suitable fabric that would at least match the color scheme. I used a very simple pattern I had in my stash, Butterick 5391, view E (bootcut leg). I whipped up those pants in a couple of hours, including cutting time. Very fast, very easy. However, I must say the fit is horrendous: the hips are way too wide, and the crotch line is hanging much too low. Only the waistband is sitting properly and fits really nicely. I didn’t make any adjustments to the fit around the hips because I was aiming at loose-fitting trousers anyway. But if I were to use this pattern again, I would probably go down a size or two around the hips, but keep the original size 16 at the waist.

The ascot

I didn’t have any pattern to make the cravat/ascot, but as it’s often the case, the Internet was my friend. I found a blog post with instructions on how to make a Neo- Victorian/Steampunk-style cravat/ascot and decided to give it a go. I used plain navy blue satin with standard fusible interfacing. I followed the instructions of the blogger in general, but I made mine slightly shorter, I though 60 inches was quite long for the size of my neck! On top of that, I didn’t have enough fabric. I actually can’t remember my final measurements, but it was closer to 40 inches. I’m quite pleased with the result, maybe I will leave out the interfacing next time, as it was a bit stiff to be worn in a lesser-than-neat way like the original outfit. You can see the result in the 2nd picture: the bad treatment made it quite wrinkly!

My accessories

I didn’t have the time, nor the materials, nor really the ability to make Edwardian/WWI-style leather leggings (I will one day, though, watch me!), so I went for a pair of lace-up boots that matched the color scheme I was going after, and my budget. On the plus side: they are super comfortable, super funky, and I can’t wait to wear them next winter!

The belt was the recycling of an old belt from when I was 130 pounds heavier. I cut the excess length at the back and stitched the edges back together. No one can see it, and it worked perfectly.

I then found an 8th Doctor sonic screwdriver on Amazon (his sonic screwdriver is not easy to find!), and a pretty fob watch on eBay. It’s all in the details, really…

That’s it for now, folks! In my next post, I’ll take a closer look at the waistcoat! 😀

Adventures in cosplay

I’m approaching 40, but lately I started to let my inner geek show. I’m attending comic cons. I’m buying geeky t-shirts — and lots of them. I’m spending more time on Tumblr more than on Facebook. Mid-life crisis? I have no idea. But who cares, really?

I also have to make a confession: I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who. You could easily say I’m addicted!

I recently crossed a line I never thought I’d cross: I made a costume. And I wore it at a convention. I guess that makes me… a cosplayer.

Of course, my inspiration for this costume was taken from the Doctor Who fandom. I’m particularly fond of the Eighth Doctor, played superbly by Paul McGann. All right, the 1996 TV movie was sub-par to say the least, but McGann himself was brilliant. Even though he never got to play in an actual series of Doctor Who, he continued his work as the Eighth Doctor via the Big Finish audioplays, and he made a surprise appearance in the 50th anniversary minisode ‘The Night of the Doctor’. And it’s thanks to the audioplays and this too short minisode that I really fell in love with his interpretation of the character. So I just had to make myself an Eighth Doctor costume!

I picked his outfit from The Night of the Doctor, with the iconic green frock coat, however more disheveled than in the TV movie, and I was determined to use fabric from stash as much as possible, and to make as many items of the outfit myself as I could. I made the frock coat, the vest, the trousers, the shirt and the cravat — ALL with fabric from stash. Yay for stash-busting projects! I know he wears boots and garters (WWI style), rather than tall lace-up boots, but lack of time and materials to make the garters made me choose for the tall boots shortcut. I will eventually look for leather to make the garters, and I’ll keep my eyes open for brown military-style boots…

Then I added some props: I found a toy sonic screwdriver (8th Doctor version) and a cool fob watch on eBay, and a friend tipped me about a company who makes replicas of the TARDIS key, Mooncrest Models (check them out, they do amazing work on props replicas!). The belt is basically an old belt I had that was now way too big following my weight loss, I cut off the excess at the back and sewed the pieces together. Yay for recycling!

I’ll talk about each sewn costume piece in details in future posts, but for now, here’s a slideshow of my outfit! (Please excuse the wrinkles, I’ve been sitting most of the afternoon attending panels…)

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While making this costume, I learned several new techniques, especially regarding tailoring of menswear. Very interesting experience, to say the least. I’m going to address the coat, the vest, the pants and the shirts in more details in subsequent posts, there’s too much to talk about!

Oh and this is certainly not my last cosplay project. I have at least 3 more already lined-up. When I said a few months back that I was finally enjoying sewing for the sake of creating and making something fun, rather than sewing functional clothes — well, this is certainly true when it comes to costumes!

Oops, I think I did it again…

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Cocktail Outfit Contest

Yep, I’ve entered a new contest 😆 I really don’t need another cocktail outfit, but I just want to have some fun sewing!