Cosplay Tutorial: How to Sew Mitred Corners
Last month on my Facebook I made a post about mitred corners and had a few people ask about them, so I made a video tutorial! This is also the debut of my new youtube channel where I am planning on having lots of videos related to cosplay and sewing. Hope you enjoy!
urhotmess asked: How do you make the flowers for the flower crown? like specifically what material is it? Its super cool and I want to make one I just don't know what I need.
Hmm, I just reblogged it from another site, but I think I can help you in terms of what to buy and how to do it. If you click the link, it’ll take you to the complete photo post that shows you what you need. In any event, here’s the list:
- Nail polish
- Floral wire, a thin bendable wire is ideal. 26 Gauge is fine.
- Floral Tape
- Wire cutters/scissors
- a pencil or cylindrical object to wrap the petals around
- Ribbon (optional)
- First, you’re gonna need to make the crown. You can do this by using the wire you already have or you can use an old headband or anything that you like that resembles a headpiece. Thicker wire is also fine for this step. As you can see, OP twisted two pieces of wire together and left loops at the end (to attach the ribbon). Then they covered it in brown floral tape.
- The second step is to make the flowers. Using your pencil/cylindrical object, twist the wire around it to create a ‘petal’. Repeat this until you have at least a couple of petals. 3-6 is usually fine, it’s really your call.
- SLIGHTLY bend the petals back to create a natural looking petal.
- After you are satisfied with the shape of your petals, cut out your flower, leaving some wire left to attach it to your crown.
- Repeat the first few steps and make the rest of your flowers.
- Take one of your flowers and CAREFULLY apply nail polish to it, one petal at a time. Think of it like making bubbles. It may be easier to pour the nail polish in a flat plate and dip it, or dip the entire flower into the polish.Repeat this for all your remaining flowers.
- Twist the two ends of your flowers together to form a ‘stem’.
- Wrap the stems with floral tape, preferably with the same color you used in the base of the crown.Repeat this for all your remaining flowers.
- The third step will be attaching the flowers to your crown. You can do this a few ways. One way is to wrap the stems around the crown. Another way is to just wrap the stems with floral tape as you go along, like the OP did.Do this until all your flowers have been attached to your crown.
- At this point, you can tie the ribbons to the loops like OP did, or decorate it any other way you like. :)
Enjoy your new floral crown!
- You can purchase most of the items in Walmart, Michael’s or any craft or flower store. You can also order it online. :)
- REMEMBER, this tutorial is just a guide. If you don’t want to use brown floral tape or if you prefer using the green floral wire, don’t be afraid to change it up. You can use any color or material your heart desires.
This is the link to the DIY Floral Crown post.
Sorry for replying late. I hope this helps you with making your own crown. :)
holy shit this nail polish thing is so clever! 8O
This would be an amazing way to use up old nail polish…
So you wanna wear a cape?
(God, this new uploading system is balls. It took me forever to arrange them in the right order, because according to Tumblr, despite the pictures being both numbered and uploaded in order, they should just go where-ever they please.)
In this tutorial you’ll be learning to make a basic single-layer cape that attaches from the collarbones. It is patterned as a circle so that it drapes and flows, giving it a lot of body and “flow” when you walk. It has a hand-rolled hem on all sides to give it a clean, finished look without any raw edges.
It works for characters with “trimless” single-coloured capes, such as Superman, Mon-El, or Thor. I will be doing tutorials for trimmed capes or double-layered capes (or capes that have different coloured layers) at a later date, as well as a proper tutorial on collared capes.
What you will need:
- Basic sewing equipment (pins, tape measure, scissors, sewing machine)
- Sufficient fabric; a half-circle cape will take roughly 120”x60”, but ideally you just need a rectangle that is double in length as it is in width. You also want this fabric to be light-medium weight and made of polyester so that it is easier to care for and IRONS WELL. A tiny bit of stretch is alright, but be aware that the more stretch there is, the more your cape will desire to be as close to the ground as possible… and who likes a droopy, sad cape?
- An iron and ironing board.
To make things easier, you may also want:
- A flexible ruler makes life easier to do the curve of the neckline.
- A friend to help play “compass” with you.
- If you have the physical constitution of wet paper towel (as I do), you may want to pop an Advil, because you’re going to hemming for fucking hours.
Ready? Here we go.
Spread your fabric out on the nice, clean floor. Fold it in half down the middle so that you have a square. Then fold it diagonally, so that you have a “slice”; the third and fourth pictures demonstrate this, but you basically want to have something that will open up to be one piece. This is going to save you a lot of time pinning the bottom curve of your cape.
Once you have your fabric laid out nicely and the edges lined up beautifully, take your measuring tape and decide how long you need this cape to be. Josh here is 5’7” or so, and we cut the cape to 57.5”, this way the finished cape will land just around his ankles from the back of his neck.
Remember compasses? Not the kind you use to save your lost ass from the wilderness and find “North”, the kind you used in sixth grade math class like twice and thought was really cool but had no practical use for. Well, now you get to do something Similar. Line up your measuring tape with that top “point” of your fabric, so it sits nicely in the middle. Have your friend put their finger on it, with enough pressure to keep it from sliding but still leave it room to “swing”. You’re going to use this to draw a large curve across the fabric, using whatever length suits you — if you want to cut a 58” long cape, then use the 58” mark on the measuring tape to pin across. You can see us doing this in picture six.
Finish pinning the whole way across and then cut just below the pins. When you open it up, you have a big ass cape! (Picture seven.) But it doesn’t have a neck curve yet, and you’ll want to add that so it hangs around your neck nicely. Fold it up again in half (don’t worry about the pizza slice this time) and measure your neck to see how wide you want this neckline to be. We picked 20”, which means we needed to cut an arc that spanned 10”. Now, I’m impatient with math, so I just bent my flexible ruler into a curve and used my measuring tape to make sure it was equal distance away from the corner, but if you’re better at math than I am, you can figure out how many inches you need to “swing” just like you did to cut the bottom of the cape. (A 10” half-circle needs about a 6” swing, for the record.) When you’re done that, cut.
And now you have a cape!
But it’s not finished yet.
If you’re fancy, you may have something called a “rolled hem foot” that lets you do stuff like this easily, but a) I find those things more trouble than they’re worth and b) what am I, a wizard? I’m not fucking around with a foot when I can do it manually. You might be a wizard, though, so if you want to explore this magical sewing foot, you can read someone else’s tutorial here.
But if you’re cool and want to stick with me and learn how to do it manually, that’s cool, too.
Now, if you just folded over the edges once and sewed it down and called it a day, your cape might still be okay. But you don’t want fraying –– that stuff is ugly, and you’ll appreciate the extra work of doing a rolled hem, which is just a fancy way to say “fold that shit over twice.”
Picture 9 shows this pretty clearly, I think –– fold over the edge you want to hem once, iron it, and then fold it over again, so that the ugly raw edge is trapped inside. Pin it all. You’re going to want to pin it very evenly and close together, and TAKE YOUR TIME. If you rush it, you’re going to end up with an ugly, uneven hem, and it’ll bubble up in weird places because you’re hemming a big curve, here. This can be very tedious and take a long time, especially if your cape is huge. (This is why it is usually faster to just make a double-layered cape. UGH, HEMMING.) But the results are worth it; a single-layered cape with beautiful hems is gorgeous and usually less bulky than a double-layered one, so they fly better.
Once you have everything pinned (taking care to pin down the corners neatly, too) you can sew it all. Take your time and make sure the fabric is tight/flat when you sew over it, lest you end up with weird bubbles and misplaced hems. Stay close to the edge of the hem, so that you don’t end up with overhang.
Speed will only sabotage you.
Once you’re done sewing it all down, take out any remaining pins and give the whole thing a good ironing. This should smooth out any remaining warps in your fabric, as you’re using a polyester and they can be warped back into line a little with some heat.
And then enjoy your cape. You earned it.
Go race some airplanes.
Because we love you, you get a second tutorial today. Spiking 101!
I really wanted to do a video version of my DIY circle skirt tutorial, so here it is!When I can’t be bothered to add a zip to a circle skirt - it can add up to an hour to a project - I use this no-zip method with some stretchy fabric instead.Stretchy fabrics include lycra, jersey knits and spandex if you’re on the lookout for some in a fabric store.I will also upload a version on non-stretchy materials and adding zips soon.
Sakizou Terra Branford cape - in total there were between 185-195 flowers on my cape; the flowers were 4 different sizes, made out of 5 different colors of organza, and had 2,000+ beads hand sewn onto them.
My Terra cape got a lot of compliments at Anime Boston and online, so I figured I’d post a sort-of tutorial about how I made all of the flowers. I’ve never written up a tutorial before, so I apologize if anything is unclear or repetitive. I hope this is helpful and good luck!
Organza flower tutorial:
Step 1: Make your patterns! I measured out circles of 2”, 3”, 4”, and 5” diameters and then I free handed the basic flower shape that I wanted onto card stock. You want to make your pattern piece on a sturdy material because you’ll be tracing it A LOT.
Step 2: Trace all your flowers onto your organza and cut them out. Each of my flowers had 3 layers of color and 1 top layer of white or ivory, so you need to trace/cut at least 3x as many flowers as you want in the end.
Step 3 & 4: After you’ve cut out your flowers, you can sort them into piles with however many layers you have chosen to use.
Step 5: I used a candle flame to burn the edges of my organza. You have to seal the edges with heat otherwise the fabric will fray. You can use heat to seal the edges of most synthetic fabrics.
Step 6: You’ll have to do each layer of the flower individually.
Step 7: I chose to start with the points between each petal to keep the basic shape of the flower intact. It WILL take some trial and error to figure out how close to the flame you can get without burning your organza TOO much. This distance can vary based on the type of candle you’re using (due to the size of the wick), so I’d recommend using the same candle for the whole process and practicing with some extra fabric before starting in on your flowers.
Step 8: After the middle points are done, burn the edges of the petals.
Step 9: For the very top layers of the flowers, I used the flame to gather the center of the layer to help it curve in and create a space to bead.
Step 10 & 11: Repeat steps 6-8 for all the other layers of the flower.
Step 12: Assemble your flower once all the layers have been burned. I used straight pins to hold each of my flowers together once I was done burning them.
Step 13: This process takes a while, especially if you’re making a lot of different colors and sizes.
Step 14: Secure all the layers together by sewing a bead into the center of each flower. I used glass pearls that I had left over from another costume, but you could use pretty much any kind of bead.
Step 15: I chose to use different colors and amounts of beads to help me differentiate between the sizes of my flowers.
Step 16: Have a place to store all your flowers once they’re complete (I used a medium sized cardboard box). I ended up using a strong glue to attach my flowers to my cape, but you could also hand sew them to your garment.
Here it is, as I promised!
So, my first tutorial I actually put some time into doing.
I would be ever so happy if people would tell me what they like/don’t like about it so I know in the future how to adjust it. If there is anything you wish to know about it, just ask.
I know the Pictures look kinda… bad, but I did what I could with what I had and I, atleast, loved the outcome. I have a new pair of “frillies” and I love them and I tried my best to do this tutorial as simple to follow as possible.
When making this, I used a fabric with cotton/linen mix.
Thats why it gets so wrinkly so fast, but its still a good fabric for undergarment since it breath and is very soft. This tutorial is a basic, so you can decorate your bloomers as much as you wish and in any way you wish.
When following this tutorial, I used the pattern for mens torusers to make the bloomers a bit more casual. I also made the waistline lower, since I don’t really like when things are to tight around my waist. I guess I’m sensetive.
Good luck with your sewing and don’t forget to comment and “follow”. :D
HOLY CRAP I WAS ACTUALLY WANTING TO MAKE SOME BUT HAD NO CLUE HOW THANK YOU
A tutorial I did of making Hetalia curls! Hope it helps anyone trying to make them! <3
Prenote: I just made this today, I am sure there are other methods to the madness of making these, this was simply my cheap way since I already had all this available to me at my house.
What you need:
- Krazy Glue - or some other quick working kind
- Sewing Machine (or…