Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rikku FFX Cosplay + Orange Glove tutorial.

Finally I am done with this costume that has seriously taken me way to long to finish.
I did much more back tracking than anticipated, and certain pieces didn't turn out like I had originally planned. I felt inadequate thought the process of making this, but in the end I am very pleased with the outcome.

I struggled the most with the "bootcovers" which I ended up making more like leggings to be worn over some brown shoes, and the bulk brown glove. I tried several times and failed so I resorted to what I know what works for gloves, stretch fabrics.
This is also the first time I add a zipper to shorts/pants. And the Zipper is hidden! That took me forever to figure out, I'm quite proud of it.

I did alot of researching to see if I could find some good references or inspiration to make the orange glove piece from other cosplayers and found that most people who cosplay this version of Rikku skip the orange glove thing all together.
After some brainstorming and trial progress, I got something I think works pretty good and is actually quite easy to make.

I took alot of pictures and so here is a step-by-step "how to" Easy Orange Glove for Rikku. (My version)

You'll need:
*orange fabric
*quilters batting
*Elastic
*studs

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You can start by cutting two rectangles. Take the measurement of your wrist and your upper arm. Subtract a couple of inches or however wide you want to leave the opening to show your arm. Then slim down the rectangles according to your measurements. So it should be smaller towards the wrist and wider towards the top.

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Use the Rectangles you have as patterns to cut out some batting.

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Sew the batting to the fabric.

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Sew straight lines about 1in apart for texture.

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Before sewing front to back.
Cut out Elastic.

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You can get the measurements or just gauge them on your arm like I did. The elastic should be longer the higher up the arm you go.

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Take the elastic and add it in as you sew the two pieces together.
I added an elastic about every 2in.
You can guage this by the 1in straight lines you sewed in.

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Now sew the other side

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You will end up having a fold in your fabric like this while sewing the seam and elastic on the other side.

Turn it inside out, hem the ends closed by folding them in and top-stiching, and then.
Tada!
Orange part of the glove thing.

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Now decorate with studs.

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I made this glove it's in three parts, the orange arm sleeve, a brown wrist glove and the blades.


Well I hope that helps, or gives some idea as to how one can make the orange part of the glove for those future Rikku Cosplayers.

Here's some photos of the complete outfit.

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Thanks for reading!

-Catz

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mod Jumper Sewing Tips + SD Pattern*

This is my jumper suit enlarged for an SD16 scale doll.
IF your looking for a smaller ready to print pattern you can find one here (1/6scale size).

This pattern is not my own, but a vintage simplicity pattern from my collection. I'm not claiming it as my own but if you do use this pattern please link back to my blog. I'd really appreciate it and I'd love to see your projects. I'd like to see how the pattern works out for someone who actually has a doll to try it on, as I won't be getting mine till next year. Plus showing appreciation is incentive for me to upload more patterns! **

You can get a copy of the pattern here, if you download each picture it should be ready to print out with seam allowance for a SD16Scale doll. (Or you can resize it using paint. I can't tell you what percentage though as I just played around with it till bust measurements fit near what I was looking for.) The pattern does call for darts on the front piece which I did not draw in, however if you look closely at the front pattern piece you should be able to notice that the line is not straight on the center front seam, the part where it cuts off is where the dart should go in.

I took some pictures to show some sewing how-to. I'm not the greatest at explaining things but I hope it helps for those who need some kind of sewing direction.

**Sorry for the poor picks, I took them quickly with my phone and they didn't come out to great. My Camera is on the Fritz Right now so It's sucky. T_T

Start by cutting your peices, XD easiest step ever!


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I cut the pockets out of felt as it's easier to sew, I have tons of felt and wanted to put a bit to use and I liked them being a different color since I noticed in my smaller jumpers the pockets just kinda disappeared with the print. I wanted them to really pop, and now.. they do. XD
I'm thinking of making her a lil felt hat to match, but that's for another blog. Moving on.

I started with the back pieces and sewed down the center back about half way up, leaving the rest to add closure. (I use velcro as that's all I know how to use right now with doll clothes)

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Then I added the back facings.

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I never thought I'd be adding facings to doll clothes, but it really makes a difference. ^_^

Then I took the front pieces and sewed down the center seam. Don't forget to clip the curves. That also helps! ^^
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Then I added the front facing. Again it helps to clip your curves.
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I did a total guess work on the darts, and just sewed them in.
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They were more inward instead of upward towards the bustline, I might fix it if it looks relaly off when I get my doll. Best thing to do is take the time to draw out a test dart on your piece (use chalk) and then drape it on your doll pinching the dart mark to see how it fits. You should be able to get a good placement line. Or you can drape it on the doll and then draw the dart.
Here's a close up of my dart, too inward, needs to be angled up more.
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After I've preped the front piece I add the pockets.
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Take your front and back pieces and sew them together, you will notice that the front piece is slightly larger than the back piece.
This is ok. Match up sides one at a time, don't sew it up and cut off what you think is "extra" on the front piece. If you do then it won't fit your doll.
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After sewing it together I hem the legs.

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After you hem the legs you can sew up the crotch.
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Then turn your peice, add velcro, straps and buttons and your all done!

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Here's Diego (my SD poor sculpt dressform)
He doesn't seem to pull anything off well. But I love this jumper.

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Thanks for reading!

-Catz

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sewing for a souldoll I don't have.... yet.

Since I've been more active with the doll hobby and my obsession of MH I got to thinking I really want to get a ABJD. I started looking around in Aug and I've really come to fall in love with souldolls. I just love their looks. I want my first BJD to be a female SD and I've come to the mindset that I will be getting Souldoll Chantal sometime in the spring (hopefully) - that's if I got enough commission/Etsy work in by then to afford her.

I've been so eager to make her some doll clothes! I just wish I had her now. I've got a name for her as well, She'll be named Selina Kyle after my favorite Feline and second choice name for my daughter. It wasn't quite right for my daughter, but it's purfect for my first BJD. I'm also starting to write her a personality journal. I'm soooo excited for this doll you have no idea. ^_~

I'm not sure how good I am at making doll clothes just going by her measurements, so I decided to try to sculpt myself a dressform out of some air dry clay I've had sitting in the craft closet for a while.
Trying to make it from scratch didn't work out too well. So I go the idea to use a fibre craftdoll body as a base. After a few min I had what I now call "Diego" My SD wanabe BJD dressform.

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LOL

While it was drying it expanded about half a CM, but the measurements are pretty close so I think that I have a good model idea. NOt sure about torso length though.
I am looking for someone to trade me a female SD duck-tape dressform in exchange for some outfits made by me using the form, but I've had no one interested so far.

I decided to give it a try and use the form to help me re-purpose one of my favorite dresses that my daughter no longer fits into.
I didn't use a pattern, I just kinda cut and sew and it turned out nothing like I had in mind.
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Looks more like a nighty.
I dont know maybe it'll actually look cute on Selina herself. lol
Diego doesn't really pull it off. lololol
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I also took one of Gwendolyn's onesies and made a scrunched tanktop, I think it's super cute. and it was super simple.
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Again Diego doesn't pull it off and he looks wayy too busty.
I guess that's cuz he is. lol

Now I'm working on a MOD Jumper from an actual pattern I rezied using the doll's measurements.
Hope it comes out prettty cute! XD


Thanks for reading-
Catz

MOD Jumper *Pattern

Hello everyone!

I've been playing around with re-sizing human patterns for dolls, now that my hubby got the Scanner to work, I scanned one of my favorite vintage patterns and decided to play around with it to make Astrid some cute jumper shorts.
I referred to this amazing tutorial to get an idea, but I didn't follow it step by step.
My scanner scanned the picture really big so instead of enlarging like the tutorial calls for I had to shrink it. I can't tell you exactly the percentage though because I just played around with it till the measurements were close enough to what I needed. (I used paint to resize since I still don't have the hang of photoshop)

I'm going to share this pattern with you, in case you want to try.
It's not my pattern it's a simplicity 1960's/70's pattern from my collection, I'm not claiming it as my own, but I do ask for a link back if you use this pattern.

It's sized already for a liv doll body. You should be able to just print it out and use, but you do have to add a seam allowance, especially if you are machine stitching. I found that if you don't, it actually works quite well for a MH doll.

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** I am much to lazy right now to add sewing instructions, but I plan on making a few more Jumpers and I'll do a photo tutorial on how to sew it later on.

My lil Astrid is a Blythe Clone with a liv body right now and I wanted to make her an outfit, I thought this jumper would be purfect.
However first time around, I didn't add a seam allowance and it didn't quite fit her.
Looks pretty good from the front...
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But oh no~ Whats this? It won't close up.
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Astrid starts to pout, especially when Ghoulia comes over and snags it.
"Well it fits me pretty good and it's kinda my style with this corduroy print."

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Well I do have to agree it fits Ghoulia well!
It's a bit loose but I think that's actually really cute on her. Who wants a tight jumper anyway?
XD

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She loves it!

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Ghoulia Teen pop star~!? XD

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Poor Astrid all Nakie-like throwing a fit and not wanting me to try to make the jumper again with the same fabrics, I pulled out this onsie my daughter has outgrown and decided to make it out of that.
Turned out super wonderful!

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Are you happy now Astrid?

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"Delighted" she says. XD

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I only gave her one pocket though since it was getting really late at night and I was slowing passing out.
The pockets are tedious to add.


Thank you for reading!

-Catz