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Someone asked me ages ago to make them an octopus plush. They ended up not going for it, but I was kinda interested in the project for myself so I bought the fabric for it a year ago and stashed it (as you do) 

So this weekend I figured, lets give this a try. 

It’s more of a squid than an octopus (my sewing capabilities are not good enough to make spherical things yet) 

The trick here was using really cheap paper because he has to be symmetrical. So I drew out half, folded the paper in half and then traced it to be the same on both sides. 

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anonymous asked:

Heya, so I was wondering how exactly do you finish off the edge of a mouth on a toony suit? I haven't seen a single tutorial or guide explaining it anywhere. Do you sew the fur over the top of a glued lining? Or the other way around? Or get an extra piece of mouth fabric and make a lip? Or sew the two pieces together, slip it on the head and somehow glue it down?

I have only recently mastered this after … gosh, however many years I have been making costumes. It has taken a lot of research and development to get myself to this point. So I appreciate credit, but also sincerely hope y’all have a chance to chip in to my Patreon if you get the chance, it will continue to encourage my innovation and show me you appreciate these sort of replies – in a financially supportive way!

I pattern my fursuit heads to have a liner that is non-balaclava based. That means I build my foam head shapes first, hollow them as much as I can, and then tailor a liner to fit the interior. This liner I sew from quilted broadcloth, and then I use either lycra ironed to interfacing or anti-pill fleece for the mouth lining/eye lining(sometimes I add in lining for ear vent holes and the neck as well). For someone making their own head, you can make a tape pattern of half of the interior, mirror it, and then tailor a liner based off that.

Tip: Save that primary liner pattern, it generally can be revised for each new head for a custom fit. As you make more heads you get a better sense of what needs revised about it. I save almost all my patterns and revise them for use on future masks and it saves me a lot of time so I don’t have to repeat tasks from scratch, and I can learn more from it each time.

When I get to the mouth – the part that was asked about! I carefully tape-pattern the desired mouth shape, it gets cut out with a very small margin since I hand-sew the fur to mouth (I will describe this a little later). Be sure to sew anything that needs sewn directly to the liner, including any other accessories – like teeth & tongue (they can also be marked out on the tape pattern)!

You can (sort of) see even the mouth corners are patterned in, too. Those are the triangular-looking extra pieces coming off the left and the right. This liner & teeth & velcro for the tongue is all machine-sewn up to this point.

The time I install the liner comes before I fur the mask. Its crucial! First I pin it in place as a “dry fit,” sometimes I do another revision step once I see it all together. Once finalized, then I start gluing down all the easy-to-glue loose edges (I use hot glue).

When I need to glue down an interior segment I cannot reach easily: I cut a small slice in the foamwork, fit the glue tip in to reach the liner, glue the liner through the slice and then squirt a bit more glue to close that slice in the foam right back up. When gluing down the mouth leave a margin of unglued area around the edges – those will be sewn.

Tape pattern the rest of your critter for your fur. Measure your pattern, order your fur, and when it arrives cut your pattern and sew it up however you wish. Leave the jaw separate from the face, it will be easier to attach to the liner.

Use a blanket stitch or similar to sew your jaw fur on! Matching thread color to fabric is important, as it may show.

The end result is very clean once turned right side out.You can see on my upper mouth where I left the edge unglued to instead be sewn. The top jaw and mouth corners, too, were sewn in this way.

You can also use this technique to sew the inside liners of ears or other areas that need a smooth edge but may call for separate treatment from the rest of the head. 

Happy crafting! For more costume tutorials, visit my website

anonymous asked:

Hey ! I found some kids clothes secondhand online with My Little Pony/Carebears/Hello Kitty cute designs which would be very nice for spank style/fairy kei, but the thing is, it's for kids. ;_; Do you know how I could use them ? I thought of cutting the design and sewing it on a sweat/t-shirt but I'm not sure how to do it, and I haven't seen a lot of DIY/examples... (and I would also feel a little bad to cut into clothes in good condition ;;) Thank you !

I’d recommend looing at Spank!’s sub-brand, Monascas Banana for DIY inspiration♪ They have sooo many cute items! Here are some examples:

All images from Spank!’s Yaplog

You can find tons more using the Monascas Banana tag on the official Spank! blog or by following the official Spank! instagram (*´▽`*)

Marbled Monday: SC&A joins the Art Department

For this week’s “Marbled Monday” post, I am sharing something a little different than usual. Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of visiting professor Bill Kitchen’s bookbinding class in Loyola’s art department. As project assistant in Special Collections & Archives, my background in bookbinding and repair is something I love sharing with students interested in book art. I spent the afternoon teaching art students one of my favorite sewing patterns: the French-web or two-hole link stitch binding. I often use this particular sewing structure when repairing dis-bound books in our stacks. I chose to incorporate handmade paper tapes to add a bit of style to the exposed spines of their books and also allow for hard-cover attachment. 

A student trims her folios on the board shear, which is essentially a giant scissor used to cut square, accurate measurements.

Before sewing, each section of the textblock was punched using an awl, punching jig, and cradle to keep the paper steady.

A student positions her sewn book on davy board to measure her covers.

After sifting through the class’ selection of decorative wallpaper samples, this student chose a fun vegetable pattern for the cover of her book.

-one marbled board attached, and one to go!

-a finished book with a French-web sewing pattern over handmade paper tapes attached to marbled covers.

-a happy bookbinder with her finished book!

Thanks again to Bill and his wonderful students! 

Tried my hand at a quilted table runner tonight!

It’s definitely not perfect by any means lol some of the corners don’t line up. Overall, though, I’m happy with it. Cutting without a rotary/mat is hard as fuck - I think in the future I’ll be using a pre cut paper template instead of measuring everything out.

Also it’s a bit… much lol. I just used scraps of stuff I had laying around so it’s a bit loud hahah it’s super easy and only took me a couple of hours (cutting, piecing and sewing).

anonymous asked:

How would I make a tiny little floating top hat? My previous attempts have involved a top hat that's too big and too heavy, a wire that can't support it, a headband that goes around my neck, having the wire go behind my head, and a smaller top hat that has yet to be tested. Now my plan is to have the support go through my wig. But, I can't cut it or sew it together, and I only have one shot at it. How would I get the top hat to float above my head?

I’d go with a headband that rests on your head (definitely not on your neck), with a thicker, sturdier wire poking through the wig and supporting the top hat. You could also try attaching a chin strap to the headband, which would give it more stability.

Here’s a tutorial that could be altered for it:

From your description, it sounds like the problem is definitely the weight of the top hat. I’d recommend trying the smaller hat with this method, and if it doesn’t work, I’d recommend possibly making a lighter hat.

I hope this helps!

- Mod Sky


A little work in progress of Aloy! I’m glad I was able to buy the statue off my friend because it is helping tons.

The mockup of the shirt fits pretty well, only a few little adjustments, and I need to refine the sleeve pattern and make a mockup of that. Aiming to start cutting and sewing the actual fabric later this week!


I love that red patterned cord skirt! 😍 (But I run out of outfit ideas with it…) I love the skirt so much, although its story started real bad: I bought it as a selfmade Lolita skirt from someone secondhand online and as it arrived it was just so horribly sewn. There was a zipper + elastic waistband, but the zipper was badly placed so it got folded in for the (way to small) channeling for the elastic so the zipper didn’t work or made any sense at all. And even the channel wasn’t sewn down all around, more like only a half of it. But I got another cord skirt that was to long, so my mom cutted the top part and sewed it to the red patterned skirt as a waist with a nice zipper. She was my lifesaver as I didn’t know anything about sewing at that time! Thanks mom, you’re the best 😚

Necklace: Galeria Kaufhof (kids section)
Everything else: thrifted

eli struggled carrying his load of garments to his room. his pieces were adorned with bright and vivid colours each telling it’s own unique story; he’d spent hours in his studio cutting each and every pattern, sewing and embroidering each and every design. he was meticulous with his clothing, to say the least. on his way up the stairwell, he dropped about the third of his garments, he looked up calling out delicately, trying not to draw any extra attention to himself. “ i’m sorry… ” he trailed off “could you help me with these, i thought i could carry them all by myself. guess not. ”    

Cause of death– Thomas Astruc admitting that he’s seen our umbrella shoot and slyly asking us to do another one

Bury me

anonymous asked:

Just got a little cost related question. Your website says that superhero binders are $75 but then when you actually click on it all of them are way over that?

They are at minimum $75! That is the base price for a single applique, as in the Steven Universe binder. The price goes up with every piece we cut and sew on.


So I bought a metre of costume leather in dark brown to make the butt wrap skirt thingys they wear in Attack on Titan, so I can I fully cosplay Levi!
Here is a collage of my progress so far: measuring out the fabric, cutting, pinning and sewing, and the how it fits! I’m yet to attach the fastener (will probably be a button), but I’ll do that once I’m fully in costume, harness and all!

castielscamander  asked:

how hard is it for WWE shop to make AJ Styles tank tops for women?? like I don't understand why that's so hard...

literally!! well i guess you could always buy a regular AJ shirt and then cut and sew it into a tank top bUT THAT IS SO EXTRA AHAHAHA