The second option is to use existing clothing as a pattern: either by cutting it up or using paper to make the pattern pieces by tracing the panels of the garment. You’ll have to remember to add a seam allowance and you may need to make some adjustments to your patterns for darts and tucks, so if you are replicating a complicated piece you may need to know about sewing to deconstruct it properly. This would work well for the pants of a FMA uniform. The jacket is a bit more complicated, you could probably use a jacket for the base pattern but from there I would suggest making a mockup and marking and altering it until you get the right shape.
The last option is to draft it from scratch. There are some guides on the tutorial list that can help you understand the process. You take your measurements and you use them to draw out the pattern, this can be done physically or digitally with illustrator and similar programs. Once again, you may want to draft a basic shape and then make a mockup out of muslin to do further alterations to. Here are some tutorials to help you out:
As for choosing fabric, you’ll want to think about how you want the uniform to look and feel. You may find it beneficial to look at other FMA cosplayers who made their costumes and ask them for fabric suggestions. If you want it to look realistic, look into what fabrics military uniforms use and find an alternative. You may be inspired by going to a fabric store and getting to look and feel the fabrics that are available. Personally I love cotton twill, the weave has a nice texture and I think it would work well for this application. Otherwise maybe a canvas “duck cloth”.
Kieth Thompson - Illustrator of the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld.
Sparked by the assassination of archduke Ferdinand, the conflict between the Clanker war machines of Germany and fabricated military beasts of Darwinist Britain threatens engulf Europe. Alek, escaped son of the archduke, and midshipman in disguise Deryn Sharp must each maneuver the minefields of war in this epic steampunk adventure.
Summary: Y/N is a new member of the Avengers, and after learning that S.H.I.E.L.D has been confiscated by HYDRA, her abilities and loyalty are put to the test.
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“You sure, Steve?” You asked, leaning forward.
“It was him,” Steve told you. “Maybe he doesn’t remember anything, Y/N, but I remember him. It was him.”
You sipped at the bottle of whiskey you held, nestling further into the wall nearest to Steve. Natasha looked between the two of you while she got her arm stitched up from the wound she received while fighting the Winter Soldier. You were all in the tunnel that Agent Hill had brought you to, Fury seated in the middle, sickly and injured as ever; but not dead.
“Say he does know you,” you began, “what do you plan on doing Rogers? We can’t just airlift him out. We have a mission, and he’s in the way.”
Jason Wu has always been one of the best at tailoring clothes for the modern woman and this time he has done no different, interpreting the military trend with luxe fabrics and deep colours. Army green and khaki never looked this wearable!
THE AVIATOR JACKET- A LIMITED EDITION OF 30 PIECES, IS MADE FROM RECYCLED MILITARY FABRICS. THE PADDED AREAS ARE FROM SLEEPING BAGS AND THE FRONT FROM MILITARY STRETCHER FABRIC. IT HAS ERGONOMIC SLEEVES CUT FOR CYCLING AND ANGLED BUTTON POCKETS.
“I’ve been sourcing vintage clothes since I was a teenager. Today my outfit is rather conservative. I usually like layering bold prints and colors (often ugly ones), but I am slowly shifting towards incorporating white, off white and black. I’m interested in 30s shapes and 80s avant garde, ethnic garments and Uzbek tribal jewelry, loose fit and excessive amounts of fabric, vintage military accessories and 50s statement hats.”