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Do you have any diy's clothing related. Like making cute shirts. Or dresses?

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DIY Drawstring Crop Top

This is an adorable top and it’s perfectly breezy for summer days.

DIY Circle Knit Top

Chic and elegant.

DIY Easy Babydoll Summer Dress

Looks exactly like the babydoll dresses from American Apparel.

DIY Alexander Wang Inspired Bralette

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Cosplay 101: Using Patterns

Some cosplayers/costumers prefer making their own patterns while others rely on factory made patterns.  Myself?  I’m in the middle.  I do both and I also alter factory made patterns to fit my needs.  Whatever your preferred method may be, here’s a tidbit of info on the patterns offered out there. 

If you just aren’t into making your own patterns or know where to start, factory made patterns may be your best option.  But which brand should you use?!  There are quite a few brands available and each one has it’s pros and cons. 

Simplicity - As the name suggests, Simplicity makes beginner friendly patterns.  The instructions are easy to follow and include illustrations with each step (for the most part).  If you’ve never used a pattern in your life, I recommend starting here.  They have a great selection and also offer historically accurate patterns!

Vogue - The best part about Vogue is that they have a skill level for each available pattern: Very Easy, Easy, Average and Advanced.  And trust me when they say “advanced” they mean it!  Make sure you’re comfortable using patterns before venturing into this skill level.  The instructions with Vogue are a bit harder to follow than most but not terribly difficult.  Vogue also offers a lot of vintage inspired patterns and actual vintage patterns from their own line!  Again, check your skill level rating!

McCalls/Butterick - I grouped these two together because they are very similar.  They have some great clothing patterns but when it comes to costumes, the quality of the pattern is definitely “costume” quality.  You may find yourself making more alterations than you wanted when using McCalls or Butterick costume patterns.  Still, both companies are OK for beginners.

Kwik Sew - Need dance wear or intimate-type apparel?  Kwik Sew is great!  I’ve used many of their patterns and I personally love that they are printed on paper and not tissue.  Kwik Sew is on a intermediate level, you definitely need experience before picking up one of these.

Burda - I love the designs that Burda offers but let me tell you, these are the MOST difficult patterns to follow.  They do not include illustrations and the directions are all over the place.  When I use Burda, I usually only do so when planning to alter a pattern.  They are not beginner friendly and I wouldn’t even put them in the intermediate level.  You may want to look at one out of the package before committing to purchase!  That being said, they also offer some really nice historical patterns and world fashions.

That covers the most popular brands!  And remember if you can’t find a pattern out there for your project, don’t be afraid to try sketching your own!  There are tons of tutorials and online classes to guide you in the right direction.  You may even find a class offered at your local craft store.  The best way to try pattern making is to do just that, TRY IT!  It’s not as hard as you think. ;)