sewing leather

The first finished photo of my Zelda cosplay. 👑
I constructed this costume over the course of about six weeks, but I spent just as long planning and researching the techniques that would go into it. Despite my time crunch to finish it for Katsucon, I am proud of myself for not cutting any corners or sacrificing my commitment to quality to get it done. (I just worked crazy long hours every day for weeks instead, haha)

This is probably the most complex project I’ve tackled to date. Although there are some small improvements I would still like to make, I’m really pleased with how it came out overall. Get ready to see lots more photos of this one!

Photo by @josephchilin
Costume made and worn by me


I’ve been feeling so crafty lately! I used the neckline cutout from the leather backplate I made to practice beveling and dying the leather before committing to the whole piece. I’ve also had a set of leather letter stamps in my tool bag for a while that I was eager to play with. I had no intention of keeping this scrap piece and honestly half assed the stamping and dying. But in the end it actually turned out to be really cute and I grew super fond of it, but had no idea what to use it for. Then the idea struck me to turn it into a belt pouch (you can never have enough belt pouches!) 

 I made the pouch out of a purple brocade and lined it with blue wool, then attached the leather piece by punching holes along the top and hand sewing it together. I’ve added a button and tassel for aesthetics and eventually will add another tie to keep the pouch closed, but nothing can fall out anyway because it’s so deep. I’m actually so pleased with how this turned out, and I feel pretty cutesy having something matching with John.

P.S. Happy New Year lovelies!

This costume has so many little details that were really fun to work on! My litmus test for every material I chose was, “can I make it shinier?” Almost every fabric, pigment or thread in this thing reflects the light in some way. I might have an addiction.✨

Photo by Ngo Photography
Costume made and worn by me

I can’t believe I got my die-cutting machine to cut this huge gold applique correctly on the first try 😭 It’s a Katsucrunch miracle!

I got a Silhouette Cameo 3 to help me out with complicated cuts, and this machine and its god-forsaken software have been almost more trouble than it’s worth. Now that this applique is cut, I’m willing to consider forgiveness.

This is gold metallic pigskin backed with tricot interfacing. I wanted to match the seamless look of the reference, so I cut the top of the gold piece to wrap around the edges like a binding. Almost ready to stitch this all together.


Progress shots!
My late 14th/early 15th century garb to be a squire for @forgedinfoamtemperedlikesteel who’s on the HMB Kraken team at Timeline festival in Victoria, Australia.
I finished all of this well before quest, but I’m only just getting around to posting it now.
Next I’ll be making myself some black hosen, a black wool hood and a more period accurate leather belt using this sexy buckle I bought myself. Can you guess the Kraken team colours…? ;)

Cote made by me. Accessories bought from local sellers.

How I made Shiroe’s bag

This is how I made Shiroe’s bag for the cosplay I am making for my boyfriend.

I started of deciding the measurements I wanted on the bag. I ended up making it 14x18x27 cm.

I then draw out the pieces for the sides and the bottom on my fabric and cut them out. The fabric I used was a light brown faux leather.

Before sewing the pieces together I made the straps for the short sides of the bag. The color of the straps is different in every reference picture so I ended up making it out of a dark brown faux leather fabric.

I cut out the straps from the fabric and hemmed the sides. I then glued the straps on to the pieces for the bag with fabric glue.

It was then time to sew the four sides together. I pinned and sewed them together and then pinned and sew the bottom part together with the sides.

I now had the base of the bag but it was not as square as I wanted it.

I measured the inside of the bag and cut out pieces of cardboard (I used cereal boxes for this part) and glued the pieces to the inside of the bag. I made the cardboard pieces a bit shorter than the bag so I later would be able to fold the edges down.

I then cut out the part for the lid out of the fabric, made some long straps in dark brown faux leather and glued them on to the lid part.

I sewed the lid on to the bag and glued down the edges of the base.

To make the lid more stiff I glued some cardboard pieces on it as well and glued in the edges.

To open and close the bag I used some velcro.

And this is how it look now.

I still have to make some details that hang from the bag but so far I am happy with the bag itself.



Compression Piped Leather 

(As with all leather, remember to use a teflon presser foot and leather needles.)

1. Stretch spandex around a frame. Stretch only in 1 direction and pull as tightly as possible. Nail securely to frame. Check that frame fits between sewing machine’s presser foot and bobbin case. 

 2. Lay leather in frame and stitch. Distance between stitches determines the size of piping. I used ½" and my pipes are about ¼".

 3. The bulk if the frame will make it impossible for stitches to run the full length and width if the fabric. Remove the fabric from the frame and pull it until it lies flat to do additional seams. I was able to sew about 2/3 of the fabric with a gap in the center from where my frame hit the inner wall of my machine. 

 4. Cut to pattern shape and sew into garment. I recommend basting around the edges before cutting.

Front and back of my full Labyrinth Masquerade Ball costume.

I did not make the dress itself; I actually bought it to wear to my high school prom (which I ended up not attending) ten years ago. I think this was its destiny all along.
The armor was designed with the dress in mind, to compliment the lines and the beading motifs. I made some alterations to the dress, including cutting out the back to match the armor. I love how the whole look turned out and I’ll probably bring it to Dragon Con next month!

Demigods and talents not attributed to their godly parentage/lineage. (based on little to no real facts)

Percy Jackson - He can garden and cook like no one’s business because he used to watch his mom do those things so he got that from her.

Annabeth Chase - She can dance so well. She could be a professional if she wasn’t so busy becoming the world’s best architect and preventing the world from doom and all that unimportant stuff

Nico Di Angelo - He can speak so many languages. Mainly, because he used to always shadow travel all over the world by mistake so he had to learn a bit.

Thalia Grace - She can sew. You see her leather jacket? Yeah, she made that. That Jacket is one of a fucking kind.

Clarisse La Rue - She is so good with children. You think they’re scared of her? Nah, man she’s a big cuddly teddy bear. (If big cuddly teddy bears were extremely violent) Why else would she be godmother to baby Chuck?


Costumes finished for Scanlan and Kaylie! Just in time for the con this weekend. I learned so much from making these: altering an existing garment (Thrift store leather jacket to vest), using interfacing, sewing collars and cuffs, sewing leather (special needles and a thimble cause you gotta push hard!), setting eyelets…I wasn’t even sure how to wind a bobbin before I started this project! I especially had fun with the accessories, like the bottle for Kaylie, that lush, and the potion bandolier and gauntlets for Scanlan. (the gauntlets have little pockets: there is a vial of ‘spice’ tucked in one XD) 

Okay! So here’s a sneak peak of my new early 15th century cote with hand sewn cloth buttons. This kit still has a long way to go, but I wanted to show you my Butterbeer tankard from Hogsmeade!! Not exactly medieval immersive, but I’ve been drinking eeeeverything out of it and I love, love, love it!

Also, I had to get myself a new leather tankard holder for my belt after the one I made got promoted to buckler strap. This one was made by the very talented local blacksmith down at Kryal Castle. –sorry I had to pick the display one, it just had the cutest button!–

mimirae101-deactivated20160701  asked:

do you have any DIY purse tutorials?

I got your back! Admittedly, I know next to nothing about purses…but I tried my best in finding you the best tutorials!

DIY Fringe Purse Tutorial

DIY Leather Cat Purse

DIY Paper Boat Clutch

DIY Leather Purse

DIY Boho Tassel Crochet Bag

DIY Leather Lunch Bag

DIY Leather Tote

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thinking of an AU where Keith is a designer for his own brand (Red Lion; tagline: “Live Fierce”) that grew from a humble origin of “sewing leather jackets for his town bike gang in his garage” to a rapidly globalized fashion label on the verge of gaining haute couture status after Victoria Secret model Allura Lyon wore one of his biker outfits on instagram and blew up his name to the fashion world

and maybe there’ll be klance, idk :V

Sera’s Vest

The vest was made by rolling myself in plastic wrap, then i covered it in masking tape and drew out the pattern i wanted. I cut the pieces out and then cut them out of faux leather fabric with 1 cm seam allowance. Getting all the pieces together was a bit tricky and there were a specific order to put them together so that it would come out right! (See second picture) Also the flappy shoulder thingies two pieces of craft foam 2mm covered in 2 pieces of faux leather each!


I cut out the pieces and draw them out on some faux leather with one cm seam allowance. First sew piece 1+2 together , fold the seam towards piece 1 and sew a visible stitching from the right side of the fabric. I used a cream/bone coloured thread for this. Use vaseline to be able to work on the faux leather.

2. sew piece 1+2 with piece 3. Fold the seam you just sew towards piece 3 and sew a visible stitching again from the right side of the fabric.

3. sew pieces 5+6 together and then 4+5. fold the seam between 4 and 5 towards 5 and sew a visible stitching again (6 will fold with 5 sew from up there). 

4. Sew piece 3 together with piece 4+5 and fold the seam towards piece 3 and sew a visible stitching.

Repeat all steps with the other side.

5. Piece 7 was sewn on after the back of the vest was finished, it was sewn together with the underside (underneath the armpit, leave the upper part open) of the front part. Part 7 was cut in two pieces one seam on top of your shoulder and one seam underneath your armpit. I sew the parts of piece 7 together in the lower seam (make sure when you cut it that you mark out which one’s which!!) and left the upper seam open. Then I pinned piece 7 to the front and back and sewed it on. Fold the seam towards piece 7 and sew a visible stitch once again. After this sew the hemline of p,7.

Trial and error, Here I realised it would be easier and much better looking to just cut all the pieces out and do as i described above!

Looking a lot better!

To make the pattern for the back I had some help with taping my back, instead of drawing the pattern on it as I was wearing the tape (mission impossible) I drew it out after cutting out all the front pieces. more detailed tutorial for Back piece here

The Hooks/eyes were made with worbla! Just heated it up rolled it into a veeery thin sausage and then rolled the sides inwards and left a bit to either be the hook or the eye! (hopefully you uderstand cx) Also I put some round parts on the back of them to secure them more! Heated them up again and punched small holes in them for attachment. Then they were covered with gesso and painted with Montana’s Silver chrome spraypaint and weathered after that!

flappy shoulder thingies. two pieces of craft foam 2mm covered in 2 pieces of faux leather each!

anonymous asked:

Hello OvO May I have a scenario with Uta actually thinking about proposing to his s/o? (⌒▽⌒)

of course!

Uta: It was something that had gradually built up; a smile from his partner’s face that would inexplicably put Uta in a much better mood, the feel of their hands against his when they’re absent-mindedly scraping paint off his skin, and the little things they’d point out about his masks, things that Uta didn’t even think of before. They were a truly compatible pair, something Uta hadn’t expected, but it pleased him nonetheless. Hence, the sudden thought that occurred to him one day as he sat hunched over his latest project, sewing soft pieces of leather together with nimble fingers as his partner helped Uta sort some pins into a few boxes. His mind had been lost, somewhere amidst the planning of his new mask and how flattering his partner’s new shirt looked on them, when Uta heard them call his name. He looked up, and then, his partner’s lips were pressing against his, light and quick. They pulled away with a mischevious smirk and flitted over back to the boxes.

Bemused, Uta touched his lips and asked, “What was that for?”

“You just looked so focused,” his partner laughed. “I thought you looked cute and wanted you to know.”

“Oh,” Uta blinked, surprised by the unexpected answer, and felt the corner of his mouth quirk upwards. Fondly, Uta thought, I could spend the rest of my life with them like this, and then, the weight of the words finally hit him.