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Peppermint Butler (Adventure Time) Tutorial

People far too often assume I bought (!!?) my Peppermint butler for my Princess Bubblegum cosplay.. Which makes me feel like this;

Therefore: I will now give you the process of making him (from back in 2013). 

My Peppermint Butler is made out of simple cotton fabric.

The basic pattern is pretty simple: round circle with red “slizes” and a blue “bottom” (a bit below the center of the circle). There’s two sides; I actually put an extra layer of white underneath so that the thread wouldn’t shine through. 

This took patience! Always use pin needles to keep the fabric in place, and iron everything for the best result. No short-cutting!!

Used same colored cotton thread to sew the red and black onto the white circle. 

Folded and sewed the bow tie + buttons in place on the front (before sewing together back and front side). 

His adorably evil face was drawn with textile markers. 

The back of his tuxeedo has a little “butt-flap” :) Two pieces of blue fabric sewn together, folded inside out, ironed and sewn along the sides one more time to maintain shape. 

His arms and legs were made by sewing together blue, white and red fabric to a “strip”…

.. before sewing it together longside (always iron!!) and turning inside out and filling with stuffing (below). 

Next; sew his sides to one side, making sure the red stripes aline !! (this took patience!) before sewing the backside towards the sides as well (look how cute he is all cuddled up with his little feet! X3)

You will then have a soggy looking fabric-cake. 

Cut along edges, to make edges more smooth when turned inside out.

Turn inside out…

.. stuff with fluff and then sew together..

.. and your very own cosplay-buddie is finished and ready to go on adventures with you! :D 

Please let me know if you’ve found this tutorial helpful or have any questions :) If you use this tutorial, please link! 

tentaprince  asked:

hi! so im working on a tftbl fiona cosplay and i was wondering how did you make the pants?

Hi! Thanks for your question, it made me realise that I actually never covered the making of the pants in my work in progress postings! ^_^; So now, the commented version.

I was lucky enough to find a well fitting white-ish pair at a shop, so I ripped the inner seam of that apart and made a pattern for the beige part first. It covers the outer seam and mostly depends on the shape of your legs, I pinned it on and changed it a few times to make sure the proportions were right.
Ironing the seam allowance and getting ready to get pinched some more. XD

That got pinned and then sewn on the open pants leg, including the small rectangles. (I used two seams about 5mm apart from each other at the edges so there was a guidance for the black lines later.) The inner seam got closed again after that, taking in some of the material because it was a wide fit on the legs before - now it’s pretty tight. :3
(The light in the workshop wasn’t good that day, so it looks pretty different compared in the photos - but it really is the same fabric in both. Ooops.)

Time for painting. Black lines first, switching between sharpies and textile marker based on which size I needed. (There was always my reference drawing just outside the picture.)

And then time to go wild with acrylics! On the white parts it’s only a grey shadow (you can see it a bit in the pic on the right), the beige parts on the other hand got a treatment with brown for the edges and a darker beige for the shadows (painted on with the help of a lot of water because I don’t trust my abilities with colour and prefer going over too light spots again instead of fucking them up too dark in the first place.) Highlights in watered down white and it was done!

Especially close up it really isn’t the prettiest work, but it does the trick.

If there are any other questions, feel free to ask! And I’m looking forward to seeing another Fiona. *__* More love for the con artist! <3

Wishing you the best of luck with your costume!