Cosplay Sewing from the Trusted Names in Sewing Patterns

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Cosplay by McCall’s is at C2E2 this weekend! We’ll have patterns for sale, cosplay sewing tips, and a booth full of experienced sewing folks waiting to answer questions and hear your ideas.

Welcome! We’re so, so excited to introduce Cosplay by McCall’s, the new cosplay sewing site from the McCall Pattern Company. We want to bring you the very best in patterns, sewing tips, and more, whether you’re making bodysuits or tailcoats, ball gowns or capes. Superheroes and sorcerers and magical girls, beginners and veteran stitchers alike are all welcome here.

We’re thrilled to see how cosplay has taken off over the last several years, because it means more and more people are rolling out fabric and firing up their sewing machines. We may be newcomers to the cosplay world, but we’ve been sewing for quite a while (try over a hundred years!) and there’s nothing we like better than meeting creative people who are sewing interesting things.

Initially we’ll be offering a selection of patterns hand-picked for the cosplay audience, so you can quickly and easily find the pieces you need for your project. Over the next few months we’ll be building on that, to provide a more comprehensive selection of the pieces cosplayers need. Eventually we want to become your one-stop cosplay sewing nexus, bringing you everything you need to make your dream come to life. Keep an eye on this space, because we’ve got lots of announcements coming right up.

Here on the blog we’ll also talk about choosing patterns and materials, construction and embellishment techniques, and what we’re working on. We’ll keep you posted on our convention appearances, and on new additions to the store. We want to be the best resource for you that we possibly can, so tell us what you need! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions, ideas, comments, or just want to show us what you’ve made.

If you’re at C2E2 this weekend, come see us at our booth! Have you sewn something with one of our patterns? Come show us! Looking for ideas or patterns for your next costume project? We’ll hook you up! We’ll also have the new Yaya Han patterns for sale, so this is your very first chance to get your hands on the Ultimate Bodysuit and her gorgeous peacock costume. We can’t wait to meet you!

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44 comments

  • Will be looking to see what develops.

  • I am very excited about the prospect of yet another online resource for cosplayers and costumers!

  • Please, please have plus sizes, too!

    • Yes! A thousand times YES! The biggest frustrations with patterns is that most of them are not plus size friendly. I am tired of having to try and jury rig costumes because my wife happens to be plus sized. Please McCalls, you want to really get into the community. you want to guarantee you can be the first place people look.

      Offer plus size patterns up through 3 and 4 X.

      I am 6’5″ with a 43 inch waist. My wife is plus sized as well. And I don’t mean massive I mean stocky build, Large chested. It is extremely difficult to find patterns that work for us without massive trial and error modification.

  • Yes! Totally agree on plus sizes! If they come in plus, they can have my money!

  • Elephantbird Cosplay

    Would be awesome to get a multi-style seifuku (long/short sleeve, ect) pattern. That’d be helpful for so many different characters.

  • ACTUAL plus sizes would be fabulous. Misses street clothes size 12 or 14 is NOT plus size.

    • YES! Please – real plus sizes are crucial – this is a market that is very under-served and eager for patterns and costumes. Well-proportioned and scaled patterns up into the 30-size range would be brilliant. 26 and higher is mandatory.

  • Thanks for all the input! Passing these comments along to the designers.

  • you know, more than a few cosplayers have the knowledge and skill to work with actual 100 year old patterns, if you released them.

    Seriously.

    • And this as well.

    • maryruth sadler

      Yes, reproduce REAL HISTORIC patterns from the very beginning of paper patterns.
      Cosplay/re-enactors/theater sewists would love to have them.

    • Yep, since McCall and Butterick are owned by the same parent company there should be archives of the actual historic patterns. Isn’t it silly to have someone else reproduce the 1880’s wash overskirt pattern from Butterick and make money off of it? I’ve used that pattern a number of times and by simply shortening the front apron to turns into an amazing steampunk skirt.

    • Thanks for the suggestion, we’ll keep that in mind!

    • This!!! Yes real historical patterns, but with modern sizing! I’m 5″10 with a modern waist and frame, and although I can wear a waist training corset, I still will not fit historical proportions. Some historical patterns assume expert level of construction, or written in French as “ready to wear” really wasn’t available as we know it. So taking that look, and material and modernizing a real historical pattern would be fab.

  • +1 to real plus sizes (26 and above) I’ll be watching with interest to see what develops out of this. I do a lot of historical/cosplay sewing and to be honest, right now I don’t even LOOK at McCalls or other mainstream pattern companies because there’s never never never anything in my size. So my money goes to the smaller pattern companies. (and I’ve easily got over 100 patterns in my library) Plus size costumers are a revenue stream you have been missing out on for years. Hopefully you’re finally seeing the light :)

    • nikki underwood

      + 1 million! I wear a 20 from most clothing shops yet in mainstream patterns I’m about a 26-28. There is nothing in this size that is helpful currently. I’ve been trying to learn my own pattern drafting because of this, I’ve wasted so much time and fabric :(

  • I have very limited knowledge of sewing, especially in using patterns and using a sewing machine, but would like to make some costumes. Patterns for those like me who don’t know how to read, or use, a pattern would be nice.

    • We have some articles and tutorials planned that will hopefully help with this! Definitely want to be a useful resource for people who are just starting to sew their own costumes as well.

    • Kelley,

      If you happen to live anywhere near Chicago, let me know. I have been teaching my friends how to sew with a pattern. I had a couple who want to do some cosplay, have sewing machines, etc. I been seeing with various patterns since 2nd grade and making doll clothes.

      :-)

  • C.Kay Hinchliffe

    I agree about needing access to proportionally sized patterns for the amply endowed.

    It feels like this is a promotional rip-off. Marketing to Cos-Play implies that cosplayers have insufficient imagination and skill to take what is and make it into what can be.

    • “Promotional ripoff”

      Exactly what I was thinking, thank you for wording it much better than I would have. I’m incredibly hesitant and skeptical of this whole idea.

  • True plus sizes (men and women) and at least a heavy nod to historically accurate patterns would increase sales. Was excited when I saw the link. Not so much when I saw the patterns. It is a decent start but…

  • In addition to historically accurate & plus sized; it would be very helpful to have reference info on what time period/culture and sources the patterns were developed from. Historic re-enactors really want that info. How about reprinting ( and expanding the sizes) of some Nancy Ferris’s Making History patterns!

  • Very cool! You know what I’d really love to see? Some traditionally men’s items (like frock coats or even Revolutionary War-era coats and vests) but patterned for women. I’m a decent sewer but my skills at altering a man’s pattern to create something that fits a woman’s body isn’t exactly great. Not all of us women want to wear bustles. 😉

  • I’m another one. Plus sizes are needed.

  • I was thrilled about this and put about 12 patterns into my cart…then I found that shipping to Australia was $55. Removing patterns didn’t reduce it, either. Seriously? I would happily take sea mail to be able to buy them! Why are you only offering the most expensive shipping option on earth?

  • Like many others, more plus sizes!!!! I have a large number of friends who sew their own stuff and a majority of them are plus sized. Your patterns would sell like hot cakes if you sold bigger sizes.

  • YES! Thank you! While I’ve been cosplaying for a while, my sewing skills are still somewhat limited to my three semesters of home ec in junior high training. There’s so many costumes I want to do but I cannot find patterns that I can adapt. Jumpsuits would be especially appreciated – kind of like a Ghostbusters jumpsuit but plainer, to adapt to different one piece jumpsuit costumes. Also, X-Men uniforms! If you put out patterns for popular costumes (and have options for those of us who are much bustier than most patterns – I need a 44″ bust and those are hard to find), you’ll make a MINT. :)

  • I’ve used Butterick and McCalls patterns for my Harry Potter character cosplay. Some of the most helpful items is patterns for accessories! Would really love to see proper victorian bustles and corsets. However, patterns being wonderful, getting the notions can be a huge challenge. For proper hats I’ve had to source buckram on line. You cannot find a busk at the local fabric store either. The number one reason I learned to sew was lack of pockets, especially on women’s costumes. So one suggestion is provide useful pockets on all cosplay garments like cloaks, skirts, and jackets. This allows us to carry cameras, hotel keys, wallets, etc without destroying our illusions. I’d love to share my photos but I refuse to use instagram.

  • I’d like to see a forum area on this site or some other way for us to share our cosplay creations and maybe some detail about construction. Ability to upload multiple photos and do simple layout in the text as well would be helpful. Or at a minimum allow us to submit info via email and you share the better ones in the blog.

    And what Droxy said above about pockets….YES! I am always adding pockets to my creations!

  • “Cosplay by McCall’s, the new cosplay sewing site from the McCall Pattern Company.”
    Oh dear god please NO.
    Please don’t encourage more people to call what they wear “cosplay”.
    What a cosplayer wears (or sews, for that matter) is a COSTUME.
    What the cosplayer DOES when wearing the costume and pretends to be the character is cosplay. That’s a verb, not a noun; and it’s not a synonym for costume.
    Yes, the costume is – most of the time – an essential part of being able to cosplay properly, but just because your car needs wheels to enable you to drive you wouldn’t call them “driving” either, would you?

  • robin cogburn

    So glad to see a line dedicated to period garments. What I continue to waste hours on line searching for is 1) what date was this garment worn 2) which fabrics options and designs … colors..were used and NOW AVAILABLE 3) where can I get those fabrics. I want to be as authentic as possible without buying a bunch of expensive books.

  • I will join in the crowd clamoring for real plus sizes. Not just women’s plus sizes or “goes up to 2X” plus sizes. My mother has taught me how to scale up patterns using instructions I believe you put out in the 60’s, but it is a lot of room for error for every inch past the intended size. Looking around your site, I am at least seeing 3X on things, which is enough for me, but I know others who it wouldn’t work for.

    I would also like to see the older patterns being made available again. Things like the Nehru jackets of the 1960’s that were fashion at the time but later became costumes (that one specifically becoming the first costume of “The Master” in the Doctor Who series, among others). With modern technology, it seems like you could digitize your entire past catalog, then have anything not currently in production be machine printed and cut on demand at a slightly higher cost plus shipping. Such a system could also let you take submissions, printing and cutting custom patterns instead of us trying to make them at home with butcher paper. This may already exist, but I’ve not found it yet.

    • Thanks for the suggestions! We’ve definitely heard the calls for more plus sizes. We do reissue some of our vintage patterns, but unfortunately we don’t have a complete archive of our past patterns – we re-create the pattern from the original catalog illustrations, or sometimes from a copy of the pattern that we’ve bought or someone has loaned to us. Feel free to send us ideas if there are other specific vintage styles you’d like to see.

  • Some of these patterns look familiar, things buried in the catalogue, and they look to have come out of such things as Halloween and various echoes of past styles. I don’t see anything wrong with that, and I can see the point of bringing this under one label.

    One or two items look as though they have started life as patterns for dancers.

    It’s a start. Some things are tied up by copyrights and trademarks. I wouldn’t expect to see a Star Trek tunic pattern, but that general sci-fi look is much more common in the cosplay I have seen than in your current list. Some of it echoes the experimental fashion of the Sixties. Similarly, there’s a certain look associated with the 1940s that has some place in cosplay.

    Good luck. You already have some reactions from smart people. I hope this works out, for everyone.

    • Thanks for your comment, I’ll pass the request for more science fiction-style patterns along to the team! We’ll be expanding these offerings over time, so keep an eye out for new additions.

  • Would love to see more patterns for men’s clothing. And in larger sizes too. I’m a dude that likes to sew and make my own clothes but there’s just not many patterns to choose from.

  • Will they have children’s sizes as well for those that want to go as a family?

    • Hi, it varies by the pattern but we do have a few options that are available in both adult and kids’ sizes. M7213, for example, or M5214. We’ll also be adding to this list over time, so I’ll pass the request along.

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