Ruffled Bloomers and Tiered Skirts to Make and Customize
Today we’re bringing you a closer look at two new patterns, which make great building blocks for steampunk cosplay and more. The Prelude bloomers are an intermediate-level pattern with ribbon and lace trim, and include two different gathered styles as well as a slightly more involved pleated version. The Hitched skirts are easy to sew, but still give you lots of customization options.
Prelude includes three options, great for layering or as a main piece depending on your fabric choice. The sweetly gathered lace- and ribbon-trimmed bloomers in two lengths are a nice easy project, and pair beautifully with patterned tights or under a poofy skirt. The shorter style is lined, so they’re a great option if you want to use a sheer lace or chiffon fabric for an extra romantic look. The longer version has a waistband with button and hook/eye closures, which reduces bulk at the waist and makes them nicely secure when worn as a main piece of your outfit.
The tiered and pleated version is a little more detailed, and requires some precise sewing and pressing to make the pleats look nice. Not to worry, though! The envelope tips for this pattern are all about marking, pressing, and sewing pleats so you can achieve a perfect finish. The pleats are stitched down at the top, which helps them to stay neat and lie flatter when layered.
Hitched is a tiered, ruffled skirt with ribbons and D-rings that allow you to gather up the skirt in front. We love this pattern in a striped fabric that shows off the drape, but you could make it in anything from cotton twill to silk dupioni for different effects.
This one is an easy pattern to sew, but still gives you lots of options for customization. It comes in three lengths, corresponding to the number of tiers in the back, and the two longer views have ribbons to gather the front. The tips for this pattern discuss working with D-rings, which are used to secure the adjustable ribbons and have a multitude of other cosplay uses. You can use the same technique for other adjustable features, belts, securing armor pieces, and more.
As with other Cosplay by McCall’s Brand Collection patterns, these designs are exclusively available at cosplaybymccalls.com. We can’t wait to see what you make with them!