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Tutorial: Hand-dyed lace details

How to hand dye lace and make easy accessoriesWe love lace! Not only is this fabric beautiful on its own; it’s a costumer’s best friend when it comes to adding detail and design interest. If you need the look of embroidery but don’t have an embroidery machine or the time and inclination to do it by hand, a carefully-selected lace motif can fill the gap. Or use it for trim, overlays, or cutout details on a bodice, hem, collar, anything you can think of. It can even be used alone to make delicate accessories.

Although most laces are only available in white or a handful of colors, you can dye the lace yourself to achieve any color or combination of colors you may want. And if you just need a few pieces for small details, you can spot dye them instead of making up a whole pot of dye. This also gives you more control over where the dye is placed, so you can dye specific areas in different colors, almost like painting. To make it extra easy, our Cosplay by McCall’s designer created this tutorial to take you through it step by step. And stick around for a simple, pretty accessory project at the end!

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Sewing with Velvet: Tips for Blacmagic and Mysstic

Mysstic pattern available at CosplaybyMcCalls.com

Mysstic pattern from Cosplay by McCall’s, in crushed velvet.

Few fabrics do “deep and mysterious” the way velvet does. The subtle luster and rich colors make it perfect for witchy, gothic looks like the two newest designs in the Cosplay by McCall’s collection, or for the regal garb of kings and nobles. Although not always the most beginner-friendly fabric, working with velvet doesn’t have to be painful either. And if drama is your thing, you’re going to want to learn to sew with it. So let’s talk about some of our favorite tips for getting the most from this tricky-but-rewarding fabric.

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New Cosplay Patterns for April

Introducing Hat Madders and Abigail patterns

Introducing Hat Madders and Abigail from Cosplay by McCall’s

Looking for a new project? The two newest Cosplay by McCalls patterns couldn’t be more different, so there’s something to love for lots of different cosplay aesthetics. Hat Madders is an easy-to-make accessory package from Ichigo Black, while Abigail is an intermediate-level pattern for a vest, skirt, and petticoat from Anachronism in Action.

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