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How to sew with faux fur

m2105 cosplay by mccalls

M2105 uses faux fur trim around the hood and the jacket edges.

Faux fur is almost an essential for some costumes. I’m thinking of barbarians, royalty, creatures, holiday or winter-themed versions of almost any cosplay, and others. You can find glossy or shaggy fur fabrics in every imaginable color and pattern, depending on what your character demands. But fake fur can also make an awful mess, and I know there are some people out there who find it intimidating to work with. Here are a few basic tips that will help make your fur-sewing experience easier.

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Cosplay Sewing for Hot Weather

Fatale pattern from Ichigo Black for Cosplay by McCall's

The right costume makes you look cool even when it’s blazing out. Fatale pattern from Ichigo Black.

As we slog through some of the hottest days of the year, it’s hard to think about getting all dressed up. Sunny days may be great for the beach, but they’re definitely not ideal for wearing complicated multi-layered outfits. Sure, if your costume involves a swimsuit you’re all set, but that seriously limits your options. So what to do if your favorite convention lands smack in the middle of the summer heat? Do you have to sacrifice cosplay splendor in the name of comfort? Here are our best tips for keeping cool in costume.

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Working with Bias Binding

Power Brace cosplay sewing pattern from Seattle Cosplay for Cosplay by McCalls

Bias binding is used to finish most of the edges on the Power Brace pattern by Seattle Cosplay

If you pay attention to character designs in anime, games, and other animated media, you’ll probably notice a lot of bold, stark detailing at edges and seams. It’s a detail that tends to read well even in very simple art styles, and helps to create graphic, memorable looks. Depending on where and how these hard edges are depicted, you can replicate them on your costumes with applied trims like ribbon, braid, and cord; with piping, or with bias binding. Today we’re going to take a look at bias binding, which is the go-to way to create pieces with contrasting borders or outlines.

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