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How to Sew a Sailor Collar

Modified M7141 sailor collar

If you cosplay anime and manga characters with any regularity, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ll end up needing to sew a classic seifuku. There are any number of variations on the basic idea, as seen in everything from Sailor Moon to Kill la Kill, but the sailor collar ties them all together – and once you have that essential piece figured out, you can easily translate it to any character.

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Completed Project: The M7218 Peacock Costume as a Phoenix

Yaya Han pattern M7218 phoenix costume by Gillian on the Cosplayer by McCall's blog

I used Yaya Han’s peacock dress pattern, M7218, to create my phoenix costume.

Yaya Han’s peacock costume is a showstopper, but when I set out to make my own version of her pattern (M7218) I wasn’t planning to replicate it exactly. I knew from the start that I wanted to switch up the color palette, turning the peacock into a phoenix. I went easy on the feathers to keep the cost under control, but chose rich-looking silk fabrics to preserve the drama. I used the side panels of the bodice to indulge in some detailed hand work, and tweaked the construction slightly to suit my fabric choices and personal preferences.

M7218 peacock costume pattern by Yaya Han

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