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.
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Whew! We just got back from a busy weekend at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), where we met lots of amazing cosplayers and sold a few patterns too.
One of the highlights for us was the launch of our new Yaya Han collaboration, including her original peacock costume (M7218) and her ultimate bodysuit (M7217). If you couldn’t make it to the show, you can get them right now at cosplaybymccalls.com. We can’t wait to see what everyone makes with these patterns! Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter/Instagram so we don’t miss them.
We also loved seeing all the spectacular costumes that people put together! Incoming photo overload:
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!