Category Archives: Tips and Tutorials

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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Using Notions and Embellishments to Enhance Your Cosplay

Picking out embellishments for bouquet de fleur cosplay sewing pattern

Bouquet de Fleur pattern by J. Hart Designs (M2096)

If you’ve looked at the main Cosplay by McCall’s site recently, you may have noticed that we added a notions section to help you find the buttons, ribbons, trims, and accessories to complete your costume look. Thoughtful detailing can really take your costume to the next level, whether that means ribbons and rhinestones or studs and leather cord. So let’s talk a bit about how to choose embellishments that reinforce your vision for a character, and how to apply them to your costumes.

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Tutorial: How to Make a Fluffy Tulle Skirt

Tulle skirt tutorial in the post. Wings, hat, and stockings pattern by Becka Noel for Cosplay by McCalls

Make a tulle skirt to go with Becka Noel’s pattern for the wings, hat, and stockings.

When taking the photos for Becka Noel’s new accessory pattern, we needed a fluffy tulle skirt to finish off the outfit. This is a really simple project that’s fun to put together and makes a big impact. Since it’s not included in the pattern, we thought we’d share it with you here!

There are lots of ways to make a tulle skirt, but the nice thing about this version is that it pulls on and has only a little bit of gathering at the waist, which makes it less bulky and easier to wear under corsets or tight-fitting bodices. Since decorative elastic is used at the waist, it also looks neat and professional when worn on the outside. Read on for the full tutorial!

Also, come visit us at New York Comic Con next week! We’ll be in booth #840 all weekend, with show specials on Cosplay by McCall’s and other costume patterns. Show off your costumes, chat with the team about costume sewing, and meet some of our amazing designers!

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