Category Archives: Tips and Tutorials

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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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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