Category Archives: Tips and Tutorials

How to Make a Button Necklace

Steampunk button necklace designed by Emily Joy Etheredge for Cosplay by McCall's

Steampunk button necklace designed by Emily Joy Etheredge for Cosplay by McCall’s using La Mode® buttons.

There’s something especially satisfying about making your own costume accessories. It’s a great finishing touch for a handmade outfit, and for the perfectionist, it gives you a ton of control over the finished look. If you’re more of a beginner crafter, it’s also a great way to experiment and try out new materials and techniques without using up a lot of materials or time. This necklace is a fun way to use up some of the embellishment bits and pieces you might have collected, and super easy to customize to match your outfit. Click through for the pattern and full tutorial!

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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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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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