Now we get to the fun bit: decorating your bodysuit to bring your character to life. Appliqué, either standard or reverse, is a popular way to add color and texture details. A standard appliqué is simply cut to the desired shape and sewn on top of the fabric, while a reverse appliqué is sewn with the detail fabric underneath the base fabric, which is then cut away. You can also appliqué in layers, mixing the techniques as needed for multi-colored designs.
There are several tricks for getting good appliqué results on stretch fabrics, so let’s take a look!
Ever find exactly the pattern you need for your cosplay project, only to discover that it’s out of print and hard to find? We’ve had requests to bring back some of the gems from our past catalogs, so we’re going to be re-introducing some old favorites and costume essentials exclusively for Cosplay by McCall’s.
This first group of Vault Collection patterns is selected from our out-of-print McCall’s and Butterick pattern archives, and focuses on basics and foundations. They’re printed on slightly thicker tissue than our regular patterns, so they’ll be a little more durable if you want to keep and re-use them, and they come in re-designed glossy envelopes. We hope you’ll find them a useful addition to your costume repertoire!
One of the great things about the M7217 bodysuit pattern is the number of seams, which give you lots of options for adjusting the fit. But if you’re trying to accurately replicate a character’s look, you may find that you want to add even more seams or move some of them around. Once you’ve finished making style changes, you’ll be ready to lay out the pattern and cut into your fabric!