Using Boning in your Costumes: Part 1

Boning creates a smooth silhouette throughout the bodice in this cosplay. Photo by Mineralblu Photography.

Boning creates a smooth silhouette throughout the bodice in this cosplay. Photo by Mineralblu Photography.

Hi all! This week we are bringing you a wealth of information about boning: what it is and how to use it. To make it easy to digest, and because I have lots of pictures for you, the information will be divided across two articles. Today I’ll cover the various types of boning and how to prepare each one for use. Later this week I’ll post an article detailing a few different ways to install boning. So without further ado, let’s delve in!

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Completed Project: The M7218 Peacock Costume as a Phoenix

Yaya Han pattern M7218 phoenix costume by Gillian on the Cosplayer by McCall's blog

I used Yaya Han’s peacock dress pattern, M7218, to create my phoenix costume.

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.

M7218 peacock costume pattern by Yaya Han

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