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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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Bodysuit Sewalong: Inserting the Zipper

Exposed zipper basted flat to prepare for topstitching

Zippers in bodysuits are an interesting puzzle. You need one to get into your costume, but it can be tricky to combine the necessarily un-stretchy zipper with very stretchy fabric without puckers or waves. So let’s talk about a couple of my favorite tricks for neat, hassle-free zipper insertion on stretch fabrics!

Depending on which view of the pattern you pick, the M7217 bodysuit instructions show either a standard centered zipper or an invisible zipper, placed at center front or center back. You can use either method in either zipper location, depending on your preference. In this post I’m going to demonstrate a third option, the exposed zipper, which is applicable to a whole range of characters in comics and elsewhere.

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Bodysuit Sewalong: Beginning the Assembly

Beginning the M7217 bodysuit assembly

Here we go! We’ve got our bodysuit pieces all cut out and any appliqués applied, and we’re ready to start assembling the bodysuit. You can choose either a sewing machine or a serger for most of the steps, but I like to use a serger for basic assembly and a sewing machine for details and precision sewing.

We’ll also talk about one more decorative option, which is to add stretch piping to your seams. If you do it in matching fabric it’s a great way to add a little detail and depth to your bodysuit, or you can use contrasting fabric for a bold, graphic look.

Bonus: did you notice we’ve got a new batch of Vault Collection patterns out? Lots of accessories in this batch, including these hats and an adorable frilly parasol pattern. Check them out, and tell us what you’d make with them!

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