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Embellishment How-To: Corded Appliqué

Couched applique tutorial from Cosplay by McCall's

My favorite part of almost any costume is in the details. That may mean quilting, fabric manipulation, embroidery, appliqué, trims, or other techniques depending on the feel of the costume, but I always like to find some way to add texture, richness, and depth to each piece. Today I’m going to talk about a cording technique that’s been used on a few of the Cosplay by McCall’s patterns to give decorative appliqué a more dimensional look. You can see the effect in the sample above, which is a detail of the appliqué that our designer created for M2081.

This is a useful method if you have a little bit of a fancy brocade or tapestry fabric that you want to highlight but not enough to use it for the main fabric; if you want the look of large-scale embroidery without having to do it all by hand; or if you’ve found a great print, but it’s too lightweight or the wrong type of fabric for your project. The couched cord embellishments cover the edges of the appliqués, giving them a neat, finished look with a hand-worked effect. You can see how our designer used this corded appliqué technique on Cosplay by McCall’s patterns here and here, and read on for the full tutorial.

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New Patterns: Thirst and Wayfaress

Thirst and Wayfaress costume sewing patterns from Cosplay by McCall'sHello all! Today we’ve got two new patterns to show you, with a focus on cool and creative trim options that you can customize to your heart’s content. Thirst is an easy-level pattern for vests and a shirt, which includes tips for recreating the appliqué embellishment shown on the envelope cover. Wayfaress is an intermediate-level pattern that includes an overskirt and pants with trim and detail variations. Click through for a closer look at both patterns!

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Cosplay Panel Report: San Diego

Cosplay-Lets get serious panelists and audience from SDCC 2016 - photo by Some of the cosplayers in the audience for the Cosplay: Let’s Get Serious panel were nice enough to stick around for a group photo with our panelists! Picture by Lawrence Brenner

Some of the cosplayers at the Cosplay: Let’s Get Serious panel were nice enough to stick around for a group photo with our panelists! Thanks, everyone. Picture by Lawrence Brenner.

Wow! We’re back from a whirlwind trip to San Diego Comic Con, where we participated in the “Cosplay: Let’s Get Serious” panel with Kelly Cercone (Designer of Anachronism in Action and creator of the Shapeshifter and Laced patterns for Cosplay by McCalls) as well as Carrie Wood and Mark Huesman from the Overstreet Guide to Cosplay. The panel was moderated by Ed Catto.

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