Tag Archives: embellishment

Meet J. Hart Design

M2096 bouquet de fleur cosplay sewing pattern from j hart design for cosplay by mccalls

Today we’re bringing you an interview with Joshua Hart, the creative force behind J. Hart Design and the amazing Bouquet de Fleur pattern. Joshua has a BFA in Fashion Design and over ten years of sewing and cosplay experience. His creations are couture works of art that showcase his love for unique silhouettes, impeccable fit, and intricate details. If you have a chance, definitely seek out the lectures, panels, and workshops that he does at national and international conventions to share his craftsmanship skills and industry knowledge. And read on for the full interview and costume eye candy! Read more

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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Tutorial: Hand-dyed lace details

How to hand dye lace and make easy accessoriesWe love lace! Not only is this fabric beautiful on its own; it’s a costumer’s best friend when it comes to adding detail and design interest. If you need the look of embroidery but don’t have an embroidery machine or the time and inclination to do it by hand, a carefully-selected lace motif can fill the gap. Or use it for trim, overlays, or cutout details on a bodice, hem, collar, anything you can think of. It can even be used alone to make delicate accessories.

Although most laces are only available in white or a handful of colors, you can dye the lace yourself to achieve any color or combination of colors you may want. And if you just need a few pieces for small details, you can spot dye them instead of making up a whole pot of dye. This also gives you more control over where the dye is placed, so you can dye specific areas in different colors, almost like painting. To make it extra easy, our Cosplay by McCall’s designer created this tutorial to take you through it step by step. And stick around for a simple, pretty accessory project at the end!

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