Cosplaying is all about bringing your favorite characters to life. The idea of dressing up and possessing the power and charisma of a movie or anime character is fascinating. Over time, cosplay has become more than just a game of dressing up. The craze of anime, video games, K-dramas and movies has led to dramatic rise in the popularity of cosplay. It has also given people, especially teens, a chance to practice and hone their creative talents and skills.

Putting together a DIY costume based on your favorite anime, video game or movie character can be a lot of fun. It gives you the liberty to choose your own colors and modify the fabric and size according to your needs. Most importantly, you can design whatever you want. This is a sort of freedom every cosplay artist wants.

Being able to sew your own costume based on whoever you like can be very empowering. Sewing can be a promising skill to learn. Not being the most difficult of skills for beginners, many people are able to master the art of sewing fabrics easily. But what makes costume designing so special is the rigorous design process involved. From selecting the costume design and fabrics to the right color combination and size – designing a costume is much more than just sewing fabrics together.

Beginner’s Guide

In this article, we will go through the basic sewing tips for beginners entering the cosplay designing world.

Get Yourself a Sewing Machine

The most fundamental step to learning how to sew clothes is to master the art of using the sewing machine. You don’t need an expensive and high functioning sewing machine. Online services like Amazon and eBay have a large collection of basic sewing kits. Small, basic and easy-to-use sewing kits are economical and all you need to kick off your learning process.

Owning a sewing kit or a machine can be pivotal to your learning experience. Every sewing machine has its own functions and attributes. It is important that you have your hands set on a sewing machine you own. Sewing machines nowadays come with not a lot of maintenance requirements. Majority of the sewing machines demand maintenance and service once a year

Sewing Machine

The Importance of Ironing

Your sewing machine needs a partner. There is a high chance that you have an iron and an iron board at home. A home-use iron can work perfectly for you. An iron can be helpful to get rid of ugly and annoying fabric wrinkles. Sewing a wrinkle-free fabric is quite easy. As a beginner, you should not be worrying about fabric issues and wrinkles. Your top focus should be on having a smooth sewing learning experience.

Importance of Ironing

Not only does ironing gets rid of wrinkles, in some cases, while sewing, you may encounter a need of folded fabric. This forms aesthetic joints to sew two different cloth pieces together. Ironing folded fabric can make your sewing job a lot faster and more convenient. Sewing folded fabrics increases the costume’s strength and enhances quality. Similarly, ironing can be helpful for heat-activated applications such as applying vinyl stencils.

Pick Your Learning Resource

The next step is to kick off your sewing practice. The best way to learn sewing is by practice. The more clothes you sew, creative designs you experiment with and time you spend with your sewing machine, the quicker you will be able to learn. And the best way to start doing that is by following an instructional manual or a book on sewing for beginners.

It’s easy to find stuff on internet. There are thousands of videos available on the internet teaching the art of pattern making, embroidery and sewing. Similarly, instructional manuals provide an organized and neat collection of step-by-step instructions which can be quite handy and effective for beginners. Many different books on folding and sewing techniques have been written in different languages for the better assistance of beginners. Getting hands on the art of such techniques can make the process of making your own cosplay fun and easy.

One of the famous books is written by Svetlana Quindt named ‘The Book of Cosplay Sewing’. This is based on Svetlana’s own experience of mastering the art of sewing cosplays starting from zero. The book tells everything a beginner in sewing world should know. It has a wide collection of pre-made patterns, folding techniques, and numerous ways of working with different kinds of fabrics. It has all the details of different types of shapes from basic to advanced.

Learning Resource

Master the Art of Patterns!

Patterns are the key to grasp the art of costume designing. It is encouraged to practice and learn the methodology of making your own patterns. However, mastering the art of making different kinds of patterns can be rigorous and time consuming. Hence, to make lives of beginners easier, a wide collection of ready-made patterns are available. Many companies manufacture different patterns for costumes and cosplays.

Art of Patterns

All you need to do is buy one, unfold it and trace all the shapes and patterns on your cosplay fabric. Ready-made patterns make lives of beginners a lot simpler. They come with sewing and implementing instructions. There is also an option for making adjustments and recommendations for the fabrics to be used.

What’s Next?

Once you develop the skills of sewing fabrics, it is time for you to start designing your own costume. Designing a whole costume is lengthy and time-consuming task. It’s a project that you should think through thoroughly first before getting your hands on it. Let’s discuss a brief design procedure of a cosplay:

  • Start ahead of time.
  • Pick a cosplay based on your favorite character from an anime, video game or a movie.
  • Break down the costume. Make sure you are aware of all the nitty gritty details of your chosen costume.
  • Time to pick a suitable fabric. A cosplay can be made using one or a combination of different fabrics.
  • Pick a pattern. Patterns could be ready-made. However, it is even better if you can draft one yourself.
  • Cut the fabric. This is the most crucial trick to get right. You don’t want to be wasting your fabric by messing up the cutting procedure.
  • Get those sewing skills in play and start sewing the cosplay step-by-step.
  • Paint, modify and adjust sizes according to your needs.
  • Flex your self-designed cosplay!