Costume Sewing

How To : Sew a great DIY cosplay costume

Sewing your own cosplay costume requires a massive investment of time, energy, and sewing skills. Before you get started, you should watch all of this three-part video tutorial on sewing cosplay costumes. It covers everything from buying fabric to the actual sewing and everyth ...more

How To : Sew a Greek goddess costume for Halloween

Turn yourself into an Aphrodite or Artemis this Halloween! You don't even need a pattern to make yourself a sexy Greek goddess costume! All you need are a few yards of your favorite fabric, some chantilly lace for a wrap, and a laurel leaf crown to top it all off!

How To : Sew cosplay costume pants for Hakama from Bleach

Bleach is one of the most popular manga and anime series of recent years, and the cast of teenage characters make great cosplay fodder. Watch this video to learn how to sew DIY Hakama pants for your next cosplay convention. Part 1 of 3 - How to Sew cosplay costume pants for Ha ...more

How To : Sew a pair of fox ears for a costume

Costume fox ears are simple to make. Just draft a pattern, cut them out of the fabric, and sew it all together. Watch this video wardrobe and costume-making tutorial and learn how to build a pair of fox ears. Come Halloween, you'll have a costume ready and waiting to go. Part ...more

How To : Sew an easy mane onto a lion costume

In this clip, learn how to make a warm and cheap costume that is still adorable. This video will show you how to take a piece of fabric and sew it to a sweatshirt to make a lion mane for your little girl or boy. This is a super cute way to make an inexpensive costume that your ...more

How To : Sew a tail onto your Halloween costume

In this clip, learn the easiest way to sew a tail onto a costume. Whether you are dressing as a bunny, bear, lion, tiger or anything else with an animal bum, check out this tutorial. This video covers fluffy tails like rabbits and long tails like cats and tigers. Have fun!

How To : Sew fins and teeth onto a shark costume

In this tutorial, learn how to add felt fins and teeth onto your child's shark costume. These easy to add embellishments will really make your little guy or girl feel like they are a part of the costume. This costume is super cheap to make and only requires some extra fabric a ...more

How To : Sew spikes to the back of a dinosaur costume

Is your little guy or girl going as a big green dino for Halloween this year? Make your kids a warm and adorable costume by using an old sweatshirt and some fabric. This video will show you how to stitch on easy spikes so that your costume will look nice and ferocious. The pro ...more

How To : Sew ears on animal costumes

In this quick tutorial, learn how to install ears to the top of your animal inspired costume. This can be used for anything with ears on top of your head such as cows, pigs, cats, etc. Have a look at this clip and complete your costume.

How To : Choose the right fabric for your sewing project

The success or failure of your sewing project relies only in part on your skill - if you choose the wrong fabric, it won't matter how good you are. But picking the right fabric will forgive many small errors you might make. Also, learn the difference between woven and knit fab ...more

How To : Weave a suit of dragonscale style chain mail

No, it doesn't use actual dragonscales. This technique actually uses two different sizes of rings with the proper aspect ratio (at least three of the larger rings have to fit through the smaller ones). If you have enough rings, then just follow along to master this challenging ...more

How To : Weave a suit of elven chain mail

This tutorial shows you how to make an elven style of chainmail. This is an intricate style of chainmail that is nevertheless very sturdy and gives good coverage. Good for anyone looking to make their own armor for Renaissance Faires, larps, the SCA or other historial costumin ...more

How To : Sew a dirndl style Austrian or German skirt

The dirndl skirt is cut straight and gathered at the waist, and is a traditional style of German or Austrian skirts. Due to the cut and the flare, it's an ideal skirt for Lolita style costumes, and this tutorail shows you how to sew a dirndl without a pattern. If you liked th ...more

How To : Make a Where the Wild Things Are Halloween costume

Release your inner wild thing with a costume based on the classic children's book. You Will Need * 1½ yards of 72" wide white fleece * Marking chalk * Scissors * Straight pins * A sewing needle and a sewing machine * 1½-inch white polyester thread * ½ yard white Velcro * A tap ...more

How To : Make an cute adult Nemo costume for Halloween

It's been a few years since Finding Nemo became the highest-grossing animated film of all time, but it's cultural appeal lingers on. If you want to capture some of that Nemo cuteness for your Halloween costume, watch this video to learn how to make a really cute Nemo costume w ...more

How To : Make the Nutcracker's hat from "The Nutcracker"

If you've ever watched "The Nutcracker" before, then you know that one of the most whimsical and (physically) memorable characters of the ballet production is the King himself, the Nutcracker. Whether you want to start early on your Halloween costume or have a costume party t ...more

How To : Make Greecian toga costume

All hail Caesar, it's costume time! OK, if you're a woman, or a girl and you're looking to make a cool toga costume, look no further as this video will show you what you need. Basically you'll want some white fabric, either cotton or satin or whatever you have in your sewing b ...more

How To : Create a Codex avatar costume

In this tutorial, we learn how to create a Codex avatar costume. First, find a long white lace dress for the base of the costume. After this, mark the length you want, then cut the seam and sew on the end to avoid any frays. After this, use remaining lace to make a piece of fa ...more

How To : Make a cheap Tinkerbell costume from a T-shirt

The alluring and stylish GiannyL is the DIY fashion design guru of the web. Do-it-yourself has never been so sexy before. Her fashion design video tutorials make new outfits not only hot, but cheap and easy. And recycling and reusing old clothing is not only practical, but eco ...more

How To : Create a cheap "Alice in Wonderland" costume

The alluring and stylish GiannyL is the DIY fashion design guru of the web. Do-it-yourself has never been so sexy before. Her fashion design video tutorials make new outfits not only hot, but cheap and easy. And recycling and reusing old clothing is not only practical, but eco ...more

How To : Make a Mermaid Tail Costume

Make your underwater dreams come true by turning yourself into a bona fide swimming mermaid. If mermaids did exist, you would be the perfect candidate to transform into the mythical creature. So check out this video tutorial form Little Orca to learn how to make your own merma ...more

How To : Make a princess costume for Halloween

Not sure what to be next Halloween? A princess is a classic choice. Whether you’re making a costume for your little girl, or want to feel like royalty yourself, a princess costume is always in style. You Will Need: • A party dress • Craft or fabric glue • Rhinestones and c ...more

How To : Create a Mad Hatter Costume Inspired by Tim Burton

The Mad Hatter from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland not only makes a great costume but a great project. The hour-glass shaped hat, the striped pants, the fingerless gloves, and the Hatter's signature scarf are the most important components in this costume. If you're fairly sk ...more

How To : Make a Max from Where the Wild Things are costume

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a Max from Where the Wild Things Are. First, you will make the ears and the tail for the costume. Use felt for the ears and a furry type of fabric for the tail and the body. Cut out all of the different materials, then sew them onto a lar ...more

How To : Make a Pilgrim costume

Whether for a boy or a girl, a Pilgrim costume is one of the easiest costumes to make. You Will Need * A basic black outfit * Black shoes * Thick white knee socks * Several yards of white fabric or felt * Scissors * Needle and thread, or a glue gun * A white half-apron * Four ...more

How To : Make a nun costume

Whether you're a sinner or a saint, making a nun costume for Halloween requires no divine intervention. You Will Need * A long black dress or graduation gown * Rope * White poster board * Scissors * Black fabric * A hot glue gun * Glue * A crucifix or rosary beads * Tunic sewi ...more

How To : Sew a whip stitch into clothing by hand

In this clip, learn how to sew a whip stitch into clothing to make cute, easy Halloween costumes. This video will show you how to whip stitch your way to a new warddrobe in no time - no sewing machine required!

How To : Make a Toga & Greek Goddess Dress

You've probably seen your fair share of sloppy, sloppy togas for Halloween over the years. You know what I mean — hems either pooled around the ankles or ending awkwardly above the knee, one hand trapped akimbo because it's too loose around the waist, a wardrobe malfunction wa ...more

News : Become an Angry Bird

The Clock Bloggers love Angry Birds so much, they decided to transform into... Angry Birds. With a little advice from our jolly bloggers, you too can jump into the video game fantasy vortex. Here's how they did it: "First, we went to JoAnn's Fabrics (or any fabric/craft stor ...more

How To : Sew a connection to an arduino on your clothing

Make your clothing really light up! This tutorial shows you how to properly and carefully sew a connection to an arduino to some fabric, so you can incorporate some lightweight electronics into your next fashion project or battery operated costume piece.

How To : Sew you own pair of easy, Victorian style bloomers

The perfect undergarment for your Victorian costume re-creation. You don't need any pattern, just take your measurements and get a yard or so of thin, lightweight fabric. Then cut, pin, sew and finish. Your own pair of Victorian inspired bloomer pants!

How To : Make a ruffled and gathered Lolita skirt

Lolita, hime or Little Bo Beep - this skirt will serve all those costume functions! Sew an easy ruffled skirt and then use elastic to gather the waistband and create the outer ruffle. You don't need a pattern, just your measurements and a sewing machine!

News : Followup to Previous Post

So after I wrote my post yesterday, I got sent two links in response, both some pretty awesome and in-depth analysis of the costumes in Rapunzel. It's pretty awesome, I think, to see such detailed costumes in an animated movie - right down to the patch on Flynn's bag and the e ...more

How To : Make an easy no-sew pom pom headband

When it comes to the holidays or times when your kids need a costume urgently for their dance recital or play fast, sewing projects take far too much time. When time is an issue, why not make these no-sew cute headbands with pom poms? All it takes is some glue and pom poms, a ...more

How To : Make a DIY elf costume for Halloween

Dressing as an elf for Christmas is a great way for thin people to get into the holiday spirit. Watch this video to learn how you can make a DIY elf costume out of some old clothes, felt, and a little sewing skill.

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