I’m hoping to cosplay Luna Lovegood in a Con at the end of October. I’m planning to buy majority of it but the one thing I can’t find is a pink tweed jacket? I’m doing the outfit from Half Blood Prince and I don’t know how I would sew her jacket and I can’t seem to find one anywhere! If you know links that would he great please! :)

I’m hoping to cosplay Luna Lovegood in a Con at the end of October. I’m planning to buy majority of it but the one thing I can’t find is a pink tweed jacket? I’m doing the outfit from Half Blood Prince and I don’t know how I would sew her jacket and I can’t seem to find one anywhere! If you know links that would he great please! 🙂

If you want to avoid sewing you could consider getting it commissioned, which is getting another person (usually another cosplayer) to make the garment for you. Some of the pros: you can get something very accurate and that fits you properly. Some of the cons: the price would be higher than buying a jacket at the store and it may take some time to get to you. 

If you want to try making it yourself, I suggest starting with a sewing pattern. It will give you step-by-step instructions to cut the fabric out  and sew it together to make a coat. This patterm (McCalls M7442) would give you a similar shape, with a ruffled bottom rather than pleats. This pattern (McCalls M7513) will give you pleats but a bit of a different collar. Burda’s B5235 and B6461 are also similar, without the ruffled/pleated bottom. 

Goodluck!

Duckie / Admin

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Just wanted to share a really simple trick you can use if you don’t exactly know how some of your cosplay pieces look. Use “Source Filmmaker ” on steam. If your character has a model it’s quite easy to see how the pieces look. And from all kinds of angles.

Just wanted to share a really simple trick you can use if you don’t exactly know how some of your cosplay pieces look. Use “Source Filmmaker ” on steam. If your character has a model it’s quite easy to see how the pieces look. And from all kinds of angles.

Thanks for sharing the tip!

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Hello. I am going to cosplay Olivier Armstrong from FMA brotherhood and was wondering how would I create a pattern for the military outfit and what type of fabric should I use. ~Thank you

Hello. I am going to cosplay Olivier Armstrong from FMA brotherhood and was wondering how would I create a pattern for the military outfit and what type of fabric should I use. ~Thank you

Hi Anon,

There are a few ways that you can create a pattern:

The first is to find an existing sewing pattern but make alterations to it so that it more accurate. This is great if you want some guidance while sewing, or have found an almost-perfect sewing pattern. There are two ways you can make alterations, either by altering the pattern itself (like with Pattern Grading) or by making a mockup (a rough version out of muslin) and marking, cutting and altering it to be your new pattern. The challenge would be finding a sewing pattern that has the right structure. McCalls M4745 is generally recommended for military outfits but I have also seen people say they found it hard to adapt to the FMA uniform, so while it may be an option you may also want to look at other jacket patterns to see if there is a better one. 

The second option is to use existing clothing as a pattern: either by cutting it up or using paper to make the pattern pieces by tracing the panels of the garment. You’ll have to remember to add a seam allowance and you may need to make some adjustments to your patterns for darts and tucks, so if you are replicating a complicated piece you may need to know about sewing to deconstruct it properly. This would work well for the pants of a FMA uniform. The jacket is a bit more complicated, you could probably use a jacket for the base pattern but from there I would suggest making a mockup and marking and altering it until you get the right shape. 

The last option is to draft it from scratch. There are some guides on the tutorial list that can help you understand the process. You take your measurements and you use them to draw out the pattern, this can be done physically or digitally with illustrator and similar programs. Once again, you may want to draft a basic shape and then make a mockup out of muslin to do further alterations to. Here are some tutorials to help you out:

If this all seems a bit overwhelming, you’re in luck. Pandamajik from Anime Insights put together printable sewing patterns and

a guide for making the FMA Uniform.

As for choosing fabric, you’ll want to think about how you want the uniform to look and feel. You may find it beneficial to look at other FMA cosplayers who made their costumes and ask them for fabric suggestions. If you want it to look realistic, look into what fabrics military uniforms use and find an alternative. You may be inspired by going to a fabric store and getting to look and feel the fabrics that are available. Personally I love cotton twill, the weave has a nice texture and I think it would work well for this application. Otherwise maybe a canvas “duck cloth”. 

All the best, 

Duckie / Admin

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Star Wars: Darth Talon Body Paint Tutorial (NoBlandMakeup)So…

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Star Wars: Darth Talon Body Paint Tutorial (NoBlandMakeup)

So this one was a request that I’m so happy I got- A Darth Talon Body Paint. Wow, was this one so much fun to do. Yeah it’s pretty basic in terms of coloring (lots of black and red), but the tattoos really make it come to life, and you can fudge them a little bit. Darth Talon is also one serious bad ass. She became a sith lady after being trained by Darth Ruyn, who she later killed on orders from Krayt. Right after that she became a full Sith.

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