Wig Dying w/ Dustbunny [Paint & Water Technique]
pomp-a-romp said: Do you have any advice on working with pleather?
OH BOY DO I EVER.
Pleather is different to work with than any other fabric, and it requires occasionally using certain techniques than what you’re used to.
For one, it often sticks to the machine if you try to topstitch it. This is not good. Ways around that are a dual feed dog (only found on more expensive machines), a teflon presser foot, or this method from hezachan (which can double for letting you add on a topstitching guide).
When you put a hole in vinyl or pleather, that hole is there forever. There is no undoing it. Pick out a seam? That seam’s holes are there permanently. So if you’re sewing something out of vinyl, you NEED to make a mockup first. There is no way around this unless you’re recycling a pattern you’ve used before. If you have to pin things, pin only INSIDE the seam allowance. I’ve also found that in some cases, masking tape (off the edge of where you’ll be sewing so you aren’t sewing through tape) can be used to hold things in place.
Pressing seams on vinyl is an ADVENTURE because it doesn’t like heat. You CAN do this of course; it just takes a lot of careful testing on scraps, and requires the use of a presser cloth. It’s normally more effective in many cases to topstitch everything that might otherwise require pressing; fake flatfelled seams (where you push the seam allowance to one side and then topstitch the resulting three layers in place) or pushing the seam allowance one part to each side and topstitching on each side are both methods you’ll wind up using a lot.
However, one of the advantages of pleather/vinyl: It doesn’t fray. Ever. You can even occasionally sneak raw edges into the designs this way.
Working with pleather/vinyl is unlike sewing anything else except actual leather (and even then it’s slightly different), so I hope this advice helped, and be ready to test stuff on scraps and have fun!
OH. AND NEVER USE JOANN COSTUME VINYL (THE SHINY STUFF). EVER. One of my favorite costumes that I’ve ever made used lavender JoAnn vinyl for the base of the pants. After several years, the vinyl is cracking and peeling from the backing around the crotch seam, rendering them unwearable. I’m going to have to remake the pants if I ever want to wear them again. Don’t use really cheap shitty vinyl or your hard work will also be destroyed after not all that many wears.
Finally finished Lucina’s boots! Dear lord it’s been a process. They look pretty good imo, but the front tongue seems to lean to one side for some reason. It was really hard to sew the front shoe cover part, so I figure it was an error from that. But it came out really close to my paper drafts!
More deets behind the cut
One of my favorite things in cosplay is makeup. Makeup can really help make or break your costume, and I think that everybody who cosplays should wear some, regardless of gender. (Unless you’re under a mask, but that’s a different story.) This is a guide to what’s in my personal kit. Maybe some of this might work for you and maybe some of it wouldn’t, but this is the stuff I don’t want to be without.
Since questions keep coming about the shoulder parts of my Millenia costume, let’s go a little into detail with it.
I spend a long time questioning myself how to make this ornaments and I was luckily snooping around bakka cosplay page where she used some wood glue to make some accessories for her Romeo costume.
It’s sad that just a few cosplayers found out about this technique because ever since a lot of people started working with Worbla’s finest art, they have wood glue at home. So, I feel the need to explain it once again with a few additional tips.