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20 Oct 2008 - 17:047065
Puffed sleeve dress pattern
I'm embarking on a Rena cosplay (Higurashi) but have never actually made my dresses from complete scratch before *cough cough* I'm looking around on ebay for dress patterns but haven't really found anything that would be suitable, and haven't had much luck googling it either. I'm so bad at sewing and useless at following the instructions that tell you how to make the stencil yourself, so I'd prefer to find a very simple pattern. If anyone's ever made a dress with puffed sleeves, I'd be really greatful if you could point me in the right direction, thanks!
Here's a reference picture to help:



20 Oct 2008 - 17:527069
Tricky one, this - you more than likely won't find a perfect pattern you can work from for this. I made mine by getting a pattern for a blouse with a high collar and puffy sleeves along with a pattern for a circle skirt and sticking them both together. It needed some tailoring, mainly because I made the dress at a time when I wasn't paying attention to things like measurements on patterns, but it pretty much worked. I'll see if I still have the blouse pattern envelope at home and let you know what the code is if you like.

That said, I used Butterick pattern 6630 to make the puffy sleeves for my Chun Li dress and I think they came out way better than they did on Rena since they had sleeve stays in them to give them shape. Attaching them to the dress wasn't especially complicated either. I guess it depends on how many patterns you want to be buying!


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Last edited by Sillabub (20 Oct 2008 - 17:53)
20 Oct 2008 - 18:597071
Quote Leah:
Tricky one, this - you more than likely won't find a perfect pattern you can work from for this. I made mine by getting a pattern for a blouse with a high collar and puffy sleeves along with a pattern for a circle skirt and sticking them both together. It needed some tailoring, mainly because I made the dress at a time when I wasn't paying attention to things like measurements on patterns, but it pretty much worked. I'll see if I still have the blouse pattern envelope at home and let you know what the code is if you like.

That said, I used Butterick pattern 6630 to make the puffy sleeves for my Chun Li dress and I think they came out way better than they did on Rena since they had sleeve stays in them to give them shape. Attaching them to the dress wasn't especially complicated either. I guess it depends on how many patterns you want to be buying!

If it'sm not too much hastle, that would really help thanks! Given my poor sewing abilities I'm wondering whether I could use those Butternick patterns and then attach them to a white dress, rather than use multiple different patterns. I'm sure a white dress will turn up in time for Minamicon, so do you think I'd be able to attach some sleeves to that?


21 Oct 2008 - 02:097092
I have dug out the patterns I used for my dress: the blouse was McCall's pattern M5181 and the skirt was Burda pattern 8427, although any long circle skirt pattern would probably do. The blouse pattern is out of print though, so you'll have to buy it online if you want it. The main advantage of that pattern over buying a white dress and adjusting the sleeves is that you get the collar with this pattern - high collars can be tricky to figure out on your own.

That said, if you're more comfortable with adapting a white dress using the sleeves in the Butterick pattern then I expect that will work quite well too


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21 Oct 2008 - 08:437094
The pattern I'm currently using doesn't explain how to do gathers, which is what makes the sleeves puffy, I'm not sure if Leah's does but I'll give you a quick overview incase you get stuck. (Patterns often expect you to know what they are talking about, which may seem like gibberish if you have taught yourself).

To gather an edge, set your sewing machine to the longest stich and the lowest tention. You can also do this by hand if that's easier. Basically you want a long row of lose stiches inside your seam allowance. Make sure you leave the ends of the thread long at both ends and don't tie it off.

Holding one of the threads, pull gently, while keeping the bottom thread still. The fabric will rumple. You might find it's easier to work from one direction and move the rumples along, or to work from both ends and meet in the middle. Make sure the rumples are even along the bit you want gathered (the pattern should tell you how long the gather should be.) You need to make the gathers tight enough so the sleeve now sits in the sleeve-hole. That's the one risk with using a pattern for just the sleeves, but you'll probably have more luck fitting a gathered sleeve into a different hole as they're more flexible.


21 Oct 2008 - 13:327098
Hmm seems like having a sewing machine would really be handy, unfortunately I don't have one and can't really afford it ontop of the other cosplays and uni stuff I think I may leave this cosplay to the side as a more long term project, maybe something to do for the summer, but I'll keep the advice in mind so thank you for your help!


21 Oct 2008 - 14:047101
When I gather things I just take the area which needs to be gathered, and pin each side onto where I have to gather to. Then I fold it to find the middle of each of them, then pin the middles together, then repeat until I've got the level of pleats that I need. I do this because I find the gathering with thread thing always turns out un even on me, so I like to have more control over where everything is going.

I've got some japanese dress patterns somewhere which may be useful- I'm at work at the moment though so I'll post them later.

-Tab


21 Oct 2008 - 15:277106
A friend of mine got a sewing machine for £25 at tescos the other day. It's worth keeping your eyes open for a bargin.

Of course, cosplay doesn't need a sewing machine - people managed by hand for thousands of years without an issues, but it does make things much more time consuming.


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