I am ecstatic to announce that I now offer these below classes that you can take online!
How to Sell on Etsy: Pricing, Marketing & Photography - NEW!
Pattern Grading: Adjusting Patterns to Fit Every Size
Do you have a fantastic design that you wish to offer to the world, but are limited to one single size? Do you wish to understand what separates the casual designer from a fashion design brand? Grading is a specialized skill set that can help transform your base style into multiple sizes. In offerings wider size ranges can doubles or triple your targeted customers. In this class you will learn the steps in to developing graded measurements and expand and reduce pattern shapes into different sizes. This will enable to capture wider audiences, and maximize your earning potential!
This in depth web seminar will take you through the industry standard grades and grading methodologies. All you will need is the base pattern, pattern making rulers, pencil, tape and paper. We will start by understanding measurements that are critical to grading, with emphasis on maintaining the same fabulous look and beautiful fit. Next, we will roll up our sleeves and learn about how to easily, quickly and accurately draft our graded patterns. Throughout the class, I will dispense professional tips and best practices that will enhance each topic. At the end of the class, you will have your own set of graded patterns and a tool box full of useful tools to establish your brand’s look!
How to Make Custom Linings: Draft and Sew Removable, Reversible Liners for your favorite ClothesGive your favorite summer jacket a makeover, and make it 3 season appropriate! Add flair and warmth to your coat in this class! You will learn the creative steps to design and make a removable and reversible coat liner! This fun web seminar will take you through the steps in drafting a liner pattern from existing coats, fabric selection, appropriate loft material, and finishing designs.You are only steps away from creating the perfect addition to your wardrobe.
We will start by going over basic details on jacket types, liner fabric selections, sewing techniques for thick material, patterns, key points in adding loft, and lastly, quickly finishing designs details. Throughout this web seminar, I will dispense professional tips and best practices that will enhance each topic. At the end of the class, you will have all the knowledge you need to create your own fun removable, and reversible liner!
Making of a Perfect Cosplay Costume
Last year, Amy and her husband Jeff came to me with a request to do the FFT White Mage and Laguna Loire’s cosplay. This year they tasked me with creating the Time Mage for Jeff. I already have Jeff’s basic measurements, so I got to work right away. The time mage like a bazillion stars, which is not a hard task. But then after looking at the design sketch for a bit, I get the feeling that this needs to have a very hand crafted feel to it. Almost like a heirloom quality. So instead of cutting out stars, I cut out various sizes of Triangles and Pentagons that made up the different sizes of stars. I also come to the conclusion that the time mage costume is a pant suit, caplet, black Habit, and the pointy hat.
Here are the panels with freshly sewn stars! I love this heirloom stitch on my machine and I want to use it more on my future cosplays.
Here is my reference:
Because of work schedule, I had to really crush the process, so I didn't take a lot of pictures in progress. But here are the finished photos. Hillary made and styled the wig for me, she also made the accessories in exchange for pattern making and draping lessons. I am all for that. There are still tons more work and details that needs to be added soon!
Thanks for Photos taken by Cosplay Boom, Toshiyasu Morita, my friends!
My reference photo is:
This is the base pattern for the neck wrap, if you want to reference it. :) the grid board on the back gives you a sense of scale if you want to duplicate your own. Left side is the center back, then side back, and Right piece is the front wrap. The curved Center back seam allow it to fit closely to the neck, and blossoms out, framing the head.
This fabric sew like a dream and I found a shimmery gold taffeta lining to go with the look. I also match the fabric pattern at all the center back seams, so the exquisite floral brocade was kept in tack!
If you are interested in knowing my embroidery process, here it is. 1) roughly place the major components on the fabric base first. For the back panel, it would be the wolf and fish appliques.
modeled photo is from Hillary, and she does not want her face shown. :)
One of the biggest project I did for Pax Prime 2013 was Rita Mordio from Tales of Vasperia.
My customer wanted a complete package, which included everything you see - costume, accessories, shoes covers, gadgets! And Rita has many! From her mysteries waist gadgets to the waist book harness, and her weapon - a flying scroll, Rita is endless surprises and discoveries. But I took it with stride, dissecting the figurine (which my customer kindly provided) piece by piece one at a time.
I used Kona cottons for that deep saturated color effect to achieve the bold look of Rita's cosplay. Of course Kona Cotton also offers a bazzillion colors that matches my every needs! I made the inner bodice with long puffy sleeves, and then the outer vest. Of course they are tacked together for consistency and ease of wearing. The legging is just a simple white cotton knit with one leg, and covers are created to fit the shoes.
I also partnered up with a leatherworker to make the golden choker, book harness with storage space inside for Rita's Convention loots.
I am very happy with how this complicated but amazing project turned out!