I’ve had some crazy ideas in my time, but this might just take the cake. Have you ever heard of cosplay? Essentially you’re talking about dressing up as a fictional character – and anything goes. You could be dressing up as your favorite super hero, TV cartoon character, or someone from a game! Some folks truly make an art of it, and it goes way beyond Halloween!
Now this idea has always intimidated me- I’m no seamstress! In recent years though, a form of dress up inspired by characters has emerged that has really caught my attention. Essentially using your own wardrobe with slight alteration to have a “normal clothes… but inspired by/clearly intending to be — character” look. So think colors, patterns, and designs simple interpretations that can be done with little or no custom DIY work. Also, think small. You can just add a belt, a necklace, or some other accessory you customized.
Why do I bring all this up? Well I’m flying off to GenCon 2018 to work the room with Brother ScanNCut team and I thought it would be fun to dress up a bit as I know so many attendees do! But what to do? What would be something I could make but also would be practical and comfortable?
I decided the way to go would be to hand craft a few fun accessories to wear each day, and be inspired by some favorite character or theme – related to GenCon or not.
I got the idea looking around my studio to go with an 80’s rainbow loving cartoon character because I have a blue dress that if only I could make a belt… it would work! For a project like my belt you’ll need felt, white thread (hand stitch or sew), red belt, and of course it helps to have a ScanNCut!
I used my ScanNCut to create pieces just the right size for this “belt buckle” of sorts. I filmed my entire process including my thoughts on working on such a project. That (18 minute!) epic video can be found here on YouTube.
Basically I cut the pieces. Stitched the pieces. Then stitched it to the belt! The real key to a project like this is to pause and think out the logistics. Think about what you’re doing, and how it’ll look. The #1 lesson I’ve learned so far in making these costume-y accessories?
SIMPLE IS ALWAYS BEST!
Every single time I start getting too complicated in design or colors, I fail. It’s always better to start simple, add on slowly.
One fun fact – this was my new sewing machine (sent to me by my friends at Brother!) debut project. WOW this machine can handle itself! I will be posting some information about it and other sewing machine 101 info soon. In the meantime, I’ve got a few more character inspired outfits to make!
Of course while I’m making costume accessories for myself – I have ideas for my own daughters as well as other kids I know to share the fun with them as well! I really love the idea of some playful DIY accessories and I’m really getting into this. What should I try next? Have you ever made any costumes or accessories? Do share!
usual disclaimer here – I am a paid consultant for Brother, a Brand Ambassador for the ScanNCut. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own. This is a company and machine I adore – as you can see it makes my wild ideas reality!