Ursula Sew A Long – Week 4 – Final Dress Details

Hi Everyone!  Let’s get this Ursula cosplay finished!

This week were assembling the bodice, attaching it to the skirt, and making the shell from Hero Foam.

If you haven’t already traced off and cut out your pattern pieces form the pattern with your pattern tissue, now is the time!  If you need to make any adjustments such as blending sizes or shortening/lengthening the bodice do that now.  Personally, I take 1” out of the length of this bodice for myself, I’m more of an apple shape so for the waist seam to hit correctly I need to remove that length.  After you’ve traced off and cut out your pattern its time to cut it out.  The lower bodice pieces will be cut from your black spandex and the top, sleeves, and neckband will be cut from the purple spandex.

The video for this section has some helpful tips to put together the front of the bodice to make a sharp point in the center.

I didn’t want to go into too much detail as the pattern has great directions with it already.

Now that you’ve got the cosplay all together lets look at the accessories!  This week were going to tackle the shell necklace.  My housemate Alli helped with this one, were using Hero Foam in the 6mm thickness to make the shell.  You can make it from 2 or 3 thicknesses, I just liked the depth from the three layers.  Use contact cement to glue the three pieces together and waited a few minutes to make sure that it was completely dry.

At this point you can pain the shell however you’d like, spray paint, acrylic paint, mixed media paint, its really your choice.  I’ve use all sorts of paint on the Hero Foam and it turns out well.  If you’ve got a small scrap of felt available you can use it to secure a jump ring to the back of the shell with some hot glue or the contact cement after the paint is dry.  Add it to a ready made necklace or make one and you’ve got the first accessory finished!  If you wanted to make shell earrings too, you could do the same thing for those and then finish them on earring wires.

Click HERE to download the worksheet and instructions for this part of the build!

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Ursula Sew A Long – Week 3 – Building the skirt bottom

I hope that you have a cosplay beginning to take shape by week 3!  Let’s continue to give our Sea Witch more life!  This week we’ll be working on quilting and assembling the bottom of the cosplay.

Using all of the tentacles that you prepared last week you can choose to quilt them however you’d like.  This week’s video is about two different ways that you could quilt them with your home sewing machine and I’ll share some photos of my quilting on the longarm.  Go ahead and do all of the tentacles, cut them apart from one another if you need to, but don’t cut out the full shape yet.

There you have it, two ways to quilt your tentacles on your machine.  Now with my long arm I loaded them on to the roller system and started at the top and went down the line.  I learned quickly that it was easier to do the squiggles (the technical quilting term is meander) first, and then go back and do the inside of all the suckers second.  This made it easier to cut the jump stitches between the suckers.


The next thing that we’ll need to do is make a line of stitching around the outside of the tentacle.  This is important because we’ll be working from the back of the piece next.  So roll it up and get ready to turn it around, we want to stitch the basic shape of your tentacle through all of the layers we’ve just made.  You will want to use a longer stitch length, a 4 or 5 would be great incase any of these stitches show later they’ll be easier to rip out, and use a bobbin thread color that pops on black, it’ll make this next step easier.

After you’ve stitched this line.  You are going to layer it up with the lack Lycra that you’ve got hanging out.  I cut my black Lycra to be slightly oversized from the size of my tentacles.  Lay the black Lycra over the worksurface, right side up, then put the tentacle right side down against Lycra.  You should now be seeing those contrasting bobbin threads from the last step.  You’re your ball point pins to pin the Lycra in place to be able to sew these together.

Use your pattern piece to mark the mini line so you know where to stop sewing the side seams.  Sew these together, being sure to backstitch at both ends, repeat for remaining tentacles.  Check out the video about this below.

If you made the mini skirt version, or a smaller size with a singe tentacle shape too you don’t need to assemble the individual bits, just stitch around all of them and then trim them out as one big piece and turn.

After you’ve stitched all of the Lycra to the quilted Super Structure foam clip out the shape of the tentacles.  Trim to a ¼” to ½” seam allowance, and then go back and cut out all of the super structure foam that remains in the seam allowance.  Peel the cotton fabric from the Super Structure foam, and ONLY remove the foam.  After this you can turn all of the tentacles right side out.  Now its time to construct the actual skirt.  Match the top of a tentacle to the next one and ONLY sew the Lycra to the next piece of Lycra.  Repeat for all of the tentacles.  After you’ve finished the Lycra then its time to do the same with the Super Structure foam.  This time, rather than turning the Super Structure to the inside to conceal the seams, turn it towards the right size, making exposed seams on the inside of the skirt bottom.  While there will be exposed seams here, they are up high, and as such, you won’t see them from the outside of the cosplay.

After you’ve done this, you can test fit the skirt to see how its going to fit!  YAY!

Another week done.  Next week we’ll put it all together and see the finished cosplay, before all of the accessories.

Click HERE to download the supply list for this part of the build! 

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Ursula Sew A Long – Week 2

{Editor note: Life got totally in the way of posting this last week, but look for an update by the end of this week for Week 3! – Cheryl}

Hey everyone! Ashley here…This week we’re going to tackle the tentacles and prepare them to be quilted and put together with their counter parts.  Last week you should have drafted the tentacle pattern and learned how much super structure foam and fabric you needed for this week.

Take the pattern that you made for your tentacles and lay it out to roughly cut out the shape of your tentacles from your fabric of choice.  I layered up all 6 layers of quilting weight cotton that I had and roughly cut out all of them in one pass with my Sew Much Cosplay Sew Super Shears.  You don’t need to be exact here, a basic shape is going to be more helpful at this point than being precise.

After you’ve cut all of your tentacles out you need to fuse them to the super structure foam.  Twist and turn them to fill out the space in the most efficient way possible to have good size scraps left for your next project.  Go ahead and give them all a good press to fuse your fabric t the super structure foam.  Next you’ll want to lay out the tentacle pattern on each one and outline that shape.  I used sidewalk chalk to get a nice bright marking at this point to be able to see it well.  On to the suckers!

To cut my suckers I used an O from font I found online and layered 3 of them inside of one another to get the shape I wanted.  I’m including the SVG file that I used if you want to recreate the same sucker.  For the first one of these I made I cut 9 complete sets per tentacle and pressed them on, the size of your tentacle may require more or less.

Click here to download the Suckers_SVG file!

Powershine Glitter and Foil are heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and go on easily with your home iron.  If you are not familiar with HTV, it is comprised of the pretty vinyl as well as a clear carrier sheet.  When you use a digital cutter to cut it you usually only cut though the pretty side and then weed (remove) the vinyl that you are not using leaving what you want stuck to the clear carrier sheet so you can press it on your surface.  This technique is generally referred to as a kiss cut or a half cut.  In this case, I wanted to cut entirely though the carrier sheet too so I had 6 separate ovals to use for suckers. Cut as desired, with a digital cutter or by hand.  Arrange them on your tentacle and press on the arrangement you desire following the directions on the package for iron temperature.

Peel off the clear carrier sheet once the Powershine Glitter has cooled, this is referred to as a cold peel and ensures that the Powershine is set before you remove the carrier sheet (at this point the Powershine is machine washable, can be dried in the drier and is also able to be dry cleaned).  Repeat for the rest and I’ll see you here next week so we can quilt and assemble the tentacles!

Click here to download this week’s printable here! 

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Ursula Sew A Long – Week 1 – Drafting Tentacles!

Hey everyone, Ashley here.  Ok, let’s Go!  Hopefully you were able to source your materials for this week, if you didn’t find everything yet, that’s okay.  Let’s dive in!

In this week’s video I’ll be showing you how to modify your pattern for the tentacles based on a full circle skirt pattern.  My recommended pattern is Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Dress, you can also work this week from a full circle skirt pattern too. (See last week’s post about the supply list and resources)

Trace off one quarter of a full circle skirt pattern, mark mini length on it to know that you won’t be making the skirt too short, and note the full width of your fabric that you are using to know not to go any longer than this length.  Haven’t picked out your fabric yet?  Keep the full length shorter than 44” and no wider than 22” to maximize fabric usage based on my experience.  For the mini you’ll want to keep the length under 22 and the width under 11”.

So, decide on your pattern, track off your circle skirt, and have fun modifying that 1/6th of the skirt to be your tentacle!

Don’t forget to download the quick cosplay page for this week to take notes and reference when making your pattern.

Click here for this week’s download! 

We’ll see you next week for tentacle preparation!

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Ursula Cosplay Sew A Long – Week 0! Let’s get started!

Hi everyone, I’m Ashley and I’m going to be leading this sew-a-long!  I have been cosplaying for 16 years when I first started with characters from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and have been doing it since.  Over the years I became a costumer specializing in costumes for tRHPS and have been shipping around the world since 2007.   

Here with Sew Much Cosplay my first cosplay is widely recognizable as Ursula from The Little Mermaid!

She was decided upon from thinking about the Sew Much Cosplay products and what I could make from them.  I’m calling this week zero so you can gather what you’ll need to get a good grasp on this project.  I’m including the supply list for every week this week so you’ve got them and can plan accordingly.  Next week we’ll jump straight in to how to make the pattern for the tentacles.  If you scroll all the way to the bottom you’ll see I made this into a quick two page printable for you to reference and check off!

Here’s a quick video of some of what you’ll need from the Sew Much Cosplay Line!

Week 1: Let’s make a pattern!

Week 2: Tentacle prep

Week 3: Tentacle quilting and assembly

  • Black Lycra (similar yardage to your original tentacles, plus and extra ½ yard we’ll use next week)
  • Sewing machine of your choice (home sewing machine or longarm)
  • Free motion quilting foot or walking foot
  • Thread purple and black
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Pins (I prefer ballpoint pins for this particular sew)
  • Clips (you can skip these and just use pins, but I really like the clips!)
  • Fabric Scissors

Week 4: Top assembly and shell necklace

  • Black Lycra (you should have this from week 3)
  • Purple Lycra (1 yd at most)
  • Pattern tissue (left from week 1)
  • RNK Stitch Perfection Tape
  • 5” Waistband elastic or similar elastic (optional, but recommended)
  • Pen/pencil/marker
  • Marking pen/chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Thread
  • Serger with 4 threads and two needles (optional)
  • Sew Much Cosplay Hero Foam 6mm (I used 4”x15”)
  • Sew Much Cosplay Awesome Armor Snips
  • Contact cement (source it at your local hardware store)
  • Dremel or another rotary tool (or you could use an Xacto knife)

Week 5: Floatsam and Jetsam

  • Sea foam green satin
  • Teal organza
  • Black (6”x12”), Yellow(4”x6”), White (6”x12”), Pink (4”x6”) cotton fabrics for appliqués
  • Sew Much Cosplay Powerboost Lining
  • Sew Much Cosplay Mighty Fuse
  • RNK Sew Shrink Fabric
  • RNK Embroidery Batting
  • RNK Embroidery Perfection Tape
  • Embroidery machine, with arm, hoop, and black embroidery thread (optional, you can do the applique on your regular machine too)

Week 6: Bonus Petticoat for Volume

  • 6” Rolls of tulle (or tulle to cut into strips) (I used 4 50’ rolls of black, 2 light purple, and 1 each of medium purple, dark purple, light blue and dark blue)
  • 5” waistband elastic
  • .5-1 yd Lycra or other stretchy fabric for lining
  • Serger with 4 threads and 2 needles
    • Or Sewing machine with needle and thread

Click HERE for the downloadable Supply List!  Look for these products at a store near you or Online!

See you next week for week 1 of the sew-a-long!

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Sansa the Seamstress made Margaery’s Wedding Dress?

Hi all – Cheryl here.  I’m going to do something a BIT different and now that Game of Thrones is over I wanted to chat about something I noticed but only at the finale.  I’m totally geeking out over the finale, and Sansa’s Queen of the North costume, and the cosplay potential is amazing, and we barely saw any stills of the dress!  But read on for a new theory I have because it concerns one of my other favorite dresses in the series!

Sansa Sewing / HBO

Sansa has been shown as having been sewing and making her own dresses from Season 1.

Sansa says she made her dress / HBO

She even tells the queen that she made her dress.

Sansa’s crude roses / Image courtesy Michele Carragher / HBO

But in Season 1 is a certain dress with a rose neckline.   It’s been established she makes her dresses so it’s easy to extrapolate that she made this one for the tournament, especially because of her fascination with Loras, Knight of the Roses.

Margaery’s Gown / Image courtesy Michele Carragher / HBO

Fast forward to Margaery’s wedding.  The dress, covered in roses and embroidery, isn’t stated as made by Sansa or inspired by her.  But it’s clear that the relationship between Sansa and Margaery and Olenna has grown.

Margaery’s Gown / Image courtesy Michele Carragher / HBO

They met about what kind of person Joffery is, so it could stand to reason they met other times about the wedding planning.  Sansa’s dress making skills are much better, and the roses are delicately and beautifully executed.  So I believe that Sansa either made or was heavily involved in the making of the dress. We have not seen these roses before other than Sansa’s tournament dress, also inspired by the Tyrell house sigil of the rose.

Sansa’s wedding dress to Tyrion / HBO

Margaery’s wedding dress to Tommen / HBO

But Joffrey dies and Sansa leaves town, and her next dress is more influenced by Sansa’s previous wedding dress than the Tyrell rose themed one.

Dark Sansa / HBO

Now stay with me, as this is where it changes up. Sansa’s journey with Littlefinger brings her to the Vale, and the reveal of “Dark Sansa”.  In a bit that I did not notice, the fabric in the Dark Sansa costume is the same as the fabric in Margaery’s dress, dyed dark, like Sansa’s hair is dyed dark. (I’ll wait while you scroll up to see.)

Promotional Still / Entertainment Weekly

Here is a promotional still of Sophie Turner in Entertainment Weekly where you can see the leaf detail on the dress.

Still sewing / HBO

Sansa continues to have her needle serve her with making clothes for herself and Jon, and eventually leads her to the finale.

Queen of the North / HBO

Queen Sansa’s dress is made from the same fabric as Margaery’s wedding dress and the Dark Sansa Dress! To me, this means that this fabric is available to Sansa.  Perhaps it’s woven in the North. Combined with the roses and the fabric being on Sansa twice now in two powerful scenes, I believe that Sansa created Margaery’s dress.  Margaery’s wedding dress was always the thumbing of her nose at Cersei, and who better to help with that other than the silent protest of Sansa!

Michele Clapton, the costume designer, confirms the fabric is in all three dresses.  Of course, Michele is a genius, and so is Michele Carragher, the lead embroiderer whom we have interviewed for this blog before!


So what do you think? Did Sansa make Margaery’s dress?

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Con Crunch! is HERE!

Cheryl is pretty excited to announce a brand new 4 part web-series called Con Crunch is debuting today!

Produced by F+W Media, Cheryl was invited to help create a series about cosplay that would appeal to cosplayers of all kinds.  After much discussion, we all realized that every cosplayer goes through the “Con Crunch”, and thus the show was born! The show is generously sponsored by Brother Sewing Machines and RNK Distributing (who also makes our line of Sew Much Cosplay products!).

After casting a group of cosplayers in the Denver area, we set to filming in early April.  Now that the series has launched, we can’t wait for you to watch it.

Check out the trailer above and be sure to head over the link below to register by June 21, 2019 to be entered to win a 3D printer by RNK Distributing or a Brother Sewing Machine!

Con Crunch Episode 1: This Girl is on Fire!

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Dragon Con Wrap Up!

Wow!  It’s taken us a few days to recover from Dragon Con 2018, but we are sew excited to have met so many of you there!

We had a wonderful time meeting so many cosplayers.  Cheryl had not been to the show in 15 years! But it has not changed very much except in size.  Dragon Con has always had a large costuming aspect and even 15 years later, events like the Masquerade and such were still going strong.

Close to 90,000 attendees visit Altanta GA every year for Dragon Con.  One of the things we kept hearing is that everyone was so (sew?) happy that there was a cosplay supply company at the show.  Well, that was really awesome to hear, and we are more than happy to oblige.  Thanks to our pals at Famore Cutlery (the ScissorMan), we were thrilled to be there!

Our team did not get many opportunities to leave our booth, but we did rush over after the vendor hall closing one night to visit the Cosplay Museum.  We were in awe of the amazing cosplays we saw displayed there.  I don’t think we could have taken enough pictures of the amount of detail and love our fellow cosplayers put into their work and this was an amazing thing to see at the show.  It was well worth our tired feet and hot, sticky weather walk from the convention center to the hotel where the Museum was housed.  We really don’t know how some of you do it in costume at this show!  Atlanta weather can be really brutal sometimes.

One of the most important things we do at the show is to help fellow cosplayers with repairs.  From busted shoes, to straps that came loose, to frayed and stepped-on hems, we really enjoyed meeting you and helping you make your cosplays whole again!  We were able to sit and chat with many of you while you got your repairs, and we hope that we sent you on with information and education.

Big thanks to everyone who came by to visit us at our booth and we hope to see you next year.  Ashley, Clarissa, and Cheryl had a lovely time meeting you! Sign up for our email and be notified when we will be in your area next!


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