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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Sew Much Cosplay™ at Fanboy Expo in Knoxville TN!

Join us at Fanboy Expo in Knoxville TN, June 29th to July 1st in 2018.  We will have all of our Cosplay creation materials on hand.  Get a demo of any of our products, as we would love to show you just how amazing the Sew Much Cosplay™ collection really is!

We will be at the Expo in Booth H1501. We hope to see you there!

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Cosplay Conversation – Casey Renee Cosplay

Tell us about yourself:

Name: Casey Renee Cosplay
Location: Atlanta, GA
Website: caseyreneecosplay.com
Facebook: Casey Renee Cosplay
Instagram: caseyreneecosplay
Twitter: @caseyreneecos
Other: Twitch.tv/caseyreneecosplay

Special thanks to Alexandra Lee Studios for photos.  You can reach her at:
www.alexandraleestudios.com  www.patreon.com/aleestudios
www.instagram.com/aleestudios  www.facebook.com/Alexandraleestudios  www.twitch.tv/alexandraleestudios

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?

This is my Rococo Belle costume, it is my own original design of Belle in the 18th Century made back in 2015-2016. I was inspired by historical dramas that I loved watching while crafting as well as Disney. Ever since I was little Disney has been a form of inspiration in my artistic life and as an adult the inspiration continues.

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?

Rococo Belle took over 450 hours of patterning, sewing, beading, wig styling, worbla, foam, wiring and love. At the time this was the hardest costume I have ever made and is still the costume that has the most “wow” factor.

What was your biggest challenge?

At first, constructing the garments was the biggest challenge, getting the proportion right, the fit right etc. But once I finished those and moved onto Lumiere that was by far the hardest thing for me. I knew very little about LED’s and wiring lights before this costume and I opted out of buying some tools that would have made soldering much easier, needless to say it took 10 hours and 4 attempts just to properly wire Lumiere and get all three of his lights to flicker when he was turned on. Even though I struggled I learned a lot and I am hoping to apply that to future costumes.

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?

The initial budget for this costume was $300 and I spent all of that, then a year and a half after it was “finished” I made some upgrades that cost another $100 so I spent a total of $400 on this costume.

What special techniques did you use?

I learned and used several different hand sewing stitches, especially for the beads as well as more math than I could have ever imagined. Getting the watteau pleats in the back of the dress was a pain and broke my brain for an entire day but was so worth it in the end.

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?

The most satisfying part of this cosplay is probably the shoes, footwear is typically painful for women and also just hard to make accurate and I made some stellar shoes that really helped to sell that this costume was from the 18th century.

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?

I actually have plans to remake this costume, the first thing I am looking at is more historically accurate fabric choices, beading details and really pushing the silhouette to align better with the time period.

How often do you Cosplay?

For me costume making is my full time job, whether I am working on commissions or making someone on stream for myself. The actual act of wearing costumes I would probably say is once or twice a month. I dramatically cut back on conventions to focus on building my costume making business so I only go to about 6 conventions a year now but I do photoshoots in between so I get to dress up more.  

How many cosplay do you do?

Last year I made 19 costumes for myself, a couple of them were only worn of an hour or two and some of them were worn for over 50 hours.

What do you want to make next?

I’m currently working on Amethyst from Sakizou to debut at Twitchcon in October, I predict the build to take between 600-800 hours (I’m over 100 hours in and maybe 10% there). On the side I am also working on a Goddess Ariel costume I intend to throw underwater for a photoshoot at Colossalcon. I’m also always making myself new clothes to wear or outfits for vintage parties like the Gatsby Garden Party I will be attending in May.

Favorite cosplay moment? 

My favorite cosplay moment was probably Phoenix Comic Con 2016, I broke my foot 3 weeks before the convention and had intended on going by myself until the brake so my Mom volunteered to go with me. She had never seen me in cosplay before or been to convention and to see the joy on her face every time a person asked for a photo or wanted to talk with me about my costume really made me happy. She even cried when I won first place in the master category at the masquerade that night. It was incredibly rewarding to share this part of my world with her.

Favorite fandoms to follow?

Disney, anything Victorian Gothic, Historical dramas, and some Marvel and Dc, I kind of fell out of the comic book collecting when DC redid their universe in 2016.

What sewing machine do you sew on?

My two main machines are my Bernina 801 sport and my Singer Heavy Duty 4423 my serger is the Brother 1034D I am clearly not brand loyal.

What materials do you like using?

Sewing and fabric manipulation are by far my favorite but I also like using Smooth on Resin, Worblas Finest Art (black is my go to) and if I am going to use foam I would do with TnT Cosplay supplies but I rarely do foam crafting.

What materials do you want to try?

I actually have some sewable foam on my “to buy” list sitting on my desk so I would say that’s at the top of my list of things to work with. Also I would love an embroidery machine to level up my sewing game.

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?

Hmmm, thats a hard question to answer because all material gets easy to work with once you have the right knowledge to work with it. I guess if I had to say I would say that I wish rhinestones were easier to apply. I recently bought the HotFix tool to apply 10000 3mm rhinestones to a dress and the tool seems to hate to work properly.  

What techniques are you dying to learn?

I’m in the process of learning tambour embroidery and crochet for my current project but my next venture would be to learn millinery, I’ve always found Derby hats to be lovely and I would love to make some myself.

Thanks, Carey Renee, for sharing your cosplay and photos with us! Want to be featured on our site? We would love to show your cosplay to the world!  Check out our Submissions page and send us an email! 

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Cosplay Conversation – Chris “Papa Bear” English

Tell us about yourself:
Name: Chris “Papa Bear” English
Location: Chicagoland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/papabearcosplay/
Instagram: @papabearcosplay
Twitter: @papabearcosplay
Other: Cosawesome.com
Cosplay Affiliations: Cosawesome studios, Chicago P.O.C. Cosplayers, Costumers With A Cause, We Are Cosplay

Photography By Noah Smith and Rick Drew

Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?
Hellboy was my inspiration because I loved the film and connected with him looking like a tough guy but deep down he is just a big softy, and I really felt like I could do the character justice.

How long did it take to make your Cosplay?
Hellboy was my very first cosplay, and my very first attempt at cosplay so I put it together in a day with store bought items, and things I had around the house. Over the course of time I kept revamping it, so long story short it’s taken me years.

What was your biggest challenge?
Just understanding the nuances of costuming and what it takes to put together a costume, it was more difficult than I thought.

What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
Not knowing anything I spent a good deal of money testing products, makeup, plastics, and foam, tools so I would say close to a thousand.

What special techniques did you use?
I wouldn’t say its anything special unless you count playing and ruining materials until something good happens as special (laughs).

What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?
It was satisfying just finishing something from nothing, and I was proud to have dedicated myself to something.

If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?
Nothing at all, I have learned so much from this cosplay and I wouldn’t change a thing.

How often do you Cosplay?
I find myself cosplaying at least once a month right now, but that can jump up to two or three times.

How many cosplay do you do?
Right now I have about 20-30 costumes I think.

What do you want to make next?
There are so many I would be writing a novel!

Favorite cosplay moment?
Anytime I can cosplay with my daughter those are usually my favorite moments.

Favorite fandoms to follow?
Cosplay is my favorite thing to follow, watching different people from all over the world create new and exciting things. I really enjoy all things DC, I also like some anime.

What sewing machine do you sew on?
Currently I don’t own one.

What materials do you like using?
I like using foam more than anything.

What materials do you want to try?
I would love to try use various fabrics more often.

What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
For me electronics is like kryptonite.

What techniques are you dying to learn?
Would really like to learn to sew better.

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