Fabric and Pattern Recommendations for Little Witch Academia

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#1 Shorty89 on 9 months ago

Hi guys. I'm wanting to do Sucy from Little Witch Academia. I want to do her costume from one episode as opposed to her regular school outfit. (she's the one with pink hair in the pics)

[IMG][url=https://imgur.com/jy1r7y7][img]http://i.imgur.com/jy1r7y7.png[/img][/url][/IMG]

[IMG][url=https://imgur.com/HWW8S4a][img]http://i.imgur.com/HWW8S4a.png[/img][/url][/IMG]

Sorry for the bad pictures. It's hard to get clear shots of it. I was hoping to base it off of a pattern. I'm not good enough at sewing to make my own. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any Morticia Adams or Halloween ones that would work. I also am pretty clueless when it comes to picking materials. What kind would you suggest?

Thanks in advance!

#2 DlGlT on 9 months ago

[url]https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7569[/url]

[url]https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7681[/url]

#3 Penlowe on 9 months ago

Both those dresses are good (buy both and put the drapey sleeves on the mermaid skirt), but I read that as a cape over a dress, where the cape is dark and the dress red. Make an ordinary cape (you can find Halloween patterns with big standing collars), then pull up the front and tack it to get the draped effect in front.

#4 nathancarter on 9 months ago

Are there better references of the arms and sleeves?

The first image looks like a long cloak without sleeves; but in the second image she has distinct arms, but the cuffs and hands are not drawn.

#5 DlGlT on 9 months ago

It just seems to be a more "evil queen" variation of her usual garb, which is very morticia.
[IMG]https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/littlewitch/images/1/1e/Sucy_Design.png/revision/latest?cb=20161030132045[/IMG]

[IMG]https://i.pinimg.com/originals/62/28/23/62282380f7f927d8f48409b0095bd49a.png[/IMG]

#6 Shorty89 on 9 months ago

[QUOTE=DlGlT;5065939]It just seems to be a more "evil queen" variation of her usual garb, which is very morticia.
[IMG]https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/littlewitch/images/1/1e/Sucy_Design.png/revision/latest?cb=20161030132045[/IMG]

[IMG]https://i.pinimg.com/originals/62/28/23/62282380f7f927d8f48409b0095bd49a.png[/IMG][/QUOTE]

Yeah, it does appear to have sleeves. It's hard with the animation style because it often doesn't show her arms as distinct from her body. I'll need to comb through the episode again to find more images.


Those patterns look good. What type of fabric would you recommend?

#7 Penlowe on 9 months ago

crepe, which is usually polyester. Slinky to wear, nice drape, but not too stretchy, pretty easy to sew and comfortable to wear.
[url]https://www.fabric.com/buy/0390329/polyester-dress-crepe-black[/url]

#8 Asmaria on 9 months ago

Is that cape separate, or part of the dress? If it's part of it, you can adjust the neckline to include a huge collar, but you will want to add interfacing and facing on the inside of the front where it opens, so that it can support the weight. I'll try to explain as an example.

First off, these are facings : [url]https://seekatesew.com/sewing101-facings/[/url]
Open any jacket and see how the inside fabric is lining, but the edges probably have some of the same fabric as the outside as well? This (along with the interfacing) provides strength so your edges don't roll or fold over.

Now you want to figure out your collar shape. I've done a similar giant collar here:
[url]http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3618669/[/url]

The more of a curve you have on the bottom side of the collar, the more it will curve when you wear it. It takes some experimenting to see how those shapes work, but a halloween cape will give you a starting shape!

If you figure out the shapes you want then just be sure you add a seam allowance anywhere you are sewing edges together or hemming it. Don't forget the stabilizer, too! I used very heavy stabilizer to make my collar this sturdy, and also used interfacing on both the outside and inside fabric that goes around it. I essentially sewed the inside and outside of the collar, then stuck the smaller cut piece of stabilizer inside.

Hope that helps!

#9 Shorty89 on 9 months ago

[QUOTE=Asmaria;5065968]Is that cape separate, or part of the dress? If it's part of it, you can adjust the neckline to include a huge collar, but you will want to add interfacing and facing on the inside of the front where it opens, so that it can support the weight. I'll try to explain as an example.

First off, these are facings : [url]https://seekatesew.com/sewing101-facings/[/url]
Open any jacket and see how the inside fabric is lining, but the edges probably have some of the same fabric as the outside as well? This (along with the interfacing) provides strength so your edges don't roll or fold over.

Now you want to figure out your collar shape. I've done a similar giant collar here:
[url]http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3618669/[/url]

The more of a curve you have on the bottom side of the collar, the more it will curve when you wear it. It takes some experimenting to see how those shapes work, but a halloween cape will give you a starting shape!

If you figure out the shapes you want then just be sure you add a seam allowance anywhere you are sewing edges together or hemming it. Don't forget the stabilizer, too! I used very heavy stabilizer to make my collar this sturdy, and also used interfacing on both the outside and inside fabric that goes around it. I essentially sewed the inside and outside of the collar, then stuck the smaller cut piece of stabilizer inside.

Hope that helps![/QUOTE]

That is helpful! Thanks!

#10 Asmaria on 9 months ago

Awesome! Good luck, I can't wait to see it!

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