DIY Cosplay Natsu from Fairytale – Tutorial

My god child Sonja asked me once to make a Fairytale costume for a friend of hers. They wanted to go to a Games Con. Sonja had bought a Lucy costume for herself but her friend still needed his cosplay.

She asked me if I could sew a Natsu costume. I must say I had to google for this name hihi

I knew the name Fairytale coz I had bought some of her mangas as a gift but never ever read one of these.

After looking for pics of Natsu I asked Sonja to give me some measurements from Alex like hip, waist, bust, shoulder length ….

Guess what I got in the end?????? “Elly, he is 6ft in height”. Thats all the information I got LOL

Lucky for me I’ve seen Alex a few times before. Otherwise I wouldnt have known is he a skinny 6ft or a muscle one or a little over weighted! There are way to many different physiques out there to sew without any information

To make this cosplay suitable I had to make compromises!

I bought black, white and yellow cotton + velcro

First I made the skirt. Because I hadnt had his size I decided to make the skirt variable for different sizes. To do so I used velcro as seen in this sketch.

If you want to sew it the way I did, dont use a too small piece of velcro! The velcro will hold the skirt together!!!

For the size of the skirt I measured myself and added a few inches in length and width. The front I cut 2 1/2 inches broader than the back because the 2 front pieces will overlap a little.

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First sew the 2 skirt pieces together. Check how the skirts fits you and where to make the cut to get the 2 pieces for your front. See pic above. Cut your front. Add the yellow bias binding .

I wanted the bias binding in 5/8″ so I cut 2 3/8″ strips

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Now measure all three pieces together, add 2″ and cut a 4″ wide stripe. Iron it to the half. Sew the waistband to your skirt. Start at the small front piece. If done the waistband  should have been longer when you finished at the larger front piece.

Sew the velcro on it. 2 stripes on the small front of your waistband, the other 2 on the back of the larger side. Make sure you wont see the velcro when you close your skirt.

Your skirt is done and should look like mine

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Here you can see Sonja with the cosplay. Even she is way smaller than Alex she can wear the skirt!

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The next has been the vest

I used a pattern from a shirt. I made it larger than my size and added 3 inches in length.

You only need the back pattern. Cut it twice. Take one of them and cut it in the middle. Now lay them right side on right side. Cut a sleight curve from the neck down. Add bias binding on front, arms …

I put a lining to the front , but it isnt necessary. I thought it would look better if the front fabric isnt too “soft”

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For Natsus pants I used the “Burda Young Mens Pants pattern 7306”.

It looked close to the one Natsu wears if I’ve seen it right on the Natsu pics. I needed something very wide and comfy. I only had to shorten the pant legs to make it look more  like Natsu’s pants.

I cut a size way bigger than Alex would wear usually.

Because I wanted to make an elastic waistband I added 3 inches for it.

Sew the sides and the pant legs.

Follow the pic below. If you have an overlock you can skip the first point

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Now put elastic bands in your waistband

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Because I hadnt been sure this pants will fit Alex I put a band in the waistband too!

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Your pants is almost done

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Put in both pant legs an elastic band too and add  a 2″ black stripe. Make sure the black stripe is on both sides of the leg at least 3 to 4″ longer!

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Last but not least the scarf. I used a 1 !/2 yard long, 9 inches wide white cotton

First sew with your overlock all around your scarf. Choose a long stitch on your sewing maschine and sew lines, lines, lines

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Here you can see why I said using a long stitch. The fabric crinkles a little and the scarf looks better

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I bought this foot last year and its more then helpful when sewing 1″ lines 🙂

Now cut 4″ stripes on both sides of your scarf

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Say hello to Lucy and Natsu 😀

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Thank you sweetie for playing my model ❤

Cute little girl’s dress including tutorial

Do you remember your first day at school?

The excitement to finally going to school like your one year older brother? To know you will learn how to read, write, count? To make new friends, say good bye to some of your Kindergarten friends?

It was such a big step for me but I dont remember much. But what I remember is the new dress I got for this special day.

Now little Miss M. will have her first day at school and I choosed the pattern from my Mickey Mouse dress to sew a new dress for her “big day”

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If you like this pattern you can find it (model 126) in this magazine:

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So many blogs I read so far helped me with sewing tips and tutorials.

This is the reason to do my own tutorial for a girls dress and give back some of the help

Here is my tutorial:

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A few photos from my tutorial

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And now the dress. Isnt the fabric adorable? ❤ ❤ ❤

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My own design: sewing a Kilt as minidress

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last year I sewed this mini dress.

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I like this dress very much.

I dont know how I got the idea to combine this dress and a kilt. LOL

Maybe I’ve seen a kilt or a pleated skirt on the internet. I dont remember hehe

I searched the net for tutorials and pics of how to make a kilt.

The fantastic woolen and the leather straps I found at Ebay UK. For the Kilt only I needed nearly 3 yards 😮

At first I shorten my pattern.

I sewed it the same way like my “old” mini dress. Then I sewed the kilt and put both together.

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to make my Kilt more realistic I added leather straps. They are just decoration because the fabric “under” this front is 10 inches longer. So no reason to “fear” storm and wind when wearing it without trousers hehe

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For sewing special projects like bags or this dress I ordered a brass stamp with my logo to put on leather.

Yes, it has been expensive but I love it

I still have to find a way to sew these small leather pieces. It isnt perfect with hand sewing 😦 and it hurts because the leather stripes has been thick

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I made another Kilt minidress with this blue/green colors. But I still have to put the straps and the logo on it

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What do you think about my design? I so love it and will wear it very often hihi

Merken

Ikea Grundtal as a form dress pin cushion

3 month ago my teacher in my sewing course left the class because she found a job in an other store 😦

I wanted to make something special for her to thank her and to show her how much I learned in her course

I thought long and hard what kind of project I could make for her.

Then I saw a picture in a magazine with a christmas wine bottle cover

I wanted to make something like this too. But I didnt knew if Birgid drinks wine or not because I for myself never drink wine and if I would get a gift like bottle covers I would never use it.

My next visit to Ikea got me an better idea. I saw the Grundtal containers with the magnetic back and I had an idea what I would make with them 🙂

A FORM DRESS PINCUSHION !!!

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This pin cushion is the second one I made. The first one had to be ready very fast and I didnt had have the time to make photos for a tutorial

This Is how I made it:

What I used:

1 Ikea Grundtal container

2 different fabrics

ribbon

1 wooden pole 3/8

1/8 plywood

wood plate

foam padding  1 3/4

glue

beads 1/8

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a collection of what I used

 

I used my form dress as model to make my pattern

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here you can see my pattern has 10 inches ( the red mark will be described later)

Front and back are identical except for the darts. I added half an inch for the fabric

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I started with my container first

A colleague had sawn the wood plate and the plywood for me. Thank you again 🙂

The plywood has been for my form dress, the wood plate for my container

The plywood should have nearly the same width as the container. It will be the bottom of your form dress

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the wood plate will be the “filling” of the container. You need it to glue your wooden pole in it and it will make the container heavier.

I didnt had a wood plate with the right hight .

I found 2 plates which fitted very well together to get the hight I needed. (1/8 under the edge of the container)

My colleague used a holesaw to cut the plates. His working with a holesaw helped me very much, because the drill in it marked the exact middle of my plates 🙂

I put the cover of the container and the oval plywood between the 2 wood plates and drilled a 3/8 hole through all. This way the plastic cover wont break when drilling the hole.

If done, put all of it together, close your container and check if the wooden pole fits well and is straight. Otherwise your form dress will be looking askew

   

If you use 2 plates like I did glue both together. Check if both holes fit exactly together!

 Paint your wooden pole the color you like. I choosed white.

Now to the sewing part 🙂

cut front and back of the pattern and sew the darts on both pieces

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sew both sides together

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for the next step take the plywood bottom and a piece of vilene.

Add half an inch and paint it on the vilene

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cut the vilene and iron it on your fabric. Add half an inch on your fabric too and cut it

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sew this piece on the bottom of your “dress”

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now glue the plywood on the vilene

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because the glue had to dry I went back to my container

Cut a piece of fabric for the container. It has to be large enough to wrap around the top and the sides of the plates.Glue this fabric on the top.

When the glue has been dried, cut a hole in the fabric. Make sure it has the same size like the one in the plate. It helps to position the plate into the container later

Give glue in the container and except for the top on all sides of the fabric. Put it into the container and stuff the fabric with a small screwdriver in it.

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before clamping the plate into the container make sure the hole from the plate is exactly in the middle !!!

Dry it a few hours

I glued the cover on the container

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Back to the “dress”

Cut a hole the same size like the one in your glued plywood in the bottom of your dress

 cut the foam padding to the width of your bottom.

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put the padding into your dress and cut the length. Be sure the padding is really all the way down to the bottom. Let the padding 1 or more inches longer.

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now mark the hole on your padding

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put the padding out of the dress and write what side of the dress it has been: back or front.

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 use a big scewdriver and shove it slowly through the padding. Start at the mark you made before. Make sure you will stay in middle of the padding!!!

When you take a look at my form dress you will see I didnt stayed all the length in the middle 😦

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Go back and forth a few times with your screwdriver before trying to put your wooden pole through this hole.The wooden pole should go easy through it now.

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place the wooden pole with the padding in your container.Pin your dress on the padding and cut your padding to the right length

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now you have to decide on what position of the wooden pole your dress should be at the end. I let enough place under the dress to grasp the wooden pole with my hand. Mark your wooden pole on the top of the padding and saw it half an inch under your mark.

Glue the wooden pole into your container and let it dry.

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Cut every edge of your padding to make it look more oval.

Start with the buttock.

Cut a 4 inch half-round piece out of your padding.

Round it like seen on the pictures below. Dont cut all in one. Make small steps. Between every cut put your padding and the buttock into your dress and check it

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at the end it will be looking like this

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making of the breast will be nearly the same. Start here with an 4inch padding too and dont forget: small steps

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now cut shoulders and neck

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the picture below shows why I painted a red line on my pattern. The dress just didnt looked well this way.

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Before the next step remove the breast and the buttock padding and insert the wooden pole.

If the buttock padding is inside the dress the hole in the padding you made with the screwdriver wont be exactly in the middle.

Put buttock and breast back into your dress.

to repair my pattern I didnt cut the fabric. I pinned the fabric with needles and sewed it by hand

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fill the side with small stripes of the padding

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sew shoulders and neck by hand too

I added a little decoration to my form dress

The ribbon is glued on the container

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The chain is made with very small beads and wire. This way you can “form” it better around the neck

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And now my form dress pin cushion 🙂

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I hope you will like my tutorial 🙂

How to make the Ikea christmas tree fabric into a 3D wall hanging

A year ago I had so many ideas for christmas decorations. But I wasn’t good enough to sew them!
When I started this blog, I posted a photo of a certain fabric from Ikea. The Christmas tree!
Last year I wanted to make a curtain out of it but the fabric was too long for that.

This year I had another better idea and I knew how to do it!!!

 

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I wanted to make a 3D wall hanging with the gorgeous fabric!
The tree should look like a real Christmas Eve tree decorated with toys and gifts.

First I sewed a ribbon on the side of the fabric. Not because it looks nicer, but because it says “Made for Ikea” on it.

 

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Next I wanted to realize my 3D ideas.
I started with the Christmas packages. I didn’t wanted the packages side by side! It should look more realistic.
If you want to re-stitch my project, use fabric with small motifs for the packages. This looks better.
Then I painted the 4 packages on paper, how I wanted to sew them for the tree. I bought foam in 2 different thicknesses and cut out the packs. Each package got a zipper so I could wash the fabric without the inlet.
On the back side I sewed 2 strips of velcro. I sewed the counterpart of the velcro onto the tree fabric. Put all 4 packs on the tree cloth and mark where the counterpart has to go!!

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Before I put the parcels on the fabric everyone got a nice ribbon 🙂

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Here you can see the velcro on the tree fabric

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My fabric got 4 parcels. Here you can see why I took 2 different thicknesses of foam! It just looks better 🙂

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Sewing the “toy” was the most time-consuming!
I cut the pattern for the rocking horse out of a magazine years ago. I can’t remember which magazine, but on the internet you can certainly find patterns.
I changed the horse a little bit, changed ears, added mane and saddle and horse harness out of leather. I so love it ❤ ❤

 

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Meet Teddy ❤ ❤ ❤

Teddy’s the only piece I didn’t make myself.
I was looking for patterns for other toys but didn’t find anything for me.
So I sewed a little velvet bag, put some cotton wool in it and tied Teddy up.

 

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Here you can see all my decoration “under” the Christmas tree.
To make it even more realistic, I put red velvet under the Christmas tree.
For next christmas i want to make a half tree skirt out of it

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A christmas tree without a star is a no go. Here is my star. I wanted to buy golden fabric, but the fabrics I found were very  thin and cheap looking. I used the yellow fabric from my horse

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I have not forgotten to sew small bags for the tree.
I hung them up but I didn’t like what it looked like.
I therefore decided to leave the tree “naked”. Maybe I have a better idea for next christmas.

And now my finished christmas tree

 

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I hope you like my Christmas tree
Maybe you had a great idea for this fabric too. I would like to see what others have done with it 🙂

My first apron

I bought  patterns from Burda Style 2 weeks ago. I wanted to make special curtains I have seen on the picture from this pattern. Besides my curtain there has been a pattern for an apron.

No, I dont wear aprons and I dont own one.But my best friend does 🙂

We will meet today. I have to give her the christmas gift (a bought one) . Why dont give a special self made gift too?

I startet yesterday evening and worked till 4 am. Yes, I’m not the fastest sewer so far, but hey, I’m still a beginner. I checked my fabrics, and chose 2 different cottons, same pattern but different colors.

Here is my apron:

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I’m damn proud of it. I love the colors and the compass logo makes it more special hihi

How to make a travel pillow

This one I have done long time ago but I couldnt post it because it has been a gift for my godchild Sonja.

She loves to travel a lot with bus, car, train. She never travels without her own pillow.

When traveling she runs with her suitcase in one hand, her bag in her other hand and her pillow under her arm. When I saw this for the first time I thought about how to make it easier for her.

We bought a new pillow for her. Did she choose a small one? NOPE, it has to be a big one LOL

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And this is how I made it for her:

Material:

1 Pillow

2 different fabrics ( pillow 1 yard flannel, bag 1 yard cord fabric)

1 Zipper

3 x Clip buckles

2 different ribbons (pillow 40 inches, bag 2x 40 inches)

1 cord 40 inches

2 cord stops

I have chosen a nice flannel with cameras for the pillow.Sonja is an amazing photographer and what better motive I could have bought for her?

First cut the fabric for the pillow,sew the zipper on one of the larger side. (dont buy a zipper about the whole lenghts of the pillow because of the ribbons with the clip buckles.

Then cut the 40 inch ribbon in half.and put the clip buckle on one of it.

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Lay this ribbon in half like on the picture above and pin it with a needle 4-5 inches from the end of this side. When sewing this side, sew 3-4 time forward and back over the ribbon.

Close both shorter sides of the pillow. ( Open your zipper after this a little. Had a real fight to turn my pillow because I couldnt opened the zipper LOL )

On the last side put the second ribbon (dont fold it this time !!! ) in the the same distance as you did with the first ribbon and close this side.

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On the picture above you see the pillow with the ribbons, one folded, the other not. Put the other part of your clip buckle on it. Fold the end of this ribbon 3 or 4 times and sew it together. Otherwise your clip buckle will slip and will get lost.

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your pillow will look like this, when you attach it to a car seat or a bus seat 🙂

It isnt very hygienic to run with your pillow outdoors:Plus Sonja chose a very large pillow. Not so perfect when you will take it on your journey.

Birgid, the dressmaker of my sewing course made the proposal to sew a bag for this pillow. Not for the whole lenghts of the pillow but half of it. So I made the bag big enough to fold the pillow.

AND SHE WAS RIGHT!!!

Here comes the bag for your pillow:

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Cut the fabric:  2/3 the length of your pillow and add on each side of the bag 4 inch more then the width of your pillow.

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Put the cord stops on your cord.

Fold your pillow and take it into your bag 🙂

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If I would do it again I would take a much larger ribbon below. This bag cant be attach directly to your suitcase because the ribbon is to short.

I also would chose a stronger ribbon for the bag and bigger clip buckles.

This is how it looks like.

But it will work this way too 🙂

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