How To Make Yoruichi Cosplay Costume

How to Cosplay - Tools and Material [Part 1: Sewing]

Summer, sun, beach and sea? Unfortunately not for me! Because as you probably already know, gamescom is just around the corner. As a cosplayer that means of course: Coswork Level 100 in Hard Mode! Easier said than done, because also with Cosworking you start small and have to learn it first. Therefore I take this opportunity to give you some help with your first attempts with the help of this series of articles.

With this tutorial nothing should go wrong if you want to make really chic cosplay costumes yourself. Perhaps it will help one or the other of you to see which materials have already worked for my cosplays and how I proceeded. If you already feel safe in this topic and are now looking for the right fabric and material, you will find it in the second part of our How To Cosplay series.

How do I start now?

First of all, you have to be aware that you are in a cosplay much attention will receive. After all, you walk around with a conspicuous costume that is usually not suitable for everyday use. Furthermore, if you want to do the cosplay yourself, you will need certain tools. Here is a small list of the most important things about sew - I will go into many of them in more detail in the course of the article:

  1. Sewing machine (important are: straight and zigzag stitch, reverse sewing function, adjustable thread tension and adjustable stitch width)
  2. Sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles and pins
  3. Sewing thread
  4. Tape measure
  5. Tailor's Chalk
  6. Tailor scissors

When you have your tools together, we can use the Costume and character choice start. I always recommend choosing characters you like - be it from a video game, manga, anime, comic, or film. It is always good to know who exactly you are portraying, as you could, for example, perfectly embody the character in photos with the right pose. Once you've found your character, the real cosplay madness begins!

Only a detailed cosplay is a good cosplay!

For now you should Collect references! Personally, I attach great importance to the attention to detail and accuracy of a cosplay. Therefore I recommend reference pictures that show the character and his outfit from the front, from the back and from the side. For game characters there are also very often ready-made onesReference Kits - mostly to be found on their official website or in the respective art books of the games. Here is a small, quickly conjured sketch to clarify:

After you have discovered all the details on the cosplay costume and have found a suitable picture of each, the next step comes.

Planning of the sewing materials

Take a close look at your collected references and imagine the following ask:

  • Are there parts that you can buy ready-made in a cosplay shop, for example?
  • Or do you find some that you can change appropriately?
  • Which of these can or do you have to sew yourself?

I like to print out my references and do a few Planning sketches regarding cut and sewing constellation. Below are a few of my notes for clarity:

The more extensive a cosplay becomes, the more it is worthwhile to make a list with all the necessary materials and the finished individual costume parts. Nothing is more annoying than the moment when you make your way to the convention with your cosplay and notice that you have forgotten an important detail.

If you have now put together an approximate plan, you start with the Considerations for making each cosplay costume item. For clothes are basically natural fabrics needed, but there are also many to choose from. In addition to personal preferences (e.g. I don't like to work with satin and panne velvet), some references already point to certain materials. So take a closer look at them. For a character with a red, tight-fitting shirt, for example, a red, stretchy fabric would be an advantage, as it hugs your body. If the fabric looks rather heavy and shiny, artificial leather could be considered. It is important to note which materials your sewing machine can process.

My sewing machine is a very old one from the Satrap brand. I almost believe that this is no longer produced, but there are plenty of good alternatives. Unless you have access to a machine in your family. I recommend the Brother Innovis 10A to beginners, which can even process jersey and denim material. The machine itself costs a little more than standard products, but it has good reviews and is worth the investment thanks to its durability. You should also have the matching needles own that you get in the most varied of strengths. The finer the fabric, the smaller the size of your needle should be. However, I am not a professional seamstress, so I am only speaking here from my personal experience with my sewing machine.

You can also see mine in the picture below Overlock machine. This is for lining fabrics so that they do not fray and fall apart, but remain elastic. Here is an example image to illustrate the Overlock stitches. My machine is a cheap one from the Micromaxx / Medion brand, which is completely sufficient for my purposes. It is not always necessary to purchase an overlock machine, as some sewing machines have already integrated the overlock stitch. As a simpler alternative, you can also get one Zigzag stitch use, as this is also stretchable. Take a look at your sewing machine to see what kind of stitches it can do!

Investing in one is also useful Tailor scissors, Fabric chalk and one Seam ripper. Of course, you can also use normal scissors and paint the appropriate pattern on your fabric with a ballpoint pen. However, tailor's scissors are gentle on the material and the wrist when cutting thicker materials. I myself like to use Prym tailor's scissors and quality tailor's chalk. As an alternative to chalk, there is also the trick marker, which becomes invisible after a few days.

Next to the matching fabric in the corresponding color is also the procurement of suitable sewing thread important. In this regard, I am also a total collector freak and already own a complete box of sewing thread in various colors. Where you get your fabrics and your sewing thread is of course up to you.

For example, the Stoffkontor will send you the right color of sewing thread to match the fabric you have ordered. Here in Berlin I am very lucky that we have a market with very cheap fabrics. But many other fabric shops also offer a large selection and many variations, just see if there is one in your city Fabric store or fabric market gives. If you don't have a suitable shop near you, you can also order fabrics on the Internet. In addition, many websites offer one Sample dispatch at. This is of course helpful, because you can then use a small sample to see whether the respective fabrics match your costume.

Tip for choosing the right fabric: At the Stoffkontor, for example, you can order up to 6 fabric samples free of charge.

Obtain suitable cosplay patterns

Once you have put together all the materials, it is best to take a look at the reference pictures again. Do you wonder what exactly you want to sew - a T-shirt, a jacket or maybe even a pair of pants? It is advisable to know how clothes should be sewnto be perfectly portable. You should therefore go to Sewing patterns or buy you sewing pattern magazines like the Burda. Mostly you will find patterns for "normal" clothing, which you can change to suit your cosplay.

Furthermore there is thisBook written by cosplayers for cosplayers for beginners called "How to Make myCostumes". (Update: Unfortunately, this great book is hard to find). In this how-to book you will find many useful tips and tricks to get started with sewing. It also offers a sewing room, which clearly simplifies the start of the hobby for you. The editor also runs the highly recommended cosplay shop, so just write to her if you have enough questions and maybe a new edition will come out?

Ideal addition or alternative for the “How to Make myCostumes” book is the “PASST! Pattern CD “. This is not exactly cheap, but it contains 7 complete patterns from the mentioned book as well as many basic cosplay patterns. You can adapt these to your project according to your own wishes. This will help you with your work and make it easier to make your costume. A Overview of the contents of the CD shows this PDF,. There are other FITS! CDs with patterns on the topics of lingerie and the Middle Ages. The patterns contained therein can of course also be used for our purpose, provided that it makes sense to make special underwear or medieval clothing for your cosplays. Once the clothing is sewn, you can process and refine it to match your cosplay.

Update 2020: That FITS too! Pattern collections are now out of print and not available again. However, you can search for the keywords 'cosplay pattern' in the relevant shops, there are a few alternatives that you should take a look at.

On the sewing machine, set, go!

Back to sewing: don't forgetyour measurements to take and transfer them to your pattern! After all, you don't want to sew clothes that don't fit you in the end. Once you have done this, all you have to do is do that Pattern on your fabric transfer them, put them together with pins and pull them through your sewing machine. If you are still inexperienced or unsure about working on a sewing machine, you will find many useful tutorial videos on YouTube. These explain step by step how to correctly fold the fabric, pin it together, sew it, miss it, etc .:


Cosplay Sewing in a Nutshell:

  1. Get the right equipment: sewing machine, threads, fabrics, etc. - nothing works without it.
  2. Look for references: Find detailed pictures of your cosplay, draw sketches from the games or manga. It's all in the details! More on this in the second part of my instructions.
  3. Obtain patterns to have templates for tops, pants, etc. that you need for your cosplay.
  4. Transfer patterns to fabrics, cut them out, put parts together and sew. This is of course the most difficult step, but as always, practice makes perfect. And the advice and tutorials recommended above will help you with this.

Make cosplay costumes yourself: more in the second part

That was the first part of my tutorial. In the next part "How to Cosplay - Tools and Material [Part 2: Handicrafts]“I will go into more detail about handicrafts and show you which tools can be used for working with paper, plastic, worbla etc. and how to use them. Until then, I wish you a lot of fun cosworking and maybe we'll see you at the next gamescom in a self-made cosplay costume.

In the following table I have compiled all the materials and tools that I have mentioned or described in the text:

And now have fun sewing your costumes. You are also welcome to send me pictures or post questions and comments in the comments!

Dearest greetings,

Your Jun