Hi!! I’m cosplaying squirrel girl (marvel rising: secret warriors incarnation, because her new costume is adorable) and I want to make a squirrel tail? I’m looking for a method without stuffing, maybe with wire? I want it to be tall and wide like in her design? Thanks!! I’m also planning on making her belt(s) out of duct tape if that helps for attaching it

Hello there!

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For a tail these size, you will likely need at least some stuffing, even if the entire tail is not stuffed. This is so that the shape can be held in place without any under structures showing through the outer fabric.

Here is a tutorial for a different type of tail style, but it doesn’t use stuffing and has a sturdy attachment method. I would also recommend looking through some tail tutorials to gather more ideas. The fursuiting community is also a great resource for tutorials, so if you’ve only looked for cosplay tutorials, I would branch out.

For something like this, you will want to build an armature of sturdy wire in the shape that you want, and use either a layer of batting over it for the plush roundness or a layer of soft upholstery foam for the same effect. The interior can be hollow, which will save on weight. You can then make a fur covering for it and add your attachments.

The duct tape belts that you are planning will unfortunately not be strong enough to hold a bulky and heavy item such as this is place, ad duct tape eventually stretches and wears out. You will want something firm that can hold the tail in place without sagging over time. I would recommend creating a wide belt out of non-stretch fabric to wear under the outfit or using nylon webbing, like backpack straps are made of. Make sure any attachments are padded.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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Hello! This is a general question (open to answers from anyone) about how to sew pants with a lining to make them poofy. Specifically, characters in Kingdom Hearts. I’ve been wanting to cosplay Ventus/Sora (KH2) but I’m not sure how to tackle the pants. Would I just sew a second layer of pants minus the fly/panel etc., then sew the leg ends together and then fill the pants with batting/foam and then finally sew the top/waist up? Idk how I would sew the zipper in though with the bat/foam in it.

Hello there!

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Lining the shorts to create extra space for the poof is a good idea, as is stuffing it, especially if you want a very stylized and cartoony look. Batting would be a better option than foam for this, since it can more easily conform to the poof of the legs (and create the bit of heaviness seen at the bottom of the pants) without needing to go all the way up to the waistband, and without too much added thickness that isn’t as compressible. Another option, especially if you want more poofiness towards the bottom of the pant, is to gather long strips of tulle and sew them into the bottom hemline, between the shell and the lining. This is a technique often used to keep large puff sleeves poofy, and may help you here.

For the lining, I would recommend making it with a straighter leg than the outer pant, and then sewing the two together at the bottom. This will require shaping the outer pant leg so that it is a bit bulbous at the bottom, but then tapers quickly to match the lining. This will allow there to be some space between the shell and the lining, creating not only space for your stuffing, but will help the outer pants stay a bit poofy all on their own (and will allow for the visual heaviness of the more bulbous bottom of the pant). Try a few mockups at ½ scale, then scale it up to a full-sized mockup once you have a pattern that seems to work, and tweak from there to fit a human form.

As for attaching the zipper, it shouldn’t be much different from any other fly front pants, only you are going to insert the lining into the seam with the fly underlap on one side, and insert the zipper between the lining and shell on the other side. Here are a few tutorials to give you some ideas on how it can go together: 1 (button fly, but you would sub a zipper) 2 3 (needs a subscription, but you can get a free trial if you don’t have one).

Be sure that whatever you choose for your outer fabric, that it has enough structure on its own to help hold that shape.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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Hello! So I’m planning on working on a Santa Astolfo cosplay from fate grand order but I was wondering what type of fabric I should use that’s warm and comfortable?

I vote cotton velvet, if that is within your budget. Velour or velveteen are other options but they have a shorter pile and are less dense – they also don’t look as nice.  Avoid crushed velvet.

The dress might be nice as a duchess/wedding satin, something more matte but with a soft sheen. 

For the cape, maybe another choice could be a faux fur? Short length and dense. That could also work for the hat. The back of faux fur is usually rough, you will probably want to line it satin or another fabric. 

Hope this gives you some inspiration!
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Help! I used iron-on interfacing to attach the R logo to my Team Rocket uniform shirt…but the first time I washed it, the interfacing lost its hold, & now the letter is coming up. What do I do, & can this be fixed easily? If you need pictures for further diagnosis, message me.

Hello there!

Unfortunately, fusibles aren’t as hardy to washing and wearing as they could be. Usually, these are used for a one-time wear project, or, more likely, used to keep items in place for applique.

I would recommend leaving the letter in place and then sewing around the edges with a zig-zag stitch on a machine to hold it in place. This is a pretty straightforward tutorial on machine applique. If you don’t have access to a machine, you can sew with small stitches by hand around the edges.

If you don’t want to sew it at all, you can use a stronger fabric glue to hold the piece down, though keep in mind that you may need to reglue at regular intervals if it continues to lift. I would also recommend washing by hand and drying by line if you go this route.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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I’m working on a costume of Misa Amane from Death Note, and she wears *a lot* of leather. Any suggestions for how to make other materials look like leather?

Hello there!

I assume you are doing her classic outfit?

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For this, you have far better options than leather that are cheaper and easier to sew.

I would look for a garment weight stretch faux leather. This will be a knit fabric coated on one side with a plastic material to make it look like leather, but it will breathe and stretch like a knit fabric. These types of faux leathers are widely available, even at chain fabric stores like Joann.

Another option is wet-look spandex. This will be even more stretchy, which may not be the effect that you want, but will be shinier than most other materials.

If you can find a garment-weight non-stretch faux leather, that would be another option, though most non-stretch faux leathers available in chain stores are a bit heavier in weight than what you would want here.

If you want a challenge sewing but a very 2006 look (hey, sometimes being authentic to the time a piece of media was made is good!), a shiny PVC fabric would be a good option. This is again a knit fabric with a plastic (vinyl in this case) coating, but the coating is smooth and has a high gloss. This is not an easy material to sew, however.

If you don’t mind having a less leather-like look but still keeping the sheen, a mid-weight to heavyweight satin would work well.

Almost any of the faux leather or vinyl options would require a non-stick/teflon foot for your sewing machine, which prevents the fabric from sticking as you sew it. I would recommend a stretch needle if you go with any of the knit options, and you may need a heavier needle for certain faux leathers. You may also opt to use a tear-away stabilizer as you sew, to prevent both sticking and skipped stitches.

It’s unclear how her bodice is constructed, and you may want to add boning and bra cups. If this is the case and you end up with a stretch material, make sure that the direction of greatest stretch goes vertically on your torso, and then flatline the material to a non-stretch material to prevent it from stretching while worn. You can also add boning channels and boning directly to a stretch material, and use the advantage of the stretch to cover the complex curves of a bra cup.

I hope this helps! Good luck :]

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