Broken zipper? Pants too long? Is the fit just weird? Is it just begging for an applique? I can help!
Captain America cardigan
I made this adorable cardigan to go with a captain America dress I purchased. I started with an off the rack navy cropped cardigan as the base. I removed the buttons and added the brown trim, had custom American flag and S.H.I.E.L.D patches commissioned, and made the shield appliqué out of an old t-shirt.
Sometimes sewing isn't the best option. This down jacket was snagged and suffered a 1.5 inch slice in the back. There was no way to mend it without leaving ugly, obvious stitches, so I chose to cover it with an appliqué instead. This black nylon heart blends in perfectly! It's nearly invisible, but when you look closely you get an adorable surprise!
Not only did the new Ghostbusters give us the most amazing mad scientist, it also gave us new uniforms! I started with a pair of plain tan coveralls and a Ghostbusters patch I picked up on Amazon. My stripes are not the pre-made orange and silver reflective stripes some people use; I thought those were too bright and clean looking, plus they reflect and look terrible in photos. For my stripes I actually sewed gray twill ribbon to orange twill ribbon, then sewed the completed striped ribbon to the suit. It took forever but I think it was worth it! I also hemmed the pants legs and used the excess to make that weird collar flap. And finally I split the sleeve cuff so that I could comfortably roll my sleeves up just like Holtzmann!
The old zipper on these pants split and wasn't fixable so I replaced the whole thing. Replacing a zipper like this requires full disassembly of the fly. I took these pants apart from crotch to beltloops and put them back together with the shiny new zipper. I took "before" pics for my own reference but I was so pleased with the end result I had to take an "after" pic, too!
this cosplay is Mabel, from Gravity Falls. In true Mabel spirit I made an appliqué out of felt and sewed it on to an existing sweater. I imagine that's how Mabel customized her sweaters too! Bonus: Aaron Douglas! <3
I hemmed a skirt by about 8 inches, taking it from mid-calf to a much sassier knee length. I forgot to take before pics of the skirt, so I'm showing you the quality of my stitching. The colors are enhanced to show the stitching, the threads are much better matched in real life. The vertical stitching is the original, the horizontal is mine. Unless someone is looking very closely at your seams, they'll never know the difference!