Bring your creation to life with cool fabrics, DIY hardware & hacked patterns.
So, this whole cosplay thing is new to us here at Dritz®. We typically think of the folks who use our sewing products as seamstresses, design students, couture sewists, beginners, casual DIY enthusiasts, makers, home decorators … the list goes on. We’re excited to learn more about cosplay and those of you who like to wear costumes as part of your daily attire. Read more to learn about one of our first costumes, Belted Beauty.
We had so much fun designing and then constructing this costume. Take a look at our New York Comic Con booth. That’s how this whole project started. We wanted to attend NYCC to meet and talk to cosplayers and explore DIY costuming, but first we needed some costumes …
|Meet Belted Beauty.
This costume is made up of 5 different pieces. We’re going to tell you about the materials for each piece, and how each piece was made. And note … if we found a pattern that we liked, but wanted to change slightly, we hacked it! That’s one of the most important rules we learned about cosplay … there are no rules!
Tip: We dipped the fabric in tea-infused water prior to construction because it was too white; we wanted it to have a more aged look.
Pattern hack: We didn’t like the pattern sleeves, so we borrowed the sleeves from the blouse. We added a “fake lapel,” creating its “buttons” with Dritz® heavy duty snaps.
This corset was a total hack.
|We used Dritz® D-rings and fashion grommets to accommodate the lacing for the corset. We laced twill tape through the D-rings and ribbon through the grommets.
The Yaya Han faux leather (which wraps around the back of the corset) has simulated studs that complement the actual hardware on the corset’s front.
Mixing materials is a cosplay must do!
We designed the DIY belt from scratch. It is another great accessory to load up with our hardware!
This is also just a really cool looking belt. It’s versatile enough to wear with regular street clothes if you want to add a little edge to your day!
|The belt strap and pocket are made out of real leather scraps that we pieced together and overlapped.|
|Tabs were added to the belt strap at random to hang other pieces of hardware.
Tip: We used ebony Rub ‘n Buff to give all of our hardware an aged finish.
There was no hacking needed on the skirt!
|Flip through our lookbook to see more details about the design process behind Belted Beauty, as well as our other cosplay creations.|
We really hope you find some inspiration in the details. Maybe it’s the entire look, or perhaps it’s just a couple of accessories. Get creative when you pull together pieces for cosplay – hack patterns if need be, add finishes to hardware to give them just the right look, choose fabrics that work for you!
Stay in touch: as we create new content, you can find it all under the cosplay tag. Follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s next. And please, please, leave us comments and questions below, or via our social platforms. We’d love to have a conversation with you about cosplay and DIY costuming!