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1  Pokemon Hoodie: Zubat in Costumes: Completed Projects by Human/Dancer on: October 27, 2011 01:11:48 PM
This is a hoodie that I helped my sister to make for her to wear to a convention. The group theme was pokemon, so she chose to make a Zubat hoodie. It was really cute, and kinda fun to work on. Smiley

That is my older sister modeling our work. Smiley

We used a store-bought hoodie for this because she didn't want to do a lot of extra work. She did the cutting for everything [the wings and the ears], and she had me do the sewing. The ears are from the same material as the hoodie [she had bought a second hoodie to use for that and if extra was needed], though the inserts are fleece. It was kind of a butt to sew on straight, but luckily the decided to cooperate and stuck on there good. The Wings are a whole different material, that was nice and soft. It was a lot of fabric [two layers of the dark blue with purple fleece in between.], and is held on with straps and ribbons. I will say, I wasn't there when the straps were being made, so credit for that goes to her work friend, who had brought her sewing machine over for the weekend].
The ears are hand-sewn onto the hood, while everything on the wings was machine-sewn. It must have been interesting seeing me try to maneuver all that fabric when sewing, but it got done and I'm happy with it. I thought that hemming the strips in the wings would be difficult, but it was surprisingly easy. I remember being so proud of myself when I finished it, because I was able to do it in one go instead of seam-ripping or keeping it a mess like I thought I would have to do.
She was really happy with it, and had a lot of fun wearing it, so that's awesome.  Smiley You can't tell in this picture, but she was wearing vampire teeth to go along with the bat theme. [3 pairs of fangs, but that doesn't matter. XD] She did the make-up herself.
I love this hoodie, and I'm happy that she totally loved it too. It would make a great Halloween costume as well, if she wanted to use it for that. Simple and Cute. Smiley
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2  Pokemon Hoodie: Kangaskhan! in Costumes: Completed Projects by Human/Dancer on: October 23, 2011 05:06:08 PM
My convention group was doing a pokemon hoodie theme this year [it's the first time we have a theme, actually], and I was deemed the costume director because, well, I was the only one with sewing ability, and it was my idea for hoodies in the first place. I had helped with making a lot of the hoodies in the group, which were store-bought hoodies with details added, but I wanted to make mine myself.
 I chose Kangaskhan because, well, I wanted to make the pouch. I loved the idea of a kangaroo pouch instead of a normal hoodie pocket, so yeah, that got me hooked. It was originally going to have long sleeves and maybe a tail and some of the rough spots, but I don't always think things all the way through and didn't have enough fabric when I got to making the sleeves.
~my original design:

I am also not very patient, and I had a lot of issues with sewing order. I made the main part of the shirt first, then went back and added the belly piece, and then the pocket. [see the issue here?] My older sister, who is much more crafty than I am, kept telling me to go back and put elastic in the pouch, but due to my impatient-ness, I refused to seem rip anything once I thought it was done. that is also why the pouch is crooked.
I was terribly afraid of the sleeves, because I was afraid of messing them up. [which I did end up doing] I didn't have many issues with the hood, except when getting the head plate on. It is lined, which I guess is what makes it kinda heavy, but I like the lined look better than the not. It came out cute, but I'm not so sure it can be recognized as a Kangaskhan. :/
~in progress shot, before sleeves and details.

~Finished! with the same kind of post as above, since Kangaskhan is a Prehistoric-Kangaroo looking thing.

~Back of the Head to see the head plate and ears. ignore my messy computer space.

~derpfaceand front of the hood. The ears really look like elf ears. XD

~with makeshift baby I didn't have the time/ skills to make a kangaskhan baby, so I just took the snorlax beaniebaby that we've had forever and made it my adopted baby.

~Close-upof the pouch and the snorlax that lives there.

I used this hoodie tutorial by gnacissej for the basics, and just edited it up along the way to get what I want. The whole thing is made of fleece, with wires in the ears to make them stick up. It is both hand- and machine-sewn, and was a couple of weeks full of work. [probably because of all the other stuff I had to do at the same time, but ah, it was done in time]
enjoy? Smiley
>and sorry for my long-winded-ness. I have so much to say when I show off what I make, walls of words are created. XD<
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