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Lemon Juice
« on: October 07, 2009 06:24:01 PM »


I'd really like to be Sailor Venus from the Sailor Moon series from when I was little. I'm on a very tight budget though, so I can't buy a costume and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to help me!

This is a couple of pictures (links) of her costume. I'd obviously make the skirt a lot longer Smiley.

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009 06:26:29 PM »

I would start with  a white t-shirt and reconstruct it, adding in the skirt and the sailor collar to it.

« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009 01:37:44 PM »

A lot of people start with a white leotard for the top portion, but if you're on a tight budget, I would second the t-shirt idea. Maybe get one that is much too big for you so you can cut it smaller and use the extra material to make bands for the shoulders and waist. For those, I would sew tubes from the material and stuff with some batting.
The skirt is a pretty simple pleated skirt. Some people use satin but I'd use cotton, partially because it can be cheaper and easier to work with.
Directions for a sailor collar:
As for the bows, they are rectangles cinched in the middle. Much easier than real bows.
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2009 10:31:06 PM »

I think that I might start with a white capped leotard; my mom said that she might be willing to help me out with the cash Smiley. My sewing skills should are less than perfect, does anyone have any suggestions one how to sew straight? I always seem to go all wonky :/.
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2009 07:34:23 AM »

The easiest way to get a straighter line as you sew is to use the edge of your presser foot.

« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009 02:25:18 PM »

Sewing stretchy fabrics can be tricky. You need to make sure the presser foot of your machine is loosened so that it is applying very little pressure to the fabric (otherwise the fabric will be stretched too much). There's sometimes a screw, sometimes a dial, sometimes a slidey thing, and sometimes nothing at all to allow you to adjust it. With VERY delicate jerseys, I've actually had to shred newspaper into strips to put it between the fabric and the feed dogs to keep it from being stretched (but then you have to gently hand-stretch it as you sew). Also make sure you use a needle made for sewing stretchy stuff, called a ball-point needle, a "tricot" needle, a "knits" needle, etc (they can have a lot of names). Oh, and don't be afraid of pins. I usually have my pins two to three inches apart, closer to eachother on curves and farther apart on straight areas.

As for the actual costume, you can totally make a leotard out of a Hanes XL or XXL undershirt (I think they're 3 or 4 bucks for a 2 pack at Walmart), and just put velcro in the groin area to get in and out of it. For the skirt, I'd recommend using a jersey/knit fabric (either a repurposed tee or new fabric) instead of the shiny satin alot of people like to use. It will last longer, look better, is easier to sew, and it's always easier to attach 2 similar fabrics to eachother than 2 dis-similar fabrics.

I found a great site a long time ago on how to make the sailor scarf but I don't recall offhand what it was called and it might take a while for me to find it again. Basically, take a rectangle of your orange fabric (I'd use doubled cotton broadcloth cuz it's cheap and easy) that is as long as the measurement from where the bow will be to where the scarf will end behind your shoulders (get someone else to measure you). The width will be about the width of your shoulder blades (plus all the seam allowances of course), and also measure from the bow around the curve of the neckline to your spine. You need two rectangles if you're doubling the fabric, so lay them on top of eachother, fold in half lengthwise, and cut a rounded shape from the bottom corner of the open side on an angle into a curve that ends along the folded edge. Eek, I hope that makes sense. Anyways, the length of that curve should match the bow-to-spine measurement. It'll look weird when you unfold it, but it works when you actually put it on.

« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2009 07:27:00 PM »

I have a basic explanation of my Sailor Jupiter Costume here

Check out my website: www.embercostumes.com
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