So this week I was hoping to meet with my mentor so we could start working on the bracers, but unfortunately she was sick. It looks like there’s a bit of a cold going around- my dad got sick as well. Anyways, get well soon wishes to Lauren and hopefully we’ll be able to get some armour made when I get back from Cuba next week!
So instead of meeting with my mentor I finally got my fabric scissors and started cutting out my fabric- I’ll include some pictures soon, but as usual my house switching schedule doesn’t line up very well with my blog post schedule, so my fabric isn’t with me at the moment. I also cut out some more armour patterns, so hopefully we’ll be able to use those next week.
On the De Bono side of things, since I wasn’t able to meet with my mentor this week, here’s a conversation Lauren and I had about sewing stretch fabric from last week.
Lauren: So I’m hoping for the focus of this meeting to be about sewing, because that’s one of the easier parts of Cosplay, plus you’ll be able to start doing some work at home on your own. ~Blue Hat~
Joanna: Sounds good. Should we just focus on the cat suit for now? I’m guessing it’s the easier of the two pieces, and it might be more efficient if we focus on just one. ~Blue and Yellow Hats~
Lauren: Good idea. And it’ll allow you to practice reading and sewing patterns before we get to the complicated parts of the coat. ~Blue and Yellow Hats~
Joanna: Yeah, exactly.
Lauren: So do you have any previous experience with sewing, like have you used a sewing machine before? ~White Hat~
Joanna: I have a little bit of experience, in grade eight we did some sewing and serging in home ec. and I actually got put into a textiles class for this semester so I’ve been learning a bit from that.
Lauren: Oh great! So you’ll get some practice sewing in that class as well.
Joanna: Yeah, my biggest question at the moment is how to work with stretch fabric specifically, because I’ve only ever worked with non-stretch materials. ~White Hat~
Lauren: Right. So preparing the fabric is pretty similar to other fabrics, just run it through the wash. The type you got- which is a lycra blend right?
Joanna: Yeah, I think so.
Lauren: Ok, so it’s colors shouldn’t bleed too much because it’s synthetic, but wash it alone just in case. The cotton twill you got for the coat will bleed a lot though because it’s natural fibers, but we can talk about that when we get to the coat making stage.
Lauren: So really the only difference is when you’re actually sewing the pattern pieces together, you’ll want to use a zig zag stitch and stretch the fabric out as it goes through the machine. That way it allows the stitching to stretch with the fabric, and it’ll reduce the chances of any seams popping. Here, I can show you on my machine with some scraps of stretch material I have lying around.
Lauren: You’ll probably want to practice with your fabric as well, just because it’ll have a different type of stretch.
Joanna: Right. Also, I was reading some tutorials online and they suggested using an “overlock” stitch for stretch fabrics- what do you think about that? ~Green Hat~
Lauren: You could probably use it, but because your machine is manual I wouldn’t know how to set it to that kind of stitch. A zig zag stitch should work pretty similarly though.
Joanna: Ok, thanks.