Making the costume (Pt. 1)

This is a follow up post to the 2 part post on starting a costume. Please see the bottom of this article for links to the first and second post on “Starting A Costume” which goes into detail about research.

During this week off, I have been collecting bits and bobs towards making my Edward Elric costume.

Edward Elric
This is possibly the most used picture of this fellow all over the internet. It’s a great reference shot!

So, I have collected various parts, including: A wig, pocket watch, gloves, a book and the boots.

The gloves and boots have yet to arrive, however they’ll be included in “Making the costume Pt. 2”. Yeah, I said it, this is going to be another multi-part post! I’m sure the title gave this away to the reader, though!

The next part will focus on making more of the details, however for this part of the post, I will focus entirely on one of the main parts of the costume: The coat.

Sewing Patterns

A coat is an item of clothing, so the first thing to suss out: How do you make clothes? Most people use something known as a sewing pattern, which you can buy from some retail outlets and online shops.

A pattern is normally printed on what seems like “Tissue paper” as I’ve been informed! However, I’m a tech geek. There has to be another way? Well thankfully for me in this instance, when I typed in “Edward Elric Coat Pattern” and was flicking through images, I just so happened to find some “How to make Cosplay Items” instructions on how to make Ed’s coat! Fantastic. I decided I’d not link them here, just in case – but you can find the patterns on the first page of a Google search.

Right then, we now had a rough guide so it’s time to work on drawing out the pattern. But hold on a second, what can we draw our patterns on?

I went to a local large hobbyist store, called Hobbycraft. However, if you do not have a Hobbycraft, do not worry, this isn’t a necessity. See, the problem with patterns, especially ones online, they are likely not going to be your size. Most good patterns have fantastic size guides, which tells the user everything they’d want to know. As such, I needed something to draw the patterns onto which would be large enough for me. I’m not tall, at just 5’6″ (1.6764 metres (Thanks again, Google!)) in height. However, I’m still a pretty stocky bloke! So paper stuck together, be it A4, A3, newspaper or otherwise, would just get fiddly. I bought some “Craftpaper” which was on sale at Hobbycraft which came in at over 8 metres in length! Happy days.

So, these here are some patterns which I drew up. No, no, go ahead, soak it all in. I don’t mind.

Hood pattern
Hood pattern
Front pattern - Decided the back wasn't different enough to warrent a whole different picture for it!
Front pattern – Decided the back wasn’t different enough to warrent a whole different picture for it!
Even the glasses can see these are sleeves.
Even the glasses can see these are sleeves.

Okay, so now we have some patterns, the next thing to do is to cut out all of the individual parts. I have decided, for bandwidth sake, to make this into one picture rather than the separate pictures I took of the different components.

Oh yeah, the patterns..!
Oh yeah, the patterns..!

I made a mistake!

Mistakes are common, especially for beginners and I am certainly a beginner. The fact I am undertaking such a hard costume and pushing myself to make the costume is setting myself up to fail, however I think so far, I’ve done decently enough following the patterns.

I actually made three mistakes which I’ll explain now.

  1. When cutting the first sleeve out, I followed the instructions far too literally. As such, I made it far too small. This could have been a massive waste of material to me. Okay, not massive, but still a waste of material. What did I do?

    I turned it into a pocket. This was a very easy adaptation, where I simply sewed together 3 of the sides, having used my mini sewing machine to do so. The pocket is strong enough to hold a book in, I was even able to swing it about (… Is that the “man way” of testing durability, or am I just a complete moron at times? :( Answers on a postcard, please.)

    Here’s my pocket with a lovely book inside. Not a bad way to save that material! It helps as of course, Ed carries his book inside of his coat!

    You again! You're not a book! Get outta there!
    You again! You’re not a book! Get outta here!
  2. When cutting the front pattern, I only cut one side! This was no problem, as all I did then was trace along the outside of the side I had cut out and then cut the second side out. Simple. Please note: If you make this mistake – Make it so the wrong side is facing you, so that you can mimic two sides.
  3. I made the parts far too big (As you can see in my collection of pictures above) But this is really not an issue at all. If anything, as a novice, I’m glad I’ve made -that- mistake and not the other extreme of not cutting big enough!
Sometimes, I feel like this too.

Thanks for sticking this post out, the next post, we’ll have a sewn together coat along with the first time of wearing it (Whether or not I’ll still have a beard at that point remains to be seen. It keeps appearing then getting shaved off over the past month or so! Seriously, it’s been more of a flake than the chocolate in a certain 99p ice-cream… That no longer costs 99p.)

A 99 Flake… Darn it, I want one now.


And now I leave you with some related posts including the posts from the first parts of this mini-series!


Author: Timlah

Certified gaymer with clout. Developing games and writing worlds. Loves people, but loves games and anime a bit more. Sorry people.

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