New York Comic Con and Sewing

Singer Sponsors NYCC

I am SO inspired by New York Comic Con this year. Granted, maybe I would have been in years past if I was sewing cosplay then, but you tend to find things as you find them, you know?

See the comment on the IG post above about a “repair station?” How freakin’ cool is that? Sign me up to host a repair station at a comic con! I couldn’t find such a listing on their event site, but honestly, most event sites are pretty hard to navigate anyway, so I may have missed that one.

Singer is a sponsor, and…

Mood at NYCC 2017

Mood Fabrics! Incidentally, Mood is also running a prize for homemade costumes this month with the hashtag #MoodMadeCostume17.  


Brother Sewing NYCC 2017

Brother Sewing USA has a booth, AND, naturally, …

Simplicity NYCC

Simplicity has really been growing their cosplay/costume section lately, so that’s a given, right? AND…

Dritz / Prym booth at NYCC 2017

Dritz / Prym. I could totally move into that booth. Click the link on the photo caption – there are 4 photos. My screen shot doesn’t do it justice.

There’s also a new-to-me company called Cosplay Fabrics. It looks like they have some pretty cool stuff on their site. I have no experience with them, but the more, the merrier.

This is great. I hope there are more and more people joining the sewing / DIY community. I hope to see even more sewing people and companies supporting the cosplay/comic-con/anime genres of art and sewing.

Alright, I gotta get back to my own cosplay pattern making, currently in progress!

$255 Nordstrom shirt for $68?

Hey hey…I’ve been sewing like crazy still, just not so much taking photos/writing like I want. Seems adding that little bit in to sewing/kids/work/blahblahblah is just enough to make me a little too stressy sometimes. I’ll see what I can do…

Meanwhile, check this out. Mood Fabrics has a TON of amaze Rag & Bone Fabric in, including this freakin’ fab cotton double gauze for $14/yd:

Rag & Bone Fabric Mood
Rag & Bone Fabric Mood

AND this shirt at Nordstrom by Rag & Bone in THAT fabric is totally a Negroni pattern:

Rag & Bone Shirt Nordstrom
Rag & Bone Shirt Nordstrom

I already have the Negroni pattern. In fact, I’ve made 2 custom shirts for my man in the last year in Negroni. It’s a fantastic pattern. I bought the printed, but you could get it for $12. It’s 45in fabric, so say you’d need 4 yards, that’s $56. You could make that shirt for about $68. OKAY, buttons, thread, shipping, printing, maybe closer to $80.

That leaves you $175 to charge for labor! Wait…Even IF I pounded one of these out in 8 hours straight…yeah, I make more at my day job. That must be why they call it a labor of love. 😀


Floral Bomber Jacket by Papercut Patterns

new jacket

I did it.


I said I’d do the Ginger Makes Rigel Bomber January, and I actually got it done, on time, with days to spare. It’s hard not to fangirl hard on Papercut patterns, so this challenge was a natural. I honestly haven’t taken it off much since. In fact, I’m wearing it right now.

rigel bomber

I used a velvet flocked wool from Mood Fabrics, the lining is a habotai silk, also from Mood…the pleather inserts were left over from here…and I ordered the zipper online on etsy. Finding a 14 inch zipper isn’t easy, so I advise you get that notion done quickly …I would have been done sooner but had to wait a week for a zipper. 🙁 I used a rayon knit for the cuffs/collar because I LOVE how it feels…perhaps a little stabilizer in there would have been good, but meh. honestly, I was going for feeeels more than anything else and I dig it.

kinda big

I made a large, because even though I made Papercut pants in medium, sometimes my shoulders make me go up a size, but honestly, I could have made a medium and am planning my next Rigel already in a size medium. It’s kinda big….but that’s ok – this one can be for winter and sweaters and handle bulk.

I also added the 2 inches to the sleeves as everyone seems to say to do…and I’m SO GLAD. The sleeves are perfect. I didn’t take any back off. Call me an ape.

rigel bomber lining

I haven’t taken the pleat out of the back of the lining – and I don’t think I will (also indicative I can go down a size.)


This is super light weight, however between the wool and the silk, it’s doing just right in 55-60 degree Oregon weather right now. That’s the trick with wool and silk, right? So cozy, breathable, amazing.

papercut rigel

My next one, I have a rust/buffed oxblood cotton twill, oxblood ribbing and oxblood rayon lining ready to go….and have to order a zipper…lol. But honestly, I’m ready to go. It’s a fun, fast pattern – really quick gratification. It works great for me because I like to layer in the ever-fickle Pacific Northwest weather. I mickey-moused the shoulder inserts, so the quilted pleather is only 2 pieces instead of 3. I think my next twill version will be solid and a great summer evening weight. I’m not a cardigan person, I’ve realized, and so I might just end up with a half dozen or so of these instead!

oh, I’ve also been eyeballing the Papercut swim pattern…I’ve got a famdamily vacation coming up to Great Wolf Lodge and I need some water-worthy skivvies…are we ready for some high-waisted bottoms? I am! I even have some silver and gold stretch lamé! bwahahaha.

Papercut photo; Soma Pattern
Papercut photo; Soma Pattern