Posts tagged ‘Costume’

September 25, 2013

Panda Hoodie Tutorial


Well, if you haven’t noticed already, I’m pretty obsessed with pandas. It occurred to me the other day that of all the clothes that I’d made, I still don’t own a panda hoodie. And once this realization was made, the conclusion to make one immediately followed.

This hoodie is made of fleece and is very simple to sew. It’s also pretty light, depending on what type of fleece you choose, but also warm. I made it with one and a half yards of white fleece and half a yard of black fleece.

So without further ado, here is a tutorial on how to make a panda hoodie! Hope you enjoy. If you make it for Halloween, please send me a picture!

September 10, 2013

Minion Hoodie Sewing Tutorial


As promised, I’ve finished the video tutorial on the minion hoodie. Check it out below!

September 9, 2013

Minion Hoodie Sneak Peak

IMG_6014Halloween is coming up! Less than 2 months to go, which means the craft blogosphere is about to explode with a frenzy of costume sewing project showcases and tutorials.

To be honest, I was never that much into Halloween. I didn’t like dressing up, the costumes were itchy, and my parents always ended up taking the candy away. While I thought that last part was the most cruel and unusual punishment back then, I guess it was kind of a good thing. That and when I was a kid, Halloween always happened to fall on a night when I couldn’t go, like I had a class or my parents wanted me to be somewhere else. I don’t know why, but as a result, I was never into the dressing up or anything. What was the point, when you’d have to spend all that money on an outfit you’ll wear only once?

This changed, though, when I learned how to sew my own costumes. So much cheaper, funner, and more gratifying. About two or three years ago, I made my Totoro hoodie, so this year, I was inspired to recreate something like it, except with the super adorable Minions from Despicable Me!

Yes, this image above is deliberately dark so that you don’t get to see what the real hoodie looks like, since I’ll be uploading the tutorial later this week. Stay tuned! I’ll let you know through Facebook and Twitter, so check those pages out if you want. Oh, and subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you’ll see the sewing tutorial video as soon as it’s up.

Anyway, I had a little bit of a strange day when I started making the Minion hoodie. If I was in a play, it would definitely be a farce. I woke up just feeling a need to sew, so I finally dragged out the yellow fleece and old pair of jeans that I’ve had sort of lying in the corner in wait for this special day. I got to the sewing machine, and of course my needle had to break as soon as I sewed my first seam. I dug in my stash for a spare and by some miracle, since our stuff is still in boxes from our latest move, found one. But when I replaced it, my sewing machine just wasn’t happy. I worked at it for one full, frustrating hour, and finally gave up, leaving the hoodie to sort of sit in a puddle of unsewn parts on my table.


I finally sucked it up and looked up a sewing machine repair place on Yelp, and came across Albertson Sewing & Vacuum Center in Lakewood, which wasn’t far from me. So I drove there, and they were the nicest people ever–I have to give them a shout-out on here. The guy who helped me didn’t even charge me anything, said it was just my needle, replaced it and then sent me on my way. It took all of about fifteen minutes (not including the driving and getting lost because I have like absolutely no sense of direction).

[Although, he did sort of guilt trip me for not using a good quality needle. But hey! I didn’t even know where that needle had come from. It had just somehow ended up in my stash. I’m pretty sure it was one of freebies that came with my sewing machine when I’d first purchased it. But at least now I’ll know not to torture my machine by forcing it to run on some unbranded needle from who knows where.]

I was so happy afterwards that I sort of had tunnel vision and went home to SEW SEW SEW my Minion hoodie. BUT THEN, just after like three stitches, THE NEEDLE BROKE. AGAIN. Blaarghghhhhh!

So after that, I gave up, and once again abandoned my Minion. For about a week. But I did run to Joann’s to grab some supplies, needle included, and today I came back to rescue the hoodie. Which means you get a tutorial soon! Stay tuned!