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Kiki’s bag

When making Kiki’s bag, I had a hard time deciding on what color it should be! Looking at screenshots, sometimes it looks pink, and sometimes it looks brown. In this case, I’d normally custom dye my fabric to get the exact color I want, but I knew I didn’t have time for it this time. So, off to the fabric store I went!

I settled on a brown suede fabric. I originally liked it for the color on the smooth side, but after taking it home and staring at it more, I decided I liked the fuzzy suede side more.

Black dress on a dressform with a brown suede bag over the shoulder

But first! Let’s back up and start from the beginning with the pattern.

Four sewing pattern pieces for a bag with measurements

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Big red bow

Next up is Kiki’s red bow! I thought about buying a headband with a red bow already on it, but I had some leftover red cotton fabric I wanted to use up, and I also wanted the bow to be bigger.

To start, I made 4 rectangles and ironed on heavy weight interfacing to two of them.

4 rectangles of red fabric, 2 with interfacing

I was a bit ambitious on making them big, and I actually made them too big at first. After adjustment, each rectangle ended up being 10.5 x 5 in (before adding seam allowance).

(Note: I didn’t take as many photos while making the bow, so I’ll do my best to describe what I did!)

I sewed the interfaced pieces to the non-interfaced pieces, just along the long edges (top and bottom), with the interfaced side out. This way, I could flip them inside out and have the interfacing be on the inside.

Then I sewed the two pieces I get after that together at the short edges, making a loop.

Red fabric sewn together as a loop

I made a simple ribbon for the middle, measuring 1.5 x 6 in (before adding seam allowance), which forms a 3/4 in wide ribbon after sewing the long edges together.

I pinched the interfaced fabric loop down the middle to form a bow, and hot glued it onto the headband. I also hot glued the ribbon around all of it to keep it together.

Red bow on a brown wig and wig head

And that’s it! Pretty simple! (Oh, and the wig is the Priscilla in Dark Brown from Arda Wigs!)

The start of my favorite witch

Hello, it’s been a while since my last post and cosplay! Punk Hazard Tashigi was the last cosplay I made before becoming pregnant a couple years ago, and though I thought about returning to cosplay earlier, mommy life with an infant took up my time.

Now I’m somewhat back! For Halloween, I wanted to make something new and decided to get back into things with a simple cosplay. I chose Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service!

To make the dress, I started by drafting a custom pattern. I was just about to donate some clothes, when I realized one of the shirts was the fit I wanted. It was a little loose but not baggy. I took it apart to use as a base pattern.

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