Tutorial: Spandex Neck Binding

Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Here’s a hopefully easy tutorial for binding a stretchy neckline with matching fabric! I think this gives necklines a nice clean look similar to manufactured shirts. Start with cutting out your strip of spandex, or other stretchy knit (I’m using a poly/cotton blend knit here). Make sure you are cutting it so that it stretches […]

Tutorial: Spandex Head Pieces

Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 3:35 am

Here’s a rough guide to sewing spandex head pieces. You can use this for face covering cowls too, I just happened to be working on my Fionna hat when I documented this process. Start with something shaped and sized like your head, it doesn’t have to be exact. I pad out a wig head with […]

Mini Stretchy Piping Tutorial

Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 2:40 am

Here’s a quick rundown of how I made stretchy piping for Magneto. 1. Get your materials: spandex, elastic cord, ruler, fabric scissors, marking tool.       2. Measure out how wide to cut strips of elastic and mark. My elastic was 1/4 in. wide and my seam allowances were 1/2 in. so my elastic […]

Tutorial: Tinkerbell Wig Bun

Posted by on November 27, 2014 at 12:40 am

Happy Thanksgiving! Sorry for the lack of posts recently! I’ve dug up some old pictures to add a new tutorial. Here’s one way I make buns for wig styling. This is the technique I also used for Luna. Tie together a generous clump of loose hair that matches the wig with a cut rubberband. The […]

Spandex Review

Posted by on February 21, 2014 at 4:11 am

I have found working with spandex to be a continuous learning process. It is good to learn about the properties of different types of spandex so you can plan for what you want to get out of your garments. One of the main differences between different types of spandex is the weight. The given weight […]

Tutorial: Metallic Spandex and Worbla Bracers

Posted by on October 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

After making a few pairs over the years I believe I have settled on my preferred way to make bracers. These bracers fit snuggly and are not bulky, which are some issues I’ve found with other sorts of bracers. For this I use Worbla, just the thickness of one sheet, and metallic spandex. First you’ll […]

Spider-Woman Construction Notes

Posted by on April 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I used applique, one of my go-to techniques for adding images to fabric, for Spider-Woman‘s bodysuit. However, working with knit fabrics for both the bodysuit and spiders made it a little different from standard applique. I started by tracing a spider symbol I liked onto parchment paper. I also made note of where the edges […]