aka: “Learn from Calamity’s Mistakes”
remember these? if not, take a couple minutes
Good Idea – Trying on your costume before you finish it.
Make sure you can: sit, walk, breathe and go to the bathroom
Bad Idea – Waiting until the day of the con to put it on.
Not me, but I’ve had something similar happen…
Good Idea – Making a mock-up or Muslin before using your good fabric.
Oh Connor, I’ll come back to you one day. One day, with thinner fabric…
Bad Idea – Cutting into your $30/m silk right away
yes, this is poly chiffon, not silk. Same rule applies.
Good Idea – Using a pattern for a complicated item.
Cats as weights for fabric are not advised.
Bad Idea – Guesstimating.
Let’s just say there’s a reason there’s no pics of this costume up here…
Good Idea – Pinning slippery fabric down carefully.
Just remember that your fabric is FULL OF PINS. Do not grab a handful of it while sewing.
Bad Idea – Pins? Who needs pins?
Good Idea – Choosing the right fabrics for your costume
Elsa, I’m coming for you <3 Chiffon, damask, shlub, taffeta
Bad Idea – Using drapery fabric that ‘should work ok’
Mothafuckin’ length-wise stretch ponte suit. Kill me now.
Good Idea – Custom dyeing your fabric
Remember natural fabrics dye best, but for polys iDye Poly works fine too!
Bad Idea – Spray dyeing your fabric in your kitchen with no socks on
I left smurf-prints all over my apartment that day. FYI: Rubbing alcohol is the best thing to get dye off hardwood. Follow up with wood oil to prevent damage.
Good Idea – Researching and learning new techniques
Learning how to Drape, mofos!
Bad Idea – Trying new techniques while you’re on the way to the con
Like sharpie-ing your leggings, and NOT SETTING THE DYE.
Got your own Good Idea/Bad ideas for sewing? Let me know in the comments!