You've been sewing for a while, you've gotten past the basics and are considering taking your skills to the next level, or maybe you're just in love with fashion from a time long before our time.
Either way, extreme costumes might just be the right path for you. Note, however, that this is not for the faint of heart. You'll need to be prepared to invest a lot of time and effort (and probably money too) once you decide to take on extreme costumes.
If you're up for the challenge, read on to learn the basic workflow of Extreme Costuming: Sewing The Impossible.
So, what is extreme costume?
The name may sound a little silly, but extreme suiting involves taking a total immersion approach to the culture, design, pattern, fabric and finish of a garment.
This is one of those crazy projects that can take hundreds of hours or more. It's the kind of project that makes others say, “Wow, I can't believe you did that.” » This is a detailed search, which usually takes a long time and is often complicated. Use all appropriate sewing techniques, often by hand. It’s about understanding the historical details of fashion, professions and even politics contained in the clothing. Frankly, it is often a real challenge and you have to be ready to take it on.
Dedication and passion
This is not a quick project that you can complete in a week. From planning to acquiring materials to execution, you will likely spend a significant amount of time on each imperative step to successfully complete this project. You will tackle intricate sewing details and encounter many challenges along the way. If you are not dedicated and passionate about this profession, you will only end up giving up and abandoning the job half done.
Sew the impossible
Elaborate sleeves, multi-layered skirt, beading and embroidered details and much more. If you inspect an authentic garment that you want to adapt or replicate, it seems impossible to achieve. Therefore, you would need a written workflow to outline your tasks and ensure you are on the right track. Remember that what may seem impossible can be achieved if you have enough heart (and will) to do it.
Extreme Costumes: Sewing an Impossible Workflow
Planning and documentation
First of all, what are you doing? Be decisive about what you plan to create. Choose what you really want to do without considering how complex it is compared to the other options you have. Really wanting something is what will motivate you to move forward and progress in your project.
Document. Write down what you do, your research resources, have a picture of what you do under different facades. List all the materials and the quantity of each you will need. Section and write down all the steps you need to complete in chronological order, from creating the pattern, cutting the fabrics to sewing the last button.
Always have your list with you when shopping for equipment so you don't miss anything or buy something you don't really need.
Do some research first to find out where to buy certain supplies, especially for uncommon or specialty textiles and/or accessories.
Perfect your model
Some might disagree and say that this step is a waste of time and money and may not be necessary. However, if you really want to have not only a perfectly made suit, but also a perfect fit, taking a test drive first is worth it. Use a cheaper fabric, muslin is most commonly used for pattern testing and fitting. By doing this, you can first make adjustments and improvements to your pattern before diving into creating the garment itself.
After testing your pattern and determining the perfect cut of fabric and the most appropriate stitches to use, it's now time to start working on your suit. Stick to the task list that you have carefully planned. Don't try to skip ahead or skip certain tasks because you're bored and want to do some embroidery first.
A single irreparable mistake is undone and all your work could be wasted. Let go of all your bad sewing habits. Be patient. After all, if sewing and creating is your passion, you need to enjoy every moment, every step, every stitch. Remember, when it comes to sewing, the end products silently scream “rushed” when they are.
At some point you will be finished and it will probably be beautiful!
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