Today I got the inspiration to continue working on my Date cosplay. This time the plan was to sew together the parts of the battle coat. There's a lot of photos because I'm documenting my progress for a school project. So with that said let's go!
First up of course is to sew the shoulder seams. I took the back piece, laid it on the ironing board (which acts as my working table) with the right side up and then took the two front pieces and put them with the right side down against the back piece.
|Like this ^|
|Then I just sewed them on with a straight stitch.|
|With the arm opening marked..|
|Sewing one side closed ~|
|I did an extra horizontal stitch at the arm opening's end for strength.|
|After I had ironed the seams open..|
|Center points marked on both upper piece (right) and lower piece (left)|
|Starting to sew the two pieces together. Right sides together of course and a straight stitch.|
|Showing excess length of the front piece(s)|
|A photo of the temporary triangle fold|
|After I had ripped open one side|
|Bye bye excess length..|
|And of course I re-zigzaged it.|
|It looks a bit like a puzzle.. xD|
|Sewing two collar pieces together. (straight stitch)|
|One collar piece with center seam ironed open..|
|A fitting bit of interfacing fabric cut out for half the collar length..|
|Interfacing fabric ironed on and excess cut off..|
I repeated the process for the second collar. When both collars were done I matched them up with wrong sides together and noticed they weren't exactly the same size. Bleh.
I had to trim the bigger piece slightly at the edges to get them to match better. They were still not perfect but at least I could start sewing them together with a straight stitch. But. While I had sewn one half of the collar and got to the other half I noticed that if I matched up the angled point where the tip starts, aka where the collar will touch the shoulder seam, the edge mismatched even more. Getting the angled shoulder attachment point to match was more important than to get the edges to match so I just cut off a part of the edge while sewing.
|The edge that wouldn't match if the shoulder attachment point matched..|
|.. so I trimmed it and continued sewing the collars together.|
With the collar now having an inside and outside piece and being whole I test pinned it in place. I noticed one of the shoulder seams didn't meet up at the right point so I had to fix that.
|Shoulder seam modified. The lighter seam is the original one and the more blue-ish one is the new one.|
With the shoulder seam made to go together a little "earlier" than it originally was it fit together with the collar's angled shoulder point and made it possible for the collar's "tip" to run down the upper front of the coat without a lot of forced bending and risk for bumps. With that problem fixed I pinned the collar in place again and sewed it on.
|Collar pinned in place..|
While sewing I had to constantly form and bend the collar's "pointed tips" so that it would run along right with the front pieces curves. With some patience and being careful it turned out well!
|Sewing the collar on..|
With the collar on I went to try the coat on again in front of a mirror. I'm pretty pleased with it so far. Here's two (rather crappy) mirror photos.
There's only one thing I wonder if I chould change a bit and that's the width of the collar.. I'm kinda split if I should or not because in a way I like the collar when it's big and more cartoony.. it looks a bit sumptuous I guess. Then again if I don't bend it a bit at the back (or if I let it stand up, which it can do) it looks like a Dracula collar and I'm not sure if I want that effect lol. If I made it a bit smaller it would be.. well.. smaller and the opposite of what the bigger collar looks like; a bit more restrained and sophisticated. Then again Masamune (or well, whole Sengoku Basara cast) is more the person to be over-the-top... argh I can't decide! Any outside opinions?