Rosita’s jacket and Tokyo Comic Con 2016

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Rosita of The Walking Dead

A couple of months ago, my husband asked me if I would like to come with him and a friend to Tokyo Comic Con in December. I’m not really a big fan of crowd so I just told them to go ahead. But then our friend suggested that we’d picked a character and do a cosplay. More reason to sew? Now I’m interested!

I was thinking of dressing as one of the characters from Game of Thrones, but then I thought the flowy dresses would only be worn for that one day. I’m not planning to do a lot of cosplaying so I thought something that I can wear in daily life would be better.

Then I decided to dress as Rosita from The Walking Dead! I think she’s the perfect choice, her jacket is cool and would be a great challenge to sew. Since I would be Rosita, my husband decided that he would be Negan. Sorry for all non-The Walking Dead fans if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Rosita’s jacket is a basic biker jacket, the things that make it Rosita’s are the colour, the shoulder and sleeves details, the straps around the hip, and the zippered pockets on each side of the lapel. Among the biker jacket patterns that I have browsed, Ziggi biker jacket by Style Arc has the most similarities to this jacket.

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Ziggi jacket already has similar shoulder and upper sleeves detail although in different shapes. I altered the sleeves and shoulders and change the lower sleeve details. The zippers on the lower sleeves are moved to from the seam to the centre of leather panel. Since Rosita’s jacket has straps around the waist, the lower pockets are eliminated and new zippered pockets are added to each side of the lapel.

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Those are the main alterations that I made for this jacket. Other alterations are my usual ones, shortening the bodice and sleeves according to my petite body. I cut size 6 for this pattern.

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Rosita's jacket

I found suede-like fabric in appropriate color for the main fabric. The black leather parts are made with synthetic leather that has a bit of stretch. remnants of this fabric are used for the knee patch of Rosita’s pants. I used store-bought stretch pants, open parts of the leg seam and inserted the knee patch. Then I sewed the leg seam again.

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The hat was originally very light beige, so I dyed it in a mixture of grey and olive green to get the color. My husband found the toy rifle in a junk store near our house. It even has military green strap that really suits the whole look!

Rosita and Negan

Here is Rosita getting threatened by Negan! My husband is very proud of his Lucille bat. During the Comic Con, he was approached two times by the security who wanted to to touch the barbed wire. He made the barbed wire from cotton strings dipped in grey acrylic paint and white glue. Then he used silver marker for the highlight and splattered some fake blood as a final touch.
Lucille Lucille

And here we are at the Tokyo Comic Con! You can see that Negan and Lucille are very popular. As for our friend, he decided to not do a cosplay because he was running out of time. So he became our photographer instead….

 

Yoga set OHM – Schnittchen patterns

Yoga set OHM - Schnittchen patterns Yoga set OHM - Schnittchen patterns

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Yoga set OHM - Schnittchen patterns
Yoga set OHM – Schnittchen patterns

Here’s my contribution to Schnittchen’s Sewing Around The World project. In case you haven’t heard of it, the project features 12 sewing bloggers around the world sewing Schnittchen pattern.

My pattern is called Yoga set OHM, it is actually from the Winter 2015 collection. As the name suggests, this is a set of patterns for tank top, leggings, and a sweater made of jersey. You can wear them for yoga and they are comfortable too for lounging at home.

Schnittchen patterns also sent me the fabrics. They are organic cotton jersey from Lebenskleidung in Berlin. These fabrics are so beautiful and comfortable! These pictures don’t do any justice showing how comfortable they are to my skin.

According to the size chart, I fall under size 34. This size is drafted for height 167.2 cm while my height is 150 cm. I like that the size chart also includes height, which is very important to me as I’m a petite.

I didn’t find lengthening/shortening lines on the pattern, but it can simply be made by drawing new lines across the pattern perpendicular to the grainline.

Since these patterns are very simple, I didn’t make a muslin. Instead, I measured the length of each pattern and compared it to my body to find how much that I needed to shorten.

My alterations and notes for the patterns:

  • Shortened the sweater bodice above the waist 3 cm
  • Shortened the sweater sleeves 8 cm
  • Shortened the tank top bodice across armhole 1 cm
  • Shortened the tank top bodice above waist 2.5 cm
  • Shortened the leg 4 cm above knee and 4 cm below knee.
  • The waistband for the leggings is way too small. I made new waistband by measuring the waistline on the leg and reduce the width by 85%.

Yoga set OHM - Schnittchen patterns

If you’ve already made T-shirts and leggings, these patterns are quite easy and all three can be finished in one afternoon. However, the instructions on this pattern are brief without pictures nor diagram. So although the pattern is marked as easy, someone who is very new in sewing might find some difficulties following it.

The instruction sheet mentioned that a detailed step-by-step photo tutorial is available at the tutorial page on Schnittchen website. Unfortunately the tutorial is not available yet. I find this a bit disappointing since the pattern was released in winter 2015. Hopefully it will be fixed soon. I also wish that they include stretch factor for the leggings fabric since the drafted waistband for my size is quite small. I think it might need a stretchier fabric.

At the end of the day, I’m quite glad to have some comfortable and basic addictions to my wardrobe. I can see these three will get lots of wear!

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Yoga set OHM - Schnittchen patterns Yoga set OHM - Schnittchen patterns

 

Pattern is Yogaset OHM by Schnittchen patterns (available in print and PDF), size 34

Fabric from Lebenskleidung

Disclosure: The pattern and fabric were sent to me for review purpose. However, all views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

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