When I started making my Peter Pan outfit, I didn't have a ticket to #FanX17, but I wanted to be prepared just in case. (It's a good thing I planned ahead, as I won tickets for the weekend.)
Originally, I wanted to make Peter's outfit from Disney's "Once Upon a Dream" parade, but it turned out to be too complicated for my skill level. Instead, I opted for the movie version.
I went to JoAnn’s and bought the fabric I wanted to use; a light green for the shirt, a dark, green felt for the hat, and a dark green stretchy fabric for the pants.
I started with the pants. I used one of my pants as a template and I think it turned out well.
Whenever you use existing clothing as a template, be sure to give yourself a seam allowance. You’ll want to include about 1/2″ of allowance, then when sewing, make sure that extra amount is outside the stitch so you don’t pop your seams. My wife (or Wendy ;)) helped me with the pants, and added the elastic to the waistband.
Also remember that before you cut your fabric, make sure your pattern goes with the fabric. That means, you’ll want the pants to stretch left to right, and not top to bottom. It’ll help you to not pop seams. I didn’t do that...
After we made the pants, I made shorts, as I saw the Disneyland version wear.
I ended up not using them, as I didn’t need them. If you’re planning on wearing your pants for an extended period of time, you might want to add large pockets to the pants to hold whatever you’ll need during the day. I originally added pockets to the shorts, but they ended up too small...
As we all know, Peter is the best at hiding feathers, so I had to make sure I made a great one.
I had an extra folder laying around, that I painted red and trimmed with black paint. The folder was perfect, as it was pretty stiff and didn’t bend too much when painted. I love how the feather turned out! I based it from a 3D print out from Disney that you can use to make your own Peter Pan hat.
Next, I wanted to work on the dagger. I first started with styrofoam, but didn’t finish it...it didn’t turn out well and the foam keep shedding and making a mess...
This image is my template on shipping foam, that doesn’t fall apart when you cut it. As of right now, I’m not having a dagger (Hook must have stolen it...). I even tried one out of cardboard. I’ll eventually make one from wood when I have more time.
I also realized that while cutting out my shirt patterns, that I had just enough fabric...I bought 2 yards, and I recommend getting more than you think you’ll need...I wanted to do a double layer for each piece, so I could turn it and have a nice seam and hem to the shirt. Oh well.
Since I didn’t have enough fabric, my front and back pieces weren’t the same size, but that didn’t matter too much. I was able to hid it when I sewed it together. ;)
I also cut out sleeves, using a pattern that was too big for me...I don’t really suggest mixing patterns, if you can help it...it doesn’t always work out. I used a long sleeve as my template for the shirt and sleeves, and it actually worked out. :)
Once the front, back, and sleeves were attached, I had enough fabric left over to add a hem to ever exposed edge. Oh, I also didn’t cut the triangles out from the sleeves and bottom until I had tried everything one and marked where I wanted them.
For hemming, I put right side to right side, pinned, and sewed close to the edge. I had to use multiple pieces on each hem cause I didn’t have enough long pieces...it turned out well though.
The scariest part was attaching the collar. I wanted to make sure I was putting it on correctly, and that it would fold the way it was suppose to after it was sewn. I suggest following a tutorial and adding that little bit of extra fabric to cover to the seam. I didn’t, but my neck will cover it.
I found a pattern at JoAnns for the collar, and it actually fit nicely. You’ll want to make sure to buy interfacing for your collar; it helps it to keep it’s shape.
And viola! Here is the final version! The hat was super easy to make. I just found a tutorial online and followed it. I attached the feather through a small slit in the hat. I also made a pouch from some suede, that has velcro to keep it closed. I already had the shoes (well I bought them for this) and the belt.
- You don’t need a fancy stitch to sew. I used a zigzag on my pants, and it ended up catching the fabric in the machine. A regular straight stitch will work just fine.
- Be sure to sew on the inside of your seam allowance. You don’t want to risk popping seams while wearing the outfit.
- Make sure you buy enough fabric. I bought 2 yards, when really should have bought 5. (At least 5 for the layered look.)
- Gather lots of reference images, if you’re aiming for authenticity.
- I recommend using the app, Cosplanner. I love it! It lets you list out what you need to buy, or make; take progress pictures, and reference images.
- Wigs aren’t always needed. As you can tell, my hair is short and not red at all. I’ll eventually get a wig, but for now I don’t need one.
- All my fabric was a knit fabric (minus the hat) so whenever I put a pin in it, or a needle, a hole appeared. Measure twice, sew once is a great motto to live by. Luckily, pin holes are tiny and not noticeable.
- Create a paper mock up of your outfit if you’re not sure how to make it. It helped me to figure out how to make the sleeve triangles.
- When in doubt, ask for help. Make friends with other cosplayers, and ask them for help!
I love how it turned out and I hope to see you at #Fanx17 this Friday!