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  • Peter Pan Costume

    Remember when I posted about Mickey's Halloween Party? I also mentioned, in that post, that I was working on a secret costume for our local comic convention. The costume is finished and I'm just now deciding to post about it here... Sorry for the wait.

    I posted it earlier this year on my tumblr blog, but here it is below!

    When I started making my Peter Pan outfit, I didn’t have a ticket to #FanX17 (the local comic con), 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 animated 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. Wife 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 kept shedding and making a mess…

    This image is my template on shipping foam, which 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 on 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 fabric 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 its 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!

    Since this post, I've redone the pants (they ripped along the seams), added a drawstring bag, pixie dust for Wendy, and a small panpipe flute. 

    This is one of my favorite outfits to wear and at FanX 2017, I received the best compliment! Someone said that I should work at one of the parks! It was so much fun being Peter Pan and that compliment just made my day!

  • Disney Bounding

    "Why do you have a blog post named as the same name as your blog?" I'm glad you asked, non-existent person. I will gladly answer your question.

    Disney bounding is a term, most likely created by fans, that describes the act of dressing up like a Disney character, but mostly through normal clothes rather than a costume. A simple search on Pinterest will come up with quite a few different ideas.

    For your viewing pleasure, I have chosen a fellow Bounder, Celeste, and interviewed her as to her ideas, tips, and tricks for Bounding. And don't forget to keep up with Celeste on Instagram @celiesweetie!

    DB: Before we begin, please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into Disney Bounding.

    C: Well, when I was a kid I had this strange medobolic disorder, so my parents got our family passes to Disneyland. I was constantly in the hospital, at school or at Disneyland. Disneyland became my safe place where I was a healthy normal child. I have many happy memories. Disneybounding became my way of letting the magic into my everyday life. Now I have outfits for everything from working out to formal. 

    DB: In your own words, what is Disney Bounding?

    C: Disneybounding is what helps you bring the magic into your daily life. I Disneybound at work, school, and any other chance I get. It's not about being perfect, it's about adopting the confidence of the character and not letting anyone dull your shine. Skipping around the work place in a Cinderella skirt rather than being miserably dull, that's what it's all about to me. 

    DB: Is there a particular character you enjoy dressing up as the most?

    C: I absolutely ADORE my Cinderella outfit. The skirt is huge and flows in the wind so beautifully! It just makes my day! It's so comfortable. I can wear it to weddings, and although it is the wrong princess, I fall asleep in that outfit all the time. It is the best outfit I have ever owned. 

    DB: Is it easy or hard to find the right articles of clothing to match a character?

    C: I used to be afraid of cosplay and Disney bounding because I am a bigger girl. It is so hard for me to find clothes that fit, let alone specific ones to match a character. But putting these outfits together and feeling like a princess has given me the confidence to take on those who doubt me. Inspiring the younger girls in my life to be what they want to be no matter their body type gives me the motivation to disneybound. It can be hard sometimes, but I have learned to never be discouraged by my size. It always comes together eventually if I persevere.

    DB: What is your favorite event to attend, in Bounding attire?

    C: Every day life really. Of course I love going to the parks in Disney bound. But I will literally go anywhere and everywhere. 

    DB: Have you received any compliments on your outfits?

    C: My Cineralla and Aurora. I wear the Cinderella more often. Everyone complements the skirt all the time. I took my Senior Pictures in the Cinderella outfit and everyone loves it. I have so much pink in my closet that Aurora and Ariel become a part of everyday. 

    DB: What tips, or tricks, would you tell a new Bounder?

    C: Just be you. Add your personal touch. Wear what makes you feel like a princess or prince. Make it your own style. Dapper Stitch? Do it! Grunge Snow White? Rock it! Female Aladdin? Awsome! Be who you are and the world will love you for it. The more true to you the better! The most important part is to have fun!