A Pink Shepherdess

I made a major change to my website today: the blog has been officially moved to the front page! I have decided to go back to my original roots. I started blogging about sewing a long decade ago, but with the emergence of social media, I put blogging on the slow burn and focused on…

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The blue linen dress

I have an enormous backlog of costumes that deserve their own blog post, I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to write them all. But I have to start somewhere, right? Here’s the first costume write-up: the blue linen dress! Last year, I changed the name of my cosplay persona from Maija Cosplay (and its…

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Machine-embroidered embossed appliqués tutorial

When I started planning my new Élise de la Serre cosplay, I knew one thing for sure: I didn’t want to make the red sash plates with Worbla like for all the other ones I made. While they don’t end up being that heavy, they do have a tendency to hit each other when you walk, incurring damage over time. I wanted a sash that would be more durable, less prone to damage and lighter. And then I thought: why not embroider the design at the end of the sash instead? I haven’t seen many cosplayers using embroidery for the sash, so that would make me stand out a little 😉 I first found an embroidered frame appliqué I liked, and combined with the Templar cross embroidery file I already had, I was good to go!

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Machine smocking tutorial

While working on my Eleanor Guthrie cosplay, I researched how to do smocking with a sewing machine (rather than by hand) I’m quite pleased how it turned out, and I thought I’d share a little tutorial. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! What you’ll need: Sewing machine with decorative stitches…

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The costs of making your cosplay

In the past, I’ve received many inquiries about how much I would charge to make a cosplay. But sadly, once I quoted the price, the transaction didn’t go any further. I questioned myself: Did I really quote too much? Should I quote lower, just to get the commission? My most recent commission and most recent…

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