The Captain of Marvel…

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I’m feeling absolutely…Marvelous 😉

Okay, was that too cheesy? When it comes to super heroes one can’t be too sure what crosses the too cheesy line. Anyways, I’m getting off subject-I sewed something! Not only did I sew it but I’m actually blogging about it!!! It’s summer and I’m finally beginning to to get some free time so what did I do? Fill it with a deadline of course.

It was a worthy deadline though. My friend hosted her first ever #GirlCon through a nonprofit she works for. She asked me to host a booth on costume design-teaching girls to read sewing patterns, how to take your measurements etc. It was a lot of fun, and I felt really honored to be a part of it.

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Because it was GirlCon, I really wanted to push female empowerment and decided to make a Captain Marvel costume. I love her in the comics and can’t wait for the movie to come out in the next year. This was my first real time sewing knits and of course my serger decided to battle me so I sewed it all on my regular sewing machine with a regular zigzag stitch. 

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Someone send help and teach me how to use my serger please!

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Anyways, I used Yaya Han’s Ultimate Bodysuit it’s McCall’s M7217 and it sewed up like a dream. I did a practice mock up in some white knit fabric that I think I will repurpose into Padme’s white outfit. The pattern has a lot of pieces which I found a bit intimidating at first, but in reality all those pieces just increased the suits form fitting capabilities. I only had to make a few adjustments to the pattern.

  • the neck piece was super tiny and I had to add an inch or two because it was soooo tight
  • I had to take in the crotch area by a few inches also
  • The front leg seam had to be taken up by about an inch or so graded down to about a quarter of an inch

For the Captain Marvel the additions I made to the pattern were altering the sleeves by slicing and dicing them up to make them two colors and then cutting out the gold star and stripes which I attached by pining like crazy and zig zag stitching it on.

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Some extra things to note for the pattern. The pattern pretty much fit me perfectly-I didn’t do the little foot/ankle holds to keep the legs down because the legs were so tight that i really didn’t need it. Without those ankle holds the length is perfect on me which is saying something though because I’m 4’10’ and normally REALLY have to shorten patterns. Also, I made gloves and OMG it was so hard! I had to remake the right hand glove 3 times before I got a fit I liked!!!

Anyways, Captain Marvel is the kind of super hero anyone can look up to and I recommend reading her comics-plus she has a movie coming out soon(ish) so check her out!

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