Master Crafter Jess: WWWIP Week 2

Master Crafter Jess: WWWIP Week 2

Hello there, crafters!

It's time to make my base! I'm using the Kwik Sew 3052 Body Suit Pattern to make my bodysuit because it's quick to make but looks nice every time! I've used this pattern previously, so I already adjusted the torso width (I'm tall and need to adjust most patterns for my long torso) with some computer paper. Now to cut out the pieces!

I chose a neoprene mix for my fabric. It's nice and thick, which allows me to have a strong structure underneath without it being noticeable.

I'm going to be wearing a binder and a corset to create a good base shape for Howl. In addition, the corset will be good support for the wings! I fit the bodysuit to the corset/binder combo and I'm really happy with the results!


Next, I needed to make matching gloves. I wanted to use the same material as my bodysuit for consistency. Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a well-fitting, matching pair of stretch gloves in under an hour!

Start with a stabilizer and 4 scraps of fabric large enough to fit your splayed hand. 

Next, pin the stabilizer to two pieces of the fabric and trace your hand. I found that stretching my fingers out as far as they will go and then tracing with an additional 1/8-1/4th of an inch produces the best results.

I used regular stabilizer, but iron-on tear away is a great alternative and avoids the need for pinning. Using a stabilizer will make sewing the fabric much, much easier and prevent your fabric from stretching and creating weird inconsistencies. 

Use a tight zig-zag or stretch stitch.

And then sew along your trace! Be careful rounding the tops of your fingers!


Tear the stabilizer off and trim your gloves out. Make sure to get very close to the gaps between your fingers or the fabric will bunch when turned inside-out.

And you're done! Now you have matching gloves! 


See you next week!

- Jess

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