Stuff We Love: Sewing patterns that have a geeky twist

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:25 AM EDT (Updated)

There are a lot of people who can create amazing costumes and cosplay. If you’re not sure you can handle making something from scratch, though, there are a lot of ways you can get help reaching your goal — like using a sewing pattern.

You might be surprised to hear that there’s a rather impressive range of sewing patterns that have a geeky spin. These include everything from period outfits to more traditional sci-fi and fantasy looks. Some are general, while others are more specific, and still others are actually licensed designs by companies like Disney, Star Trek, and DC Comics. They’re available for kids and adults, and are available at all different places, including craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Michaels. These aren’t just costumes that can be used for Halloween, either. There are also options that can work really well for cosplay, and companies are moving to embrace that area not only through licensed designs but by working with designers who have experience in cosplay to create patterns of interest to the community. For example, the McCall Pattern Company has a line called Cosplay by McCall’s, and LoriAnn Costume Designs works with Simplicity to create patterns — and has a new pattern on the way in August.


I love that there are so many of these options available now. I don’t sew costumes or cosplay, but seeing these tempts me to try it sometime, especially since you don’t have to start with whole outfits! You can also create accessories with patterns. Plus, in addition to these types of individual patterns there are also books available. One was just released this year called The Hero’s Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming.

With such a great assortment of geeky sewing patterns out there, how can I resist!