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Kids Avengers Costume

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Description

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Simplicity Pattern 1030
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Refer to pattern jacket for fabric and notions

Tips for working with very stretchy knit fabric:

The Cosplay Matte Solid Fabric was the choice for the Avenger’s costume.  The fabric is 75% nylon and 25% spandex, a very stretchy blend that has good recovery.  That fabric along with other performance fabrics such as dance and swimwear can be challenging the first time.  The following will be helpful:

Select a pattern that is designed for stretch knit fabrics.  See the stretch guide on the back of the envelope for the amount of stretch recommended for the garment.

Cutting

  • Fabric preparation:  Wash and dry the fabric before cutting following the direction on the bolt end.  Use a cool dryer setting.   If there are trims used, wash them as well. 
  • Straight pins:  Ballpoint pin with a fine shaft
  • Cutting tools:  Rotary cutter and mat or serrated scissors
  • Marking tools:  Water or air erasable markers, chalk or chalk wheel
  • Fabric grain:  Even though the fabric stretches in all directions it is important to align the fabric grain with the grain marking on the pattern.

Sewing

  • Thread:  All purpose polyester thread has some give and is strong
  • Machine needles:  Stretch needle size 11/75 is shaped to prevent skipped stitches which often occur in very stretchy fabric.
  • Machine settings:  Zig zag stitch with a stitch width of 1 to 2mm and a stitch length about .5 to 1mm.  The narrow zig zag appears as a straight stitch but allows seams to stretch.
  • Machine feet:  Zigzag foot or walking/even feed foot
  • Edge finish:  The fabric generally does not ravel so an edge finish is not necessary unless it is an exposed edge, then finish with an overlock stitch, binding, hem as desired.

Finishing

  • Pressing:  Many of the fabrics are nylon blends which have a low melting temperature, adjust the temperature of the iron when pressing.  Test a fabric scrap or location on the garment that will not be seen to press before pressing the whole garment.  Using a press cloth is always a good choice.
  • Cleaning:  Follow the care recommendations on the end of the bolt for best results.

 

 

 

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