Hey guys, Mod #1 here! I recently put together a God Tier Rose cosplay, and although I didn’t take pictures of the process, I drew up a pattern/diagram for the hood and the dress and wrote up a walkthrough on how I made it. Here’s the end product (minus the shoes and tights WHICH I WILL LINK TO AT THE END OF THE POST):
I’ll admit my sewing style is a little unconventional because I don’t have much experience and sort of learned my own way of doing things, but it looked good, so let’s get started!
To start out with, you’ll need the following:
- About a yard to two yards of dark orange fabric for the hood
- About two to four yards of a light orange fabric for the dress
- Thread to match both
- 1/8 to half a yard of bright yellow fabric for the sun/waistband (or fabric paint and freezer paper/a stencil)
- Six or so yards of muslin (this is optional, only if you want to practice on cheap fabric first. Muslin is around $1-$2 a yard)
Here’s what I came up with for the pattern for the hood:
The large round piece will serve as the back of the hood and what connects it in the front, and the two hood pieces are, well, the hood. The indent at the top of the hood is so it goes across the eyes easier without looking like it has an asscreed point in front. The reason I suggest getting muslin is because when I first made a muslin mock-up of the hood part, it was way too small, and if that had been my final fabric I would have been out $20 to replace instead of $4. You want this to be larger than your head by far. Because it has to be able to reach around your head and over your eyes, if you think the hood you just cut is too big, add another inch.
Now what you’re going to want to do first is sew up your edges.
I took the round edge of the large piece and folded it in, sewing along the fold to create a nice edge. I did the same with the outer edges of both pieces of the hood. This keeps the fabric from unraveling and also makes it look cleaner.
Now, the next step for me was to sew the two pieces of the hood together. Make sure that when you sew, you know which side is the “right side” of the fabric and the “wrong side.” The wrong side will be what is in the inside of the hood where you can’t see, it’s the side that the folds for the edges are showing. You will have all the inside of the hood on the wrong side of the fabric so no messy seams show.
I sewed them together starting from the top of the opening for the face all the way around the point of the hood and down the bottom, but stopped right at the start of the base of the point. This was because that is where your head needs to go. leave an ample amount of space here, mine ended up being a tight fit and if it had been once inch smaller I would have have to re-do the whole thing.
Now the next step is to attach the hood to the base.
What you want to do is fold the base in half and put a pin at the top where the center is, then open it back up. After that, open up the hood so the back of the hood where you stopped sewing and the edges of the front lay flat. Line up the back (a.k.a. center) of the hood with the center of the base and then line up the rest of the hood along the top of the base as well. sew them together. I’m not sure if that’s a good description, but hopefully it will make sense in the end.
Once you finish that, the final step is to take the edges left over past the hood on the base and sew them together.
The first picture os a top view. This creates not only the hood shape, but it allows for the hood to drape over your back but connect thickly in the front just like Rose’s.
After all that is done and you flip your hood so the right side is showing, you can stuff the back of the point with a fiber fill stuffed animal stuffing that you can find at any craft store. It creates that nice point that everyone wants, which is especially important since Rose’s hood will usually be up, unlike Vriska’s, which is usually down.
Here is a picture of the muslin mock-up that I made:
Which was very important because I went through about two patterns before I found one that worked out. And here are pictures of the final product:
Ignore my underwear.
Now, onto the dress.
Rose’s design is lucky very simple, and although ive never had ANY experience making a dress before, I was able to figure it out on my own.
Here are the pieces that I used for the body and the sleeves:
The first thing I did was measure myself and make a muslin mock up of the dress, from there I adjusted the fitting of the waist because I had made it too large and used that as a pattern for the actual fabric. Here is my post that has pictures of the completed hood and mock up dress. Once I had my pieces cut, I sewed the dress front and dress back together along the sides and the shoulders.
I stopped right before I wanted my slit for the sides of the dress to be, right at the edge of the bottom of the sleeve and right at the neck/top of the sleeve. From there I sewed up the raw edges of the sides of the slit and the neck using the same technique as I did for the hood.
Actually to be honest I didn’t sew up the raw edges of the neck because the hood covers it entirely. If you want to it’s up to you. As for the slit, I started at the top of the point on the front piece, worked my way down, around the bottom, then back up. I then did the same thing for the back piece, one side at a time. Once everything was nice and sewn up, I began to do the same on the sleeve edges.
Because the sleeves are longer on the bottom I used this shape, so when I sewed it together it would form an oval on the end instead of a circle like a t-shirt. Just make sure that your pattern is symmetrical or it won’t look right. I then sewed the edges together to get the sleeve shape that I wanted. I messed up showing where I sewed on the diagram, I actually sewed it together on the longer side, but where you want to do that is up to you. It you want the seam to be on the top of your arm instead, make the pattern shape opposite (a rectangle with a triangle on top), if you want the seam on the bottom, do what I did. After that came attaching it to the dress.
I placed the sleeve inside of the dress and pinned the edge of the dress’ arm hole to the edge of the sleeve. Because my sewing machine is small, I could start at the bottom and then circle my way around the sleeve, sewing it together. Some machines can’t do this. BE CAREFUL THE WAY YOU PLACE IT THE SLEEVE BEFORE YOU SEW IT. I accidentally sewed the sleeve inside-out the first time, so the right side of the dress and the wrong side of the sleeve were the same side and I had to rip out the thread and do it all over again and nobody wants that. It is also VERY IMPORTANT that you make sure the bottom of the sleeve (the point) is in line with the bottom of the arm hole, and the top (the indent) is in line with the top of the arm hole so it lays right on your arm. This takes a lot of pinning to keep it in place and to make sure that it doesn’t move.
After I sewed it together I flipped it out, and it should now look like a dress, just inside-out.
Once you’re done with all of that all you need to do is make the designs. Personally I knew that my fabric wouldn’t take well to paint, so I bought a nice yellow fabric, cut out my designs, painted fabric glue onto the back and stuck it on the dress. You can use paint for yours though, there’s no right or wrong way to make those designs. The last step was waiting for the shoes and tights from online to come in, but it was worth the wait.
For the shoes I managed to find these shoes in turquoise, however eBay seems to be all out of stock (blame me I took the last pair I shit you not). You can try looking up the brand on other sites but i’m not sure what you’ll find. As for the tights, I bought these in small in neon orange. Even though I’m 15 pounds under what the small size is recommended for on that listing because it’s plus sized, I got them anyway. This is for two reasons. The first reason is it would hold it’s color better. We Love Colors has nice tights but they stretch and become opaque and I didn’t want to risk my skin showing through because of my large thighs. The second reason is because the waist band goes all the way up to my bra, which a) eliminates any muffin-top other tights would have given me that would have showed through the dress and b) it helps control my pudgy stomach. The only thing I have left to do is take the shoes with me to a Joann Fabric store and pick out a matching ribbon to attach to them and i’m done.
So there we go! I hope this was helpful to some of you. Keep in mind this is just what I did, not the only way to do it. Happy God-Tier-ing!
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