Today I’m sharing part two of the costume sewing and making. If you missed yesterday’s post you can see it here:Part 1 post. This is the back side of the Evil Queen Costume sewn with McCalls costume sewing pattern.
Once the top of the costume was made the skirt goes really quickly. You sew two pieces together to make the skirt.and then turn/hem edges and attach to the top. It’s all straight sewing and goes very fast!
- NOTE: Once the top was sewn I hemmed it, added the cuffs and turned under the area at the top front so there were no raw edges. Prior to completing the construction of the skirt and attaching it.
Evil Queen Costume
Back of the Evil Queen Costume sewn with McCalls Sewing Pattern M6818;
Next I had to sew the bottom which is called the skirt. It goes from the sides all the way around the back. Very easy straight sewing and it goes super quick. Then I sewed the raw edges with a hem since I wasn’t lining the materials. After it was all hemmed I attached it to the top after pinning and fitting it to Sammie while she had it on, making adjustments as needed. Then straight stitched it to the top laying it underneath.
I made quite a few changes to the sewing pattern but, either way you can probably get this pattern done in a few days or about 9 hours sewing time.
Changes I made to this McCalls sewing pattern:
- Not lined
- changed collar and cuffs design
- added two panels to the side back bodice
- shortened the cape a bit
The reason the cape got shortened is the fabric was 44 inches wide vs. inches. You wouldn’t think that would make a big difference but, it does! Buy extra fabric if your width does not match the pattern’s width recommended size for layout of pattern! We also needed a little fabric for the back pieces I added to expand the width of costume and we don’t live anywhere near a fabric store or the store we got our fabric at. If you are sewing the pattern make sure of body measurements. Go a size up if needed, it’s easy to pin and sew smaller vs adding to a pattern for sizing. Pattern sizes and retail clothes sizes are very different! Sammie is a size 6 and we used a size 12.
The hardest part of the sewing pattern is attaching and sewing the sleeves and dealing with the sizing issue that we had due to her different sizes. But, if you have sewn for a while this is a Evil Queen sewing pattern that can be tackled with ample time set aside. It’s a lot of straight stitch sewing, no darts due to how the bodice is pieced.
I will share photos when I’ve added the front eye hook closures, the buttons for the cuffs, hemmed the cape and added the clasp. I’m hoping for a run through in advance with hair and makeup too. Stay tuned! I’ll share the costume on Sammie hopefully with our makeup run through. PS. We are remodeling so excuse the wonky cabinets! More about that later!
What type of costumes have you sewn before?
See more costume posts;
- Part 1 Front of Evil Queen Costume and how to
- Artemis Costume Idea A fairy-huntress. She settled on the idea of being Artemis “Artemis of the wild-land, Mistress of Animals” A Greek Goddess her Roman equivalent is Diana.
- Vampire Makeup Tutorial / Costume
- October 8th National Costume Swap Day
- Witch Costume and Makeup Video Tutorial
- Making a Unique Halloween Costume
- Halloween Costume Ideas
- Dog Costumes