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Cosplay Tutorial: Seamless Trim by firewolf826 Cosplay Tutorial: Seamless Trim by firewolf826
This seamless trim technique is a method Iíve been using for years to add custom trim to my costumes without any top-stitching at all.

Similar in a way to bias tape, but with many key differences in implementation and results. No one taught me this technique, but now Iím teaching it to you! Please read through all the instructions before asking any further questions, and happy trim-making! C:

Apologies for the length, it's more complicated than it looks!

Tutorial written by *firewolf826
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italktotherain Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Does this technique work well with spandex?  I've been trying to figure out how to do something that looks as clean for a body suit that has weird shapes, and while your multi-colour panel tutorial was helpful and definitely the look I want to go for, I think that some of my shapes are far too complex for it... So have you tried this with stretch fabrics?
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eternalukyou Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is a great tutorial!!
 The technique is called 'under stitching' btw ^^.
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syo-senpai Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like a neat tutorial but I am totally lost after step 8.  I've read through this a half dozen times and I just cant comprehend how you flip it, or where your sewing or which side, do you happen to have other pictures of a video of that part?  Is there a gap from step 7, then its inverted, sewn then reflipped?  @_@ gaou gaou gaou....
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KyouyaGavin Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this Tutorial! I tried it on my Dark Magician Girl Costume and it went out AWESOME!
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GypsyOfHades Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting a tutorial like this! I'll be in need of it once I make my Hades Alone cosplay in the future as well as Caster (Fate/Extra version). ^_^
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AwesomeOlive Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
hi! i was hoping to use this tutorial for trim on a bodice but i'm unsure of how to go about it due to the curves. do you have any tips for this sort of thing? thanks!
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Vicky-V Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there!

First, thank you so much for taking the time to put this together. It'll serve very well in future.

At the moment I'm going through it to add the yellow trim at the bottom of Gary Oak's shirt. But I'm having a little trouble figuring out how you've pinned the two pieces together in step 9. I've read through comments and I get the idea of a pillow case and whatnot but I still can't figuring out exactly how to do it. Would you be able to show a picture of the other side of the fabric (the side with the trim pinned on instead of to the red wrong side of the fabric shown in the tutorial) or do a little diagram or something? If you could, it would be very appreciated.

Out of interest, would you consider doing video tutorials for things like this? Sometimes it helps to watch somebody do it bit by bit and copy them.
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44NTW44 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Writer
Thank-you so much! I have never sewn before, and am trying to make a shawl for my Halloween costume. This is exactly what I needed. 
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ambie13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering, when you first sew the trim on do you sew it onto the right side or the wrong side of the fabric?
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When you first sew the trim (step 5), it's sewn to the right-side of the fabric. After sewing that inner seam, you'll have the trim in place as it will be for the final product other than the enclosing the raw edge.

And for reference, the picture from step 8 is the wrong-side.

I hope that makes sense!
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ambie13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It does, thanks! Also would this technique only work on garments that have lining or could it be adapted for ones that don't?
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This technique only really works if there's a lining. Without one, there's really no way to do it -- you'd have to have top-stitching along the outer-edge, which would show a seam (kind of the opposite of the point of doing it this way)

To make it work, I think the only way would be to hand-sew the final seam -- fold over the raw edge and "hidden stitch" it to one-layer of the [wrong-side] fabric. Or make your trim more like bias tape, and hidden stitch that to the wrong-side of the fabric.

OR fold the a fabric and the trim inward so raw edges are encasing each other and hidden stitch along that edge. This would actually most closely resemble the finally product of the original technique, but your hand-sewing would have to be pretty tidy since it'll be slightly visible.

Either way, it would take a lot longer to do by hand than with the machine, but it could be worth it.

Sorry, those are my only ideas! That's why I think this works best for jackets, which are more-often-than-not lined!
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Mines-of-Moria Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This made. Absolutely. No sense. I sat and tried to read it for about 30 minutes and it just made no sense.
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry my words didn't come across clearly for you. It's not a particularly easy concept to explain in text, and if I could have my way I'd explain it in person, which is much easier. But obviously I can't do that! If you want you can look through some of the comments people have made, since I've answered some of their specific questions which may make things clearer.
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luxuryvandal Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is great! Thanks for sharing!
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Duves Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Very helpful tutorial! I definitely want to try this technique. But I donīt understand the part where you have to turn it inside out, do you have any pictures of this part?
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't think I have any pictures of turning-right-side-out specifically... But imagine that your garment is like a pillow case. One side is the "good" fabric of your garment and the other is the lining. If you turn the pillow case inside-out you'll see all the stitching, the hem, and whatnot.

So, you're essentially first sewing the garment inside-out, with the good-sides of the fabrics facing each other, but leaving a small hole to flip the good-sides right-side out. The hole is like the opening of the pillow case, except you'll eventually be sewing that closed.

The result is, say on a jacket, all the edges of the jacket have no visible stitching, because it was all done from the inside. In order to do this method, you'll need to line the garment (with an identical match of the garment)-- otherwise it won't work.

Hopefully that helped clarify some stuff! If not, let me know and I'll try to explain it better! :)
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KomoRiN Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
It would really help if you could find similar pictures of the last stages - it might be me not understanding what you're saying, but right now it feels like I'm just not understanding physics. What exactly flips what way and how? ( ._.)>
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Pictures:
Inside-out: [link]
Right-side-out: [link]

In Step 9, you sew along the edges of the garment (with right-sides of fabric facing together), leaving an opening somewhere so that you can "flip" the garment right-side out. This you can see in the first pic above. This is the wrong side of the fabric. The ends on the sides of the pic are open (no seam).

Step 11 is when you "flip" it right-side-out through the side opening, as seen in the second pic. Here the edges (along the yellow) need to be pressed, and then the last seam sewn together. (Sorry it's a weird garment to use as an example since it has no armholes, but it's the same for a jacket or whatever)
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Yuffeh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Hi there, thankyou for the lovely tutorial. :) I think a lot of people have a hard time understanding the concept because we didn't realise you've actually added a yellow "trim" to both the fabric AND the lining; and then sown those two "trims" together at the top. I think it would be really helpful if you added those two pictures you just posted to the tutorial; otherwise it looks like you just left the top raw edges on its own and magically made them disappear. :P By the way, do you prefer this method, or stitch-a-ditch?
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KomoRiN Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Alright! Thank you, that makes more sense to me now. :3 You're great~
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Duves Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Thanks for your reply! After reading your explanation and thoroughly reading the tutorial again, I finally understand(turns out I misunderstood a different part..). I tried it on some scrap fabric and it looks great! Thank you for making this tutorial, this will certainly be useful :D
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Zichee Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Fav this! When I have time, imma read this! I have never thought that i would stop by your page to find out how to make a seamless cosplay clothes. =P Tyvm for sharing!
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
no problem! Hope it may be useful to you one day! :)
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Zichee Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Haha ty I hope it will turn out just as close as yours! =D
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tokiohotelfan02 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Go fire ferrets! :D lol
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mahotsukai-kawaii Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I've heard of this stuff, but I had no idea that was what it was for. XD lol Great tut! :)
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Picchan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
This is similar with what I've always done :"D
Just a tip :"D It's better if you're making the pattern for the red part and yellow part separately, with seam.
I see that your red part includes the yellow part too. If you make it separately (and for example you put your seam 1cm) you'll only have to match the edge of the fabric, and sew it through the seam (1cm) and cut the corner, you'll have the same result, with less fabric used! :D just remember to put the notches and you don't have to mark with chalk/pencils, because they're kinda annoying when you have to wear it to event at once X"D
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahh, yes, I see what you mean! I think I like including the "trim" pattern in the "base" pattern because it's easier that I don't have to make a new pattern after finalizing it in the mock-up stage. I can use the mock-up pattern and just make a "trim" pattern, rather than making two new patterns. Also, depending on the weight of the trim fabric, I like that including the extra fabric keeps it sturdy.

But it can totally be done that way, and for sure uses less fabric :)
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Witchiko Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So good >.<
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nekomatalee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks for making these tutorials! They are super helpful. As someone who learned how to sew on their own, sometimes things get really confusing when trying to figure this all out in my head so photos to help guide me are awesome! :D
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the late reply-- but glad my tutorials may be useful to you. I find seeing photos helps a lot! If you have any questions let me know. And good luck with all your sewing endeavors! :D
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks this will be very helpful for my upcoming project :)
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rovenLST Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SO amazing .-.
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zipadodalde Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU
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zipadodalde Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg you just made my day!! i have been freaking out about the corner detail for my allen walker cosplay.
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem!! Good luck with your costume!!
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creativeCrater Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
WAAAHHH!!! Such great advice! As a growing cosplayer, I REALLY appreciate the tips. ^^
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This is so great! :D
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! I hope it's useful to you! :)
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chillinchikjw Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   General Artist
Thank you so much :3 something to practice in my sewing future
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Your welcome, and let me know if you have any questions. :)
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yamekaze Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*-* Oh wow. Thank you.
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! Let me know if you have any questions :)
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VioletYuki Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
i don't get it. HAHAH. but i guess i will re-read it again if i every need to that high level sewing @_@
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ack! Probably partially my poor explaining! Let me know if you have any specific questions, if you ever attempt to try it out. :)
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MissNightmares Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
huh...this might be useful for my future cosplays ~
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firewolf826 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope it's helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
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Dragon-fang2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very nice, forgot how i got here but i'm glad i did, this is a great tecnique to learn.

i've never cosplayed in my life but i can just about see how to do this, it sounds easy-ish but i know from expireance that is normaly not the case (this coming from a guy who got a C in GCSE textiles)

:+fav:'d for if i ever try this
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