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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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syo-senpai Featured By Owner 9 hours ago   Traditional 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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