A little sewing help?

OK, guys—well, girls, probably. I don’t sew, but I’d like to. I have a project to complete. My plan is to attend Ohayocon in January all decked out in a homemade Totoro cosplay outfit.

This could take some explanation.

Totoro = wonderfully cute creation by Hayao Miyazaki, featured in his film Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro). One of my favoritest movies. If you’ll recall, I did some sketches of some totoros back in November.

Cosplay = where otaku (psycho crazy anime / Japanese pop-culture fans) dress up as their favorite character at a convention.

Ohayocon = the only anime convention I’ve been to so far, located in Columbus. (It’s punny—”ohayo” means “good morning,” as well as the name of our state. Erika from the Bluecoats taught me that—it was my very first word in Japanese.) Aaron and I will be attending Ohayocon for the third year in a row next January.

So, I want to dress up like the crazy people. There’s a plushie out there of Mei, one of the characters from the movie, wearing Totoro pajamas. Instead of making a giant, ugly, deformed stuffed Totoro costume, I want to make some Totoro jammies. Several months ago, I drafted an initial plan of what my costume would be like, but I’ve revised my ideas since then. Instead of a more simple sweatsuit-type outfit, I’m looking at more of a one-piece footie pajama made out of plushie pile material, with a hood attached (or separate, if necessary).

I guess my big question is, does anyone know where to get a pattern for grown-up footie pajamas? I’ll need to modify it by a.) making it out of plush instead of fleece, and b.) adding a white panel to the front belly, besides making it big enough for my fat ass. I’m starting on this project way early, because I know I’m in over my head.

Oh, yeah, and I need to thrift myself a sewing machine. And learn how to use it. D’oh!

4 thoughts on A little sewing help?

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  1. I have a sewing machine – it’s not great, but i have one.

    I would advise trying to find some sort of animal costume pattern (even if it’s not necessarily footie jammies, you could always add footies) and simply change the detials.

    hee – too bad you can’t modify this one.

    (say it with me…aww 😀 )

    but something like this.

    i found that here.

    you can also find sewing patters over at wal-mart, joanne fabrics, hancock fabrics..etc.

    w00t – anything else, let me know!

  2. OMG dude — that is completely what I wanted!

    *plants a big sloppy kiss on Sheryl’s… erm… monitor*

    I will now go hunt for the best price for the adult animal costume pattern and buy it. Aaron will ask his Dad if we can borrow/have the sewing machine at his house that no one uses anymore. And I will sew. Oh, yes. I will sew.

    Now we have to come up with a costume for Aaron…

    *runs upstairs to peruse anime DVD collection*