Wave 8 of COSPLAY by McCalls deviates from the previous formula of full-clothes patterns inspired by themes and characters. STASH, one of three patterns from wave 8 provides patterns for belts and pouches. While I bet the majority of the cosplay community has already figured out ways to work with DIY patterns, STASH now has you covered.
Here are the specs:
Skill level: Easy
Sizes: XS – XXXL
Pattern number: M2071
As usual, the COSPLAY by McCALL’S line has patterns printed on a somewhat thicker paper with blue ink which should make it easier for those who want to trace their patterns onto tissue paper. The directions are easy to follow; however, it is important to note that some copies of STASH were sent out missing a few pages of directions. I was sent a pdf file of the missing directions, which is nice but isn’t quite the same has having everything matching in the kit. Make sure when you open your pattern envelope that all the pages are there. If not, a pdf is available.
The inside of the packaging has a brief paragraph on the history of modern snaps which is a nice touch.
For the least ambitious sewer, if you choose to stick strictly with the pattern, you have 2 options to choose from – a pouch or a belt. From there you can decide what type of belt you want with pocket sizes that are small, medium or large. You could also just make carrier pockets for a purchased belt, instead. Additionally, the pocket flaps come with three different designs so really, the uses for this pattern will go as far as your own creativity will take you.
The zippered pouch is the most interesting feature of this pattern since it reminds me of those extremely overpriced Lip Service brand satchel bags that were popular back in the early 2000s. People were seriously obsessed with them and they were $60 or more for something that definitely could be made at home for much less.
As you can see, this pattern can be very useful. It will require a lot of material collecting ranging from interfacing, lining, snaps, grommets, swivel clasps, and D-rings. As a seasoned cosplayer, this is nothing to you! As a newbie, this may feel frightening and over-whelming but don’t worry! A lot of hardware kits tend to have easy instructions on how to use them.
Remember earlier how I said this pattern is limited only by your creativity? Although the pouches and belts in this pattern are perfect on their own, they can be modified to suit a variety of cosplays. I for one have Motoko Kusanagi in mind for this pattern. Any character with a few pouches or pockets here and there will benefit from the STASH pattern. Imagine sewing the pockets directly onto chaps meant for a combat suit, or a jacket that requires a zippered pouch compartment.
At first I was a bit skeptical of a cosplay line of accessories, but after giving this a closer look, I can see how useful the STASH pattern will be. I’m looking forward to using this pattern for my very own Motoko cosplay. If you’re looking for an easy way to get pockets without drafting your own pattern, COSPLAY by McCALL’s has a solution.
*This item was provided for review.