COSPLAY by McCALL’S Manikin Review

Manikin, one of two patterns from wave 9 of Cosplay By McCall’s will help you put together the perfect Lolita outfit. Inside the envelope are patterns for a dress, overskirt, blouse, and double-layered bow.

Here are the specs:

Skill level: Intermediate

Sizes: 4-6-8-10-12

Pattern number: M2035

As usual, the COSPLAY by McCALL’S line has patterns printed on a thicker paper with blue ink which should make it easier for those who want to trace their patterns onto tissue paper. The directions are six pages long, so make sure you have read them a few times and feel comfortable before diving in.

The inside flap of the packaging has many useful tips for working with trims and other embellishments. I advise taking the time to read the tips because they will save you from hours of frustration and rage.

Let me start with saying this pattern is thick. Out of the package and separated from the instructions, it’s still a huge hunk of folded papers that will be a nightmare to fold back up. I suggest for the preservation of this pattern, don’t cut it. Trace it onto 99 cent tissue paper.

I like that Manikin has a lot of room to work. You’ve got the dress, an overskirt, and a blouse. Obviously you don’t need to wear all of the garments together. In fact, if you just want the shirt or the dress, they will look good on their own. I can definitely see myself making the sure to wear separately from the dress.

This pattern really reminds me of Rozen Maiden. While I think it would require a bit of modification for it to work for that series, I immediately thought of that anime. Something about the design just reminds you of a cute, creepy doll. Of course, this will also work just as well for a generic lolita outfit to romp around in.

This pattern is overwhelming in a lot of ways. First, it will use over 11 yards of fabric in trimmings. You will spend hours pinning, basting, and sewing little details. You’ll also go through 80 pre-tied bows if following the pattern. A bottle of oil-free, non-staining lotion will be a good way to moisturize your hands so you don’t feel the fabric clinging to your skin after many hours of working. You’ll really have to decide what your budget is, and set enough time aside to get the construction done before your cosplay deadline. I’m sure; however, the end result is worth it.

*This item was provided for review.

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Elizabeth is an avid reader of manga and enjoys attending conventions in cosplay. Please follow me on social media to keep up with my latest reviews and cosplay progress.