For those new to cosplay and costuming, the challenge of sewing an outfit can seem daunting. Help is on the way as two of the biggest pattern makers make a splash in the cosplay market.

Cosplay by McCalls logoOf the two companies, McCall’s appears to be making the biggest investment with the April launch of a special mini-site focused solely on cosplay. The pattern menu highlights corsets, capes, skirts, bustles and tunics and includes patterns from the famous cosplayer, Yaya Han. Most of the patterns will help build generic costume elements that can then be styled to a particular character. The mini site also includes a book section where you can easily purchase books for those all-important reference photos, a very inclusive convention list, and a helpful cosplayer blog with tips, photos and tutorials.

Simplicity pattern 1091For those who would like a little more guidance to a specific character design, Simplicity has teamed up with LoriAnn Costume Designs to create Dr. Who and DC villain styled costume patterns that are due out later this summer. The fun in these patterns is that they take interesting costume concepts, like hoods and bustles, and add touches of a character to help you envision the final piece.

Growing up, I remember passing time in the fabric store perusing the giant McCall’s catalog book, dreaming of the costumes I wanted to make. That no doubt lent itself to my current love of cosplay. Nowadays, I personally make most of my patterns, but in the beginning having patterns is a great place to start. Even if patterns aren’t your dish, these two sites offer lots of great sewing tips and tricks to help your project along. Happy sewing!