I have sewn using patterns for cosplays before and… You have to admit, it’s frustrating as all get out. So here are the stages that I typically go through while sewing…
Step 1: Buy a pattern for an outfit by painstakingly sifting through available patterns until you find one that resembles the crazy project you are trying to undertake. Rush home excitedly. Open up the pattern and the packet of information.
Step 2: Read the information inside. Reread it. Realize you still have no clue what you read. Flip to the other side and read that side. Realize that it makes more sense somehow but you’ve been reading the Spanish side for the last five minutes. Flip back. Realize that the English isn’t even English anyhow.
Step 3: Start by cutting out all the fabric you need since that’s the easiest part of the entire process. Cut out all the fabric and sit back, happy with the results. Open the packet back up. Realize you still have no clue how the freakin pieces go together. Cry inside for a few minutes.
Step 4: Decide that you can probably make out the instructions on the go. Start sewing based on each step and figuring it out. Get to a pivotal portion of the project and realize NOW you definitely have no idea what you are supposed to be doing. Rage against the sewing machine.
Step 5: BS your way through the steps somehow, typically altering portions and still somehow having it look like it’s supposed to. Realize that you are a pro! Flip it inside out… And realize you stitched the back to the front and the seam is showing. Proceed to rip out all of the stitches and redo.
CONGRATS! You have sewn using a pattern!