The hero's closet : sewing for cosplay and costuming

Conahan, Gillian, author

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  • Creator Gillian Conahan ; photographs by Karen Pearson
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : Abrams, 2017.
  • Physical Details
    • 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm + 2 folded pattern sheets
  • ISBNs 1419723960, 9781419723964
  • OCLC ocn956480479


  • This essential handbook offers detailed, step-by-step instructions that cover the basics of sewing costumes (which often require skills not found in standard sewing guides) to help even the most novice sewists create the costumes of their dreams. A skilled crafter and avid cosplayer, Gillian Conahan walks readers through finding inspiration online and through their fandom; shares insight into translating character art into real-world garments; and offers advice on pattern selection, alterations, fabrics, and embellishment techniques. The book also features 11 original step-by-step basic patterns--such as jumpsuits, jackets, and pants. It then suggests ideas for mixing and matching these basics to create costumes of all styles, including superheroes, pirates, elves, school girls, and adventurers. --Publisher.


  • Issued with 2 folded pattern sheets.
  • Includes index.
  • Includes bibliographical references (page 203) and index.


  • Getting started -- Patterns -- Costumes
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