Superhero Outfit Tutorial


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Sewing Bee Fabrics Tutorial
Make Your Own Superhero Outfit

Sew a superhero outfit Free tutorial

So what inspired this superhero outfit? Well.... this did!!

Superhero sewing bee fabrics second baby announcement

What you will need:

2 co-ordinating knit fabrics. Half a meter of each should be plenty for a little one but you may need more for older children so make your patterns first.

How to make it:

The top:


Take a tshirt type top that fits and draw around the body, marking the width of the sleeves. Short sleeves can be made without seperate pieces, so just make your oblong shape into a 'T' shape by adding the desired length sleeve. (My fabric is folded down the centre underneath).

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics top making pattern

Add on a seam allowance right round. Draw on your neckline by finding a bowl/plate etc with a similar size to the tshirt back neckline, then make the front a little deeper. Again, use an existing tshirt as a guide. Don't add a seam allowance to the neckline.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics top changing neckline

Decide on your superhero logo. Draw on paper first then cut this out in your co-ordinating fabric.

Superhero tutorial make your own logo

It is far easier to attach your logo first before you sew your top together. Knit fabric tends not to fray so i simply stitched it on using a narrow zigzag stitch. I find that a narrow zigzag stitch with a
ballpoint needle results in far less dropped stitches with knit fabric so always use this to sew. I also prefer using a knit foot on my sewing machine which acts like a walking foot in that it lifts on and
off the fabric in time with your stitching, but it has a small gripper underneath which helps to hold the fabric in place as the needle goes through (available HERE).

Start off by hemming the sleeves if your costume is little as otherwise it can be difficult to turn it on the sewing machine once stitched up in to a sleeve. I just rolled the raw edge under and used a narrow zigzag stitch.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics top hem sleeve

Line up the shoulder pieces and pin the top of the top, and along the top of the sleeves with right sides together. Sew only one side.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics top sew sleeve to neckline

Make enough bias tape to fit around the neck line with at least a couple of inches to spare. I used a 2 inch width cut at 45 degree angle to the fabric grain, then folded the edges into the centre.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics top bias binding

I then pinned it to sandwich the neckline raw edge in the centre, leaving the ends of the bias tape free at the un-sewn shoulder side so they can be hidden in the seam. I used a wider zigzag stitch to attach this to be sure I was catching all the edges in my stitching.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics top attaching bias

Once attached, sew up the other shoulder top making sure that your bias tape ends are caught up in the seam. Next, sew in a continuous line from the bottom edge of the sleeve, under the armpit and down the side. Repeat on the other side then just hem the bottom edge.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics top sew sleeve to side seam

The Cape:

Cut a piece the same size / shape in both your fabrics. The top width needs to be a couple of inches or so wider than the neck line once draped around the curve of the line. The bottom width and length is up to you. It purely depends how swishy you want it! I made a curved line to connect the bottom and top to make it look more flowing. Also cut out any logo you want for the cape.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics cape pattern

Place your pieces right sides together and sew up all except about 2 or 3 inches in the centre at the top to turn it through.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics cape sew together

Clip the corners, turn inside out, then hand sew the top closed with a ladder stitch

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics cape snip corner

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics cape hand sew end

I stitched the lightning zigzag on the back now so that it helped to hold the layers in place better as it moves. Pin the cape to the top either side of the neckline then hand stitch in place.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics pinning cape to top

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics stiching cape to top

The Cuffs

Measure around the wrists then allow enough fabric for an overlap for poppers (approx. 2cm) and add another 1cm for seam allowance. Now double that length. Add 1cm to your desired width for seams and cut out any logo you want putting on.

Superhero tutorial cuff fabric

Fold the cuff in half with right sides in the centre and sew down the 2 long sides. Turn inside out then hand stitch the end closed with a ladder stitch.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics cuff sew together

Stitch on your logo. I found this easier to do by hand.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics cuff attach lightning

Add poppers to the ends.

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics cuff attaching poppers

Then apply to child and go show it off!

 

Superhero tutorial sewing bee fabrics finished front

We hope you enjoy our tutorials and love hearing what you think so please leave us a comment or send me an email to linda@sewingbeefabrics.co.uk

Happy Sewing!


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