SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
Platinum Sponsor
Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club

Pattern Reviews> Self Drafted Pattern> 352151-1000 (TNBC Outfit)

Review submitted in Inspired By The Movies Contest
Viewed 505 times 
Reviewed by:Chococat

About Chococatstar
Member since: 1/25/14
Reviews written: 7
Sewing skills:Intermediate
Favored by: 1 people
patterns reviewed: 7
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on:2/28/14 7:14 PM
Project Photo:Self Drafted Pattern: 352151-1000 by Chococat

Pattern Photo:

Pattern Info provided by Chococat

Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 7 people   
Current Tags What is a Tag:
Fabric:Cotton Blend  [See other projects in this fabric]
Hello! I am Chococat! I've been a member on PR before, but I became a lurker after I lost track of my old account. So I've signed up yet again! And happily, I am entering my outfit in the Inspired By the Movies contest. The timing couldn't be better, as I'm eagerly getting rid of old fabric from my stash.

If you haven't guessed already, my outfit was inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Like other members on PR, I too considered sewing a vintage garment; there are so many fantastic old films out there, and Joan Crawford has the sickest outfits. However, I sew vintage most of the time and felt that it would be a missed opportunity to do something I am used to. Instead, I decided I wanted to challenge myself by using a more abstract film for my inspiration. I compiled a list of all my favorite movies, and scribbled a few designs on paper. The Nightmare Before Christmas was an easy choice after I discovered I had three meters of a black and white pinstripe cotton sitting in my organizer. It immediately made me think of Jack Skellington's suit. I imagined what I would look like if I were a character spawned into TNBC - like if I were Jack's girlfriend *Squeee childhood geek dreams* - and this is what I came up with.

It has some inspiration from gothy stuff, but with a whole bunch of cute thrown on top of it. I had seen some other Jack merchandise before at hot topic, but I felt it always looked really obvious. I wanted something that would make people think of TNBC, without having an eight inch applique of Jack on my chest. I think this hits the mark! I'm really happy with how it turned out. Plus, my shoes and socks go really well with it!

My dress is entirely self-drafted. Now, I am a self-taught sewer, so my drafting skills aren't exactly top notch. It's a really long process of trial and error. I started by drafting my top (similar to a style I had sewn before) in muslin, making changes as I pinned it to my dress form. Afterward, I cut out another muslin, and went through my second drafting phase, where I correct any unforeseen fit issues - there were many. Finally, satisfied with my muslin, I cut my fabric and sewed the garment, adding a liner for a more professional look. I top-stitched my edges and attached a separated black metal zipper (because apparently the silver ones don't exist here). Then I sewed black ribbon bows to the straps, which feature my hand drawn Jack buttons.

My petticoat skirt was a rather easy draft, as it consists of mostly rectangles, and I've sewn a similar skirt before. It is an easy pattern, conceptually speaking, but the hand gathering is really quite daunting. I used elastic lace on the edges instead of normal pre-gathered lace, because I found there was a striking difference in the saturation of the dye. The pre-gathered just wasn't dark enough, and I found the elastic added a bit of "poof" which I really enjoy. I then painstakingly sewed on 18 small bows and four large bows to give my skirt a bit of character. The skirt features an elastic waist band and fits very comfortable beneath the top. I'm happy to say I can also pair it with other items in my wardrobe! Bonus!

Growing up I loved watching TNBC with my best friend. I think we even watched it back to back once. Despite my favorite character being the Mayor, Jack comes a close second! If he were a chick, I'm sure he would wear this.

Here are my photos
First Draft
Front View
3/4 View
Side view
Back view
Jack Button
Lace & Embellishments
Me wearing the dress!(WARNING: CLEAVAGE!)
And this is when I sewed through my finger. (WARNING: BLOOD!)

And that's it!!
Thanks for looking.
<< Previous      Next >>
21 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
RoseE said...
I wish Pattern Review had videos because I'd love to see you walk down a runway. Head to toe fabulous, including the socks and shoes! Congrats on your creation.
2/28/14 8:48 PM
AnneM said...
Too bad you can't wear the hat I just got, a bomber-style Jack Skeleton hat. That fabric really is perfect (as are those shoes to go with the fabric). You can wear those items separately as well as together.
2/28/14 9:36 PM
material excess said...
2/28/14 10:18 PM
Quickie said...
Very special cute outfit
2/28/14 10:51 PM
SewLibra said...
Love this design, it's different and eye catching. Congrats on your own drafting and you should feel so proud! Good luck in the contest.
3/1/14 0:55 AM
Danmar said...
Love your dress design, fabric and the finished product! Great job!
3/1/14 7:36 AM
Chococat said...
Thanks everybody for the kind words! :) Rose - That'd be cool if there were some kind of TNBC fashion show! And Anne - That hat sounds amazing!!
3/1/14 7:57 AM
Sew Whatever said...
This is stunning! Well done! I love the shoes and stockings!
3/1/14 9:43 AM
KamiSue2 said...
Sah-weet! Seriously love it. But then, I LOVE that movie. :)
3/1/14 2:09 PM
helenkosings said...
Absolutely TERRIFIC job! Where will you wear this? Is it a costume?
3/1/14 3:32 PM
Chococat said...
helenkosings - I'll wear it everywhere! It's a dress :) I've been told my fashion style is different, but I never categorize myself! I wear just about anything lol.
3/1/14 6:58 PM
pocen said...
What a fun ensemble! Good job!
3/1/14 9:21 PM
Satyne said...
Wow such a wonderful result, well done!
3/3/14 6:35 AM
ASiverson said...
Fabulous Outfit (and your finger looks like it hurt!) You really did yourself proud! TFS!
3/4/14 2:51 PM
Betty Stitchup said...
Fabulous! And even better that you designed it yourself - well done.
3/4/14 7:48 PM
butterflyfly said...
What a cool outfit! Absolutely love it. And those Jack buttons are adorable! Well done on self drafting as the fit is perfect.
3/5/14 6:48 PM
Margaret said...
What a great outfit!
3/8/14 8:16 AM
Gissypop118 said...
I loved this as soon as I saw it as an entry :0) awesome job and congrats!
3/11/14 0:02 AM
Batik said...
amazing! Looks very you and oh so comfortable. Now you have the perfect top fit muslin for an Elsa costume...
3/11/14 6:55 PM
shakantala said...
Have you considered selling the pattern on Etsy as a PDF?
5/3/14 11:30 PM
Chococat said...
shakantala - I haven't, only because I have yet to learn how to pattern grade and draft for sizes other than my own!
5/9/14 7:36 AM
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
Put it on the Bias
Put it on the Bias


Beginners Guide to Sewing Jackets
Beginners Guide to Sewing Jackets


Simplicity 2072

by: heking81

Favorite Things The Lunch Bag Pattern

Favorite Things The Lunch Bag Pattern

Buy Now
Shapes Nine Lives Vest Pattern

Shapes Nine Lives Vest Pattern

Buy Now