My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 3 : Installing the Zipper

My Little Pony Costume : Installing the Zipper (a sew-along tutorial)
Sorry to be so late, but this post turned out so long that I had to split it into two! 
Today we’ll be installing the zipper and assembling the body of the hoodie. Then tomorrow we’ll attach the hood.
If you’ve just joined us, please start here to view the series in it’s entirety.
Some of you might notice right away that my fabric pieces don’t match the patterns we drafted on Monday, and you’d be right. In order to make my final pattern more “assembly line” friendly I have adjusted the style to a raglan sleeve. It doesn’t affect the zipper installation, but it definitely helps me to only have to sew straight lines when I’m making multiple custom orders for my shop
Unfortunately, this change means that I had to skip the steps for sewing the shoulders, sleeves, and side seams. I’m sure most of you will understand the written directions if you have ever sewn a basic shirt or dress before, but if anyone has trouble following because of the lack of pictures, please just let me know and I will find a way to add more images in a week or so. (Still in time for Halloween, I promise!)
How to make a My Little Pony costume
Today you’ll need:
Your front, back, and sleeve pieces – measuring tape – pins – pen –  zipper foot
separating zipper (I use this 20″ long #5 molded plastic one and trim off the excess.)
How to make any size My Little Pony costume
Measure up 1″ from the bottom of your shirt fronts and lay out the halves of your zipper along the center line.
(If you added a larger or smaller hem allowance when drafting your pattern, substitute it for the 1″ here.)
How to make a My Little Pony costume for adults or kids
Mark where the zipper crosses the top edge of the fabric. 
Then zip the halves back together and extend the line across. 
This will help keep both sides even while you are sewing.
How to sew a My Little Pony costume
Unzip the halves again and pin them in place (still 1″ up) with the teeth pointing away from the center.
Be very careful not to stretch the fabric as you pin, and check that the marks match up with the top edges.
Sew your own My Little Pony costume
Using your zipper foot, sew a line of stitches close to the zipper teeth. 
(not too close that you can’t work the zipper!)

Fold the zipper tape under so that the teeth are pointing to the center, and add another row of stitches 1/4″ from the teeth.
It needs to be close enough to catch the tape underneath.
My Little Pony Costume - Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rarity
Test your zipper to make sure it slides easily and also matches up evenly at the top.
Make your own My Little Pony cosplay hoodie
Now you can assemble the remaining pieces of the shirt. 
With right sides together stitch the shoulder seams, side seams, and attach the sleeves.
You can use either the set-in sleeve method, or the continuous side seam.  
Both will work equally well, and these link should help until I can add the necessary pictures.
My Little Pony costume - Any character
Fold the ends of your sleeves, and the bottom of the shirt under 1″. Pin in place and hem.
I feel terrible about that picture gap. I hope it doesn’t throw anyone off, but if you have any questions don’t hesitate
to send me a message. That was definitely a slip-up, and I’ll happily help you get everything straightened out.
Tomorrow the hood!
And I promise I’ve got all the proper pictures!

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My Little Pony Sew-along Links


Pony Costume Supply List Day 7 – Pants Pattern
Day 1 – Hoodie Pattern Day 8 – Basic Sweatpants
Day 2 – Attaching the Mane Day 9 – Pony Tail
Day 3 – Zipper Installation Day 10 – Pegasus Wings
Day 4 – Attaching the Hood Day 11 – Cutie Marks
Day 5 – Ears Day 12 – Hairstyle Options
Day 6 – Unicorn Horn Spike the Dragon Pattern Pieces

10 thoughts on “My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 3 : Installing the Zipper

  1. Thanks so much for these tutorials!!!! My daughter is SET on being Twilight Sparkle for Halloween and after the mess that was the Maleficent Costume a couple of years ago I'm afraid to try to make her a costume again. I think this one is about fool proof!!! I know how much time goes into these posts so seriously, thank you!

    1. Thank you Jeanne, this really just made my day! I'd be lying if I didn't admit to the late (2am!) nights that have gone into this project, and it's always nice to know all that hard work is appreciated!

      On a completely random note: My husband is also an architect, and we did a bit of world travelling before the kids took over too. I'd say we would be wonderful friends….but you seem to be a Steelers fan. Sorry about that. ;D Go Ravens!

  2. Thanks for the zipper detail. I see from the instructions that I probably would have gone about it wrong. Mine is not going to look as nice as your's but it's dark at Halloween and the other 2 and 3 year olds in the preschool who'll see the costume in the day won't care if it's a piley old blanket and mismatched fleece, microfleece and whatever was available. 🙂 I'm offically still on day one but figured it might help to look ahead.
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    1. Kids don't care if your stitches are wonky, the colors are off, or what the fabric is. It's a My Little Pony, and that makes it magic! And you happen to get extra awesome Mom points for being magic enough to make it! 😀

  3. First of all, I love the detail and time you have put into this tutorial. Looking at the finished product I don't think I could do it, but taking it one step at a time has been ok so far! With that said, I am one of those people who could really use the "missing" section of this day. I have never sewn clothing before this, so I'm just googling and youtubing what I don't know! I see some of your fabric edges are finished. At what point are you finishing the edges? For the zipper edges it must have been done before attaching the zipper? What about the rest of the seams for the hoodie?

    Thanks so much! I started following along a few days after you started and I'm taking longer since I'm doing two costumes at once (and I'm a beginner). Rainbow Dash for my 3 yr old and Twilight Sparkle for my 19 month old.

    1. I'm so sorry about that Sara. I've been sewing for so long that sometimes my brain just goes into auto-pilot and I forget to stop to take a picture, or accidently skip some note that my head says is "common knowledge" even though I know it isn't. (Like seam finishes!) If you're still having trouble putting the hoodie pieces together, I highly suggest checking out Dana's tutorial (the continuous side seam link above). You'll need steps 2,4, and 5.

      As for finishing the seams…
      My personal rule is "Finish it BEFORE you fold it, or AFTER you make a seam." That probably sounds really confusing, so let me explain. For places like the zipper and hems, I'll finish the edge before I fold them under or else I won't be able to get to them afterwards. But on places like the side seam, shoulder seam, or collar, I'll serge the two pieces together after I've already sewn the seam.

      There are always exceptions, and everyone does it differently, but that's my system. Some people like to serge around every single piece before they sew any seams at all. Others will say "It's fleece so it wont fray!" and not finish any of the edges at all. It's entirely up to you. Thanks for asking though. If you get stuck at any point, feel free to send me a message or e-mail me a picture even! I'll gladly walk you through it.

    1. You could always make a pull-over version instead. Then you wouldn't have to worry about a zipper at all. If you really want to use a non-separating zipper though, you just need to stitch the two halves together below the end of your zipper. Good Luck!

    1. Hi Carla! Fleece is actually a knit fabric, so It won't unravel. There really is no need to serge the edges, I just do it out of habit because I like that finished look.

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