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Fai Coat Tutorial by Nemarune Fai Coat Tutorial by Nemarune
Here's my first ever cosplay tutorial. I still think it's really lame, but ~Semashke said she'd have my hide if didin't share it. So here ya go.

You can see my coat here : [link]

If you have any questions feel free to ask :)
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:iconmaikekai:
Maikekai Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really neat! Thanks for sharing!
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you think so :meow:
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Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you for the tutorial
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Kakee-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
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ShadowRave13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice looks great
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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xoMJxo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
also how much dye did you use? Sorry for all the questions, I'm just trying to get an idea for what ill need for my fai coat :)
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's okay, I'm happy to help :>
I've posted a comment regarding the amount of fabrics, so I hope you don't mind if I just copy and paste it:
I don't remember exactly how much fabric I used, but no less than 4 meters, maybe even 5 meters of both lining and outer fabric. But that mostly depends on your height and how long you want the coat to be. And also the width of fabric you're buying. Mine were 1,5m wide.
As for the dye, I used two 50ml bottles of light blue, one dark blue and one white. But that may also depend on the kind of dye you're using :)
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xoMJxo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! 
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xoMJxo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
how much fabric did you end up using for each color and the fur? 
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:iconxomjxo:
xoMJxo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
THI HELPS ME SO MUCH THANK YOU
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you found it useful!
I'll send you a note with the sketches :)
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xoMJxo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! also, how did you do the underneath jacket thing
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The white one? I made patterns from a tight fitting turtleneck, extending it to make the "tails". This only works if you're using stretchy material, by the way. My jacket didn't open at the front, it was only an imitation, while the actual zipper was on the back of the collar. The rest is decoration :)
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xoMJxo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow ok that helps a lot! thanks!
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Hekichan Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
It is really really awesome. I love your costume :x
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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09lastpierre Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!! luv your fai coat!!! its very beautiful!!!!! quick question tho, how many yards of fabric did u use for the coat? & how did u attache the sleeves to the coat? those r my 2 biggest concerns at this point and time as im currently planning my own "variation" of fai for halloween 2013, as my social group usually gets to together for a costume party & the last 3yrs we've done this party i've made my own costumes....my very 1st yr i went as lydia deetz from the beetlejuice cartoon from the 80's!! it was a popular show when i was little. now this year i wanna do a fai cosplay. problem is im a girl, & my chest isnt exactly flat as a cutting board either, lol! so i again, like last yr, will need to improvise on this one & since i'm going as fai when he was turned into a vampire, my plan is to make a female version of fai from another dimension, but i'll definitely be the coolest vampire chick at the party this yr, dont u agree? lol anywho would be very grateful if u could answer my 2 questions above. thanks in advance!!
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Nemarune Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there! I'm glad you like my coat!
As for the questions, I'm not sure how many yards, but I used up about 4 meters of outer fabric and the same amount for the lining. About the sleeves - most important thing is getting a good pattern. The sleeve and shoulder cut outs have to match lengthwise at the seam and the sleeve also has a fancy curve... I can't really explain, but if you plan on a buying pattern, then all you'll have to do is fit the sleeve into the shoulder and sew. Good luck! :)
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AryaChan-love-wolves Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Hello NarLt,

first, sorry for my bad english, i hope, you can understand, then i am from germany.

I love you coat, it' soooo awesome!!!!

i have read, that you don't have the pattern, right?
here is my question:

i am a beginner in sewing, so you can please made a little sketch, where i can see, where did you put the sections??
I do not need measurements, only the form as I have to cut roughly
that would be very, very nice, and very helpful!

I hope, do you know, what i mean.

bye Ariya
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:iconnemarune:
Nemarune Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there!
I'll try to sketch it and send you a note, alright? :)
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xoMJxo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
could you please send me a rough sketch too? i just need to see what kind of pieces you did
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ok, thank you very much! :33
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AryaChan-love-wolves Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
is it about right?
or what is wrong? it must be wider below?

I'm really sorry if I'm too pushy

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Byak-kun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
*o* Thank you for the tutorial. I'm now planning a Rokudo Mukuro cosplay, from Katekyo Hitman, Reborn!, but when i finish it, I want to start a Fye one (for September/October, so I have a loot of time xD). Your coat is pretty cute, i hope mine to be as great as yours. Greetings from Spain ^^
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your comment! :aww:
Good luck with all your costumes, I actually cosplayed Mukuro as well. Hope you have as much fun as I did :meow:
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twilights-star Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what did you ise to transfer the design to the fabric? :O
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the wait. I didn't really transfer it in any fancy way, I just put the stencil on the fabric and used a simple pencil to trace it :)
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Celywien Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thanks for that Tutorial! I will make one and that will help me a lot! Thanks. Maybe I will ask you later for help. Be aware! Sorry if my English is not so good, I'm a French Cosplayer ;)
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck making it! :)
And don't worry, non-native speaker here as well xD
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
say do u mind if u list ur materials
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
lemme try listing: heavy sturdy white cotton,blue garbardine and white fur
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry it took a while to reply. Holidays and all that :)
About the top underneath the coat, well, I basically made the pattern from clothes I had, sewn it together, adding an invisible zipper at the back of the neck. I used a very stretchy synthetic fabric for this. I made a fake "parting" (sorry, for the lack of vocabulary on this) at the front, by folding blue ribbon and sewing it on so it would look like the coat opens at the front.The belts around the chest required some precise measuring and aligning before sewing, because they do not stretch like the rest of the fabric. I made the golden buckles out of craft foam. The last part was painting blue designs at the back of the neck and bottom of the flaps at the back. These designs only appear in the artworks, so they're not absolutely necessary. Also, the fabric I used for this turned out to be slightly translucent, so I made a sort of undershirt that matched the upper part of the top from the same material. I had to do this all in a matter of three days, because I was running out of time, so I don't have any pictures that would make a decent tutorial. But I hope this will help you at least somewhat :)
As for the materials, I'll try to list them, but a lot of time has passed, so I might forget something and I hardly remember the measurements. Here goes. For the outer coat: white cotton, blue gabardine, white fur, white and blue fabric dye, different size brushes, lots of small containers for mixing shades of dye, black textile markers, old newspapers and wallpaper for blue design templates, some black material for stripes on the sleeves.
For the undercoat: white stretchy material, several meters of blue ribbon for the edges and front, white zipper, black belt-like strips, craft foam, golden acrylic dye, white glue and clear nail polish for hardening the buckles, hot glue for gluing them onto the belts. You may try to make his gloves from black stretchy material, but I bought mine.
And of course all the regular stuff - scissors, needles, lots of blue and white thread, some black thread, pins...
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
oh my gosh thx for writing this i was waitin though i wouldnt blame ya though thx for this oh and by the way u can get craft foam from stores lik rite aid right
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know about stores abroad, but it shouldn't be too hard to find :)
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
ok thx
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yukiangel51 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
ill be makin this coat so if i need help ill be asking u in case oh and by the way can u make the top of fai's costume i mean like the shirt he wears
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yaoinymph Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What was the method you used for making the coat pattern? Did you use math or did you drape it on a dress form?
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neither, actually, I've never even tried those ^^;
For this coat I just looked through a lot of reference pictures, WIP shots of other cosplayers and cut out the approximate pattern, then adjusted it using trial and error method - stitching the coat together and trying it on, then fixing the pattern where needed.
It's quite a log process, definitely not one professionals would use, but it worked for me :)
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yaoinymph Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you I hope to make a coat as wonderful as yours
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Myvbane Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I know a lot of people have said this but thank you for this tutorial!! <3 <3 <3 <3 the finished coat looks great, me and my friend are going to work on this together so hopefully it works out great. what i was wondering, how did you sew the outer coat with the blue lining? i never really understood how to do that.. >.>
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :meow:
The lining in this case is pretty easy. Since all the seams would be hidden by fur, you just have to put together the complete white and blue parts with their good sides facing out, going along the edge fold the materials inside a bit if you want a neater look and then just sew along the edge, no need to bother hiding it - again, yay for the fur :D
Hope that cleared things up a bit, I didn't really adress this in the tutorial, heh ^^' Good luck with your costume! :)
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Myvbane Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah okay~ that sounds easy! Thank you :D
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Tammyiia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome~ I was looking for a tutorial XD Thanks so much. I really hope my coat goes as well as yours.
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! And good luck :)
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Tammyiia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh. I'm halfway through putting the pattern on my coat and my back doesn't half hurt.
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Skeletens Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Lithuania? Nice, hei there from Latvia! Weird to see someone into cosplaying...Fai....anime in general...Ah, I feel like I`m the only one in Baltic States with these weird obsessions! Nice coat, it can get handful in these cold winters!
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Nemarune Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! :)
It shouldn't be that weird, there are quite a few cosplay cons throughout the year in both Latvia and Lithuania and a lot people attend those. Have you ever tried going? You wouldn't feel lonely in your obsessions any more, there are lots us cosplayers :D
And thanks :thanks: Yeah, Fai's clothing is definitely suited to our cold winters xD
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LoveMeGeminiously Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just for help for a future fai cosplayer...How much fabric did you use o3o Like, could you share some patterns to make the basic coat/sleeve/hood look? The design I'm making myself so yeah xD No problems there. I just really wondered how much fabric I needed to buy
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