Hi. I say your dress up for homecoming and would like to know how you made the top part of your costume so I can look cool for Halloween to.
Well, the way I went about making the jacket was… less than professional. I hadn’t every actually sewn anything that wasn’t a barbie-sized tube dress, and even that’s been at least ten years ago. So I’ll try to describe what I did, but I can’t promise it will work for you unless you know the finer points of sewing and can not make the mistakes I did. Here we go:
First, I took an old t-shirt that I didn’t mind cutting up. I cut the sleeves of right where they attach at the torso, and then the midsection just above the bottom of the ribcage. Then I separated the front from the back, and used the back as a pattern for the back of the jacket, cutting two pieces of black fabric to make a lining and an outer-layer. After this it gets tricky. If you want to use a second t-shirt, that would probably make it easier, which you’ll see later.
So if you look at pictures of 2nd-movie-Hiccup’s jacket (which I highly suggest you do–Google is wonderful), the right side come over the left, almost all the way to the shoulder, and has a high collar. What I did to mimic this was use a fabric pencil to draw the approximate shape that the front-right side of the jacket would take, and then, because I didn’t have another t-shirt to cut up for a pattern on the left side, just folded the t-shirt over on the line I drew originally as I was tracing it onto the black fabric. Do NOT do anything with the collar yet. Just leave it as though it were a t-shirt collar.
I did a similar thing with the right side (folding the shirt instead of cutting it), but as I shape I just guess that it would come pretty much straight down and then curve at the bottom, similar to the bottom of the right side. Again, I cut out two pieces.
For the collar, I measured around the neck of the t-shirt (and I would suggest adding an inch or two on the end, because I didn’t and then somehow ran out of fabric and had to add an extra piece) and cut out two pieces, roughly an inch and a half tall.
I then sewed all the lining pieces together and all of the outer-layers together, so that it kind of made two separate jackets, reversed from each other. The next step is to sew the lining and outer-layer together, flipped inside-out so that they ugly seams don’t stick out, leaving the arm-holes completely unsewn (this was my major problem. I thought I could get away with sewing them together while it was still inside out, but I was very wrong). For the shoulders, just take two shoulder pads and cover them with the fabric you are using for your jacket. Attach them only to the outer layer so that they don’t get stuck on the inside of the jacket when you turn it right-side out.
At this point, I was fed up with my sewing machine (because it kept not working correctly), so I just hand-sewed the arm holes. It worked out just fine, but it is very time consuming and I would suggest another method if you know how. As it was, I folded the edges inside, as the would appear on the other seams, and used the kind of stitch where you always send the needle through the same direction, so it kind of loops around the edge. When I got to the shoulder pad, I totally faked it and stitched it however it would stay together (similar to what I was doing before, but I didn’t fold the edges).
So by now you should hopefully have something that looks like a jacket (maybe, unless I forgot something really important). Now it’s time for the stuff that makes it look cool and hopefully a little less homemade and tacky. For the belt, I literally just cut off the two ends of a belt and stitched them onto the jacket at the top of the left shoulder and under the right arm, at the bottom edge of the jacket. Be careful to make sure you cut the belt so the buckle and the holes line up (not to small or too large). You should also cut it at something like a forty-five degree angle, so it matches up with the seams on the jacket. For the two things that hold the bottom of the jacket together, take two small strips of the same belt (mine are a 3-ish inch strip, cut down the middle) and sew one end to the right side of the jacket and put velcro on the other. Velcro should also go at the edge of the right side of the jacket, where it comes over to almost the shoulder.
For the accents on the belt, I just used puffy paint for the dragon and the little rivet-things on the small connectors.
And I think that’s it. Feel free to ask more questions if you indeed decide to go to all the work I did (and have an awesome Halloween costume).