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Sewing Jacket for a Stop Motion Puppet

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After posting pictures of Adem and his jacket, a friend wanted me to give him some instructions about how to sew a jacket. So, I have prepared a tutorial for people who does not have any idea about sewing jacket and want to make a basic one like this.

Sewing Jacket

First print out the pattern, cut pieces and modify paper patterns by putting it on your puppet, measuring different parts such as arms, neck, etc.. The patterns of sewing jacket you download here is in the size of Adem. I suggest you to make a basic paper jacket (without the collar part) and put on your puppet to make sure the correct size.

Pictures below self explanatory. You can click any step to enlarge.

Jacket pattern for sewing jacket save this image to use.

Sewing Jacket - Placing Pattern and Cutting Pieces
Sewing Jacket - Making of Lapel
Sewing Jacket - Making of Collar -1

Sewing Jacket - Stitching Shoulders
Sewing Jacket - Making of Collar -2
Sewing Jacket - Stitching Arms
Sewing Jacket - Stitching Sides and Arms -DONE!

Useful Resources About Puppet Costuming and Sewing Jacket:

http://www.puppetpub.com/costumes.html
There is a wonderful puppet costuming book here which can help you dress up your puppets. You can download the entire costuming book in pdf. I recommend you to download right away and save it to your hard drive. There are not fancy costumes described. But there is basic information about everything you would need for making costumes of a stop motion puppet.

http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/60051
Nick Hilligoss’s puppet clothing patterns and tutorial. Scroll down the page to see puppet clothing thumbnail on the left side.

http://www.leenas.com/English/sew_men.html
Very detailed sewing tutorial.

Software to create patterns for puppet clothing and sewing jacket:

http://www.cochenille.com/garm.html
You can download the demo of Garment Designer for free here. You can experiment different patterns here to get an idea about how to prepare patterns..

This post is also available in: Turkish

11 Comments

  1. Rich says

    wow yaz! Thank you soo much for making this. This is incredible!! This is perfect and so clear. Excellent pictures. wow. i am floored…
    I know what i am doing this weekend!
    I will share this link with the stop mo mates in Ken Priebe’s class this thursday nght. (We are making our first armatures) They are really going to appreciate this.

  2. oh and thanks for the links, those are perfect. It’s nice to know what book to pick up to. I was not sure which one to get.

  3. i just clued in that the book is free for download!! haha

  4. YAZ! Vaowow! This tutorial is fantastic! And terribly kind of you to have made to share with all of us! It’s fantastic!

    That jacket you made for Adem is absolutely perfect! I love what you did to get that texture! Perfect!

  5. Yaz, thank you for sharing this!
    I instantly downloaded the book which seems to be a great ressource on that matter.
    I sewed my first puppet’s clothing along the tutorials of Nick Hilligoss, from his experience animators could learn a lot. I really recommend his website at all…
    You did a great tutorial here!

  6. Rich, it is great to hear that this tutorial will be helpful for you and maybe for your classmates too. If you need clarification on any step, just let me know. Yep 🙂 that book is free for download. I downloaded as soon as I found it incase they stop giving it away free.

    Shelley, thank you! I had fun creating this tutorial and I would be very happy if this helps people to create a this type of jacket.

    Jessica; yes that is very good book; basic information but still covers a lot of different costumes. And Nick Hilligoss.. he is one of my stopmo heroes 🙂 Thanks for checking out!

  7. Mark Beal says

    Wow, this was a way useful discovery. Thanks for the detailed information and links!

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