How I Made My River Vixens Uniform | Riverdale

How I Made My River Vixens Uniform | Riverdale


This video is brought to you by my supporters on Patreon. Hi guys! I’m here with a video showing you all how I made my River Vixen costume. Right now I am working on the skirt. Er.. At least cutting out the fabric for it. The skirt is a box pleat like most cheer leading uniforms. To figure out the size of the panels that I needed, I took the measurement around where I want to skirt to sit (which was kind of.. almost the widest part of my hips) and then divided that by a couple different numbers until I found something that was an even number and I liked the width turned out to be–which happened to be four inches plus one inch on either side, so that I had room for seam allowance and room for when it was pleated. Here I’m cutting out the skirt part. I think I double checked the measurements to just kind of… because I kinda doubted myself a little bit. To make this I traced a shirt out (to get this pattern). Then I drew up the designs and everything that I would need. I was just kind of hoping that it would fit. This was expensive fabric and I probably should’ve done something a bit more… like I would know it would work. But I just kind of winged it. It worked fine though! I was happy with the results. Anyways, now I’m cutting out the front section– which just has these triangles cut out on either side because that is where a white piece of fabric will go instead. If you don’t want to try to draw up your own patterns, you can always grab mine! They are a reward for the month of November and will come out on my Storenvy a few months after that for fairly cheap. There’s also a lot of cheer leading patterns in general out there. Like from McCall’s and Simplicity.. or what not. Make sure you are looking for a box pleat because that is the specific kind of pleating her.. or the River Vixen uniforms’ skirts have. Here I’m cutting out the panels for the white section of the skirt. For this measurement I think I did about half of the measurement of the blue sections with about half an inch on either end for seam allowance. So I think it was about three inches across. And for the length of all these panels, I think I did about twelve inches? Or eleven… something like that! Because I am fairly short. One of the last things left to cut out is a waist band. Because I… I didn’t feel like trying to nicely fold over pleats and hem them so I just attached everything to a thicker waist band. I made the waist band about three inches but it’s folded. Because I kind of wanted that thickness to the band. I didn’t run any elastic through it or anything. This was stretchy fabric and worked perfectly fine as it was. So the total thickness of the band was six inches. But, again, it’s folded to be only 3 inches when the garment is finished. Next up, we have the long and and tedious task of pinning everything together. So the first part of this video is going to be completely just working on the skirt. What I’m doing here is pinning all the panels that I made for the skirt together. Blue, white. Blue, white. Blue, white. Make sure to double and triple check that you are pinning everything so that the wrong sides for the panels (where you’re going to see the seam and the stitching) are all facing the same exact way. And don’t sew it if it’s not. I made that mistake with about three or four panels. Two or three times each.. I just kept pinning it the wrong way! And I sewed it that way! And I had to take it apart and re-pin everything again. It’s a hassle. So, again, that is my long and over worded story to just make sure everything is facing the same way before you sew it together. You can actually see me pin a couple panels the wrong way! Can you see which ones they are, if you are paying attention to how I pinned previous panels? Once you have everything pinned together go ahead and sew it together. I used a simple straight stitch and sewed straight down the fabric about one-fourth of an inch in or something? About that measurement? I’m not perfectly, exact with measurements. But.. ..yeah just sew it together. Then you’ll end up with a giant strip of fabric. Now taking that giant strip of fabric that we’ve just sewn together, go ahead and fold over whatever side is going to be the bottom side–which doesn’t really matter because both of the sides look exactly the same. Double fold over those edges so that you have this nice clean line. Pin that down and sew it. To sew this part, I swapped out thread. I sewed all of the blue sections down first and then I went back in, changed out the thread for white thread and then sewed down all of the white sections. I wanted the thread to match each panel. My next step was a totally unnecessary step and something you could absolutely skip if your store has the right kind of bias tape. Mine did not have the right color of yellow bias tape that was thin enough so I had to buy double folded wider bias tape, cut it down the center and then re-fold over the raw edge and iron that down. So that’s what I spent a couple hours doing here. Which I am not going to show you guys the full, like, two or three hours it took me to iron down a ridiculous amount of bias tape. I definitely recommend just buying bias tape. You are going to need white and yellow. I think, maybe, half an inch wide is about the measurement I was going for. And you’re going to need a lot of it! Because the skirt being pleated means there’s, like, twice as much fabric and length to it than you would normally need ..or use ..or have. I think I used, maybe, about 5 yards of bias tape? Maybe a full six or something.. For each color.. But double the amount for yellow since they yellow has two lines of it and there’s only one line for white. Once you are finally finished, ironing all that bias tape or if you just bought the right kind of bias tape from the beginning, go ahead and pin that to your skirt. I pinned the bottom yellow section about an inch above the bottom of the skirt. I pinned that part down first. Then I went back in and stuck the white bias tape every so slightly underneath the yellow, so that I wouldn’t have to sew down the yellow and then the white and then the yellow again, and could just sew down yellow bias tape because it would overlap with the white where.. like the stitching would overlap the yellow and the edges of the white fabric since.. er… bias tape.. Since the white bias tape was ever so slightly underneath the yellow bias tape. You will kind of see it here in a second. If you look at photos of it you can see what I’m talking about. Once all that is pinned, go ahead and sew that down. This is what I was talking about! Where the white kind of goes slightly under both of the yellow bias tapes so that I can only have to sew down the yellow bias tape itself, on the top and bottom of each string or strand of bias tape. Wow.. I’m using the word bias tape a lot.. Oh my god. Anyways! So just by stitching down that top part it automatically also stitches down the white part and I don’t have to go through and stitch down the white bias tape as well. That would just take way too long! Next up! I’m going to go ahead and begin pleating the dress. At this point I had sewn the dress to… Er the skirt! Not a dress. I had sewn the skirt together so that it is in a circular shape. I’m going through and folding the fabric so that it will be pleated. The two blue sides need to touch each other when it is completely folded and is even all the way down. You will not see any of the white fabric at all. You will see here in a second what I am talking about— when I lay this flat and have my first pleat in place. To figure out how to make all the pleats even and what not, I folded the blue panels in half, so that they lined up with each other, and then I measured two inches from the center on either side, put a pin there and then folded that in so that it would touch the pin on the panel next to it. So the two pins that were closest to each other– with the white in between still– those would come together and touch. Then I would even out the white section, on the bottom. And pin everything down so that it was all nice and straight and I could iron it so it would keep the shape that I had just pinned it in. Again, you will see better, in the video, in a second once it starts to get laid out and comes together a little bit more.. You’ll see what I’m talking about.. How the panels should look. Before ironing, I go ahead and, along the top half or the top edge of the skirt, just sew a straight stitch all the way across. You can also you a zig zag stitch. It doesn’t really matter. Whatever’s going to work best for you. I didn’t need this part to stretch as much though. So I just used a straight stitch. That was just to keep the pleats in place. It helped better when sewing. You can probably skip this step. But I preferred it. That part’s going to go into the seam when we attach the band anyways. So it’s fine to have a stitch there. Totally fine! Plus it helped when ironing and it helped when sewing the band on. Now we finally get to the ironing part! And this too so long! Oh my god.. Please get yourself and iron that can hold water. Mine holds water in it and you’re able to steam or spray water and iron that. I found that helped so much when it came to pressing these seams specifically. I did use a slightly thicker blue material. The white material was fairly thin. But the blue material was on the thicker side. And both of them where kind of stretchy! And I find stretchy fabric doesn’t want to hold folds as well as a, like, broad cloth fabric would. Just a helpful little tip there! Steam and water will help these pleats hold better. I also believe there’s, like, a spray startch or something you can get to, again, help when ironing and trying to make the shape that you’re ironing it into. I didn’t have that available to me so, you know, water worked fine… And it did help! A lot of pressing and ironing and a semi-high temperature, kept the shape just fine and didn’t damage the fabric at all. And it made everything look neat and crisp. I went ahead and also repined it after I ironed it so that when I was rotating to iron a new section it wouldn’t cool in a weird shape and it would cool in the folded shape. I didn’t know if that would affect it or not but, you know, that might have helped. Now I am sewing on the band! I’m sorry I am rambling a lot in this video. But I’m sewing on the band here! For that I used a zig zag stitch and just attached it all the way across the skirt and then sewed the back together (closed. Since it is stretchy, I didn’t need to add any zippers or clasps. And that finishes the skirt! Now I’m moving on to the skirt. Here I am attaching the white triangular sections (that are on the front of the top), in place and sewing that down. Now it’s time to work with more bias tape! Taking white bias tape first, I go ahead and pin that where I want that to sit. Then I will pin the yellow bias tape sections on top. Again, slightly overlapping that white bias tape so that I can just sew both down in one stitch. I start off by doing only one half of this weird bias tape-lining thing, that they’ve got going on on their uniforms, before going ahead and pinning the bottom half. And this was just because it was more convenient to sew. Now I’m sewing on… er.. pinning (and then we’ll be sewing on) the bottom part of the weird lining thing they’ve go going on.. in the same way I did the top part. In the middle where it meets up, I didn’t care too much about how it looked because it will be covered by a patch. The patch that I got is from my friend, Hawktail Cosplay. Her patches are so amazing! I was incredibly happy with how it turned out! And they are a very good price. So I definitely recommend you contact her if you are looking for a patch. She does iron on patches and I believe, also, just the normal sew on option if you want that. Iron on is really straight forward. Really simple! I do not have a clip of it. But literally all you do is take the patch, peel off the little paper in the back, stick it on where you want it and then press it on with an iron. And it’s good! After that, though, I went ahead and pinned down all of the edges of the shirt– the front and back pieces together. Make sure that the right sides are facing inwards. You do not want your seams on the outside of your shirt. Then sew that down. I sewed that with a zig zag stitch. Once your shirt is together you are going to want to make sure that you have nice pretty edges. So go around any of the remaining raw edges (which will be around the neck, arm and bottom of the top) and double fold that over, pin that, sew that down. Again, I went ahead and matched the thread color to the color that the shirt was. That meant I sewed down all the blue section first, stopping where there was white or yellow, and then went threw and sewed down the white and yellow sections. And that completes the construction of the main outfit! To finish up the entire costume there was a few little details that I need to do. They have these pom poms on their shoes. Depending on the character that you’re cosplaying, will determine the color. Veronica had yellow pom poms on her shoes though. So I took some yellow yarn, wrapped that around this small little box I had, tied that together (as you can see here) and then cut the remaining loops open. Then I trimmed that so it would be about the length and size that I wanted it to be, and fluffed that out. I don’t show it here, but I would later take some more yellow yarn and tie this directly onto my shoe laces of the shoes. Because nice pom poms can be expensive and aren’t always the right color, I got some cheep yellow pom poms off eBay that come on these giant sticks. So I took a hacksaw and sawed those down. Because that was a ridiculous length! I also used four instead of two because I wanted them to be very thick and fluffy I would combine the two by using duct tape later–which I don’t show here. I just tape them together. And that is it for this cosplay! I hope you guise found this helpful. Have a lovely day. And.. um.. stick around for future videos! Bye!

18 Replies to “How I Made My River Vixens Uniform | Riverdale”

  1. I loove this ! I just want a little confirmation on something. For the skirt, the blue parts are the actual lengh you want for the skirt. and also, the white one are half the size of blue ?

  2. hi my name is dallas if you are not wanting the costume any more and probably are going to want to keep it, I would like to buy it from you. I am 11 and I looooooove riverdale and want to be it for halloween. if you can email me at [email protected] I am serious and will buy it for a good price

  3. You did such a great job! I will add a teeny tiny bit of advice – always make your inner pleat of the ops color larger than the outer. You’ll notice a huge difference. Otherwise, I likey!! Box pleats are my fave!! ❤️

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