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How costume patterns can keep you cool this summer

Summer is a time for partying, whether outside in the sunshine, making the most of the longer and lighter evenings, or indoors enjoying the air conditioning.

But even in an air conditioned room, fancy dress parties can be very hot – unless you take advantage of our costume patterns to make your own outfit in lightweight, breathable materials.

Despite the many layers and different elements and accessories used in some commercially available fancy dress costumes, they tend to be made of cheap and manmade materials, which only serves to make them even less comfortable and even hotter to wear for hours at a time.

Fancy dress sewing patterns overcome this problem by letting you make your own outfit, from the materials you like to wear – including 100% lightweight cotton for maximum breathability, if you wish.

Costume patterns can also be tailored to fit correctly, again overcoming the problem with shop-bought fancy dress costumes that might be slightly too big, and often have a lot of excess fabric as a result.

There are plenty of other benefits to fancy dress sewing patterns on top of this – you can put the same care and attention into your finished garments as you would with any other item in your wardrobe, for an authentic and high-quality outfit rather than something that looks like it’s only meant to be worn once.

You might even want to make some parts of your costume so that they can be worn again with other outfits, and by layering the more outlandish elements on top of classic bottom layers, you can easily separate out the crazier parts of your costume.

Making your own outfit really unleashes your imagination – so if you have a fancy dress party to attend this summer, invest in some of our costume patterns and let your creativity run wild.