"Invisible" thread -- it really looks like extra thin fishing line; great for small detailing, applying
trim, fixing 'mess ups' (admit it, we all have them)... And best of all it matches any fabric!
Fray Check -- a liquidy, clear glue-like substance, very important for materials that fray easily
otherwise such small seams can come out; comes in small bottles in most craft areas (I got mine at Walmart); the price may
seem steep for such a small amount, but it really goes far, I still haven't had to replace mine
SHARP Scissors -- I like Fiskars. If your scissors are too dull it can cause your fabric to 'pull' while
cutting, making your pattern shape untrue. Plus it adds all the more struggle to your project to have to be 'chewing' at material.
I also like keeping a pair of tiny "sewing scissors" around (they're about 3 inches long) for snipping thread or cutting out
something very intricate
-- snaps, velcro, hook-and-eyes, small
zippers... Some are better for some fabrics and patterns than other (and I even choose mine according to mood sometimes, so
I like to have a variety on hand) or sometimes in combinations of more than one type
Remnants -- visit the remnant
section of your fabric department/store and keep plenty on hand; they're usually cheaper anyway; also, if you have friends
who sew for humans rather than dolls, they'll often have scraps (fabric, trims, ribbon...) that are useless to them,
that can be great for these tiny projects, just have them keep a bag to save such treasures for you rather than throw
This is very important. Most costumes, even with patterns, take great imagination for them to turn out. I cannot ever rely
completely on a pattern. There are always needs for variation. And the look you get as a final product is greatly reliant
on what you have pictured before starting--the color, the style, any extra 'flounce' or accessories... If something messes
up, there are so many different ways to try to fix it! Remember to 'think outside the box'. There's never one right solution
to anything in sewing.