Working With Stretchy Fabrics: Latex, Vinyl/PVC, Spandex, and Stretch Cotton

cosplaying-on-a-budget:

A lot of questions I’ve gotten lately keep coming back to stretchy fabrics and how to work with them. This is a quick overview of some of the common stretchy materials used for costuming and tip on how to work with them.

Useful Tips

The important thing to remember is that all of the materials come in weights/thicknesses. The thicker the weight the more support it will give you. If you have a thick enough material you can forgo spanx or a body shaper( I love those things they give such nice support and create lovely silhouettes no mater what your size is).  

Be sure to get four-way stretch material. Two-way stretch is not the best option if you are looking to make a bodysuit of some kind. Also, try and find a cheap material in the same thickness and stretchiness of the desired material you plan to work with. This can be used  to make a mock up/ tester of your pattern. Once Latex is set or vinyl is sewn it can’t be undone or altered without risk of messing up your material.

Kwiksew has several dancewear patterns that are usefull for modifying into superhero suits or sailor scout suits. Here is a wonderful leotard pattern to work as the spring board for many different costumes: LEOTARD PATTERN

Also, make sure you get some fabric tape to help hold parts of your costume together while sewing. This is especially useful when putting in a zipper while sewing a slippery stretchy material or making something like gloves. To be honest, I use this to help put in zippers even when I’m working with non-stretchy material. This is the kind I use:

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A few notes about Latex

It is very difficult to work with.You don’t actually sew  latex, there is a weird fusion process that is used to connect pieces (basically you glue it). It takes time to set so you can’t really try it on for a fitting without waiting a day.Please be aware that it does not breath at all! You will sweat while you ware it and that sweat will have no where to go, so is just puddles in your shoes.  Price wise you are looking at around $10-20 a yard depending on the thickness of the material.

Here is a super awesome website about making latex clothing and has some helpful tutorials that cover everything form latex care to crafting your own clothing: LINK

Also this is a link to a suppler in the US who also offers workshops on making latex clothing:LINK

Vinyl/PVC

Vinyl/PVC is similar in price and can even be a little cheaper.The good news is it can be sewn! 

MJThreads,com is a suppler of both vinyl/pvc and latex. Here is a link to one of their video of how to work with vinyl/pvc and get your presser foot on your sewing machine to glide across the fabric: LINK

Spandex

Spandex is one of the more affordable option, it averages around $10 a yard cost wise. Also, It will breath and it does come in a multitude of colors and isn’t as difficult to work with as latex or vinyl. 

Here is some useful tips for working with Spandex: LINK

Spandex World comes highly recommended and  they carry a lot of unusual styles of spandex too: LINK

Stretch Cotton

Stretch Cotton is probable the most affordable of all these options. It’s available at most fabric stores and if you are having trouble finding the right shade you can dye it easily.

This is one of the most helpful video tutorial I’ve seen explaining how to work with stretchy fabric, especially if you don’t have a serger: LINK

WARNING TO ALL THE USERS!!!

abakkusdraws:

cosplayresources:

cianethedevil:

A porn website is stealing images and photos from Deviantart, Tumblr and probably other website like Zerochan, Pixiv and similar.

This website shows your photos with porn tags and, somewhen, it even photoshop them in order to…

Update as of June 25th, 2014:

The website is back up and being hosted at Netbrella.com, please send an email to abuse@netbrella.com, I kept the documents from the original post on Deviantart, and uploaded them here: http://www.filedropper.com/nursepsissue

If for some reason that link does not work, let me know and I can re-host them on a different site or my personal Deviantart. 

WARNING TO ALL THE USERS!!!

abakkusdraws:

cosplayresources:

cianethedevil:

A porn website is stealing images and photos from Deviantart, Tumblr and probably other website like Zerochan, Pixiv and similar.

This website shows your photos with porn tags and, somewhen, it even photoshop them in order to make you (or your art) appear in a porn set.

How can you check if you’re on this website? Copy and paste this:

http://nurseps.com/more/USERNAME.html

and write your username insteaf of USERNAME. If you have different usarnames for DA and tumblr check them both.

If you find your images just follow the instruction here to report the abuse and make this website cancel them.

Please notice that this website doesn’t steal only personal photos: when I check my username I found also the concept art of Queen Tara and even the tutorial of my Baby Tooth (something like “everything is a dildo if you’re brave enough? Can’t believe .-.). They pick up random images, so it’s better if you control even if you’ve never uploaded personal photos

Maybe this warning is already on Tumblr, but I don’t have time to search it. Please, spread, it’s important!!!

This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! I found my cosplay work on this porn website, stolen from either my blog or my Tumblr. PLEASE check to see if your information is on there, and follow the steps to have it removed!!

Please reblog this for visibility, and repost it where you can!

so i just sent my email and got this as an autoresponse

hell yeah

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of course that could well mean the domain could pop back up under a new host, so keep an eye out y’all

Good news!

WARNING TO ALL THE USERS!!!

cianethedevil:

A porn website is stealing images and photos from Deviantart, Tumblr and probably other website like Zerochan, Pixiv and similar.

This website shows your photos with porn tags and, somewhen, it even photoshop them in order to make you (or your art) appear in a porn set.

How can you check if you’re on this website? Copy and paste this:

http://nurseps.com/more/USERNAME.html

and write your username insteaf of USERNAME. If you have different usarnames for DA and tumblr check them both.

If you find your images just follow the instruction here to report the abuse and make this website cancel them.

Please notice that this website doesn’t steal only personal photos: when I check my username I found also the concept art of Queen Tara and even the tutorial of my Baby Tooth (something like “everything is a dildo if you’re brave enough? Can’t believe .-.). They pick up random images, so it’s better if you control even if you’ve never uploaded personal photos

Maybe this warning is already on Tumblr, but I don’t have time to search it. Please, spread, it’s important!!!

This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! I found my cosplay work on this porn website, stolen from either my blog or my Tumblr. PLEASE check to see if your information is on there, and follow the steps to have it removed!!

Please reblog this for visibility, and repost it where you can!

Standing ruff tutorial

Hi!  I made a standing ruff for my Sapphire Jewels costume recent;y and put together a little tutorial on how I did it.  Check it out and see if it’s helpful!  :)
http://technicallytoki.tumblr.com/post/75000655160/standing-ruff-tutorial-this-is-for-the-ruff

firewolf826:

This seamless trim technique is a method I’ve been using for years to add custom trim to my costumes without any top-stitching at all. Similar in a way to bias tape, but with many key differences in implementation and results. No one taught me this technique, but now I’m teaching it to you! Please read through all the instructions below before asking any further questions, and happy trim-making! C:

Read More

momokurumi:

Links to full size images:

Anna Embroidery References- Winter/Peasant Outfit (Color)

Anna Stencils: Winter Bodice

Anna Stencils: Winter Skirt

Anna Stencils: Various Winter Items

Anna Embroidery References- Coronation Gown (Color)

Anna Stencils: Coronation Outfit


This is for INDIVIDUAL use only. Please do not redistribute without linking back to the originals, and do not remove watermarks and credits. You may use this for any recreational crafting purposes, such as a tracing guide for embroidering on Anna cosplays or costumes. DO NOT adapt these images and insert them into your own art images, tutorials, etc. without prior permission, thanks!

Most of these designs are Disney Animation’s creative property, and I do not claim to have designed them (there are a few exceptions in which I designed my own original interpretations, such as on the back bodice). All I have done is rendered them for use of reference on my Anna cosplay, and now I am sharing them with you all. =)

Items are not necessarily to scale (it depends on what you intend to put it on), so if using for embroidery, be sure to check your scale! ;D

EDIT: Added Anna’s coronation outfit as well, since I got bored now that finals are over!

 Additionally, here is a link to a tutorial on how to “embroider” Anna’s boots.

thordogofthunder:

This is from the ‘tip tuesday’ me and my sisters do on our facebook page, and I thought I’d share. I know when I first started leatherwork, I could look up what leather weights in millimeters, but it was still hard to visualize. So here’s something that hopefully helps anyone who’s new to leather!

Helpful information about leather weights

misslaneyluck:

Quick and Dirty petticoat “tutorial”.

I decided to do a quick write-up on how I made this petticoat, because I had a lot of trouble fining a tutorial online that I could actually understand. I figure I probably wasn’t using any of the correct terminology to find what I wanted, so I ended up messaging jhartdesign on Facebook and asking for a low-down on how he made this masterpiece of a petticoat.

Fair warning: Mine is nowhere near as professional and I took lazy shortcuts. This probably isn’t the ‘correct’ way to make a petticoat, but it’s a damn good start.

Step 1: Math-ing

Huehue (sorry I’m not funny). So first we need to know how long we want the petticoat to be. I wanted mine to be 15 inches long, so each of the 3 tiers needed to be 1/3 of that, plus 1 inch for seams (.5” on top and bottom). I believe J.Hart’s is 4 tiers, but I didn’t really notice that until now. If you want to do more sewing, feel free to have more tiers on the petticoat.

Now the petticoat has 3 layers, each are identical, so with a 3 tier petticoat, you’ll have 9 strips of fabric, plus the yoke (basically a waistband). The bottom tier on mine was 28 yards, 14 on the middle and 7 on the top layer. The yoke should be about 4” tall and double your hip measurement. 

Here’s what you’d have to have in fabric:

Step 2: Fabric

Generally, petticoats are made out of stiff netting such as tulle, crinoline or organdy. I wanted to use organdy, but I had a lot of trouble sourcing the fabric, so I decided to use tulle that I already had. I’m actually a bit of an idiot and used cotton broadcloth for the bottom tier, which was a huge mess and I don’t recommend it at all (not like I actually recommend making a petticoat…)

Anyways, how much fabric you need depends on how wide your tiers are and how wide your fabric is… You’re basically alone for this one. I ended up using 14 yards of broadcloth for the bottom layer alone, and about 10 yards of tulle for the other 2 layers. They sell bolts of tulle on eBay for $15-$25 which would probably be enough fabric.

Step 3: Gathering

This is the least awful step of the whole petticoat-production-process. Each of the 9 lengths of fabric need to be gathered. Largest tier down to 14 yards, middle tier down to 7 yards, and the top tier down to the length of your yoke (let’s just say 80” for convenience).

The absolute best way to gather is to use a presser foot with the opening in the center, and to zigzag stitch over non-stretch 1mm cording, OR 50 lb test fishing line (the non-braided stuff, it’s extremely cheap). 

Tie a really good knot at the end, and measure how much you need, and get sewing. The cording is going to stay forever so you probably want to make sure it matches. You’ll have to pull on the cording along the way to make the gathers (you can do this while you are sewing it, I normally count to 4 and pull on 5, then start counting again).

Step 4: Putting It Together

In my opinion, the least confusing way to do this is to do all the gathering in one go, then sew the bottom tiers to the middle tiers (all 3 layers), then the middle tiers to the top tiers. 

Once you do that you’ll have most of a petticoat. The correct way to hem the bottom layer is to bind it in hem tape, but if you don’t hate yourself that much you can do what I did (a rolled hem with my serger), or even use a rolled hem foot on your sewing machine.

At this point you should have 3 giant piles of fabric, hemmed and gathered. I had an additional step of serging the bottom tier to the middle tier to prevent frays.

Now we have to sew them shut. To make it look professional, the edges should be bound in bias tape (3 guesses who skipped this step). Now you should have 3 massive skirts. Sew the yoke closed as well- it should now be a tube of fabric. The next step is to sew each of the 3 layers onto the yoke, 1/4” apart. This can get pretty messy if you don’t have a long-arm sewing machine, but if you pin everything really well you won’t have a problem.

Hopefully this helps explain how to sew the layers on (except they will be tubes, not flat).

ALMOST DONE!! What you should have now is a skirt that’s way too huge for you. All you have to do is sew the top down and put elastic in (I really hope you already know how to do this). Because of the layer of broadcloth on mine, it’s extremely heavy and a draw-string would probably be beneficial. You can now cry yourself to sleep in the ruffles of your glorious petticoat.