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« on: January 22, 2012 12:10:35 PM »

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I'm going to be sewing a costume for a friend and I'm having trouble figuring out what fabric I would use.

What I need help with is the body suit. It's a full white body suit, from ankles to neck and long-sleeved. It's mostly fitted, but somewhat stretchy. I'm trying to come up with a fabric that is going to have enough stretch to be comfortable, but is opaque enough that his undies won't show. Any ideas?

I've considered knit cotton and jersey, but both of those tend to be rather translucent in a single layer. Am I going to have to double layer it and be done with it?

Thanks for your replies!

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012 12:48:41 PM »

From that picture, it doesn't look especially form-fitting.  Are you sure it needs to be stretchy?  If it does, you might try a heavy weight spandex.  You might want to look at Equestrian Lycra or Spandura from http://www.seattlefabrics.com/stretch.html#Equestrian%20Lycra.  You can order samples from them to see what each fabric is like before you order. 

« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2012 04:34:19 PM »

Hello. From my humble observation, it would probably be a basic white body suit (not too tight, one of the charms of Trigun were the folds of the clothing) with a stiffen mutton of leg sleeved bolero made of fleece or a stiff fabric supported with interfacing (your choice). Maybe for the space details, you can use plumbing stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2012 08:11:33 PM »

For regular children's or adults leggings we usually use 180grams cotton/elastane (95% cotton, 5% elastane). But this fabric would be too lightweight for your needs.

When making jeggings we usually go up to 230 - 240grams (as they're winter weight), and they're usually poly/cotton/elastane.

I guess I would try to find something like that - a heavier weight cotton elastane or even nylon lycra. Nylon is usually used for swimwear so it's a bit more slippery. Cotton elastane would be a lot easier to sew, but you may not find the weight that you need.

I suppose you could always use a French Terry (that's like tracksuit fabric). It's usually 260grams so will be thick enough to not be see-through and it's nice and easy to sew.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012 08:45:47 AM »

I'd personally see if you can find something like a stretch twill, or similar.  Enough of a stretch to be comfortable and fitted, but realistically, that type of garment, especially a full body suit, would be a bit heavier, and the wrinkles make me think that something like a thin twill wouldn't be out of place.  It'd also look and feel less delicate.

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012 01:40:24 PM »

Here's a couple stretch twills:




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