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Topic: AGH!!! OMG PLEASSSE HELP!!! Skittles Tube Sock Costume!!!!  (Read 8581 times)
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« on: October 12, 2010 11:56:57 AM »

Ok, my brother asked me to make him a Tube Sock costume from the skittles commercial, like this...

I bought the material, it's white knit t-shirt like material. It's stretchy, which is what I'm freaking about. I'm not what you'd call and accomplished sewer. I need as many tips and hints as I can possibly get for sewing this type of material. Also any ideas on how to make a pattern for this. I've already talked to my brother and he said it doesn't have to be padded like this one, whew!, so would I basically trace him and tranfer it to the material and sew it up. I was thinking velcro in the back to keep it shut. I'd really like to do the front in one piece so there aren't any seam lines.

I think I may have bit off more than i can chew. lol we'll see though! Thanks!

***Update 10-18-10***
I went to Joann's this weekend and found the right type of fabric. A little bit thicker than t-shirt material and a bit more stretchy. I was so worried it was going to be impossible to work with. I cut off a little square and figured out what stitch and settings would work best and then got started. The first thing I discovered, the material was already in a tube! I got lucky that my brother is skinny and could fit in the tube so I didn't have to cut it open and work it that way. So I layed if flat sewed in some arm seams, and a crotch/leg seams. Since it was a tube after doing all that sewing, it was a big pocket with no way in. So I cut up the back, slapped in some velcro to close it, and called it a day. This is where I was at...

It's bunchy because he had a t-shirt and some cargo shorts on. The fabric turned out to be pretty see through Sad good thing he'll be wearing his white under armor under it. lol He said it was too hot to use any padding so that's how it's gonna stay. I'm going to make some little hand covers that are attached so he can take them off and use his hands or put them on for the full effect. Just gotta do that, adjust the leg length, and add the stripes and this bad boy will be ready to go! Cheesy
« Last Edit: October 18, 2010 01:20:25 PM by l3ri » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010 12:19:19 PM »

Here's a great website about how to sew a stretchy full-body suit:


For the part up from the shoulders, you'll have to experiment. Just remember, you can trim fabric away, but it's nearly impossible to put fabric back.

As for sewing stretchy fabrics in general, prewash the fabric, use a ballpoint needle, and very gently pull the fabric taut as it goes through the machine (don't stretch it though!). Some people like to use a narrow zigzag, others like to use a stretch stitch if their machine has one, but I generally use a longish straight stitch and haven't had any problems. Test out your sewing skills on something like a shirt first so that you don't get super frustrated about the costume. Here's a couple from BurdaStyle that are free:


Have fun Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010 12:47:25 PM »

^^ all the same things I was going to say and more. Definitely test stitch an old t-shirt or something to get the feel for it. Specifically the pulling taunt but not stretching. It's not really hard, just go slow until you get the feel for it. Smiley Good luck. That costume looks kinda creepy but really cool... lol.
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2010 01:05:38 PM »

I am so sorry I dont have any input to help but this is the best costume idea EVER!! if it works out please post pics!! That is my favorite commercial ever. He needs to have someone else play the old couple.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2010 03:18:38 PM »

Holy Cow! Thanks so much! That's perfect! I love you craftsters so much it's quite ridiculous really. lol

   I'll def post some pics! Because we are having this years bash at my parent's my step dad said he might dress up as the old man, to which I said, "wouldn't be much of a change would it?" lol Cheesy
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010 09:39:13 PM »

Kwik Sew has a pattern for a pair of footie PJs that might work..

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