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Melanntor
09-08-2010, 07:31 PM
Hi all,

I am a cosplay noob, but I am not letting that stop me from cosplaying as Miranda Lawson from Mass Effect 2 at NY Comic-Con in October, in her loyalty outfit. I got a black body suit (it's a breathable synthetic stretchy fabric, like vinyl but thinner) from Milanoo and it fits pretty well, though it does scrunch a little in some parts. I am wondering how best to put the orange lining on the costume. I feel like sewing it on wouldn't go so well at my skill level, so I got some acrylic paint (Jacquard 103 Orange for natural and synthetic fibers) and thought I'd paint the orange detail instead. Someone at the craft store also mentioned acrylic paint markers. Would acrylic paint work well on that fabric? What do you think?

Thanks!

Sarcasm-hime
09-08-2010, 08:36 PM
For a stretch bodysuit you'll want paint that can stretch or you'll need someone to paint the lines while you're wearing it, and even then you'd want a flexible paint so make sure it's designed for use on fabric.

I've heard that Jones Tones makes a puffy paint designed for use on stretch fabrics, but I haven't used it.

Kelley
09-08-2010, 11:59 PM
I'm almost 100% sure that acrylic will crack if the fabric stretches - and then flake off.

What is the costume supposed to look like when it comes to "ideally" ?

Satine
09-09-2010, 01:27 AM
http://articles.glittersweet.com/howto/recreations/piping.htm
I developed a super easy way to put piping in. Because you do it in stages it is less fiddly and thus less work over all to assemble :)

Melanntor
09-09-2010, 03:21 PM
For a stretch bodysuit you'll want paint that can stretch or you'll need someone to paint the lines while you're wearing it, and even then you'd want a flexible paint so make sure it's designed for use on fabric.

I've heard that Jones Tones makes a puffy paint designed for use on stretch fabrics, but I haven't used it.

What exactly is puffy paint? The paint I got by Jacquard says it works on natural and synthetic fibers, but doesn't say stretchy so I guess that won't work.

I think piping is too hard for me, as I don't have a sewing machine and don't really feel like I could learn to use one by the time I need to. My grandma has one that's probably older than I am so I don't know if I'd use that either.

The costume should look like this:
http://media.photobucket.com/image/miranda%20lawson%20loyalty%20outfit/BreakdownBoy/Mass%2520Effect%25202/Miranda_Lawson___Profile_Shot_by_JeanLuc761.jpg

There's some more detail in the back in orange as well, but it's generally lining. I just really don't trust myself to sew it, I don't think the fabric can take that.

CapsuleCorp
09-09-2010, 09:37 PM
If it's a pre-constructed bodysuit, there is no way (well, no EASY way) to sew piping on - piping needs to go inside the seam, like in Satine's tutorial. But other kinds of trims can be sewn on.

What is the bodysuit supposed to look like? We need pictures to diagnose the best solutions for the problem.

soren7550
09-26-2010, 02:26 PM
I'd think that sewing on piping might work best (don't have to worry about it cracking, dripping, etc.) but it can be a bit difficult at some points when sewing it on. You can maybe use something like Mighty Mendit to put it on instead, but I wouldn't recommend doing that since once you put it on, that's pretty much it. And also, if any of it spills out away from where you want it, it'll dry up white and it will be very noticeable on dark fabrics.