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Unread 04-11-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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Question Problem with feet in supersuit-- help!

At the end of May, I will be attending Comicpalooza as Dark Phoenix. I've got everything ready, all built and together, but I'm running into a very small, but pretty crucial problem... the suit is made of a shiny lycra, and the gloves and "boots" are attached. I'm sure you know that cosplaying at a convention means a whole lot of walking around, and this won't be the first time I've used this costume... so unfortunately, the bottoms of my feet over this time have taken a fairly good toll on the fabric, and I'm not sure how to go about making it more durable.

If anyone has ideas or tricks that could help me out, I'd love to hear them.

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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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I would coat the bottoms with plastidip. Its meant for making rubber grips on tools, so its durable, but in an application like this it would be flexible.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Or, glue (or stitch, I don't know) an additional thin rubber sole onto the bottom of the feet. I know they're available, I don't have a link right now though...
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Unread 04-12-2013, 06:30 AM   #4
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Yep, you could make your own "soles" out of some random durable material, too so long as it's not too slippery.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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I would stitch leather or fake leather to the bottoms to reinforce them, and if that's too slippery you could get some of that puffy paint that's used to put treads on the bottom of slipper-socks.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #6
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Thanks so much, guys. I have a bottle of liquid latex, I almost considered painting a layer onto the bottom, but I wasn't sure if that would work. I'm a bit scared of my sewing machine when it comes to things like this, but where can I find plastidip..? Hardware store or somewhere online..? And if I were to sew the bottoms on, what kind would you suggest using? I've not done that before...
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Unread 04-12-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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It will take a lot of liquid latex to cover that area and many, many coats. I did something like for a prop piece and I used a whole small bottle for the area equivalent to maybe one foot.

That might be an okay solution.

I like Indefatigable's idea that best - the best of both worlds. The good thing about a fabric piece is that it can easily be replaced if it wears out and won't ruin the costume in doing so.
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Unread 04-13-2013, 08:38 AM   #8
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Most fabric stores have twill with rubber bumps on one side for making soles for feety pajamas and slippers. These are often sold in small packages over in the notions area (near the velcro, buttons, belt buckles and so on).
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Oh, brilliant. Much more thanks to you all. I was thinking these things over and I was almost thinking about just buying a pair of slipper socks and cutting the bottoms out, so they're already fit to the situation. I'm just worried about fitting the curves in the fabric. I'm not very skilled yet, when it comes to sewing.

I need to make a pilgrimage up to the fabric store this weekend for another costume, so I'll definitely be scoping out some of the suggestions you pointed out. :]

Thank you, thank you again! I was at a loss, haha.
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As far as size and curve are concerned -- if you've already been running around shoeless in them you don't have to worry about arch support or anything. Wear the tights and stand on top of the material you want to use, and have someone trace your feet onto the material and also mark an outline onto the tights themselves where you should sew the sole.
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Alrighty, thanks!

Buuut, I have one more question.

Is there a certain technique I should learn about or any particular kind of thread or stitch that I should use to do this..? When the costume is off, the feet are flat material against one another, like a pocket more than a sock shape. I just worry about it tearing or something once the construction is said and done and I try to put it on again.
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Unread 04-21-2013, 07:46 AM   #12
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The suit needs to be stretched to sew the non-stretchy sole onto it. So you can 1), sew the soles onto your suit while you are wearing it, or 2) you could make duct tape forms of your feet (I'd go a good 4-5 inches up the lower leg for accuracy in fitting) to fully correctly stretch the suit for sewing. And if you accidentally poke the form you don't have to worry about bleeding on your suit.
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Hehehe! Penlowe, just had a giggle at your choice of words.
"Don't have to worry about bleeding on your suit", instead of "don't have to worry about accidentally hurting yourself". Haha!


Yeah... I put my costumes ahead of myself too.
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When I teach people various techniques at work I always emphasize "if you draw blood, DON"T bleed on the customers stuff!". :/
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where can I find plastidip..? Hardware store or somewhere online..?
I know lowes has that plastidip stuff. I saw it next to the spray paint. I have always kept that in mind for any future costumes i may need it for. It looks like you just heat it up untill is liquid, dip in what you want to cover, and pull it out and let it cool and it will be like a soft hardened rubber. If you go to lowes.com and search "Dip Coating" it shows the options. They have several colors. You might have to put some kind of ridgid surface or somethign on first for the rubber to stick on to and stay on.
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