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Unread 05-17-2010, 02:06 AM   #1
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Battlesuit Jill (RE5) Fabric?

Hey, wondering what to make this costume out of and was hoping you guys could give me some good ideas!

Okay, so, the suit is Kevlar. First problem, I cannot locate any Kevlar fabric that comes in the colors I need. Second problem, Kevlar is really, really expensive and I would need a lot of it. I'm trying to keep my budget under $200 and this fabric would send me waaay over that.
Third problem, hell if I know how to sew with a fabric as heavy as Kevlar. Fourth problem, I think if I wear a suit entirely out of it, I will die of heatstroke at Otakon.

Anyway, I'm thinking about just buying premade metallic lycra zentai's.
I would go with PVC but it seems wrong, the suit doesn't look like PVC to me.
Do you think that would work?

Would there be any way to give the effect of more detail to the zentais, like lightly dusting them with a paint spray through some thin wire mesh?
I thought if I did that it might give it more depth and make it look a little more like kevlar.
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Unread 05-17-2010, 03:44 PM   #2
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Oh oops, here's a reference.
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Unread 05-20-2010, 12:25 AM   #3
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No ideas? D:
My main question is just if using a light airbrushing through some small hexagonal wire mesh would give the effect of more depth and make it look more like the kevlar material in the pic.
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Unread 05-21-2010, 11:22 AM   #4
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I dont think using kevlar would be the way to go anyway because there is no guarantee that it will fit really snugly like hers. To me, it kinda looks like air-brushed athletic fabric that has been lined. That way the fabric can breath a little more and it can have a really tight fit. Hope that get some brainstorming starting.
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Unread 08-05-2010, 02:35 AM   #5
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I'm in the process of building Jill's suit, and all I've used is a strechy sort of purple material (kind of like dance fabric) and built it on top of a dry suit (you know that divers wear? My mother is a diver and she had her old dive suit from when she was my age, but you might pick one up for really cheap, maybe $85). I'm also taking black rib knit (for the arms) and making boot covers for her heels. I've already tested this and I'm taking an airbrush and mixing it with a shiny purple paint and running it over the suit when its nearly done (well the non black and blue parts) to give it that shine that hers has. Of course a dry suit might be a little warm (i dont know where your doing the costume, but Im in Seattle, so its ALWAYS cool here) but it will certainly fit snug and comfortable, plus its rather lightweight! Best of luck!
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Unread 11-06-2010, 06:24 PM   #6
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a thin neoprene or fake neoprene fabric would be perfect i feel for some of the areas of the costume.
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Search around snakeskin territory.
Theres one among them thats just the one you need.
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Unread 03-06-2011, 04:05 PM   #8
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Good luck sewing kevlar...
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Unread 12-11-2011, 10:40 PM   #9
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I know this is way late, but I made a Jill Valentine Battlesuit out of synthetic leather, it was a pain to wear, i don't recommend it.
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