Since there have been multiple questions regarding this...
I've been researching this for a while now, and for the most part I've found that the most popular materials are:
(generally matte, such as http://akusesu.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=robin#/d3jdh0o
-from what I've read, you can get 4-way stretch that allows for pretty free range of movement, although it's not breathable and therefore hot
, the general concensus seems to be that this cosplayer's leotard is also wet-look spandex as well http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2...1bo1o1_500.jpg
-again, from what I've read this and most other spandex seems to be extremely flexible shich, I mean yeah <i>spandex</i>.
-it also seems to be much more breathable, which again makes sense
-I think this is pretty much the same as wet-look except with a "metallic" pattern/finish instead of the solid of the wet-look
(apparently 90% of all bodysuits ever)
-I think the biggest thing about using nylon/spandex/blend of the 2 is that this kind of material is generally used for sports/performance clothing (my Under Armour compression shorts are 87% Nylon) so it's going to be comfortable and should be pretty durable.
-my biggest thing is the "shine" on nylon; it's not as shiny as any of the a fore-mentioned materials, but it's not completely matte so it looks... I don't know, I think "sporty" is going to be the best word. (this is also going to be the least forgiving/structured, so keep that in mind)
...Well that was text-heavy. I hoped it helped someone out, I know it's helped me quite a bit.
NOW I HAVE A QUESTION (ha, you thought this post was finally over)
I'm going to be making a Robin costume (Tim Drake, from the Young Justice comics. The old ones with Impulse and the non-angstboatM'ghanobsessed Superboy) http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1243519718l/573486.jpg
Teen Titans art style but that's what I'll be going off of anyway as it's much more "realistic" that the beautiful sheanigans that is YJ art.
I want to make the main body/leotard out of matte vinyl or something similar,
but I can't decide if nylon/spandex "tights" (like under armour) would look mis-matched, and if I then be able to use vinyl for the gloves and/or sleeves for better shape or would that look crappy?
From what I can tell it actually looks like his tights are
duller than the rest of his costume anyway...
I was going to just making everything out of matte vinyl, but as far as I can tell the dark forest green I want doesn't exist. I've read about "dying" vinyl but I think it's more for furniture and other things that won't have a lot of movement?
Any opinion would be awesome!
also, more reference images: