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Unread 11-05-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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Neoprene / Vynil

I wanted some advise about smoothing vynil with neoprene as the under coat. im making a bodysuit and wanted some info on the matter or any suggestions.

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Unread 11-06-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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I'm unclear as to exactly what you are wanting information about, technique or materials? Pictures of a character with "this part here..." kind of info will help us.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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sorry, im making this;


and wanted to know if neoprene would be a good base to work with so the vynil is diret on your skin and smooths it out.
I would like to know if there are any techniques to this ?
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Unread 11-07-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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oooohhhhh..... No I don't think that would really help all that much.

First, you can get something skin tight all over the body like that unless the material is stretchy. Yes, they make 4 way stretch vinyl, which is what you are looking at there on that costume.

Second, when using non-stretch materials, you have to have room to move in the garment OR the garment must not cover major joints like knees, hips, shoulders and elbows. Classic bunny suits are not stretchy, but they really only cover boobs (barely) to crotch, the hips and shoulders are completely unencumbered. Think of skinny jeans, they are either stretchy, or there is room to move for your knees and hips.

Last, neoprene is pretty pricey. If there was some sort of stretch hybrid option feasible, I'd go with a less expensive spandex instead anyway. But in this case that isn't what you need, so YAY! saving money!
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Unread 11-07-2013, 09:57 AM   #5
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wow thanks!

I was told a few neoprene areas would help smoothing out the vynil and yes it would be 4 way stretch. but I want to go a more "matte" finish and maybe use spacer fabric in areas i want to embelish more or raise...
i just wanted to know what the best materials would be for this.
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Unread 11-08-2013, 07:36 AM   #6
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If it fits really well, you won't need anything to smooth it out. So I would buy a good bit of the cheapest 4 way stretch material of the same weight as your vinyl and spend time tinkering with the pattern to really tailor it to fit you. It might require two full body trials to get a perfect fit, but it will be worth it in the end.

The reason movie costumes look so good is tailoring, not just what it's made from. True tailored clothing also feels really good to wear
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