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Unread 02-04-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Making a bodysuit?

Hi everyone! I'm cosplaying the new Journey Into Mystery Lady Sif and I need to make a bodysuit >.<
Normally, I would just buy one (and trust me, I've been searching every dance site!) but I'm 5'10" and, well, dancers are on average like somewhere around 5'5". Hmph. So none of those bodysuits would fit my long torso.

I've seen some other posts with links to patterns but none of them worked anymore. I need a long sleeve with preferably a turtle neck type neckline.

Also, what material do you suggest? Something that's breathable since I'm in Florida (hot, hot, hot. Also, I'm from Sweden and still not used to this heat LOL). I'd like to use a similar cut and fabric as [this] lovely woman used in hers.

More reference pics [here] and [here]

ALTERNATIVELY, if you happen to know any places that sell red body suits made especially for longer torsos that would be cool too! Haha.
Thanks everyone!
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Unread 02-09-2013, 12:00 AM   #2
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If you search for a leotard pattern online, there are a lot of options available for free; you could probably choose one of those and lengthen the torso of it (cut it in half at the waist, slide the bottom half down however many inches you want to lengthen it, adjust the waist to curve nicely between the two halves). I would suggest also finding a pattern for a knit turtleneck (either online or buying a pattern; the major pattern companies, Mcalls, Vogue, and Butterick, go on sale pretty often, and that make their stuff affordable). You can combine the two patterns to get what you're looking for without too much difficulty; trace the neck and sleeve openings from the turtleneck onto the leotard pattern (you can tape on extra paper if you need to, or just retrace the whole thing; I use wrapping paper when 'creating' patterns this way because I think it's easier to have one whole piece) and attach the turtleneck's sleeves and neck to the torso.

Any kind of body suit this form-fitting needs to be made with a knit--otherwise you won't be able to move in it. To get something that stretchy, it would be really good to find something with lycra or spandex in it, but artificial fibers like that don't breathe well; if you could find a cotton/lycra or cotton/spandex blend, that would probably be more comfortable. The fabric in the costume you posted looks like a lycra or lycra blend to me, though it's hard to say for sure from a picture. I know you want it to be relatively cool, but make sure the fabric is reasonably thick, or you'll run into unhappy things like panty lines.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 12:16 AM   #3
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Kwik-Sew patterns have much more in the way of patterns for high-stretch fabrics than the big 4 brands. They have a lot of women's leotard and unitard patterns in particular, including stuff with turtlenecks or long sleeves.

Cotton lycra will be much more breathable than polyester lycra.
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