I'm currently making a Vaporeon swimsuit with the intentional of swimming in pools (or at the beach) a few times with it.
Dis cutie patootie:
Mostly the main body, including the tail. The collar will be detachable in case it's hard to swim with. The headpiece is a seperate helmet that I prob won't swim with (or make a new one just for swimming) because I'm using latex for the yellow parts.
So far I'm using 4-way stretch vinyl from Spandex house (it doesn't tell me exact content) and pleather I've been getting from Joanns. Like the home decor vinyl/pleather (I think one of them said "Marine Vinyl/pleather?). White and navy to be exact. Using heavy duty polyester thread for the spikes but regular polyester thread for the swimsuit.
But, I've been wondering.. coming across these articles in particular:
Is it even really worth putting a costume in a pool? Or will all my vinyl be resistant to that? (It IS stretch vinyl, so I'm just worried of the content of the stretchy backing..)
Note - When I swim, I usually swim about maybe 5 times at the most each summer in a pool. from 1 to 3 hours (not non-stop but in and out). When I go to the beach, the most I'll swim in the water straight is about an hour. The rest is chilling in the sun lol
I just don't want my hard work to go down the drain. I don't mind not swimming in it *shrug*. It'd be cool if I could, but won't be the end of the world if not
How do you other guys handle swimming in costumes? I've seen it done before.