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Mandalorian Armor => Female Armor => Female Vests/Flightsuits/Soft Parts => Topic started by: Rhue_Shofytt on Dec 11, 2019, 03:29 PM

Title: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Rhue_Shofytt on Dec 11, 2019, 03:29 PM
Hey ladies!

It's been about a year or so since I've done any work on my kit but I'm back with more questions  :P I've still got some half-baked concept sketches that I'm working on, but I'd really like to finalize my ideas for the soft parts in the meantime. From what I've seen, it seems like most people fall into one of two camps when it comes to the flightsuit: they either use a non-stretchy material like cotton or a polyester blend, a la scrubs, and leave extra room for mobility, or they make a very fitted suit out of stretchy, usually thin fabric.

What I'm trying to figure out is if there is a halfway option between those two? I personally prefer the more fitted option over the bagginess of scrubs (especially because I'm 5'1", and would like to keep at least some of my natural curves if possible), but I've read so many comments steering people away from the skintight flightsuit look that I'm nervous about taking that route. Has anyone figured out how to make a flightsuit out of a material stretchy enough to be more fitted than scrubs, while not making me look like I'm just wearing a morphsuit?
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: kamenkewl on Dec 11, 2019, 06:50 PM
i think the best option there would depend on your patterning skills. i've had a hard time in this area too because i want a fitted jumpsuit, but not skintight. what i've done is drafted patterns for pants and a top, mocked them up, and then figured out how much material i'd need in the middle to join them. you could easily do this with off the shelf patterns. alternatively, you can buy scrubs or an existing flight suit, and basically hem it down to the proper measurements. this is harder on existing suits though because of things like pocket placement, the types of seams (they often use welt seams like on jeans) or if the flightsuit has things like darts, tucks, or elastic in the waist area.
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Rhue_Shofytt on Dec 12, 2019, 05:31 PM
i think the best option there would depend on your patterning skills. i've had a hard time in this area too because i want a fitted jumpsuit, but not skintight. what i've done is drafted patterns for pants and a top, mocked them up, and then figured out how much material i'd need in the middle to join them. you could easily do this with off the shelf patterns. alternatively, you can buy scrubs or an existing flight suit, and basically hem it down to the proper measurements. this is harder on existing suits though because of things like pocket placement, the types of seams (they often use welt seams like on jeans) or if the flightsuit has things like darts, tucks, or elastic in the waist area.

When you made your own patterns, what kind of fabric did you use? I don't have a whole lot of experience with sewing, but I could probably get an old close-fitting pair of pants and shirt and reverse engineer a pattern that way.
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Kay Toh on Dec 19, 2019, 01:35 PM
When you made your own patterns, what kind of fabric did you use? I don't have a whole lot of experience with sewing, but I could probably get an old close-fitting pair of pants and shirt and reverse engineer a pattern that way.
Most people use muslin or cotton solids (thin quilting fabric) for the reverse-engineering part - it's very cheap and you can get it in lots of sizes (up to 90" wide I think!). If you go the muslin or cotton route and decide you want to keep the item to wear make sure you wash the fabric *before* you cut it out and sew with it since it will shrink.
JoAnns and Hobby Lobby have a 40% off one item coupon that works for a "single cut" of fabric so buy a couple yards and it'll be really cheap.
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Spork on Dec 23, 2019, 12:14 PM
I have had great luck at Walmart...they will often clearance cotton fabrics down to $1 per yard. Usually hideous patterns, but at a buck, who cares! :porg1:
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Rhue_Shofytt on Dec 24, 2019, 01:54 AM
I have had great luck at Walmart...they will often clearance cotton fabrics down to $1 per yard. Usually hideous patterns, but at a buck, who cares! :porg1:

Ooh, that's a good idea. Thank you all for the tips so far!
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Kay Toh on Dec 24, 2019, 08:02 PM
I have had great luck at Walmart...they will often clearance cotton fabrics down to $1 per yard. Usually hideous patterns, but at a buck, who cares! :porg1:

Plus, If you like the pattern you make you can have some super snazzy lining  ;D
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Dec 26, 2019, 10:29 AM
If you wanted to sew your own, you could look for a cotton twill that also has a bit of stretch to it. That way it could be more form fitting but have a heavier look to it than traditional spandex leggings.
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Rhue_Shofytt on Dec 28, 2019, 12:53 AM
If you wanted to sew your own, you could look for a cotton twill that also has a bit of stretch to it. That way it could be more form fitting but have a heavier look to it than traditional spandex leggings.

I'm really leaning towards that idea. Other than Joann, do you have any recommendations for websites to look at for buying the fabric? Also, if I can't find the exact shade I have in mind, would I be able to dye, say, a 97% cotton 3% spandex fabric the same way you would a 100% cotton fabric? Sorry for all the questions  :P
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Kay Toh on Dec 28, 2019, 12:10 PM
I'm really leaning towards that idea. Other than Joann, do you have any recommendations for websites to look at for buying the fabric? Also, if I can't find the exact shade I have in mind, would I be able to dye, say, a 97% cotton 3% spandex fabric the same way you would a 100% cotton fabric? Sorry for all the questions  :P
Fabric.com or Moodfabrics.com. Amazon has also started selling some fabric. Google is your friend :)
Check the dye manufacturer's website - RIT all purpose dye can be used on up to 35% synthetic material (so it would cover your 97% cotton / 3% spandex situation). From their website: "If your garment contains less than 35% synthetic material (such as polyester, acrylic or acetate), then you should use Rit All-Purpose Dye instead."
Title: Re: Flightsuit happy medium?
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on Dec 28, 2019, 07:42 PM
This ^^^

Thereís also fabricwholesaledirect.com, but I donít like them as much as I like fabric.com, solely for the reason it seems to take a really long to ship and receive their fabric.