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Message Board > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > Drafting pattern for spiderman suit (i.e. unitard)

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Drafting pattern for spiderman suit (i.e. unitard)
but before I cut into the spandex...
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Date: 10/20/13 8:36 PM

I just want to check that I am not missing something.

My son is 4 so we don't have much to worry about in the way of body shape. I took all of his measurements and then in the end decided it would be much faster to simply trace him on paper. So I did that and will neaten it up.

I was planning to have a front piece and a back piece and sew them up with side seams, and then the seam inside the legs. I will be putting a zipper in the back, so I will add in some seam allowance for that.

Will that work? Just the two pieces? (not counting the sleeves)

The front will actually be more because I will have to cut out the panel for the red fabric, but that will be assembled to bring me back to the front and back body shaped pieces.

I have never worked with spandex before, and it wasn't cheap, so I need to get this right before I cut. I will be using large seam allowances to allow for adjustments if necessary, but no ease.

Thanks!

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Date: 10/21/13 5:35 AM

That could work if you traced a few inches away from his body to allow for dimension.
Take a few checks for circumference at chest, hips, thighs and upper arms.
Pencil in your seam allowance and then measure out the distance between. Add the distances from the front and back pieces together and that should tell you if it will fit around his circumference.
Is this a one piece all spandex? The length could still be adjusted after fitting if you don't mind a waist seam.
Another idea is to use a pajama pattern top and bottom. Or trace off a pair of pajamas that fit.

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Date: 10/21/13 9:09 AM

My main concern is discomfort in the crotch area. Yes spandex will give you some wiggle room, but without the proper crotch "scythe" (is that right?) there will be bunching/extra fabric/it won't fit quite right. Check out stretchy.org for great tutorials. A couple years ago he had up pictures of the end result of what you're describing, it may still be there.

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Date: 10/21/13 9:27 AM

Just cut two triangles that will go in the crotch seams the same as when you do a raglin sleeve.

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Date: 10/21/13 11:41 AM

I have read through and watched the stuff from stretchy.org but found it a bit confusing and felt too complicated for my abilities. I did find some great photos of costumes and I can see the diamond in the crotch area (like in tights), but I am not sure how to go about doing that.

I am thinking to go back to having center seams and using the pants pattern I have for them. I can eliminate the side seams on the legs instead. It means having a waist seam but I need to know my own limits here. Actually, I can use the red part of the costume as the waist seam.

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Date: 10/22/13 11:41 AM

Are you planning any convenience opening for bathroom trips?

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Date: 10/22/13 8:23 PM

No- just a zip down the back. He has a pretty good bladder- I told him today that he will have to go before he gets in the costume

He won't be in it for more than 1-2 hours at a time.

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Date: 10/22/13 9:11 PM

I'm late to the game here, but Kwik Sew does have a girl's unitard pattern: KS5024. It IS sized for kids, even if it's not specifically a boys' pattern. It's got a zipper in the front, but you could easily move that to the back.

Once, in a Halloween far, far away, I made (Simp 9397) this Start Trek TNG costume out of spandex** for my daughter. (I mixing my SciFi metaphors, I think). It was cut with 1-inch seams that went down the sides from wrist to ankle. These were the last two seams you sewed: you sewed up everything else, then did a fitting on your kid, and sewed those last seams so everything fit.

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**The instructions were sort of vague, to say the least; I think I read the instructions about 20 times (I'm not making this up) before I "got" the over-sized outer seams and final fitting steps right at the end. (Smacks self on forehead; "OH!! So, THAT's what they want me to do! Why didn't they just SAY that!!!")

Note that these are the STTNG asymmetrical costumes. There were very few mirror image pieces, for example, I had a separate pattern piece for left leg front, left leg back, right leg front, right leg back. etc., etc. I counted 29 separate pattern pieces to cut. In spite of all that, once I understood the instructions, I cut the thing out, labeled each piece, followed the instructions very carefully, and it all went together very well.

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Date: 10/23/13 9:33 AM

Just seeing this now -- Jalie also has several unitard type patterns that would be suitable for this type of costume and they come in a wide range of sizes all in one envelope. Most have front zips but that can easily be moved to the back.


You will want to make sure there is sufficient room in the crotch so that he doesn't feel like he's being cut in half -- very uncomfortable.

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Date: 11/2/13 10:20 PM

Everyone took the time to help me, so I thought I needed to post a pic of the final result. In the end my son decided he preferred separate pieces to the unitard, so that made life easy. It had puh-len-tee of ease in the crotch area since that was the first seam I every tried to sew in spandex I learned quickly that I had to hand baste every seam, large and small for them to come out right. A few other seam issues, but he didn't notice

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