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09 Jun 2013 - 14:27103854
Anyone know how to put patterns on leatherette?
Help please....

OK, so we're trying to put together a hit girl costume. So far, so good. We've made a cape, mask, weapons and started to put the catsuit thingy together. However, the catsuit part is quite detailed with all sorts of patterning on it, especially around the knees and elbows.

http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/6137/54016/CI_54016_1337362855.jpg

Anyone know the best way to try and get this type of pattern onto leatherette material (we'd prefer not to draw them on if we can avoid it)?


09 Jun 2013 - 16:35103858
First things first, I'm desperate to know what you're using for her knee pads as they're the one thing I wasn't sure how to do with my lady Sif and ended up not doing

Secondly, I don't think any of those 'patterns' are painted on, they're sewn in like biker jacket collars. I'd be interested to see if anyone has a decent way of creating those on 'closed' tube-like clothing such as trousers or sleeves as I think you'd need to take apart the cat suit to achieve the line around with a sewing machine.


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09 Jun 2013 - 18:06103868
Ah, the knee pads - we have a cunning plan....

We using some leatherette cut into the individual shapes of the knee pads then glued together (interestingly, Games Workshop glue seems to almost melt the leatherette together for a solid join). Lots of black spray paint and finally varnished on both sides to give it some rigidity.


09 Jun 2013 - 20:25103877
I´d put some padded interfacing between another layer of leatherette and then sew the lines making the squares. That´s what I did with my jon snow padded thing, by then I didn´t have the machine so I did it by hand.

"Thecakeisgone" used oven gloves for that part in his Tyrion cosplay, wich I thought it was genius (hope he doesn´t mind I pointed it out). Don´t think you can find letherette ones but maybe some acrilics would make regular fabric to look similar.


10 Jun 2013 - 08:39103891
Quote Starbucks dad:
Ah, the knee pads - we have a cunning plan....

We using some leatherette cut into the individual shapes of the knee pads then glued together (interestingly, Games Workshop glue seems to almost melt the leatherette together for a solid join). Lots of black spray paint and finally varnished on both sides to give it some rigidity.


Ah-ha! That will probably be a solvent based glue; I hadn't even considered using it to 'weld' fabrics.

The oven glove thing suggested is also an excellent idea - it means a lot less sewing certainly, as you could probably remove the flame retardant padding inside too.


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10 Jun 2013 - 13:05103909
You could use a spiked pattern wheel to indent the leatherette, or alternatively you could tack the design in (tacking is large running hand-stitches that you can easily cut and pull out later).

Although tbh the design looks like mostly pleats and folds so you could do a mockup in calico, pin the shit out of it till it looks right, scribble all over that, and then mark up your leatherette accordingly XD


10 Jun 2013 - 18:22103926
Quote carsec:
I´d put some padded interfacing between another layer of leatherette and then sew the lines making the squares. .


Yes, I could see that working for the "square" padded bits. Many thanks indeed.

Quote LewaKyser:


Ah-ha! That will probably be a solvent based glue; I hadn't even considered using it to 'weld' fabrics.



We actually refer to it as welding but I thought it confuse people if I used it here! Really works too. We used it for El's Lara Croft backpack (we didn't know how to sew at the time), her Misfit utility belt and for running repairs to Catwoman. Damned handy stuff!

Quote madmazda86:
You could use a spiked pattern wheel to indent the leatherette, or alternatively you could tack the design in (tacking is large running hand-stitches that you can easily cut and pull out later).

Although tbh the design looks like mostly pleats and folds so you could do a mockup in calico, pin the shit out of it till it looks right, scribble all over that, and then mark up your leatherette accordingly XD


and that's the running lines sorted - thank you!

Thank you all


10 Jun 2013 - 22:17103933
I'd look at techniques like quilting for the square sections of the knee parts. Usually helps to practice on softer fabrics as the leatherette will be a nightmare to try and sandwich in a sewing machine with some wadding etc inbetween it. Unless of course you have a decent needle attached.
Failing that you could couch it on. Its where you sew over a thin piece of cord with a zigzag stitch (tight) in the shape you want. Gives a nice embossed effect


30 Jun 2013 - 07:41104596
Sorry I didn't see you're reply earlier but thank you for the advice.


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