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01 Sep 2012 - 22:0590338
Sewing a tight top?
This may sound kind of funny, but I need help sewing a top that is pretty much form-fitted, but in a material that doesn't stretch. Safe to say I'll need a strong zipper in the front... I've never done this kinda thing before--everything I've made is really loose and generally fits anyone.

So, advice on making a really tight top out of a non-stretch material? Patterns or rules of thumb I should know about? Material suggestions?





Last edited by Sakubo (01 Sep 2012 - 22:06)
01 Sep 2012 - 22:1090340
i'm guessing you havent got a pattern that fits you?

either take and existing top pattern pin it on your self and take it in

or get a piece of material and form to mannequin, so pin material to the mannequin, take it in so it fit the mannaquin (your size) cut out the arm holes etc



Last edited by alienqueen (01 Sep 2012 - 22:13)
01 Sep 2012 - 22:3190344
Quote alienqueen:
i'm guessing you havent got a pattern that fits you?

either take and existing top pattern pin it on your self and take it in

or get a piece of material and form to mannequin, so pin material to the mannequin, take it in so it fit the mannaquin (your size) cut out the arm holes etc


I don't have a pattern, and I'm always afraid of making it wrong even if I have one. I could try buying the tightest top that fits me at Target, something cheap, then cutting it apart.

Mannequins aren't a bad idea--how do you get one in your proper size?


01 Sep 2012 - 22:3390345
You can buy adjustable mannaquins


01 Sep 2012 - 22:5990348
Quote alienqueen:
You can buy adjustable mannaquins


:O See, this is why I need you people. -had no idea- To Google!


01 Sep 2012 - 23:0190349
hahaha! no worries!


01 Sep 2012 - 23:0390350
I usually make my own patterns and use pins to mark out where I need to take it in, if need be, as I'm wearing it. If you're not comfortable with using a pattern or don't have money for a mannequin, you can look at different patterns and have a look at the fabric suggestions, if they suggest non-stretch fabric as a recommendation then you'll know it's suppose to be pretty form fitting. Though you'll probably have to take it in in some areas any way, but this is minimal effort.

For fabric suggestions, polycotton drill is slightly lighter than standard cotton drill yet far heavier than standard cotton which seems suitable for that kind of cosplay. Very easy to breathe in and it can handle being pretty tight. Cotton drill would work also. I'd advise against anything lighter than standard cotton. These are my suggestions though, I'm a bit fan of using a variation of cotton for pretty much everything! And suiting, I love suiting, but I probably wouldn't use it for this.

Sewing the fabric on the bias will give the fabric a bit of room for movement, it'd still stay just as solid. I mean he's a superhero, he needs to be able to move just a bit


01 Sep 2012 - 23:1590352
Quote CrystalNeko:
I usually make my own patterns and use pins to mark out where I need to take it in, if need be, as I'm wearing it. If you're not comfortable with using a pattern or don't have money for a mannequin, you can look at different patterns and have a look at the fabric suggestions, if they suggest non-stretch fabric as a recommendation then you'll know it's suppose to be pretty form fitting. Though you'll probably have to take it in in some areas any way, but this is minimal effort.

For fabric suggestions, polycotton drill is slightly lighter than standard cotton drill yet far heavier than standard cotton which seems suitable for that kind of cosplay. Very easy to breathe in and it can handle being pretty tight. Cotton drill would work also. I'd advise against anything lighter than standard cotton. These are my suggestions though, I'm a bit fan of using a variation of cotton for pretty much everything! And suiting, I love suiting, but I probably wouldn't use it for this.


I'd never even heard of polycotton drill...it looks perfect. For the top, pants, and cape. Long as it can breathe, sews easily, doesn't rip when the wind touches it--I may have to order some. (Which is gonna suck, because I live in the US, and the only online sellers I can find are in the UK. No wonder I hadn't heard of it.)

I definitely don't have the money for a mannequin at the moment--so I guess I can just sew trial tops until I get it right. It won't kill me to take it in a bit.

Quote CrystalNeko:
Sewing the fabric on the bias will give the fabric a bit of room for movement, it'd still stay just as solid. I mean he's a superhero, he needs to be able to move just a bit


Too true! Back when I cosplayed Link (which is actaully my little brother's costume. He let me borrow it ), my pants were SO TIGHT, I couldn't bend my legs past a 120 degree angle, and I couldn't sit down. It hurt to walk. Let's NOT do that. Perhaps for the pants I should use stretchy fabric? What's something between a stretchy fabric and a polycotton drill?

Thanks so much for your help!


01 Sep 2012 - 23:3490354
Ahh, I didn't realise you were from the States! A cotton drill (or cotton twill, I've never worked with it before so I don't know what it's like. I hear it's thick though) will work just as well. Very very durable and easy to breathe as it's cotton. To be honest, I've only ever seen polycotton drill at a shop called Fabric Land, I encountered it completely by accident!

Sadly I really hate stretchy fabric and only use it when it's absolutely necessary, so my knowledge of them is low. Bi-stretch suiting could possibly be something to look out for, I haven't used it yet but probably going to experiment with something similar soon. As the name states, it's suiting fabric, that stretches two way XD I've played around with it at shops and it seems pretty thick. Cotton lycra is thick but it's pretty stretchy, it's the same consistency as leggings.

I hope you find the fabrics you're looking for! You may get better fabric suggestions from the cosplay.com forums as they're mainly dominated by people in the States. But hopefully some of the suggestions I've made (and other people that may post in this thread may make) can be found at your end. Good luck with Robin

P.S. I know that feel with too tight trousers... First pair of tight trousers I made I didn't sew it on the bias. NEVER AGAIN XD


01 Sep 2012 - 23:4290355
Quote CrystalNeko:
I hope you find the fabrics you're looking for! You may get better fabric suggestions from the cosplay.com forums as they're mainly dominated by people in the States. But hopefully some of the suggestions I've made (and other people that may post in this thread may make) can be found at your end. Good luck with Robin


Thanks! Unfortunately, the Cosplay.com forums aren't taking registrations. :C

I think that cotton is gonna be my best bet, ordering a sample won't kill me. ^^ Thanks for all your help.


01 Sep 2012 - 23:5190356
Quote Sakubo:
Thanks! Unfortunately, the Cosplay.com forums aren't taking registrations. :C

I think that cotton is gonna be my best bet, ordering a sample won't kill me. ^^ Thanks for all your help.


They're not? What is this!? I thought they'd always be open for registrations, how peculiar D:

Cotton should do just fine. I use it for the majority of my cosplays as it's cheap and medium weight (I remember I've used it for a very tight fitting costume before any way). You should be fine using it

Good luck!


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