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Stretch Fabric Halloween Costumes

When October rolls around, it’s usually the time for everyone to make a mad dash to the costume shop to buy whatever leftovers they can find for Halloween. This year, why not skip the hassle and just make your own costume? There are a ton of different ideas out there, and many of them can be constructed using everyone’s favorite – stretch fabric. If you plan to use that this next trick or treat season, consider some of the costume ideas listed below for inspiration.

Cat Woman
Cat Woman is the emblem of super hero sex appeal, and her look can be easily made from stretch fabric. There are a lot of different interpretations out there to Cat Woman’s look, so you have the option to get a bit creative.

All you need is some good, shiny stretch fabric (usually vinyl) and a set of cat ears to get started. Most often you will find this costume in black, but there are versions in blue and purple. Look up some pictures of cat woman herself and start sewing.

Sexy Nurse
A hot nurse outfit is a must have for at least one Halloween in your lifetime. You can make your nurse costume as tight as you want it to be, and you can be paired with a cute doctor if you’re going to a couple’s party. The key to that ho nurse look is to make your costume a little bit on the short side and slightly revealing up top. Pair this look with some sexy heels and you’ll have all the people swooning at your work costume party. Stretch PVC and vinyl work well here, but just about any stretch fabric will due. The key component is you, after all.

Rock Star
This look works for men and women alike. Most rock stars love stretch fabric, especially when it comes to the pant they wear. If you are looking for something fun and funky, that rock star look could be the perfect fit. Black is a must in terms of color selection, but you can have a wild print to pair with it. The pants have to be skin tight, but that’s where the stretch comes into play. Studded belts and headbands can complete your look, depending on what era of rock you are aiming to emulate.

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Genie
Genies are usually the subject of kids’ costume parties, but that doesn’t mean that adult genies aren’t fun too. Think of “I Dream of Genie” if you need a reference for that. For your genie look, you can use stretch fabric that hangs loosely on the body. The pants should be a bit on the poofy side, but the top can be short and tight. Feel free to go wild with colors since most genies are decked in bright blues, greens, pinks and metallics. Get some gold jewelry to complete the look and you’ll grant the wishes of all the people that pass by you this Halloween.

Witch
Witches are pretty popular around this time of year, but that doesn’t mean that the costume is any less fun to make. Get some black stretch fabric and some green body paint and just go to town. You can make your witch costume look like something sultry from the Renaissance era, or you could just make it a cloak to shroud your body. Either way, stretch fabric can easily come into play. You can even make your witch hat out of stretch fabric and wire if you want. That way you have the same material featured throughout our costume.

Pirate
Pirates can be hot or they can be ugly. It just depends on which kind you want to be. In either case though, a flouncy shirt made from off white stretch fabric can be paired with an eye patch for an easy costume. Get some fake gold teeth and a parrot from a toy store and you will almost have your whole costume put together. Then all you need is some boots, some stretchy black pants and a sword to finish off the look. Gold is the choice metal when it comes to pirate jewelry, so dress up n some rings and earrings to truly put the final touches on this look.

March 22, 2010 Posted Under Uncategorized

Cosplay Costumes

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Cosplay costumes have been a big hit in Asian culture for years, but just recently they made their way to the western market and came with a big storm. This is mainly due to the sweeping popularity of anime that is now present in the states.

Americans seem to be swept away by the stories, drama, and lives of these animated characters, so it is only logical that people would want to develop costumes based on them. If you are part of the cosplay world, you should know that there are a lot of costumes out there that can be constructed from stretch fabric. This figure flattering and affordable alternative is easy to work with and quite versatile in this realm. Below are a few different cosplay ideas to inspire you.

Sailor Moon
Sailor moon became a popular series here in the U.S. several years ago. This cute but spunky character has an equally cute and spunky outfit that would work great in your next cosplay party. Stretch vinyl would be perfect for this look based on the overall silhouette the character portrays. You would need to construct a white and blue sailor suit with red bows to pull off the Sailor Moon attire, but you can find templates for this costume readily available online.

Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII
A Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII jacket can be made entirely out of PVC or stretch vinyl, and really all it consists of is a trench coat with a chain to accompany it. This hooded jacket has a zipper that goes from top to bottom, and it has deep pockets on the side.

If you’re a fan of the video game, you’ll love being able to make your own cosplay Kingdom Hearts Organization XIII jacket to cal your own. Surprisingly enough, this look is even a bit on the fashionable side, so you wouldn’t be crazy for making this part of your daily wardrobe as well. Of course, you would know the secret behind its origins.

Vocaloid
The cute vests of Hatsune Miku can make great stretch fabric cosplay outfits. You can use polyester, stretch vinyl, PVC, or basically anything else you might desire. You just need the right colors and accessories.

The top itself needs to be silver, and then the sleeves and skirt need to be black with either green or red trim. Give yourself a matching tie and a set of knee-highs and you almost have a complete look.
All that is left is the pigtails and boot, both of which can easily be done.

Hatsune Miku’s nurse outfit can also make for a great cosplay look. Decked in all pink, you should be the talk of the anime party. You need a set of good, white buttons and some red trim to really tie things together, but for the base, you just need two shades of stretch pink fabric. Of course, keep the pigtails in mind for this look as well, and don’t forget the matching pink nurse’s hat. Finish everything off with those pink knee-highs and you’re all set.

Star Trek
To keep things a bit more American, you could always dress up like your favorite character from Star Trek. Captain Kirk’s yellow shirt could easily be made of stretch vinyl or even velvet if that was the look you wanted to achieve. You have to make sure to add the badge, of course, along with the black neckline and gold trim down at the bottom.

For the ladies, you can make a TNG Skant uniform from black blue fabrics. This will be a bit more difficult to construct when compared to the easy, long sleeve shirt for the men, but that’s to be expected with any female attire. Just make sure you know a bit of Kling-On before you go into any conventions.

Don’t Forget…
When you’re constructing a cosplay look, don’t forget about the wigs. Usually that’s what sends a regular person in a costume into someone actually portraying a character. With the Vocaloid costumes, for instance, it may be hard for you to make that headset and get that long blue hair without a wig. Just remember those finishing touches that put everything together.

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March 22, 2010 Posted Under Uncategorized

Fashions You Can Make with Stretch Vinyl

Stretch vinyl is an extremely versatile fabric that a lot of people take for granted. Whether you need to dress up for an occasion or you just want something comfy to hang out in, stretch vinyl can be a great fabric to work with. But perhaps you need a few ideas to get your mind rolling in the vinyl direction. Below are some different fashion looks that stretch vinyl can be incorporated in. Use them as a basis to elaborate on for your next fashion project.

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Halter Tops
Halter tops are usually associated with nights out at the club or at a fun party. During those occasions, it is only expected that you look a bit on the sexy side. Stretch vinyl can be your venue for that sex appeal. This fabric works great for halter tops because it hugs the body and lifts the breasts to provide that perfect cleavage to turn a few heads.

Halter tops are also difficult to work with sometimes because they don’t go on like traditional shirts. The stretch of the vinyl allows you to easily slip the shirt over your head and head out with the girls.

Sexy Skirts
Skirts always look great in stretch fabric because they help emphasize the natural hourglass shape of a woman’s body. To work with stretch vinyl on a skirt, you might want to make sure that the pattern you use for the skirt is a bit longer than what you actually want the skirt to be.

Vinyl has a tendency to ride up over time, making them shorter than you might actually intend for them to be. If you don’t want to have to continuously pull your skirt down, you might just want to make the skirt a bit on the long side. Don’t make it too long of course; then it would lose its sex appeal. Just add an inch or two of leeway to the bottom.

Bands on Shirts
There is a reason why belts worn under the breasts came back in style recently – because women look good with bands above their waist. This again plays into the hourglass figure that every woman strives to portray with her outfits.

You can make a hot top out of whatever fabric you want, but then insert a belt of stretch vinyl right in the middle to create that empire waist sort of vibe. Just make sure that the vinyl that you use complements the colors and patterns featured throughout the rest of the top. This band should serve multiple purposes.

“Hot Pants”
Alright, you don’t have to actually make yourself some 80s hot pants, but the general idea of stretch pants is there. Stretch vinyl can look great in a pair of pants if the pants are shaped the right way. Sometimes a flouncy look works well, and other times, tight is right. It’s a matter of what works well on your body. Stretch vinyl is always comfortable, but it isn’t always in style.

Try to keep everything in neutral colors to avoid that hot pants vibe. Bright blues and reds are not exactly suitable for today’s fashion world. Keep that in mind when selecting the stretch vinyl you want to use to construct your pants.

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Strapless Tops
The stretch quality of stretch vinyl makes it perfect for strapless tops. This elasticity allows the shirt to stay up with little supports other than the cut of the shirt itself. Plus, this stretch quality allows for a sexier appeal than most other fabrics, again, as long as the cut is right. The thing you have to worry about with strapless tops is how to work in the built in bra.

If you have a light fabric, you may have to double up on it so you don’t show your bra, pants, or otherwise. Some stretch vinyl is very thin, so a double layer won’t hurt you regardless. You may need an elastic band on the top to keep the girls covered, but that can easily be sewn in along the way. The pattern that you use to construct the shirt should indicate what notions will be necessary. Worse comes to worse, add a few spaghetti straps and forget about it.

March 22, 2010 Posted Under Uncategorized
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