Making the Bunny Suit for Poison Ivy and Black Canary- It Has Begun!

So, I have been scouring the web for what has felt like an eternity for the right bodysuit…  Alas, to no avail…  I can’t believe how difficult it is to find the RIGHT bodysuit…  I thought I could find something to purchase.  I mean, come one Victoria’s Secret!

Since I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I decided I would make one and set off to find a tutorial on how.  Well, I found some, but many didn’t give a detailed description on how to do this.  So, I decided that I would make a tutorial with the information I found from many hard-working talents from Deviantart.  I wondered if the idea I had would work and those artists proved it does… So far.

This post is ONLY showing my first day at making the suit.  There will be ones to follow that show very precise details.  This will include watching me cut the fabric, sew it, making the corset, and finally, putting all of the pieces together.  It may be boring at times, but I know there has to be at least one other person like me who wants details.

The following photos are of me, but not at my finest, so please be kind.  *smile*

Step 1:  Wrap yourself in plastic wrap (cellophane).  I had some leftover Christmas wrap, so that’s why it’s green.  I recommend wearing underwear that will cover your bum as much as you want for the suit.  I did not and it was a little more difficult to get the right cut.  That’s also why you aren’t getting a backside photo.

Pattern_Wrap

Step 2: Duct tape yourself.  You will need someone to help you for some spots.  Wrap yourself a couple of times and you will look like this…

Pattern_OnI am sure you noticed the lines drawn.  you need to do this to make sure you know where to cut.

Step 3:  Cut along one side and slip out of the duct tape suit.  Then, take a minute to breathe and cool down.  Being wrapped in cellophane is no laughing matter!  Here is what it looks like when off:

Pattern_Off

Step 4: Cut on those lines you made.  You will be lining the front and back pieces on the fold, so technically you cut those.  However, I will likely be taking each piece and making a pattern for it.  I don’t think it will work for me based on the cuts I made.  We shall see.  There will be a lot of trial and error and that’s why I bought some muslin to practice on.  I recommend you do the same.

Pattern_cutout

I am hoping to have the pattern on fabric tomorrow.  Let me know if you have any suggestions as this is my first time making this.  Wish me luck!

The Fatal Siren

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5 thoughts on “Making the Bunny Suit for Poison Ivy and Black Canary- It Has Begun!

  1. I have two questions, and a suggestion. And also a congrats on thinking out a challenging problem.

    Question: What kind of fabric is your final product going to be? The reason I ask is that some fabrics have more give than others. Is it stretchy at all?

    As for suggestions…I wanted to point out the booty region. From trial and error I have given myself pancake ass in far too many garments. Since our bums are so curvy it can be very hard to create a pattern that will do them justice. One way to help with this is using darts. Here is a helpful site with tips http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/secrets-to-sewing-perfect-darts/

    For the top of the booty region, you might want to decrease the curve of the side waist cut and achieve that fitting both top and bottom with a contour dart. For the bottom of the bottom, think of your booty as one of those maps back in grade school that was the best representation of a globe but flattened out so it had big cuts into the map to decrease distortion (or in our case pancake ass). A cut going up the leg hole towards the fullest part of the bum could allow you to flatten it for the pattern and recreate that curve when you sew the fabric together. If you take that route I would make it kinda like a giant dart instead of cutting the extra triangle of fabric out (it will allow for more personal fitting later).

    And last, question/suggestion…if your fabric is not stretchy, have you considered sewing on a bias? I will warn upfront it can be very challenging depending on fabric, the silkier the more difficult. However it can sometimes help to achieve the curve hugging look you may want if you can master it.

    1. To answer your first question, I am using a vinyl for Black Canary and I can’t remember the name for Poison Ivy. The vinyl is only the out part and doesn’t seem to stretch too much.

      I will be sewing on a bias. It’s not going to be fun, but it must be done.

      Thanks for the link. I think it will be extremely useful, as will your suggestions. I am practicing on muslin, so there is room for trial and error.

      Thanks again!

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