In the mainstream media today we are seeing more and more alternative clothing popping up and I think that is awesome because for designers and cosplay enthusiasts we are getting more credibility to our interest in costumes. It was shown recently that spandex, PVC, latex, and other materials are showing up more and more. For me especially I was excited because I have always been interested in latex clothing. It wasn’t until I got to actually wear my first outfit for a costume party that I realized that I may be able to make some more simple stuff myself. This was when the idea struck me! Since I will be attending SDCC this year and I am not swimming in money, then maybe I could attempt to try and make my own costume out of latex.
This whole endeavor took about 2 weeks to get together. Plenty of research about what to get and where to get it. It was very exhausting. Then came the waiting for my packages of latex sheeting, rubber cement glue, thinner and clothing patterns to arrive in the mail. It literally took me about an hour to make my first piece as a trial to see how this whole process will be in the future.
For the crafty people out there I would like to break it down for you. This is not as easy as it looks and I did loads of planning to get me on the right track but it is not impossible to get these materials and make some cool stuff yourself.
This is what it took for me..
- Latex sheeting was ordered from a place called MJTrends
- Best Time Rubber Cement/Bestine Thinner from Pearl Paint – used to glue the seams and thin the glue for thinner latex and for cleaning
- Mineral Spirits from Home Depot – used for cleaning seams
- Rotary Knife/Cutting board/Scissors/Rulers from Walmart – used to make clean cuts
- Patterns from Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store
You simply pick out a pattern. Trace it onto your sheet of latex and then cut it out. Figure out where the seams will be glued and clean them with either the thinner or mineral spirit. Take a paint brush or q-tip and spread a thin layer on your seam on both sides that will be coming together. Wait 5 min and then attach them together. Make sure to apply pressure to the seam or even use a small seam roller to make sure the glue bonds to itself. It works best if you let the seam sit overnight and then Presto!
In my case the glove was then shined with some lube, which also allows for it to stretch without breaking, and I fit it over my hand to give you the picture you see below.
So for my first attempt was making a fingerless glove, called a gaunlet.
I did get a chance with some of the extra pieces to make a little bow on the bottom to give it a little bit of flare.
I feel really confident to give this a serious try. My goal is to have a costume made for Comic-Con and hopefully with great success.
For my next trick I am going to try and make a slightly more complicated piece and I will be sure, now that I know more of what I am doing, to put up pictures step by step of what I did and why.
Until next time.. This is Jess D.
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