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Here's a tutorial of how I designed and made this spacesuit for my 16-month-old son. Since he's a toddler, I cut some corners with proper finishing. If this is something you plan to use multiple times, I would suggest you serge the inside seams or add a lining.

This is a somewhat advanced sewing project, so don't feel bad if you get very frustrated trying to make this. I've been sewing for years and I still get flustered. With that said, I'm going to assume whoever is reading this has some experience using a sewing machine, so I won't get into the nitty-gritty about how to sew. This tutorial is more about the process of taking an idea to fruition.

Step 1: THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

Picture of THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

Your tools are very important and will help you achieve a professional finish with less headache. I say "less" because there's always room for error when you're doing something for the first time. The photo above are the tools I like using. Your tools may vary based on what you can get a hold of. So don't worry if you can't get the exact same tools I have photographed. I color coated the tools roughly based on the different steps in the process. You'll also need a sewing machine. It's not photographed.

PATTERN DRAFTING TOOLS (HOT PINK COLOR):

1) PAPER SCISSORS (These can be any ordinary pair of scissors laying around your house. I just happened to liked the sharp pointed ones.)

2) MEASURING TAPE

3) PAPER (I'm using dotted pattern drafting paper. It comes in giant 48" rolls and you can get it off Amazon or pick it up in the Downtown LA Fabric District. If you don't plan to do these types of projects often, then you can tape newspaper together or use whatever large sheets of paper you can find.

4) CLEAR RULER

5) NECKLINE RULER

6) PENCIL

7) ERASER

8) BOX CUTTER (l like cutting my patterns out with these. You can use scissors if you like)

9) SEAM RIPPER (You will need this to take apart an existing onesie that fits)

10) CUTTING MAT ( I actually use a giant cutting mat, but for the photo, a smaller one fit in frame better)

11) TAPE

12) PATTERN NOTCHER (This tool helps you mark out the registration marks on your pattern piece and helps make it easier to transfer the marks onto your fabric when you're cutting. You don't need it, but it's one of those convenience tools. You can always manually cut out slots in the pattern piece.)

13) SHARPIE MARKER (This is for the shoe portion)

14) 2" MASKING TAPE (This is for the shoe portion)


CUTTING (LIME GREEN COLOR):

15) ROTARY BLADE ( Not mandatory. You can always use fabric shears. There's just more pinning if you decide to use shears.)

16) FABRIC SHEARS

17) PINS

18) FABRIC

  • SILVERY WHITE FABRIC
  • NEON ACCENT FABRIC
  • LEATHER (Optional. I had scraps laying around. You can substitute with faux leather)
  • SHINY SPANDEX
  • SPANDEX
  • 4 WAY STRETCH KNIT FABRIC (This is for the gloves)

19) 1/4" THICK FOAM (You can get this at your local Joann's Fabric store or buy it online)

20) WHITE CHINA MARKER (I like using this to mark on leather but you can use a silver sharpie or chalk)

21) FABRIC WEIGHTS (These are used to keep your pattern and fabric from shifting while cutting with a rotary blade)

22) INVISIBLE ZIPPER

23) REFLECTIVE PIPING (Purchased off AMAZON)

24) REFLECTIVE RIBBON (Purchased off AMAZON)

25) REFLECTIVE HEXAGON TAPE (Purchased off AMAZON)

PREP AND SEW (TEAL COLOR):

26) IRONING BOARD (I use a regular sized ironing board. This was just to fit in the photo)

27) IRON

28) METAL SCULPTING TOOL (I find this easiest to spread Barge with)

29) BARGE CEMENT

30) THREAD

  • NEON THREAD
  • BLACK THREAD
  • SILVER METALLIC EMBROIDERY THREAD

31) SEWING NEEDLES (You'll need the hand sewing ones for the gloves, but you'll also need ones for your sewing machine. Universal needles work well with this project, but you might want leather needles for the shoes if you choose to use leather.)

32) SPRAY PAINT (This is for rubber soles of the shoes)


FINISHING TOUCHES

33) AWL (Used to poke holes in the spandex for the rivets)

34) HOLE PUNCHER

35) RIVETS

36) RIVET SETTERS

37) HAMMER



I just love this costume! He's adorable :)
seamster9 months ago
This is really impressive. Bravo and well done! : )
squishywhale (author)  seamster9 months ago
Thanks. You don't realize how many steps there are until you write it all out.
Awesome baby costume!
Thanks. :)