Flightsuit build

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    Flightsuit build

    Just a quick verification of facts if I could get them....

    The wife and I are going to scratch build a jumpsuit. much as I'd love a Ladysewforus one I just don't have the budget for that right now, and I want to make sure I get the right stuff first try since I can't afford mistakes. I've checked around in other threads and came to the following conclusions:

    Material: 100% cotton twill
    Colour: RIT dye 27, Evening Blue (I'm doing ESB)

    So my thought was to buy a bunch of cotton twill in white, then dye it the evening blue (and then weather it obviously). Am I on the right track or have I totally missed a change in what's used?

    Thanks for your time,
    -Gabe

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    Any chance someone could give me an answer on this one? I need to order the materials soon and I'm wondering do I need to get white or grey material for the ESB jumpsuit before it's dyed?

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    Instead of that, I'd order it in a very light gray, then dye it, then sew it. I wouldn't weather it until the suit is completely done being sewn because you risk over weathering it which is something that may not be a good thing,

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    ah cool, thanks alot DC. Need to order the material tomorrow or I'll miss out on a half-off sale.

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    Also,

    If you are starting from yardage. It may be a good idea to dye the fabric before sewing it.





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    Re: Flightsuit build

    Cool, thanks Lady. I ordered the fabric last night so I'll definitely dye it first.

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    DarthCarcinus said: View Post
    Instead of that, I'd order it in a very light gray, then dye it, then sew it. I wouldn't weather it until the suit is completely done being sewn because you risk over weathering it which is something that may not be a good thing,
    Is better dyeing the whole thing before it's sewn? I thought about sewing it and after dyeing the suit

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    I am sure this may be debated. My thought with dyeing first, is you will not stress the stitching with the hot water and agitation.

    Plenty of people dye after construction. I know with my/Carole's flightsuits, many many people have tweaked the color to their liking after purchase with no problem.

    That was only my 2 cents.

    I think there are other here that can chime in with their experiences.

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    Well my wife pointed out that if you dye the material before you make the suit then you avoid the problem of too much or too little dye reaching areas such as seams, pockets etc.

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    i dyed my suit after it was sewn. my feeling was that there would be less over-all material to do that way and it would all fit into the giant pot. but i'm a fan of the boil method.

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    If you dye the suit after it's sewn, just remember that polyester tread does not take dye at all, so use a thread in the colour you are going to dye your suit.

    One reason to dye first, is that if the colour gets all wrong, you haven't spent all that time sewing first...

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    You can re-dye a flightsuit easily, but what about sewing another suit? That would be a pain in the *****

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    Lisa said: View Post
    If you dye the suit after it's sewn, just remember that polyester tread does not take dye at all, so use a thread in the colour you are going to dye your suit.

    One reason to dye first, is that if the colour gets all wrong, you haven't spent all that time sewing first...

    Good Point Lisa, I did not even think to mention the thread. You are correct, if polyester, it won't take the dye.

    Many Many people have dyed it after it is completed with no problems.

    It can be done either way. But do get thread close to the color that you want to end up with.

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    Re: Flightsuit build

    I'm actually doing patterns for my flightsuit and looking at pics the thread looks to be white, non dyed while the flightsuit is a light blue dye, this means that it was dyed after sewing. It's supossed to be that way since all the costumes were initially white (supertrooper)

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    hm, interesting fact!! And there is cotton thread available, if one wanted to buy it

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