Re: Batman 1989 - Using real deal parts to complete my suit - Lots of pics
Alrighty... Here's what happened. We had this night planned out months ago. But I couldn't invest more time with the suits as I would of liked. If I had one more week, this build would have been sharp in every detail. Alas...reality strikes, work calls and other obligations must be taken care of.
Sooooo, I didn't want to call it off and disappoint the lady who was excited about her catwoman suit I made. (eesh, not easy). I polished up Shawn's awesome Catwoman cowl (made the eye holes bigger, painted in the stitching and gave it a nice gloss coat for extra sheen to match her suit. As you can see though, I didn't get to do all the stitching. She didn't care though. She liked it anyways.:-]
And as for my suit, also incomplete
. Just enough was done to be able to suit up and hit the night with friends, sadly...
Oh...Let me say right now, as an announcement to all 89 fans who are looking to build a great 89 suit.... The under suit WORKS.. This is IT! Totally screen accurate surface and very durable. I'm very convinced this was more so the same type Keaton used in the movie Batman. It was noted it was made of spandex (4 way stretch) and coated in rubber.
This stuff looks like neoprene but a lot thinner and cooler in temp.
My parts stayed on even with the most stressed movements. Very happy with it! So, no more coating your under suits with latex! I did that once, totally regret it as it was a horrible experience.
The fabric is called matte vinyl spandex. Look it up! :wink
Keep in mind the durability does depend on how well you glue your parts which also means how well you prepare them before gluing them on. Also, how small you make your suit. You don't need to make it too tight. Seriously. If you're worried about wrinkling and such, do what I did and sew in a stretch band on the ends of your sleeves, both feet and hands. It helps keep if from bunching up around your joint, etc. :up
Having a very smooth under suit like this really makes a difference buds.
My only regret besides not being able to complete my suit 100%, including painting my belt or making my boots with the trainers, is that I didn't get to take more pics with our camera. :frown We were already late and had to leave.
But, no worries as I plan to take some during day time one of these days to show it all off, front and back.
Let me say, sewing up my own under suit was TEDIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I screwed up so many times but I kept pushing and pushing forward. I finally did it and it wasn't a perfect execution but I know have my patterns set for my own frame. I will be making another 2 for myself (please do not contact me to make you one because I still suck at sewing and ..no way. lol sorry. Maybe after I grow more comfortable making different sizes. Maybe.)
Oh btw, with this build, I finally created a cape harness to lock my cowl onto the cape and torso. And I also adhered the cowl scallops to the rd cape ribs. Makes a world of a difference.
I had no idea that by gluing it to the cape and bolting it down would look so different than when I used to just pop the cowl over the chest and no cape harness.
Well, here's a couple of not so great quality pics my special lady friend. I promise to take a bunch more later when the suit is 100% complete. :up
Many thanks to Shawn, Mr.X!!!
, PJWares, Fred B, and Joshy. I couldn't have made this happen without your help.
Flash got us bad here but you can see the under suit better since I didn't get to glue on the arm and calve parts yet.
And here we are.
It's not that revealing yet but I'll show you more angles of the suit soon. The journey is not over yet!
Rock on bros and sis's. And Happy Halloween!!!