Homemade Spidey Suit (Not Homecoming)

Logermeister

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Here's a project I've wanted to do ever since I was 14! As per the title, I'm creating my own suit in true Parker fashion. No dye subs, no lens kits. Just a man, some colored spandex, and his sewing machine! I'm not trying to replicate any design in particular. Just a classic Spidey with a few personal touches. I've got a fair bit done already, but I've got a ways to go (pardon the bathroom selfie):
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I've always loved the textured suits we've seen on film, so I wanted to reproduce that effect on mine. I don't trust either my hand or my patience, so that ruled out puff paint on plain lycra. Instead, I scoured eBay and Etsy and found some textured fabrics that fit the bill!

A 4 way stretch athletic mesh for the red portions:
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And an indescribably beautiful spandex knit for the blue:
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I sacrificed an old morphsuit to create my patterns, got to cutting, and sewed up the pants, shirt, and mask:
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I love how the textures look together.
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Next, a webbing test! With all this surface detail going on, it'd be a shame not to have raised webbing. Despite me not trusting my hand with puff paint, I figure I can at least handle this much. I mixed up a concoction of mold builder liquid latex, puff paint, and some black acrylic paint then applied it to a test swatch with a condiment bottle.
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Not too shabby! I'll have to steady my hand just a bit, but it's much easier to keep the lines straight if I lay them on thicker.

A big thing I have in mind for my suit is practicality. The greatest issue I've had with traditional Spidey suits is bathroom breaks. It's always a hassle to have to take off essentially the entire costume whenever I need relief. For that reason, I've made the pants and shirt joinable with zippers.
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In addition to that, the gloves, mask and boots will all be removable. If it all works out according to plan, I'll be able to suit up just like Peter does in the comics! ️

That's all for now. More coming soon!
 
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3hree6ixty

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Awesome job. Definitely be watching out for your progress. Any ideas for the lenses? And do you intend to use a faceshell/or some form of it under the mask?
 

Logermeister

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Awesome job. Definitely be watching out for your progress. Any ideas for the lenses? And do you intend to use a faceshell/or some form of it under the mask?
No definite design for the eyes is set, but I'm very partial to this one at the moment:
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As for a faceshell, I've decided to go without. I promote in costume, and prefer not to take off my mask when kids are around. This has made eating a challenge, to say the least! Without a shell, I can just lift the mask up to my nose to eat while safely maintaining my identity. It took many, many tries to get the mask fit perfect. Not too loose, not too tight!
 

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Do you have any tips on how to eat without taking off your mask all the way? Whenever I try to do it the lenses touch my eyeballs or the lenses go further up my head.
 

3hree6ixty

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No definite design for the eyes is set, but I'm very partial to this one at the moment:
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As for a faceshell, I've decided to go without. I promote in costume, and prefer not to take off my mask when kids are around. This has made eating a challenge, to say the least! Without a shell, I can just lift the mask up to my nose to eat while safely maintaining my identity. It took many, many tries to get the mask fit perfect. Not too loose, not too tight!
The lenses are a great look imo.

And I totally get where you're coming from. I usually go with one of those silicone mouth shell thingy off AliExpress just for the form and it works well.
 

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Logermeister

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I finally got some time to work on the suit a bit more. Nothing major, just drawing on the webbing.

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I'll have to remake the mask. I got a bit careless while gluing on the lenses, and a drop landed right on the forehead :( It looks like the neck could stand to be a little longer as well. Oh well, fifteenth time's the charm!
 
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13doctorwho

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Your suit looks great!! This is how I envisioned his costume from early comics. The modern movie ones all look too manufactured, even Tobie McGuire's. At least with Tom Holland they gave a good reason his suit was so super professional.
 

Logermeister

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I now have the beginnings of boots! I plan to attach a pair of water shoes inside, then I'll need to figure out a way to keep them from sliding down my legs. I'm leaning towards snaps or hooks.

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And the last piece of this fabric puzzle, the gloves! Nothing complicated here. I just traced my hand onto the fabric, double layered, and sewed. I did the palm in plain lycra for an extra bit of stretch. As awesome as this mesh spandex is, it's not quite as stretchy as standard lycra.

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I'll be adding some puff paint grips on the fingertips and palms for longevity. I think I'll build some clunky-yet-streamlined webshooters to hide the transition from glove to sleeve, as well!
 

Quantum Stan

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Your suit looks great, the puff paint came out nice...!!!
What I've done is make a 2 part shell, I can remove the front for air, to drink, eat, etc, I can do this with my back turned and then slide on the front in a second. I also wear glasses and a compression mask wont work.
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Logermeister

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Your suit looks great, the puff paint came out nice...!!!
What I've done is make a 2 part shell, I can remove the front for air, to drink, eat, etc, I can do this with my back turned and then slide on the front in a second. I also wear glasses and a compression mask wont work.
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I appreciate the compliment, but I haven't actually puff painted yet :p This is just the guidelines in marker. Maybe I won't have to puff paint if it looks this good already!
 
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Logermeister

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A bit more progress to be had. Now the mask is fully webbed:

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And a full suit up! (Censored for obvious reasons) Still far from complete, and those wrinkles on the lower back concern me. I might try taking it in a tad, but I'm limited by the zippers. Too much and I won't be able to pull it over my head :unsure:

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I made my own stylized chest emblem. When I get to puff painting, I think I'll do this in metallic black to stand out from the webs.

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And boots! I had originally planned to permanently attach a pair of water shoes as soles, but I'd like this suit to be machine washable so I've devised a way to make them removable. They're essentially oversized socks, and the water shoes slip inside. I'll spray the bottom with many layers of plasti-dip to protect the fabric from wear and tear, and prevent me from sliding around on smooth surfaces.

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ziller

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Dude! This costume is amazing. It's awesome to see the progression of your project. You did a brilliant job. The webbing looks fantastic and your emblem should look awesome with that metallic black puff paint.
When I was little I watched my uncle make his Spiderman costume and was just fascinated by the process and attention to detail. You're doing a hell of a job-can't wait to see the completed version. Keep up the spectacular work.
 
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