Sleek, stretchy and sexy, latex rubber clothing is a stylish alternative to materials like vinyl or leather. Creating clothes from this material isn't quite like making them from any other type of cloth you may be used to working with, but you can still use standard sewing patterns to create your own latex clothing from scratch. Make your own rubber outfit for your next party, night on the town or risque event.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Sewing pattern kit
- Sheet latex
- Cloth tape or painter's tape
- Liquid latex
Cut out the patterns in the kit according to your measurements; the manufacturer will include instructions about how to do this using the dressmaker's tape measure. For best results, measure yourself while wearing little clothing or tight-fitting clothing to ensure that the completed outfit will conform to your body.
Attach the patterns to the sheet latex using small, rolled strips of cloth tape or painter's tape; do not use pins, as you do not want to puncture the latex and make holes that may stretch and run.
Use scissors to cut out the pattern pieces around the paper patterns. Cut slowly to ensure a straight line to the cut. Do not let the latex bunch or stretch as you cut it.
Carefully remove the paper patterns from the latex. If you plan to reuse them, cut the sticky portion of the tape away from the paper and leave the tape that already stuck in place. Do not try to peel away the tape; pattern paper is delicate and it will tear if you do this.
Attach the latex pieces to one another using tape strips according to manufacturer's instructions and the markings on the pattern (again, the kit will include instructions on how to interpret these).
Assemble the latex pieces using liquid latex as glue. Apply the liquid sparingly with your fingertip, but cover the entire seam. Glue the seams a little at a time as you would if hand-sewing, rather than trying to do an entire seam at once.
Tips and warnings
- Change the colour of your finished outfit or embellish it by painting with a combination of two parts latex and one part acrylic paint; this mixture will dry to a different colour than it was when wet, so do a test patch first.
- Latex sometimes has a tendency to stick to itself, even when cured. Combat this using talcum powder or cornstarch.
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