Radiation Suit front panel fit.

  • Radiation Suit front panel fit.

    Posted by RickyB on May 13, 2023 at 4:40 am

    I have matched everything I have sewn to the pattern and all sewn pieces match the patterns. Pic Rad_Suit1 shows the front right pattern matches the sewn piece. Pic Rad_Suit2 shows the Center chest piece pattern covers 1/2 of the opening. Pic Rad_Suit3 shows that the sewn Center chest piece matches the pattern. Pic Rad_Suit4 shows the opening that is to be covered by the Center chest piece as you can see the opening in Pic Rad-Suit1 and the opening in Pic Rad-Suit4. In Pic Rad-Suit5 I laid the Center Chest piece into the opening and it does not cover the opening. Highlighted by red arrows and circled in yellow. If I pull the sides in to match the center chest piece Pic Rad_Suit6 I get a a bunch up of material in the crotch Pic Rad-Suit7. What's up with this? Is the pattern wrong somewhere? How do I fix this? The only solution I see is to redo the center chest piece and make it bigger.

    Personally I think that instead of a big opening for the chest, if the pattern was changed and there was no opening then you can just sew the center chest piece on and make an opening for the zipper. Just a suggestion. ??????

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  • Obsessive Costuming Dude (Alex)

    May 14, 2023 at 5:02 pm
    • 140 Posts

    Hi Ricky,

    I'm not entirely sure I understood your question, and the images you uploaded are unlabeled and uncaptioned, BUT hopefully this information will help:

    1- The curved contours of the two panels (body and center front) are slightly different at the top. They won't properly align while the jumpsuit front is lying flat, but they do match at the outer seam/stitching lines (where the two pieces overlap and are topstitched into place).

    2- In the first photo, keep in mind that the front panel is comprised of two layers, and therefore the paper pattern piece includes seam allowance along the outer edges. The finished center front panel will be correspondingly smaller than the paper pattern piece as-is.

    3 – Also keep in mind that the center front panel edges have 5/8″ seam allowance, while the jumpsuit's front body has 7/8″ allowance where the two pieces overlap.

    4 – If I'm understanding correctly, don't worry about the material at the front crotch since it will extend underneath the crotch area once the back is attached. The upper front should drape fine too, but nothing about the jumpsuit will want to lie flat until it's finished.

    I know this can all be confusing, but pretty much everything about this pattern directly mimics the way the screen-used costume was made.

    I hope that helps!

    – Alex

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