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Category Sewing
Sizing Men
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What materials did you use? White suralene gaberdine. Studs, gems and mountings. Zipper Interfacing Haboti silk lining Red satin for leg godets

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What are you most proud of? Each stud, and all of the stones were hand set (not glued). The studs pierce the outside and the points on the back side were hand crimped. The 'gems' wre individually set in Tiffany and Cabechon mountings and each mounting was individually hand crimped. All of the stud work on the back and front and sleeves had to be done prior to constructing the outfit. I made a muslin of my original design and adjusted the muslin to fit the customer. Then cut the actual jumpsuit from the adjusted muslin. Jumpsuit involved 160 hours of work.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is a project that requires much patience and a good knowledge of sewing construction to design the pattern. I used a shirt that fit the customer as a basis for cutting the newly designed jumpsuit pattern from muslin. The 'cuffs' and 'leg godets' had to be very carefully designed to look accurate to the original. The collar required extra work as it has to stand up and hold the gem and stud designwork. It was a huge accomplishment, and now I know why they charge over $2500 for the same suit in Nashville.

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I'm wondering if you purchased the stud set from Did you get the fabric from them? I'm making one for an Elvis to perform at a party in August...better get started! Love your work!

05/06/2013 Flag

Yes I did get the studs and stones from jumpsuitsupply. The fabric is Suraline gaberdine from Hancock's fabrics. Each of the stones/studs has a small drop of fabric glue 'behind' it in addition to the crimped 'prongs' on each set or mount that holds it to the fabric. The actual pattern calls for (I think if I can remember) 2 or 3 of the eagles on each leg. But the guy I made this one for was so short I only put one eagle on each leg. It took me approximately 200+ hours to 'stone' the suit. If you get the pattern, take it to a copy place and have them make you several copies. I took one copy and overlayed it with 'mylar', then traced all the 'stone' marking on the mylar. Then I drilled each mark with a Dremel drill and a small 1/8" bit. Then I placed the mylar 'pattern' on the gaberdine and marked each 'hole' with a FINE magic marker. Then I 'stoned' it using those marks and the 'pattern copy' as a guide. Good luck with your suit. If you have problems, you can e-mail me at Also, I designed and drafted my own pattern to fit the customer since I could not find a pattern I liked. Jumpsuit Supply does sell a pattern, but it look too baggy for my purposes. Again good luck, and if I can be of help let me know.

05/10/2013 Flag

Also should add the basic suit took over 150 hours to design and draft the pattern and construct the suit. The 'bling' took around 200 hours to apply. I started the suilt in September and finished it in January.

05/10/2013 Flag

show de bola essa roupa gosto muito helio aloha!!!

08/11/2013 Flag


08/13/2013 Flag

How many yards of fabric do I need for a size 40 jumpsuit and a size 44? Can't tell from ther Jumpsuit supply patterns.I'm a novice, the pattern is not real detailed. I'm thinking 4 yards each?

09/11/2013 Flag

4 yards should be plenty if the fabric you are using is at least 54" wide. I don't know how tall the person is you are making it for, but if you measure the pieces in length and then kind of sketch the pieces to scale on a piece of paper, you should be able to pretty well determine the yardage. If you are using gaberdine, it does not have and 'up or down' so you can basically lay your pattern pieces any way you want, as long as you follow the up and down grain lines on the pattern. Of course you wouldn't lay any of your pieces on the cross -grain. Good luck...

09/13/2013 Flag

hello do you make jump suits for Elvis impersonators and how much are your jump suits, Allen michaels

09/27/2014 Flag

You have the patterns?

09/29/2014 Flag