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Elvis Aloha jumpsuit

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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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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

I have made several. The Aloha suit is VERY labor intensive. I custom make each pattern to the individuals' measurements. Each stone/stud is hand set. All suits are lined in silk. They vary in price-- $2800-$3700.

10/03/2014 Flag

You have the patterns?

09/29/2014 Flag

I designed the jumpsuit pattern. The Eagle 'patterns' were purchased from a supplier of authentic Elvis impersonator suit designs.

10/03/2014 Flag

Do you have the jumpsuit pattern for sale? I have a friend that wants one but I have to make it look like. An ABA costume :)

10/15/2014 Flag