2B construction help

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#1 Reily96 on 1 year ago

Hello all. I fell off the face of the planet, but I'm back. And I really want to cosplay 2B from Nier: Automata. Problem... NOT SURE HOW.

I do very much want to make it game accurate - so the skirt would be detachable. As far as the skirt goes, no issues there. My great aunt has graciously given me two custom patterns to choose from as well as advice. I have the skirt covered. That leotard/bodice thing tho... Not so much. See, while my great aunt is a GREAT SEAMSTRESS, it's clear to me she wants nothing to do with patterning that part, insisting I frankenstein non-stretch leotards together. But I kind of want to make this whole thing by myself, especially since I have concerns with frankensteining things meaning that materials may not match.

A part of me almost wants to ask a commissioner to build a pattern for me, but I see the business issues on that side of things what with proprietorial rights and the threat of unlawful use (which I'd never do, mind you, but I can see how others would). So since I have to build this myself... any recommendations please?



#2 alltomorrows on 1 year ago

Maybe do the bodice and leotard section as separate parts as well? I don't see any reason not to do the lower part as a standard stretchy leotard, it'll be infinitely easier and more comfortable than trying to make it non-stretch. There are tons of commercial leotard patterns out there. And if you make the bodice separate and just wear it over the top, you don't have to worry about joining the different materials. You can probably find a pattern for a fitted princess-seamed dress with puff sleeves if you look for vintage wedding or prom dress patterns - then you'd just need to add the cutout.

You can also join them though, even if they're different materials - just be very careful to fit the bodice exactly to your body at the place where they'll join, so it doesn't do any weird baggy stuff. It'll help if the bodice has a bit of stretch to give you breathing room, but it doesn't have to be a lot. The leotard part will be a bit smaller, and you just stretch it to match the top as you sew. It might look a bit funny when you're not wearing it, but if it's fitted correctly it should look fine when it's on. (If you do this, also spare a thought for how you're going to get into it. A zipper would need to extend down past where the materials join to give you enough room.)

#3 Penlowe on 1 year ago

The two links are very different, but it feels like you are mostly talking about the first image.

Definitely bunny suit. I understand why she said non-stretch, it's really not drawn as a spandex thing but as a structured garment. And there are both good tutorials as well as commercial patterns for these now, so I don't understand your worry there.

You are over-thinking the whole 'frankenstein' thing, it's two different shapes in two different fabrics and colors, whether you attach them together at the end or not makes little difference, they are going to be assembled separately regardless. So if you build a white bunny suit from a commercial pattern with no changes, then the black half blouse and they overlap at the bust, whoop dee do. If you want it to be a single garment for wearing (which I actually would not do) build the bunny suit with a longer zipper than called for, which will give you enough to sew the zip into the black bodice when you put the two pieces together. Oh, and add crotch snaps, makes wearing all day WAY easier as you don't have to strip completely to use the restroom.

#4 Reily96 on 1 year ago

Thank you both for your input! I want to avoid stretches for two reasons: I've never worked with them before, and, I don't know if the pictures show it very well, but there are designs upon the white part of her bodice that are holes. I do plan on putting those in, and I can't do that with a stretch fabric - not unless I had more experience or a mannequin to work with.

Thank you very much Penlowe for bringing up bunny suits! I had actually never even considered them! I didn't even know until today that they weren't typically made of stretch material. As terrible of an idea as it is, I do have a plan to make it a single piece garment. I like to be as accurate as possible to the source material, due to my highly competitive nature when I compete. I know it's perfectly reasonable to go outside of that, due to reality and what you see in a video game being completely different - but if it's possible, and in this case it is, I'll do it. Even if it is a pain in the arse. But really, thank you! Now that I know I can work off of a bunny suit, I have a plan to construct the top further from there!

#5 Penlowe on 1 year ago

[QUOTE]! I didn't even know until today that they weren't typically made of stretch material.[/QUOTE]
Yup! Every official Playmate gets a suit, and it's so customized the label has her name on it, I've seen and handled one in person. They are surprisingly stiff and VERY structured, about 20 pieces of heavy duty boning. They are as many layers as a traditional Victorian corset.

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