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Catsuit sewing pattern by Zelvyne Catsuit sewing pattern by Zelvyne
I wasn't planning to upload this, but my photobucket account wasn't working. For examples of costumes made using this, see my Catwoman and Resi5 Jill costumes.
I made this after having a couple of people asking how I made my catsuits, so hopefully this will be useful to someone.
Note: This is how I make them for me, with average female proportions. If you have larger shoulders or bust than hips, adjust the pattern accordingly.

The red lines are measurements. For all except the legnths, measure fully around the person.
For each section, draw it onto large paper (wrapping paper or brown parcel paper works well) as a rectangle:
Front = 1/4 of hips X body length
Back = 1/2 hips X body length
Arm / leg = roughly around the top X length

With these rectangles, use your other measurements to get the blue cutting lines -for the front measure where your waist and bust have to go, and join them up smoothly. For the shoulder and neck, don't cut them yet - sew it together with the shoulders square, then you'll see how much you have to take them in by, and then you can also cut a relevant curve for the neck. The back is similar, and is pretty much just two of the front pieces side-by side. It can be made as one piece or two, with the central dotted blue line either being a full seam, or you can just pull it in and sew it later to make the catsuit hug the arch of the back more. For the crotch I usually end up putting an extra little panel in, as show, before attaching the legs. This just gives it a bit more freedom of movement.
For the leg / arm, fold it in half to make sure it's symmetrical, then mark out the width for the wrist / ankle, and draw a line joining it to a point a few inches down from the other end. Then draw a curve going up to the top of the sheet.

general notes: Give yourself enough room for mistakes - cut a bit larger than you'll need and you can always make it smaller. Give a couple of inches for the zip to go in. The back measurements and front measurements are only roughly half for the bust, waist and hips - to be accurate,m easure them seperately. Stretchy fabric is advised.
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MannyFanny Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I plan on making a Catwoman cosplay as well, and I was wondering how many yards of fabric I would need? I was thinking about four yards, considering the fabric I plan to buy is 54 inches in width and should be enough?
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Zelvyne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Obviously it depends on your sizes, but 4 yards would probably be plenty for a small-medium size catsuit. If you can get 4-way stretch then you've got more freedom too on how you place the pieces. If you're in any doubt you could always get a roll of brown paper or similar to draw your pattern pieces onto, then lay them out to see how much fabric you'll need to buy. Best of luck with your catwoman cosplay :)
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ledja Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I started making a pattern myself, but kept getting the crotch wrong. hopefully yours will work better. I mostly work in fleeces and furs, and will be using this as the basis for a few animal costumes I have to make.
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Zelvyne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
The crotch area can be tricky. This pattern is basically using the crotch design from swimsuits and similar, so hopefully it'll work better for you - just bear in mind that if you're making the bulk out of fleece, fur or another non-stretch fabric you'll need to give the pieces some extra allowance to compensate. Best of luck :)
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ledja Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
hm... I cant seem to get the maths on this one right. How exactly do i work out how high each of these rectangles are supposed to be?I always had trouble with spacial stuff. Its why I do this sort of thing. to try and learn.
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Zelvyne Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
The front and back panel height should be from the top of your shoulder down level to the start of your crotch area.
The leg panel height should from from your hip bone down to your ankle (or wherever you want the legs to end)
The arm panel height should from from top of your arm / 'point' of your shoulder down to the wrist (or where you want the sleeve to end).
Be sure to add seam/hem allowances too.
Does that help?
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ledja Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
actually yes. I sort of woke up this morning and it was obvious. Either I was tired, or just having some sort of idiot hour or something. things just stopped making any sense.
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ledja Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
hm... I cant seem to get the maths on this one right. How exactly do i work out how high each of these rectangles are supposed to be?I always had trouble with spacial stuff. Its why I do this sort of thing. to try and learn.
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insanebatpool13 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist
You just saved me sooo much hassle! Thank you!
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Zelvyne Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Glad I could help :) if there's any other patterns that you think might be useful to yourself or others, let me know - I try to post tutorials up on my page whenever I think of one
I look forward to hopefully seeing what you make with this pattern.
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