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There is a certain kind of glamour that surrounds the idea of the Playboy Club and the open acceptance that human beings like and want sex. I wore my bunny costume to one of the craziest Monday night parties in Chicago for Halloween. There are many connotations around the Playboy Bunny. Some connotations are negative but you cannot deny that women who worked in the Playboy clubs of the s, 70s, and 80s had the opportunity to make a good living for themselves at a time when that was extremely difficult to do.
This tutorial covers making a pattern for a custom fit Bunny Suit, the construction, and a few tips for styling the look.
I spent a considerable amount of time researching the costume. I assembled a mood board of photos that showed the bunny costumes throughout the years the clubs were open. Some of the style lines changed, as well as the accessories worn. The core elements of the bunny costume - The Bunny Suit - a strapless playsuit cut like a maillot swimsuit complete with tail - Bunny Ears on a headband - Cuffs with cufflinks on each wrist - Collar with bow-tie - To-the-waist stockings - Closed toe high heels in black or match the color of the bunny suit I created a technical sketch of what I wanted my bunny costume to look like ears not pictured so I would have a basis for reference while patterning.
I drew my sketch in Illustrator over a tech sketch body form.
A hand draw sketch works just as well as long as you can tell what everything is supposed to be! Patterning tools needed: - Large scale paper - I use proper patterning paper that is 36" wide on a continuous roll. A more manageable option is to purchase 18" wide rolls of butcher paper or banner paper.
A flexible ruler can replace this tool. You can find it online or by the lighter weight stuff they carry at Hancock, Hobby Lobby, etc. I'm going to walk you through patterning the bunny costume. I don't have good photos of every step of the patterning process that I did by hand because I made a few very large mistakes that I fixed along the way so I've added technical illustrations in an attempt to make everything clear!
Square across to create your Waist line. Square across to create your Hip line. That line is the Center Front CF of your garment. Square up a couple inches. If you are small like a size 4 add 1" to the measurement. If you are larger like a size 20 add 2". Square up a few inches.
Square down to the waist line. Square down to create the center line of the underbust dart. This is the Apex point and termination point of the underbust dart. The radius of the circle is your Bust Arc measurement. Image 4 Let's do some adjustments for a contour fit! This line should be at a 90 degree angle from CF. I drew my line at approximately degrees from horizontal.
Draw a perpendicular line to emulate the shoulder seam. Remember back in Image 1 when you took half the Across Front measurement plus an amount between 1" - 2"? Homemade playboy bunny costume you chose to add 1" your dart width at the shoulder is 2". Connect your dart legs to the apex point. Square across. Determine the measurement and split it between the front and back. Make the back a bit longer than the front - Example: If the amount is 5", add 3" to the back and 2" to the front.
Measure down from the crotch depth line along CF and CB respectively and square out a few inches. If you are a smaller size, you'll want around a 2" wide piece of fabric between your legs. This is a bit of trial and error to find the right fit but those are great places to start. Measure from your waist along the side seam of the pattern and mark the point. I use my hip curve to create this line but a flexible ruler works also. This is your princess seam line! At the Apex point, transfer the bottom edge of the CF dart only. Place a pin in the apex and pivot your original pattern until the CF dart is closed.
Trace the remaining part of the CF piece as shown in Image 7b. Leave a bit of paper around each piece to allow for changes and seam allowance to be added. Make a line parallel to CF or CB to be the grainline. This line should run almost the length of the pattern piece as the longer a grainline is the more likely the piece is cut on grain if care is taken to lay the piece on grain.
Obviously, the points created by pivoting the pattern around the apex are not flattering nor easy to sew. I used the sharp curve of my Hip Curve ruler to recreate those lines. Try to limit the amount of fullness you Homemade playboy bunny costume but do create nice curves. The dashed lines are my original marks. The continuous lines are what I added.
We don't want that!
Use your hip curve or flexible ruler to redraw that top Homemade playboy bunny costume into a smooth, appealing line - See Image 10b. The dashed line is original line. The continuous line is what will be my final line. Be sure that the pieces you sew together have the same seam allowance - example: front side seam and back side seam need to have the same seam allowance.
The entire top edge should have the same seam allowance as well as the entire leg opening. Once your pattern pieces are prepared, cut out a sample fit from a cheap fabric not your fashion fabric. Sew the princess seams, side seam, and seam between your legs. Keep the back open where the zipper will be so you can get into the garment. Try it on and have someone pin you into the bunny suit. Using a marking device chalk, pencil, pen, etc make any adjustments. I re-drew the leg line and at this point I figured out a big mistake I made on my original pattern.
Lay the pattern piece that needs to be changed on top of the cork, then align the fabric on top of the pattern piece using a couple of pins to secure fabric. This will leave a row of dots in your paper pattern so you know where that line should Homemade playboy bunny costume.
Trace the line of dots with your pencil to indicate your new stitching line. This will create two lines of pin-holes. Split the difference between these lines when you determine what the final new sewing line will be. I made my alteration marks on my original bunny suit block and then transferred the new lines to the individual pattern pieces.
Once you are happy with the fit, the pattern is ready to cut from fashion fabric. The cuffs are the easiest part to pattern. I patterned a half cuff with the paper folded so the cuff is the same on either side. You'll need your wrist measurement.
I suggest this be ". Create a curved line that is appealing to you for the outside "flap" of the French Cuff. The collar wing should be wider than the collar stand to conceal the stand. Spread the paper along the cut lines to create a bit of a curved line along the top edge. For this collar you don't need much of a curve. Remember, the top edge of the wing with sew into the top edge of the collar stand so they need the same seam allowance. I looked intensely at the photos of Bunnies and I looked at myself and I figured out that Bunny Ears are the same height as your face!
The top of your head to your chin is how tall the ears should be. Throughout the entire sewing process, I will treat the shell and interfacing as 1 piece. Turn and Press. Pin to hold in place. Don't let the stitches show on the front.
I added snaps to the crotch I thought it would allow me to use a public restroom without help since I planned on going out to party in this outfit. I did not feel like I could trust the snaps to not release while I was dancing and ended up safety pinning the thing closed down there. I included photos of my snaps for an inspiration point if you want to add it to your Bunny Suit! Cut 4 Bunny Homemade playboy bunny costume pieces from white satin. Cut 2 Bunny Cuff pieces from heavy weight interfacing.
Leave a 2"-3" opening on one flat edge for turning. I started with a basic cufflink finding. I had red rhinestones that matched the color of my Bunny Suit so I decided to make those the decorations on the cufflinks. A dab of E glue got the job done! The wing should be centered on the collar stand piece. Sew the short ends, the long raw edges, and the other short end together.
The pin marking the half-way point should act as a point of reference in making the ears even and properly set on top of your head. Each ears should be the same distance from the center headband mark. This step requires a skein of white yarn, a yarn needle, and a scrap of cardboard. Create 2 circles from cardboard that are slightly larger than the tail you desire.Homemade playboy bunny costume
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DIY Playboy Bunny Costume