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Body suit patterning: A how to with tape by Sharpe19 Body suit patterning: A how to with tape by Sharpe19
Self explanatory. This method can be used for everything from digi-grade, planti-grade, full suits, quad suits, satyrs, and more. There are MANY ways to make a fursuit, this is just how I do it.

Part two: Patterning and cutting out the fur. I don't know if I will be showing sewing as there are many methods to that as well and my current sewing machine is not exactly a prime example of a good suit sewing machine.
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Budgie-Wing Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this!
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caIImejay Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
this is super helpful! Thankyou!
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phantomthief713 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thanks for posting!!! Big help :)
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That-CrazyCat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Redd-wulf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Now that I'm calm and can think straight, what is the purpose of the plastic wrap?
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You cannot pattern straight onto the duct tape as it will stick. I use this same method when making my own dtd. Saves clothing and prevents me from standing in a room in only my skivies once the tape and clothing is cut off.

Keeping the patterning tape from sticking is one thing it does, strengthening the pattern and making it easier to work with is another. You don't have to use plastic wrap, but news paper, garbage bags, etc. can also be used. Just some layer in between the tape and dtd.
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Redd-wulf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is really clever. I hope we'll get more tutorials from you. Every time I see something from you like that I seem to suddenly learn so much. I wish for the secret to your amazing ears. >.>
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Now that's a secret that will never be revealed ;)
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Redd-wulf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
*facedesk* But whhhhyyyyyy? *faceTHROUGHdesk*
I shall become a super villain, and I will come, for the SECRET TO YOUR EARS!!!!
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just come to my streams and you see me make them all of the time. LIEK ALL THE TIEM!
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Redd-wulf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
WAT?!?! >.> Bollocks, I've never seen such things!
Really, though, those ears are EPIC and I want to make some. >.<
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you've hit any 'furring' streams chances are that I did make some. Don't worry I'm not out of streams. I've got a few felines to make here in the upcoming weeks.
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Redd-wulf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
...I didn't think of doing something like this when I made my suit...
...but...but...but...so easy.....
I hate my life.
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RainbowDashyMD Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This ^ x3
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Redd-wulf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just...but...but...*cries* :stupidme:
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RainbowDashyMD Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah same feelings here :[ This is way way simpler x.x
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Redd-wulf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
No kidding!!!
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wordweaver1001 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
um, I know nothing about suitmaking. :(

First, what's a dtd?
Second, how do you make one?
A tutorial for that would be most helpful! Thanks!
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
1. A dtd, or duct tape dummy, is a personalized dress makers dummy created using duct tape wrapped around a wearer (usually yourself) so it is, in itself, a duct tape copy of you.

2. Here's a couple tutorials on how to make one:
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Something I do differently rather than use my own clothing as the base (or painters overalls as you will see in one) is I will do something identical to the tutorial I have posted. I will wear standard regular clothing, wrap myself in plastic wrap, then tape. When it comes to cutting it off, I only cut the tape and plastic wrap, saving me a set of clothes and keeping myself from standing in a room in nothing but my skivvies.
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wordweaver1001 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!!! :D
That was very helpful!
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ReiWrath Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this! this helps exponentially with what I have planed :)
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THEGREATTITANICCHICK Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
This is so great! thanks for posting this ^^
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Kitaronicus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks for doing this!
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horsejmp Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I thought it was a dead body...where parts have been cut off and I went "O MY GOSH!" Then I looked again and I thought "Oh...Nevermind :b" -Peyton
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TheRadishMeister Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
This is great, thank you! Though what do you use for padding?
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RainbowDashyMD Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most fursuit makers (meaning I've never seen anyone who hasn't) use foam you can get from any craft store really. But not the hard stuff. Make sure the foam is malleable/bendable/soft/squishy or what have you :3 Same stuff you would use for a foam based head :3 Hope I helped
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TheRadishMeister Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
but doesn't it tear if you put it over a joint eg your knee, like in this picture? No one seems willing to clarify it! :p
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RainbowDashyMD Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It shouldn't tear and the foam should be perfectly capable of handling any movement you throw at it BUT if you are really that worried about tearing some people create pockets, like the ones in your pants just a lot bigger, where they want the digitigrade look then stuff the pocket with stuffing. I've never heard anyone say anything about the padding tearing though and even if it somehow does tear it's super easy to replace :3

Though many suiters/makers create those types of pockets even when using foam. Because it holds the foam in the correct place while siuting and saves you the trouble of having to move the padding back into place if it moves.
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TheRadishMeister Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you! You're the first person to ever give me a straight answer on this. Cheers!
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RainbowDashyMD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem man ^u^ I'm glad I could help you out!
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EagleIronic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
This is very helpful thankyou so much :)
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wolfforce58 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Tee hee, I know those markings ^_^ Very cool that you're doing this though! This could be really useful for a lot of stuff, haha, not just fursuiting. THANK YOU!
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nathow111 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I don't even have a sewing machine! I do everything by hand.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh goodness. While sewing by hand can be useful, if suits are in the future, save your hands and get a machine XD
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nathow111 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Will do. I have a friend who never sews but has a sewing machine she said I can have. I just have to remember to go pick it up.
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Sephinta Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*facepalm* This would have been so useful like, a week ago. XD

Thank you so much for posting this! It's so helpful, you have no idea. <3
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CrazyViper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Awsome!! Cant wait to see part two!
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lamelobo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for creating this sharpe !!!!! :)
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DragonGames Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeeees i neeed part two thank u so much
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