You've probably seen those TV cooking shows where the participants are given a basket of ingredients and an inspiration theme and have to create something edible. Well, in a twist on that I started with THIS fabric:
...and the assigned inspiration theme of ''Wrestlers". Actually, I didn't get a 'basket of ingredients' so this was from the 'pantry and fridge'. I was sent a wrestler action figure to make clothing for and the assignment was under way.
This was the piece I made from the flashy red sequin fabric... trunks!
Very manly, huh? And this is after a lot of pattern drafting and test garments. When I made clothes for my teen dolls and later for my daughter's dolls, they had fully moveable parts, small hands and feet and no molded on clothing. For this doll his arms tend to move away from the body, he has balled fists and booted feet, non-moveable legs and he has bulky undies. These things make for great wrestling action but a challenge in fitting clothes!
I found some advice on the internet on drafting clothing patterns with no shoulder seams, built in sleeves, and one-piece legs on pants. A bit of experimenting with sewing order and I was ready to roll.
After making the trunks I decided to add a crop-top shirt to match it:
Then, because most of my 'pantry' is quilting fabrics, I needed to have stretchier fabrics to allow for dressing him around his physical challenges. I went to the fabric store and got 6 stretchy knits. Another nice thing about these is that the edges don't have to be hemmed and they still won't fray. YAY!
I now had one shirt pattern and one pants pattern and just made whatever adjustments were needed for styling other clothes. I made him a sleeveless tee and slacks:
Then I added a jacket:
He got a standard tee and another pair of pants (which are actually green):
Then I went back to my own stash and made him a few capes towear into the ring. This one is a crispy red with glitter in it:
I made one of faux leather:
And a patriotic one (I call this one his Captain America cape)
Then because he needed something to wear lounging around the dressing room between bouts, I made him a long robe:
This wrestler dude is really ready for anything now.