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Unfortunately, fusibles aren’t as hardy to washing and wearing as they could be. Usually, these are used for a one-time wear project, or, more likely, used to keep items in place for applique.
I would recommend leaving the letter in place and then sewing around the edges with a zig-zag stitch on a machine to hold it in place. This is a pretty straightforward tutorial on machine applique. If you don’t have access to a machine, you can sew with small stitches by hand around the edges.
If you don’t want to sew it at all, you can use a stronger fabric glue to hold the piece down, though keep in mind that you may need to reglue at regular intervals if it continues to lift. I would also recommend washing by hand and drying by line if you go this route.
I hope that helps! Good luck :]
I assume you are doing her classic outfit?
For this, you have far better options than leather that are cheaper and easier to sew.
I would look for a garment weight stretch faux leather. This will be a knit fabric coated on one side with a plastic material to make it look like leather, but it will breathe and stretch like a knit fabric. These types of faux leathers are widely available, even at chain fabric stores like Joann.
Another option is wet-look spandex. This will be even more stretchy, which may not be the effect that you want, but will be shinier than most other materials.
If you can find a garment-weight non-stretch faux leather, that would be another option, though most non-stretch faux leathers available in chain stores are a bit heavier in weight than what you would want here.
If you want a challenge sewing but a very 2006 look (hey, sometimes being authentic to the time a piece of media was made is good!), a shiny PVC fabric would be a good option. This is again a knit fabric with a plastic (vinyl in this case) coating, but the coating is smooth and has a high gloss. This is not an easy material to sew, however.
If you don’t mind having a less leather-like look but still keeping the sheen, a mid-weight to heavyweight satin would work well.
Almost any of the faux leather or vinyl options would require a non-stick/teflon foot for your sewing machine, which prevents the fabric from sticking as you sew it. I would recommend a stretch needle if you go with any of the knit options, and you may need a heavier needle for certain faux leathers. You may also opt to use a tear-away stabilizer as you sew, to prevent both sticking and skipped stitches.
It’s unclear how her bodice is constructed, and you may want to add boning and bra cups. If this is the case and you end up with a stretch material, make sure that the direction of greatest stretch goes vertically on your torso, and then flatline the material to a non-stretch material to prevent it from stretching while worn. You can also add boning channels and boning directly to a stretch material, and use the advantage of the stretch to cover the complex curves of a bra cup.
I hope this helps! Good luck :]
There’s multiple ways to go about Phos’ shell legs that I’ve seen.
Painting is still an option, though you would need to go about it by keeping the fabric stretched while it is painted. One way to do this is to cover your legs in plastic wrap, wear the tights, and then paint over them (the plastic wrap will prevent the paint from touching your skin directly, which can be unsafe for long periods, and WILL stain your stain with Phos stripes for a few days…see: the time I forgot to wrap my legs and had Ultimecia’s leg tattoos for a few days). Another way is to make a duct tape for of your legs and do the same thing. Either way will ensure that the fabric of the tights will remain stretched enough while painted that the paint will not need to stretch much when worn. The drawback of this method is that it takes a lot of time and a lot of paint.
Another method would be to make the tights yourself. I would recommend buying a pair of base tights and adding the stripes with stretch applique. If you use a shiny fabric, this can create an interesting effect, and it will conform to your legs.
You can also piece together two different materials to build the tights from scratch, though if you don’t have much patterning experience, getting the diagonal stripes will be difficult, and you will need to contend with adding a vertical seam somewhere on the tights, as you likely do not have an industrial circular knitting machine (if you did, you wouldn’t be asking :P). The easiest way to pattern this is against with duct tape – make a form of your leg, draw the spirals, and then cut the tape apart and lay it out flat to create the pattern, making sure that you label the pieces well before cutting them apart so you know what goes where. You can always cut yourself (carefully!) out of the tape form where your vertical seam would need to go, and use that as the pattern for the seam.
If you have some digital art skills, you may be able to make a file of the pattern and get tights custom-printed with the pattern, as well.
You may also be able to find a pair for sale, though it will take a bit of googling (I didn’t have too much luck on a quick search, but I didn’t look terribly far).
I hope that helps! Good luck :]