Greg B. of Bellingham, Washington, developed this really cool tutorial for making your own Apollo Astronaut costume. This is a simpler, beginner-level tutorial, so if you don’t have a lot of experience sewing and performing other costume-making skills, this is the tutorial for you!
Some of Greg’s notes from the costume-creation process:
“I’d work on the homemade Apollo astronaut costume a bit each evening and went through lots of NASA photos. There are probably 8 – 10 hours of time involved. The worst part is the taping. You must have an exacto blade and a cutting surface or the tape gets messed up. I perfected a technique pretty early.
I can sit and drive with it on, and based on what you wear underneath, the costume can be very toasty or very cool. The whole thing weighs about 2 lbs – minus boots and helmet so you can party all night. The front zipper makes it easy in and out in under 30 seconds. And it wont burn if in contact with fire. Tyvex is somewhat flame retardant.
The trick to making it last is taping every seam in the Tyvex suit before constructing. The sewn seams on one of these suits are the first to rip.”
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