Some customizers will tell you it's better to sew a new costume rather than try to alter an existing one. In most cases they are right, but sometimes its eaiser to alter an existing costume or costume part to fit your needs.Re-usable costume parts
Trunks/shorts: DD, Vision, Cyclops, Wolverine...can all be reused with little or no sewing required. Capes: Thor, Vision, Magneto can all be used on other figures. They can also be used as an excellent source for fabric. (example: my Kidflash costume was made with Thor and Vision capes.) Boots: Almost any FC boot can be reused. DD, Thor, Vision...can all be painted and used on other figures. ( example: my modern Flash has Thor boots painted yellow with the tops removed). Vinyl boots, Cap, Hawkeye...can also be painted and re used. Vinyl: Always save any extra vinyl. You never know when you can use extra vinyl on your figures. Toxic Waste Gloves (rubber): Can always be painted or used just as they are. How many heroes do you know have Red (cap) gloves?To dye or not to dye?
I have taken heat over dying FC costumes from other customizers, but I still belive that it is an excellent way to use existing costumes and save sewing time. I have only used Black and Blue dye so far, I plan to experement in the future. I have had excellent results with the following costumes and parts. DD suit DD shorts Mr. F suit Sinister Suit How to dye an FC costume: You will need the following: A coffee can wooden dowl or spoon (do not use it for food afterwards) RITT dye in a dark color costume to dye Fill the can 3/4 of the way with watter and place on a stove. boil the water and stir in the dye. Wet the costume to be dyed and slowly stir it into the dye bath. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 min, stiring every 5 min or so. After 30 min remove the costume using your wooden spoon. Through out the entire can and dyebath (make sure that you cover it well as it will hurt animals). Wash the costume in cold water in the sink. Let dry and your done. Note: Costume may discolor figure, but who's gonna see!