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26 May 2013 - 10:28103052
Help I'm a noooooooooooooooooob fabric choices, patterns, anything!
Hi I'd like help with my Nausicaa costume please (the top, hat and leg wraps).
My costume experience consists of using a lot of cottons and light weight type fabrics and I can't use patterns at all (I find them hard to understand).
I do have a sewing machine which I would use for this but I've only made a couple of simple things with it so far (it can sew light and medium weight only).

The advice that I am looking for is:
-what type of fabric to use
-where I can buy it
-what colour to settle for
-whether to use a pattern (and if so which one)
-anything else that I should consider that I haven't mentioned yet


Here are some references for the costume (I'm wanting to go with the manga version over the film version because I really, really love the manga so much <3 but I'll go with the film if I have to because I do love that too).
http://xspblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Nausicaa__27.jpg
http://www.intercom.publinet.it/manga/nausicaa_up.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dzknPZ5pE0k/Tb0mC4z40jI/AAAAAAAAWbg/0bMAv53Dv_4/s1600/%255BNausicaa%255D%2528Miyazaki%2529+Nausicaa+fights.jpg
http://www.manga-news.com/public/images/series/nausica-ne.jpg

Personally I'm tempted to say that I like this colour the best (it's a bit hard to choose with so much variance in colour and printing etc)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aZo7CtxC7hk/UDOCVoukrdI/AAAAAAAAU4w/0007nE_iuN4/s1600/nausicaa%2Bposter.jpg

The outfit looks quite dark here (possibly due to a saturation of something) I'm not sure whether to go with this type of colour :/ it could be a more 'realistic' look because I don't think people would have bright dyes in a story like this http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gwBssplU2uM/Tz7rixKiEUI/AAAAAAAABC4/DxD_Jy8UfVo/s640/nausicaa-art.jpg

So far I was advised that a wool might be a good choice,
Fabric options I'm considering:
http://www.fabricuk.com/fabrics/647-new-melton-560.html#dataform (royal blue)
http://www.trurofabrics.com/wool-fabrics/boiled-wool-blend-jersey-fabric-blue.html
http://www.trurofabrics.com/wool-fabrics/pure-wool-crepe-fabric-royal-blue-9789.html (this is light weight and I really like the colour)
I've also seen felt/wool in nice colours but I don't know whether felt/wool would work for this? :/

I'm struggling with finding shops so feel free to suggest any!
Also I have no ideas for a pattern or way to make it

Thanks!



Last edited by Afireinsidegirl (26 May 2013 - 10:30)
29 May 2013 - 15:16103255
Hiya, that crepe wool should be alright, I'm using something similar for what I'm working on just now and it has a nice weight to it. You could always order a swatch before buying the actual thing, then you can see for yourself what it's like. Colour looks fine to me, I would've said royal or cornflower blue would be your closest match.

You don't have to use a pattern - you should be able to copy well enough from a high-collared jumper you have already, just lay it out and copy all the seams, then make the front panel a little wider at the neck so you have enough room to cut the neckline and fold back the seams. You'd need to lengthen it at the bottom too as it goes down to her thighs. Cut the collar twice the height, fold over and sew into a tube, then attach that to your jumper, as the neck is open you don't want any messy seams showing so doing it as a tube hides the raggedy bits.

Her hood/pilot cap thing is separate so you can just find a hoody pattern online and take the hood shape from that, and pattern it separately. You'll want to line it too as the inside is on display (just cut two copies and sew them right sides together, then turn inside out). If you're wanting to do the eyeholes then you should cut them through and then zig-zag stitch around the openings so they don't fray, then you can attach plastic or whatever there. Best look for that is if you set the stitch width on your machine to the widest and the stitch length to just above buttonhole width. That'll give you a thick enough zig zag coverage without choking up your machine. Practice on scrap fabric first!

Hope that helps ^^


31 May 2013 - 08:32103347
Quote madmazda86:
Hiya, that crepe wool should be alright, I'm using something similar for what I'm working on just now and it has a nice weight to it. You could always order a swatch before buying the actual thing, then you can see for yourself what it's like. Colour looks fine to me, I would've said royal or cornflower blue would be your closest match.

You don't have to use a pattern - you should be able to copy well enough from a high-collared jumper you have already, just lay it out and copy all the seams, then make the front panel a little wider at the neck so you have enough room to cut the neckline and fold back the seams. You'd need to lengthen it at the bottom too as it goes down to her thighs. Cut the collar twice the height, fold over and sew into a tube, then attach that to your jumper, as the neck is open you don't want any messy seams showing so doing it as a tube hides the raggedy bits.

Her hood/pilot cap thing is separate so you can just find a hoody pattern online and take the hood shape from that, and pattern it separately. You'll want to line it too as the inside is on display (just cut two copies and sew them right sides together, then turn inside out). If you're wanting to do the eyeholes then you should cut them through and then zig-zag stitch around the openings so they don't fray, then you can attach plastic or whatever there. Best look for that is if you set the stitch width on your machine to the widest and the stitch length to just above buttonhole width. That'll give you a thick enough zig zag coverage without choking up your machine. Practice on scrap fabric first!

Hope that helps ^^


Thanks a lot, really helpful!
It all sounds a bit above me so I think I should practice first!!
You've given me a lot to think about though!! Thanks!


31 May 2013 - 11:27103356
No probs - defo practice, maybe even just make a mockup in calico or whatever cheap cotton you can get your hands on, and then you can copy the pattern pieces over to your actual fabric when you're happy with it?

The zigzag technique you can see on one of my costumes here:

http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/484/33679/IMAG0006.jpg

I got better at it the more I did it so it's definitely good to practice on some scrap fabric. Good luck!


31 May 2013 - 13:22103362
Quote madmazda86:
No probs - defo practice, maybe even just make a mockup in calico or whatever cheap cotton you can get your hands on, and then you can copy the pattern pieces over to your actual fabric when you're happy with it?

The zigzag technique you can see on one of my costumes here:

http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files/costumes/484/33679/IMAG0006.jpg

I got better at it the more I did it so it's definitely good to practice on some scrap fabric. Good luck!


Ohhhhh I know what you mean now! Hope I can do that too! I know my mahcine has a few different settings on it so I'll look up which one will do this!! ^^
Yeh will probs have to make a mock costume first I don't want to mess this one up and it's more complicated than anything I've made so far!!


31 May 2013 - 18:05103381
Btw, if you get stuck on patterning the sleeves, try this tutorial - I had nightmares with sleeves till I found this, and it's never failed me!

http://web.archive.org/web/20101106023301/http://photos.ladybrooke.com/sca/gowns/bluegown/sleeves.htm

The original site doesn't exist anymore so the pictures are unavailable but the instructions make sense without them - you'll always end up with more fabric at the top than you actually need but you can just pull it in till it fits, cut away the excess, and pattern the other sleeve off that.


31 May 2013 - 18:42103385
Quote madmazda86:
Btw, if you get stuck on patterning the sleeves, try this tutorial - I had nightmares with sleeves till I found this, and it's never failed me!

http://web.archive.org/web/20101106023301/http://photos.ladybrooke.com/sca/gowns/bluegown/sleeves.htm

The original site doesn't exist anymore so the pictures are unavailable but the instructions make sense without them - you'll always end up with more fabric at the top than you actually need but you can just pull it in till it fits, cut away the excess, and pattern the other sleeve off that.


Wow! Thanks really appreciate all the help ^^
I think this tutorial will be really useful!


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