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07 Jul 2013 - 08:44104780
Fabric Help
Hello there!

So I'm brand new to cosplaying and textile work generally, and have decided to jump in the deep end somewhat. I'm planning on making a long heavy coat (think Hellboy, or Mad-Eye Moody in their respective films, or the Tenth Doctor), and I've been casting around various materials to use. It needs to be tough, very waterproof (I live in Wales, so that's a big concern!), and preferably possible to apply designs or colours to. Weight isn't an issue. I'd also like to keep it fairly natural, definitely trying to avoid anything glossy or obviously man-made- nothing that looks like it's from the Matrix costume department!

Any suggestions appreciated!

07 Jul 2013 - 13:57104788
If you're totally new to sewing I would suggest picking someone less difficult first... making a (trench) coat might be a huge challenge! you don't really want to waste a lot of money on fabric either, only to find you have no idea what to do/make of it..

You could concider buying one (from ebay?) or looking in second hand stores as they often have stuff like this and give it a more weathered look yourself (ie. with the aging teabags method or sandpapering it etc)

if you really insist on making it yourself, here's a bit I found online:

Cotton Fabric – Early versions of the trench coat were made with a heavy duty khaki drill. Today trench coats use cotton densely woven with poplin and twill weaves (of which gabardine is one). Although cotton does not have the heat retaining properties of wool, it is more durable and if treated can be water resistant. Cotton is also less expensive than wool and available in larger quantities from various sources. Today cotton is the fabric of choice for most trench coats, although manufacturers often mix in man-made fibers for better weather resistance properties and cost savings.

good luck!

07 Jul 2013 - 14:02104790
As per the above suggestion you could just use drill cotton and use a waterproofing spray on it (in fact several bits of my LARP kit are like that). Depending on who its for buying and modifying could be easier.

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