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18 Dec 2013 - 22:35109704
Fabric help!
hi everyone,

I want to make Rosalina (pic here: http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121106014749/mario/images/e/ea/Rosalina,_Mario_Kart_7.png)

But I am a bit stumped what fabric to use for the dress.
I thought about sating but often find it looks a bit 'cheap'? but a more cottony fabric wouldn't have the flow satin has? I don't know that much about fabric so any help is appreciated!

Also what would you call this colour? I've looked for sea green/seafoam/teal on ebay and found it hard to get a fabric that looks just right..

I like this one: click here
but would this fabric be too 'sturdy' for such a dress??

thanks for any advice/help/tips in advance! *_*

19 Dec 2013 - 23:02109727
Ok, here's my fabric 101

The big thing that basically everybody gets wrong about fabric, is confusion between the fibre and the weave. So:

Silk is a fibre.
Yarns are spun from fibres.
Fabric is woven from yarns.

Fibres can be natural, or synthetic. Natural fibres include silk, cotton, and wool. Synthetic fibres include polyester, acrylic, and nylon. Fibres can be spun into yarns on their own, or as a mix with another fibre (eg. polyester/cotton blends). They all have different properties, and benefits/drawbacks.

Hence: Satin seeming cheap, I presume you're talking about the thin satin that every shop sells, that's often used to line things. This is usually made from polyester or acrylic fibres. It's cheaper to make, and this is reflected in the quality.

Satin quality will vary depending on the type of satin, and the fibre it's made from. There's no right answers, so it's usually best to just get some samples and check them out!

If you're making Rosalina's dress, I would recommend looking for "Duchess satin", or "Countess satin", which are nice, thick satins. They'll vary in what fibres they're made from, so sometimes it's best to just get some samples and have a look! Other searches might include "Crepe-back satin", which is quite a general term for a lot of satins, but usually turns up some good results. If you don't want much lustre at all, I'd go for sateen, which is usually made from cotton, or a cotton blend, and is lovely but a bit more muted (but Rosalina's dress does look very shiny and lustrous!)


Last edited by HystericalDame (19 Dec 2013 - 23:04)
19 Dec 2013 - 23:03109728
It is an awkward colour that I have frequently had difficulty finding because it's one of my favourite shades (my prom dress was the same). I usually find the most matches from searching for Aqua and just going for the lightest offerings.

I'd say that that fabric is a good colour match, but would be a bit heavy for Rosalina.

Back when Super Mario Galaxy first came out I spent a great deal of time thinking about how to make this costume... then decided I didn't actually want to make it anymore after I'd figured out how to do it (story of my cosplay life!).

Ideally the white underdress you're looking for a either cotton lawn, cotton sateen (which is similar to your upholstery fabric), a couple of layers of muslin or cotton voile. The seafoam/mint/aqua over dress I'd thought of doing in a base layer of something like habotai silk (basically good quality lining fabric of some kind), silk/satin dupion or cotton voile, maybe with a layer of chiffon/georgette over the top.

This in Blue Aqua Vert &/or Light Turquoise might be good if you want to go for chiffon layering: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Double-Georgette-4x5cm-sample-colour-testers-per-metre-purchasing-/171009805968?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&var=&hash=item27d0fa8e90

Or this in Spearmint (and Air Blue for the trimmings): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/High-Multi-Chiffon-Fabric-By-meter-Yardage-Solid-for-Blouses-Scarves-Width-150cm-/271134547172?pt=US_Fabric&var=&hash=item3f20e0dce4

With this lining in Aqua could be a good option: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Quality-Antistatic-Dress-Lining-in-23-Colours-Blues-Mauves-Greens-/121069924510?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&var=&hash=item1c3054709e

This in Pastel Spearmint & Pastel Turquoise could work if you go for dupion: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pure-Silk-Dupion-4x5cm-sample-colour-testers-per-metre-purchasing-/171009809811?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&var=&hash=item27d0fa9d93

And if you're on a tight budget, this Polycotton, whilst not ideal, would work just fine in Light Pastel Turquoise: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pastel-poly-cotton-fabric-per-metre-lilac-pink-blue-lilac-lemon-peach-mint-/281157068456?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&var=580218610794&hash=item41764466a8

Hope that helps and makes sense!

Last edited by Pudding (19 Dec 2013 - 23:03)
19 Dec 2013 - 23:07109731
Just had a look at the link you provided too, it looks like a medium weight sort of linen fabric. For certain dresses, it would be appropriate (I could see it working well for medieval costumes), but for Rosalina, it's not very princessy! Pudding has provided some great links there to check out

19 Dec 2013 - 23:15109733
Thanks both of you so much for your replies!! ♥

I looked up some other people who made this dress and did read '"Crepe-back satin' here and there which looked nice.

and thanks so much for all the links! when I have some more time this weekend I'm gonna check them out a bit more closely

it's a shame you have up on making the costume Pudding! (But I do know what you mean, haha..)

again, thank thank thanks so much

19 Dec 2013 - 23:43109736
Well, I might change my mind back again in the future, who knows... Too many cosplays, not enough time/money/events to do them in/with/at, lol!

That's alright, glad to help, if you get stuck on fabrics again, don't be afraid to ask and you're also welcome to PM me directly. I did a textiles degree and am a fabric snob, partly as a result of that and partly out of necessity from being allergic to synthetic fibers (fun times), so I've gotten quite good at figuring out fabrics over the years.

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