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16 Dec 2010 - 22:4946756
Dead Or Alive - Helena - Help~
Well i was wondering if someone could help me~

I am going to try and pull of Helena <3
But im stuck on what fabric to use for her outfit :/
i have a few idear but i wanted to see what others had to say~




Thats the outfit im going to do~



Full body drawing by someone ^.^

and finaly



The reason im asking about the fabic as it looks shine and not like genral fabric sort of leather like >.<"
but i dont know.. what you guess think?

thanks x


16 Dec 2010 - 23:1046758
Can I just start by saying omg, I love you for giving Helena a shot.

Fabric choices... whatever looks good. I pick my fabrics by comparing them to an image of the character and thinking if it would look the same, worse or better in real life. Try to go for something as similar as possible (durr durr I'll stop giving 100% obvious tips now). I wouldn't go for anything shiny, though - shiny materials tend to crease easily and look bad in photos (especially ones taken with flash, which happens at events), not to mention it's more uncomfortable than say, cotton. Don't forget that you're gonna be walking around in this costume for at least a couple of hours, so bear that in mind as well (will you become unbearably hot? Will your legs/arms/etc chafe against leather? Allergies? Etc).

I tend to use either natural or synthetic cotton in my costumes unless it's a particular material that I need (i.e. patterned, sequined, etc) and I've never really had a problem with it, but go for whatever you're comfortable with and can afford. As with anything, better fabrics will cost more!
Hope I've been able to help in some way or another, and good luck with Helena, I can't wait to see how it turns out! <3


16 Dec 2010 - 23:2446759
Quote Sorceress-Eiva:
Can I just start by saying omg, I love you for giving Helena a shot.

Fabric choices... whatever looks good. I pick my fabrics by comparing them to an image of the character and thinking if it would look the same, worse or better in real life. Try to go for something as similar as possible (durr durr I'll stop giving 100% obvious tips now). I wouldn't go for anything shiny, though - shiny materials tend to crease easily and look bad in photos (especially ones taken with flash, which happens at events), not to mention it's more uncomfortable than say, cotton. Don't forget that you're gonna be walking around in this costume for at least a couple of hours, so bear that in mind as well (will you become unbearably hot? Will your legs/arms/etc chafe against leather? Allergies? Etc).

I tend to use either natural or synthetic cotton in my costumes unless it's a particular material that I need (i.e. patterned, sequined, etc) and I've never really had a problem with it, but go for whatever you're comfortable with and can afford. As with anything, better fabrics will cost more!
Hope I've been able to help in some way or another, and good luck with Helena, I can't wait to see how it turns out! <3


I've giveing it a shot and hope i do her well and good enought lol xD
fingures crossed lol~

I had seen a small photo of someone that did it out of cotton the problem i have with it is that it doesnt look like how it should, i know shine fabric a problem but the other problem is that her outfit does have a slight shine and leather look :/
I have no problem with getting hot as i get cold esily and i have worn bike leather a whole day and things when my dad took me to the super bikes ... so its something im use to and conftable to wear...
but yer >->"

I think the best bet ive got is to do a proto type of the leather like one ... and the cotton/other fabric one and see what works best~

But thank you for your help <3
and i shall do a upadte on the outfit when i get it going and then finaly done ;D
lol~


16 Dec 2010 - 23:3646760
you could use leatherette, its got a matt but shiny sort of finish, however it is hard to sew...

Another fabric could be matt lycra, its not shiny, and it will give the appearance your looking for as it tight fitting, and using a zig zag stitch is pretty easy to work with...

You can get patterns for cat suits which are easy enough to find in a simplicity pattern book

Hope this helps

Limegreenjelly x



Last edited by Combustible Lime (16 Dec 2010 - 23:37)
16 Dec 2010 - 23:4446763
Quote limegreenjelly:
you could use leatherette, its got a matt but shiny sort of finish, however it is hard to sew...

Another fabric could be matt lycra, its not shiny, and it will give the appearance your looking for as it tight fitting, and using a zig zag stitch is pretty easy to work with...

You can get patterns for cat suits which are easy enough to find in a simplicity pattern book

Hope this helps

Limegreenjelly x


Ohhh thank you this was realy helpful :3
I think i get samples for both~
and see 8D
and thank you for the pattern sagestion <3
(totaly cant spell so sorry ^^; )


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