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11 Nov 2008 - 11:347559
Fabric suggestions?
I'm making a Lamiroir costume for the Cosplay Ball, and I'm a bit stuck on a decent fabric to use for her cloak. I've been to two fabric shops in town and nothing really looks right - polycotton is a bit too cheap-looking, I hate using satin, and since I need to paint onto the cloak once it's made, I don't think velvet or velveteen are quite right.

Does anyone have any suggestions? It needs to be something that'll take fabric paint well and (preferably) not be too expensive!


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11 Nov 2008 - 13:287562
Try going to a curtain shop and looking for a dark blue brocade style stuff. It means you'll have a sort of pattern on the fabric, but you can sometimes find ones that fit.

Otherwise, go for a wool or try a suiting fabric. Linen could also work really well- but it depends if the costume is meant to be warm or not (linen is a cool fabric, so may not suit the character)

Tab


11 Nov 2008 - 13:587564
Since Lamiroir is a singer, I suspect the cloak is more theatrical than functional, so I wasn't really considering anything as heavy as brocade or wool. There is a curtain shop in town though, so I'll nip in there and see what they've got.

Linen - maybe. I was wondering about crepe de chine as well, but I'm not sure how well that'll take fabric paint.


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11 Nov 2008 - 15:157566
I've never really used crepe- Am I right in saying that it's a rather light fabric?

If so be carful there because you might not get the right kind of drape for the cloak. Using linen will get a good drape though, and it will be less stiff than brocade/curtain fabric.

Linen can be fabric painted (see kilik's coat) and as it's a natural fibre it can be dyed to the right colour if you can't find the correct blue.

Damn, I'm whoring out linen.

Tab


11 Nov 2008 - 15:337567
I'd suggest cotton drill fabric. It would have the appropriate heaviness for a cloak and is easily painted. wont hurt the budget too much either!


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11 Nov 2008 - 15:597568
What's the drape like on cotton drill though? I'd always thought that it was a quite stiff fabric.

Tab


11 Nov 2008 - 19:147570
it not too bad, well not the stuff i've worked with, but i suppose it depends on the count. your standard stuff should drape nicely for a cape as there is the weight to go with it.


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11 Nov 2008 - 22:477579
Personally I’m not such as fan of linen since it can be a pain for wrinkling, (as can 100% cotton) but linen blends can be better for preventing that.

Crepes have a lovely drape if you want floatiness - which is how I interpret her cloak. But if you want something heavier, I’d agree with suiting of some form. You can get all sorts of blends of synthetics, wool, cotton and whatnot, so you should easily be able to browse and find something you like. I'd imagine almost every sort would take paint fine, have a matte appearance and be easy to work with. A polyester twill would be cheap, have a nice drape, not be too heavy or stiff, and totally not wrinkle at all - I love the stuff!

I really can’t wait to see this costume, good luck!


17 Nov 2008 - 07:127654
I second the poyester twill. I used polyester for my Meryl cape, it draped nicely, has a quality matte appearance and it's pretty flat so imagine it would take fabric paint well, although not as well as an organic fabric of course.


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17 Nov 2008 - 13:097664
Cheers guys.

As it is, I found some gorgeous crepe in just the right colour, and following from Angelphie's comment about it being floaty I've gone with that. I'll be lining it to give it a bit of extra weight.

Now comes the nerve-wracking process of figuring out how to cut it out...!


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18 Nov 2008 - 19:117695
I strongly recommend using a pattern for the cloak, as it looks easy but getting the right curve on the bottom of the cloak so it doesn't A-wrinkle or B-have an uneven length all the way round, can be v.frustrating.

The Simplicity ones which look like LOTR or Star Wars are good but you'll need to make the hood more curved (sorry I don't have the pattern no. on me right now)


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