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13 Nov 2012 - 17:3093869
Best material for pleated skirt?
I'm making a Miku Love is War cosplay, and have been trying to find the right material to use for it - someone recommended viscose, but someone else said it's hard to work with and is prone to shrinking.
I've seen other possible materials, but can't make a decision regarding them. Any advice?


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13 Nov 2012 - 17:5393872
For a pleated skirt you'll want something that can hold it's shape and presses into pleats well.

Viscose is a draping fabric which will be a pain to work with for something quite structural like skirt pleats.

The easiest thing to use would be a polyester or cotton. Note the polyester is less likely to crease with wear, cotton you'll probably need to iron before you wear it each time. Lighter weight wool is also an option, think kilts.


13 Nov 2012 - 18:0193874
Personally I'd go for a cotton type fabric - very easy to work with, and as you'd probably want to iron the pleats before each wear, creasing shouldn't be too much of an issue. If I'm thinking of the right version, cotton would also be nice and easy to make the tie and shirt details with, as they're the same colour as the skirt - and as you might want to use a cotton or polycotton shirt as a base, it'd all look nicely uniform.
However cotton can be very light - try to avoid windy areas of wear shorts underneath



Last edited by Zelvyne (13 Nov 2012 - 18:02)
13 Nov 2012 - 18:1893875
I've found cotton drill to work best with pleated skirts.

This is also the most commonly used fabric for actual school uniform skirts so they must be on to something.

Its also not too expensive in the grand scheme...

Just make sure you really iron those pleats in!


13 Nov 2012 - 21:2093883
My favourite thing to use is cotton drill. Polycotton drill is a good mix of polyester so doesn't crease often at all from past experience, though it's quite odd to find and I've only ever found it in FabricLand. I find a decent suiting will hold its shape well as well and won't crease so you only have to iron it once. Just don't burn it... OTL.


14 Nov 2012 - 15:0893910
Thanks guys, this is really helpful! x


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15 Nov 2012 - 06:2293942
Just to jump on the band wagon I agree cotton drill, but as mentioned the polycotton drill is very good too as it isn't as stiff as true cotton drill. I also reinforce my pleats with iron on interfacing to help then hold their shape. Since I started doing this I find the pleats hold their shape. Interfacing comes in different thicknesses, naturally the thicker stuff is better but it is pricier.


15 Nov 2012 - 12:3393949
Quote gaming_goddess:
Just to jump on the band wagon I agree cotton drill, but as mentioned the polycotton drill is very good too as it isn't as stiff as true cotton drill. I also reinforce my pleats with iron on interfacing to help then hold their shape. Since I started doing this I find the pleats hold their shape. Interfacing comes in different thicknesses, naturally the thicker stuff is better but it is pricier.


Hmm okay, thanks for the help!


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