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24 Mar 2013 - 00:3799652
Help finding diamond patterned black fabric with stretch?
Hello!
I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase stretchy (potentially embossed or foil) black fabric with a diamond shaped pattern?

I'm making Katniss' Tribute Parade outfit from The Hunger Games and having trouble finding an accurate fabric. I was previously considering snakeskin pattern but after trawling through the movie taking screenshots its clearler that its a diamond pattern.

I have references here, here and here, and a few more on my costume listing in image spam. C:

Any fabric would do really as long as it has stretch, since I'm not planning on making it skin-tight, just fitted. Light/thinner fabrics are fine as I would probably wear leggings and a tank top underneath. (I'd be game for a custom pattern or something too depending on price.)


The closest thing I've found so far in terms of fabric pattern is this catsuit, but it would be too tight fitted and I'd like to try make it myself so that the corset is attached to the top-half (plus the zip on the eBay listing looks uncomfortable and I'd be tempted to alter it for accuracy). The other option I have is this fabric but I've gone off the snakeskin idea since collecting more references. ;;


Thank you for reading, any help would be much appreciated!



Last edited by Rhavia (24 Mar 2013 - 00:38)
26 Mar 2013 - 09:2399833
I would also be interested if anyone knows where this could be found as need something similar for my mantis cosplay.

Have you tried maybe Spandex House. Their an american company? I didn't have much luck when I looked but might be worth a try. Or the is the option of screen printing the design. I've never used this technique but I know others who have had excellent results with it.

Or Hand paint the design. A good thread on fabric paints can be found here Link


26 Mar 2013 - 22:1899893
Quote gaming_goddess:
I would also be interested if anyone knows where this could be found as need something similar for my mantis cosplay.

Have you tried maybe Spandex House. Their an american company? I didn't have much luck when I looked but might be worth a try. Or the is the option of screen printing the design. I've never used this technique but I know others who have had excellent results with it.

Or Hand paint the design. A good thread on fabric paints can be found here Link

Ooh, no, I hadn't tried Spandex House, thanks! The Anaconda pattern in black seems like it would be quite fitting, just need to decide if I want to pay £24 + whatever shipping, haha.

I was considering painting the design originally but gave up on the idea when I thought it was a snakeskin pattern - will probably have a go on a sample at some point now though to see if it turns out alright. Thanks again, for the link!

I don't know if it'll maybe help you any, but I stumbled across this while looking for ideas and some of the techniques/fabrics used might work for your cosplay? (Somewhere in the thread there were also sports fabrics mentioned. Most weren't all that accurate, but I might be ordering some samples for ideas so I could let you know how they turn out.)


26 Mar 2013 - 23:5799901
The link is so helpful thank you I'm actually using this technique of mesh over Lycra for my friend's Old Snake Cosplay. I didn't put two and two together and think that would work on my own XS Doh!

Ouch that is expensive but sometimes it's worth it because of the amount of time you save not having to paint the design on counter balanced cost Though double check there isn't anywhere on eBay that sells the same stuff cheaper - now you have a name for it and all


27 Mar 2013 - 10:3299911
I know you don't like the idea of snakeskin anymore, but to be honest, I think that fabric you linked to looks perfect! If I was making it I think that's what I'd use =]


07 Apr 2013 - 21:17100560
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50-OFF-FAUX-LEATHER-SNAKE-SKIN-FABRIC-IN-BLACK-145CM-WIDE-NOW-ONLY-4-99-/300885369885?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&hash=item460e2a641d

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BLACK-LEATHER-LOOK-SNAKE-SKIN-FABRIC-145-CM-57-WIDTH-/261189562738?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&var=560189488355&hash=item3cd01c7172

I would go with the snakeskin effect!!


08 Apr 2013 - 18:50100593
Quote CosplayMutha:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50-OFF-FAUX-LEATHER-SNAKE-SKIN-FABRIC-IN-BLACK-145CM-WIDE-NOW-ONLY-4-99-/300885369885?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&hash=item460e2a641d

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BLACK-LEATHER-LOOK-SNAKE-SKIN-FABRIC-145-CM-57-WIDTH-/261189562738?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&var=560189488355&hash=item3cd01c7172

I would go with the snakeskin effect!!

Ooh, thank you very much for the links! Ordering a sample of the second one right away.



Last edited by Rhavia (08 Apr 2013 - 18:51)
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