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28 Mar 2013 - 14:3799997
Alternatives to silk/satin
A costume I have planned requires a silky finish to the material, but my budget won't allow real silk, and I hate working with satin.

Are there any alterantive fabrics? Can I get some sort of coated cotton maybe? Or a shiny polyester?


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28 Mar 2013 - 15:18100002
Taffeta is a good cheap alternative.

My brain is a bit boggled at the moment, that's the main one I can think of.


04 Apr 2013 - 01:06100381
Yeah Taffeta is the main one that springs to mind. It depends how shiny you want it really.

You can get some nice Cotton Sateen Fabrics. These also have a slight stretch to them. There not massively shiny they basically just slightly shiny cotton drill with stretch but might be useful.

You can get shiny polyester but it often looks cheap and lights up like a bulb under flash. But sometimes you can get away with it. For example if the colour is darker it can be ok. I used a wine coloured polyester satin for Ada and it didn't look to bad and dark blue for wallmaket Tifa and it's ok. But it is cheap flimsy so have an awful drape to it so would need to be lined if your making a cape or a full heavy skirt.

A trick I know Frederica_La_Noir swears by is laying shiny organza over cotton to make the cotton appear shiny. It's a little bit of a faff but can have really amazing results and organza is cheap so wouldn't blow the budget



Last edited by gaming_goddess (04 Apr 2013 - 01:11)
04 Apr 2013 - 13:13100392
Thank you both

It's for the ruched front and side panels of of this dress so it's not a large volume of fabric. I'll see what my usual shop has, but now I know what I'm looking for!


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Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (04 Apr 2013 - 20:53) Reason: Corrected link
04 Apr 2013 - 19:23100403
A bit late to the party, but I'd also throw duchess satin into the mix. It's a fairly thick fabric and your picture link doesn't seem to be working so I can't judge if that would be appropriate, but it has a gorgeous sheen to it, rather than a hideous shine, so might do the job!


04 Apr 2013 - 20:56100413
Quote CaptainAmelia:
A bit late to the party, but I'd also throw duchess satin into the mix. It's a fairly thick fabric and your picture link doesn't seem to be working so I can't judge if that would be appropriate, but it has a gorgeous sheen to it, rather than a hideous shine, so might do the job!


I've corrected the link now

Although now that I've compared the art to the actual doll source, I wonder if a lurex wouldn;t be better XD


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05 Apr 2013 - 05:06100425
Because it's such a small area I think most stuff would work. I know you can get shiny lycra that works really well for ruched areas. And somethings you can buy it pre-ruched.


05 Apr 2013 - 14:14100456
Thanks GG! I've got plenty of option now to look at. Now I need to make time to fit the costume into my schedule! So many other costumes demanding to be made and worn, so few events!


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