I think we could use another one of these.
General discussion on fabric suggestions, fabric care, and where to purchase different types of fabric can go here.
How expensive is it to work with leather? I want to make leather boot covers instead of using vinyl but I'm kind of a poorfag.
I can probs afford the leather itself but tools etc. are another story.
All I have is JoAnn and there is wool in only two sections in the store: wool felt and a few of the suitings. Some of the wool suitings do go up to 100% and they are super nice (compared to the other scratchy stuff), but colors are very limited (black/navy/brown/gray only) and I can't think of any project needing it.
Where is a good place to buy fabric?
Also, I am trying to make a Nemesis set from WoW and need ideas.
Hey Anons,wasn't sure if I should put this here or the SU thread. I'll try not to shit things up.
I'm cosplaying Rose Quartz in summer and have looked at some fabrics online (there's jack all stores around here and I'm in the UK so no JoAns for me) but without being able to feel the fabric and see its weight I don't know what to pick.
What Fabric would you use for the base of Rose's dress, anons?
It'll ideally be lined and boned and I'll have a corset underneath, too, but I'd still prefer something sturdy-ish.
Posted in the stupid questions thread but it seems to have moved on and this thread is more directly relevant.
I inherited some red velvet from a friend, thought it was the same as another cotton velvet I've used previously and prewashed it at a low temperature, then hung it up to air dry. Went to fold it up after it was dry and there was red dust everywhere, and when I run my lint roller over the fabric it picks up a lot of little red flecks. Someone in the other thread suggested this may be the result of machine washing and it's the fibres coming loose.
Have I ruined the fabric completely, or is it still salvageable? It doesn't feel like it's thinned out or anything for having been through the wash, but it is a bit worrying that it still seems to be shedding.
Check LARPing stores! Also, ask your mother/grandma/aunt/brother with interior design interest about stores that focus on wool products like blankets and carpets, those sometimes have outlets where they also sell yarns and fabrics and scrap pieces. I'm not american so the only example I know of is Roros Tweed in Norway. My mother dragged me along to one of their outlets and the fabric they sold was just amazing. I kinda wish I was doing something which would require wool because god damn.
Fabricland sells duchesse satin - it's soft and pretty but has a decent weight to it and doesn't have the nasty shine of costume satins. It does have the disadvantage of being a bit more expensive but if you're near any fabric markets you may be able to haggle for a better deal (if you're in or near London, a trip to Goldhawk Road would be well worth your while!).
if you live in the US then fuck knows.
If you live in europe try stoffe.de they have pretty good 100% wools although just in a few colors, not much variety then again the quality is good and they are very cheap (shipping can be zero if you order enough)
There is a swedish site with very good variety and allegedly good quality (never tried them yet personally) although they are a bit more expensive. Can't find the url for it right now but if interested I will dig it up.
Also you can buy hand woven wool from the Checz republic http://handwovenwool.com/
The one thing to be aware of with duchesse satin is that it can fray rather badly, although not as badly as cheap shitty satin. If you have an overlocker then serge the shit out of it to keep it under control.
Also, pin inside the seam allowance and try not to have to unpick stitches from it, as it tends to retain pin/needle marks and you don't want tiny holes all over your dress!
Anyone know, where I can get good Tweed fabric? Preferably made out of traditional wool.
I want to make a somewhat historic accurate suit based on the victorian/edwardian era.
I normally do ballgowns more than suits so I don't have lots of experience with this fabric, yet. Any hints are very welcome!
If you live in and around Washington DC, G Street Fabrics is your best bet. They have all different kinds of wool, from coating to felt to suiting and so forth. The only problem is that half of them are blends and sometimes come in weird colors. Rarely do they have white.
Sadly they closed their NoVa locations but they're at their original location in Rockville, MD by the Twinbrook metro station on the red line.
Best material for Zelda's bodice?
I was going to go with velvet since velvet is commonly associated with royalty, but then I saw someone wearing it in person and it looked like shit. I'm kinda lost on medieval princess-style fabrics other than that.
Cotton velveteen? Still has a pile but isn't quite as fluffy as velvet.
Ooo, you know what would look super-cool, anon? Get white cotton velveteen, sew the bodice, apply the runes along the edges with a water-soluble resist (like Elmer's school glue gel) and then dye it.
I wouldn't recommend velvet as it this fabric has a heavy look to it. It makes the piece look a lot heavier as it is supposed to.
A delustered silk fabric could look very nice in my opinion and would goes with the royal theme. It's quite costly but luckily this cosplay part isn't too big.
Akuriko used linen. It may not be historically accurate if that's what you're after but it looks nice.
G Street NoVa closed? Shit, I used to live right down Highway 7 from them and took sewing classes there. That shopping center with Joann, Michaels, G Street, and Home Depot was the best.
Yes it did, and I agree. I used to go there a lot when I lived in Alexandria. Now I actually live in Rockville right down the street from the new location so I'm lucky I suppose.
Seven Corners had a much better and bigger selection than Rockville but since they recently moved to another building and closed everywhere else, I imagine it'll be much better than it was. I might go this week so I'll report back if I think it's worth the trip for all you NOVA people.
Okay anons, I could use some help. What would be a good fabric for some vintage like johdpurs? Something a bit on the stiffer side I'm guessing. I could probably also interface.
Any suggestions for Black Widow Palm? Any fabrics that could look sorta like hair? Or stringy looking?
and lastly, which should be the easiest. I have a few ideas already but fabric for Metal Bat's pants? They're supposed to be hakama pants.
Velvet and by extension velveteen tend to have their piles flake off and create "snow," so it is fairly normal if there is some shedding.
I would avoid using the lint roller any more though, because the lint roller is probably pulling out fibers.
However, I think your fabric should be fine as long as there aren't crushed piles everywhere.
For future reference, I think looking up fabric care instructions would be a good idea since some fabrics are delicate/require special care.
Thanks! I'm generally careful with my fabrics so this is an unusual problem for me, it just felt the same as the machine-washable velvet I've used before so I thought it would be okay. Definitely going to have the costume dry-cleaned when it's finished!
I've been trying to find good flesh toned fabric for ufo plush with no luck at my near by fabric stores,
anyone got some online recommendations?
Fleece, minky, or anything soft would be great.
One last thing: Velvet is made out of silk/poly, while ones made out of cotton are velveteen. Velveteen is stronger, so it can be machine washed on really gentle settings, while velvet can't.
Good luck with your costume anon!
Any advice for sewing PVC/stretch vinyl? My research so far has told me:
-sewing right sides out will make the vinyl stick to my machine so I need a teflon foot, tear away paper, or lube (or some combination thereof)
-only stick pins in the seam allowance because it doesn't heal
-don't iron it
Any other words of wisdom?
Linen was an extremely common fibre in the medieval era. That looks like silk to me, though, which would also be accurate apart from the fact that no royal would ever wear slubby silk like that. It would have been considered very low quality.
I love using a walking foot for sewing with those fabrics, but a piece of tape on a regular foot can work fine in a pinch. Paper clips/binder clips can also be great for holding the pieces together if you're gentle and want to avoid pin holes.
Also, if you have the space to store you fabric on a roll rather than folded that can help avoid creases.
Use a walking foot. Sometimes it sticks even with a teflon foot, and a walking foot will let you skip the super irritating "picking tiny bits of paper out of stitching" step. Water soluble basting tape is also a godsend.
Linen was used primarily for undergarments and lining clothes in Europe. You wouldn't find a princess wearing it as a bodice. That would either be silk or velvet.
It's how "lingerie" and "lining" got their names. I guess it doesn't matter since Hyrule is a fictional setting anyway, but it's not historically accurate.
I'm really struggling to find a Chinese company to print some fabric designs. The first company I tried sent me fairly fuzzy, poor quality fabric and the second has been giving me the run-around for literally months.
Anyone have success with an overseas printer that they are willing to share the contact information for?
Walking feet have teeth like the feed dogs on a sewing machine, and they guide the fabric through the same way feed dogs do. This gives you feed on both the top and bottom layer of fabric instead of only the bottom layer. It keeps the fabrics aligned and keeps a material like vinyl from sticking because it is a mechanical walking movement that forces the fabric through at an even rate instead of a sliding effect as you you get with a normal foot. Vinyl will typically not feed well with a non-walking foot and cause bunching, uneven stitches, and thread nesting.
There aren't really many tools you need to sew leather honestly. A hammer is important to hammer out your seams and generally you either glue or stitch down your seam allowance. Leather needles don't hurt, but when I sewed my leather pieces for my collections in school I often didn't waste time switching needles on machines.
I've bought wool from Denver fabrics, Vogue fabrics, and Mood. All them them sell quality stuff with Mood being the most expensive. There are tons of little sellers out of Canada that sell beautiful wools.
What kind of fabric should I use to create this dress? This dress confuses me since it seems so flowy in her full body picture, but in the other pictures, the skirt seems stiff.
So far I'm considering this in Pond or Capri.
Crepe de chine would be great for this. Crepe is drapey and has tons of movement but you can press it into nice sharp pleats, and you could do those horizontal pintucks around the hem without adding too much bulk.
I don't know if this belongs in dumb questions or here, but where can I get nice quality lace or better yet, custom lace? I've been working on a fabric design, and I'd love to make matching lace for it to make it a little more special.
I didn't know that Bodyline had it, so I've been looking at ones on Ebay. I'm not a big fan of the silver trim on the skirts and sleeves, but other than that it is a great reference. Thanks!
I want to make a historic accurate costume of Fionna from the medieval era. What kinds of fabrics would I use for her clothes? I was thinking a faux fur bunny hat. I'm not sure about anything else.
I am interested in cosplaying as shirayuki, specifically this outfit. I'm wondering what kind of fabric would be best to use for the longer dress-like part of it.
You can say RIP to G Street. Their new location is a tiny ass building located deep in a scummy, beat up neighborhood and all they provide now are sewing classes. There were two cars parked out front and a couple elderly women who stared daggers at me as I approached the door.
Polyester twill is the absolute go-to in Japan. Generally medium to bottomweight polyester/cotton mix twill or poplin will work.
Homespun usually means a thin, gingham cotton in stores like JoAnn, so it would be confusing to search for it. Drill is a very heavy fabric and I wouldn't recommend it for clothing. It's more for outdoor things.
Anyone know where online to get the fabrics J Hart is using for this cosplay? He posted the fabric types on his page, but I have no clue where to find them. Its been hell.
I hate using any kind of satin because it's so slippery, but the matte side of it is such a nice finish for more elegant costumes. I really like using scuba, it glides through the machine so nicely.
What if the outfit is redesigned to look like it came from the middle ages? Since AT clearly takes place in a medieval fantasy type setting, it wouldn't be way out of the ordinary. Similar series like Zelda (as mentioned earlier ITT) have several modern-style character designs but historical accuracy still fits the overall setting.
Wool can be like that you have to be pretty specific about what you want. Worsted is the coarsest other than felt and suiting is far softer. I feel that Vogue has better quality wool in store as opposed to their site. I did take a chance ordering wool coating from Amazon and was surprised by the quality.
Does anyone know if there's a name for this sort of fabric? Sorry if the picture isn't fantastic, but it's a light cotton with two stripes built into the weft/weave, one of them raised on both sides of the fabric, but both visible on both sides.
I picked this piece up from a charity shop a couple of years ago and used it for a costume, but something like this would be perfect for another one I'm going to do later this year and I'm struggling to find anything like it and google isn't helping me put a name to it either.
I think it might be dimity?
Came across this sweet guide while I was looking though http://vintagefashionguild.org/fabric-looks-like/
Please excuse me if this is a bit of a dumb question, I want to make pb's gown but I have no idea what fabric to use. I'd like to use something with a little bit of shimmer, but I'm in Australia so I don't have a lot of choices when it comes to where to shop for fabric. Does anyone have any suggestions for fabric types/online stores other than aliexpress?
Using Sateen or some nice Satin would work.
And here are just a few online fabric store, you can see if any of them will work for you.
Yeah? A lot of people make shitty wigs too. When are you going to stop telling people to wear wigs? Hmm?
Face it - using a normal wig is lazy. If Bubblegum were real, her hair would be shiny and sticky, not perfectly combed human hair. Taking an extra step to emulate that shows your skill as a cosplayer and not some basic bitch who throws random shit together because of the "resemblence".
Not gonna happen anon, I'm not putting that shit on my head. If we're really going for complete accuracy I'd just go as a puddle because I live in a desert wasteland she PB would probably melt anyway.
I'd like to use sateen but my local Spotlight is bloody awful and they never have it in stock. I've thought about maybe using dupion instead because it's got that regal shimmer, it's just a matter of tracking it down in the right colour.
everyone is probably mad because that hair looks horrifyingly bad. it literally looks like somebody put scrunched up paper on a shitty metal frame.
but I mean, this wouldn't be cgl if I didn't say this - you don't have to be mad because nobody liked your selfpost.. :^)
I literally found that image on Google you shitlord.
Sorry some people aren't lazy and actually make an effort to stay true to the character, even if the results aren't God tier. Get the fuck over it.
Not sure if I should use a knit to make it super form fitting or if I should use a poly sateen and tailor it super close to my body. Thoughts?
Not every Zelda character looks like they came out of the middle ages. That was my point, idiot.
You must be an autist if you can't think of Zelda designs off of the top of your head, let alone google it yourself.
I see this is your first day on 4chan
everyone who says or does something that is perceived as dumb on here is called either an autist or a retard
for similar phenomena, see also: cuck, vendetta
Sorry but I have asperger's so when I see something that doesn't make sense to me, I ask questions. Especially when it has to do with my disability.
I have been here much longer than a day.