I think the most expensive fabric I've bought was fake fur at $30/yard.
The most expensive costume I've ever made was around $700. 10 yards of bridal satin, 50 yards of organza, and then a floor length wig, drywall stilts, aluminum tubing and feathers for wings, and some Wonderflex. And ultimately it was still kind of rubbish because it was 2009 and I didn't know what I was doing.
>>8847907 Jesus, for $80 a yard it better have been a hagoromo or had unicorn-hair warp threads or something.
>>8848086 Yeah, pretty much same here. I only go to Joann when I need a really small quantity of something in a hurry, unless it's something I know I can get more cheaply with a coupon at Joann than full-price downtown. (Interfacing, muslin for mockups, etc are good examples of those.)
i generally try to shop around and get the best deal, even if i need something specialty...so the most i've spent per yard is probably in the $20-$25 range. for me, it's usually high yardage that ups the price....like i got 15 yards of heavyweight silk taffeta for $120 (after coupon) online a number of years back. max for a costume was probably $800, excluding wig.
>>8849621 It was an impulse buy because it was so beautiful. I thought about making a Kimono for my BJD but that never happened because the design was too big for her scale and the weight of the fabric was slightly too much. I ended up giving it to my grandmother who likes to sew for her birthday but she has yet to do anything with it.
>>8848429 I'm lucky enough to live in LA, so we have a whole neighborhood downtown of fabric shops. It's a hassle and you have to pay to park, so if I only need one yard of something for a detail or notions or thread or whatever, I'll just go to JoAnn.
When I lived in Sacramento, a much smaller city, there was still a quite good independent fabric shop, which focused on apparel fabrics and had a really good selection of basic solid poplins and stuff, and when I needed more exotic fabrics I'd make the two-hour drive to Fabrics R Us in San Jose rather than overpay for low-quality crap at JoAnn.
>>8848438 >>8848456 I tried today when I came to work. I scanned the Ultrapreme and Brocade and used the 40% and 50%. They both worked. So use your coupons now because you won't get them that cheap because they'll be doing a 25% or 30% sale.
>>8852145 Honestly I find it much more convenient to travel a short distance to my overpriced Western store, where I have the opportunity to see and feel my fabric in person and buy it right away instead of having to wait for tiny samples in the mail, and ultimately having to wait even longer for the fabric to arrive. I get to see how well it drapes, and also support a family owned business.
If I had a low income I might look for all the ways to cut costs and get the best deal, but I'm rich so paying extra for fabric isn't going to make me bankrupt. Only poor people consider it daft to pay high prices since it is for them, but they don't realize that for some people $80 is a really small amount of money.
>>8849688 I live near LA too. What are you favorite frequent places?
I mostly go to LA Alex because its a cheaper Micheal Levine store that labels their fabric. I'm scared of being suckered so I don't go to many other stores unless I have to since I'm not all that knowledgeable about fabric choice.
My favorite store is the Loft where sell fabric for $3 per lb. I remember when it used to be $2.25 per lb.
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