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« on: October 11, 2007 10:39:28 PM »

Okay, here's the deal...we go to a Jamaican resort that does Toga Night on Thursdays. We are tired of the same old "tie the sheet into interesting shapes" togas. My husband suggested we (meaning I) make us some Biker type togas. What do you guys suggest for material? How hard is pleather to sew and make drape into pleated skirts? I plan to use grommets and black strings to tie the shoulders and thought maybe a belt with using corset ties either on the sides or one in the back. Any thoughts, suggestions? Com'on Craftsters, I have a month to make this work. Thanks for your help in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2007 11:16:35 AM »

I don't think pleather would drape well.  What about a suede type fabric?

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2007 06:23:54 PM »

That might work. Thanks for the idea.
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2007 07:33:59 AM »

Right now in the Hallowween fabrics at Hobby Lobby they have both a very light weight fake snake print and a semi-crocodile type that are shiny & very sewable. They are cheapie costume type fabrics (no none would mistake it for the real thing) but they are definately fun.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2007 09:01:57 PM »

Thanks for the tip. I'll check into it, since it is after Halloween I may be able to get it discount. Worth a try... or maybe I'll have to wait til next Halloween to look again.
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2007 03:59:39 AM »

Erm, what?  A toga is a sort of bastard offspring of a cloak and a sari, wrapped around the body but not fastened.  Do you mean (shoulders, belts?) some sort of tunic?  Is that what popular culture calls a toga these days?

Taking off the totally confused classicist hat, there are some soft leathers (and synthetics) that drape beautifully - they tend to go into soft folds rather than crisp pleats, though.  They tend to be at the higher-end of the market - for a single-use costume they may be too expensive.  You can sew them on a normal (reasonably robust) sewing machine, but you need special needles, and obviously unpicking mistakes leaves a row of holes! 

A stiffer leather is probably better not draped, but you could slash the skirt over an underskirt (like Roman armour). 

The sheer gauzes heavily printed with metallic or textured designs drape into fairly fine folds (I doubt they'd hold pleats unless you sew them down, but I've never tried); they fray like crazy though, in my experience, on the gaps between the paint.
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