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« on: October 09, 2009 09:48:15 AM »

This might be better suited to the Halloween board, but I have a fabric question so i figured you guys would know.

So, OpeningCeremony has released a supercute and awesome adult-sized set of Wolf Pajamas that are almost identical to the ones Max wore in Where the Wild Things Are.

Only thing is, they're $600 [!!!!!!!]. And even if I could afford such things, they're already sold out. So of course I'm going to attempt to make a set myself.

I was wondering if you guys could tell me what kind of fabric this is? It looks supersoft and I think I had a blanket made out of it once, but I'm at a loss as to what it's called.

Thanks! (Tips for sewing with said fabric would also be much appreciated as I've never sewed much of anything before).
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009 10:29:17 AM »

It looks like Minkee or terry cloth.

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009 10:35:02 AM »

I'm gonna guess a textured fleece.  It's a pretty simple project, I made something similar for my son, the hardest part is going to be setting the snaps.

« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2009 10:36:41 AM »

Could be Minke or maybe that furry fleece stuff. I think that you could use an adult PJ pattern and the fabric of your choice. You could use plain fleece or  if you are new to sewing and it would not be as cool but still pretty good.
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009 11:32:57 AM »

I keep looking at this post and thinking, "I need to make the whole family some of these!"  Cheesy

« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009 11:55:47 AM »

If you check out the description on the website, they're claiming that it's faux fur  ( http://www.openingceremony.us/products.asp?menuid=5&designerid=246&productid=10685&cn=menu5 ).  I'd agree with everyone here that it looks more like minkee, or even the furry fleece, though the tail definitely looks like every other faux fur (soft on the outside, scratchy on the inside, based on past experience, though admittedly, that was 15 years ago. Things may have improved since then).  Wink

Anything with pile (fur like quality, even regular polartec fleece) is going to have obvious seams unless you untuck the pile from the seam (I tend to do this by fluffing the fur out of the seam with a straight pin about 1/4" away from the seam, though you could use something blunter, like a knitting needle, fork tines... ).  Apart from the obvious (your seams are going to be thick), I'm not coming up with a whole lot of advice for you on sewing fur.  Oh!  If it's fur, try to cut through the back layer instead of through the fur (not really well worded, but I can't think of another way to say it) so you don't end up with a bunch of cut pile all over your work area. And I've heard that cleaning out the bobbin area on your sewing machine (you wouldn't try a project this big by hand, would you?) frequently is a big help with fur. The lint builds up quickly.

Good luck! It looks like a fun project!


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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2009 10:26:41 PM »

I work in an elementary school and I am TOTALLY making a pair of these to wear to our Halloween Bash!

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I want to make one for my son his name is Max, I found these websites as I was searching for patterns.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2010 09:17:09 AM »

LOL, I made a pair for my son with the detachable hood for Christmas last year.  My little guy, just shy of 5 at the time, looked at me and said "Thank you for making these for me mom,  but I'm not going to wear this."   Roll Eyes

« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2010 05:21:13 PM »

I just watched this last night and noted the seam allowance in the hood (funny how that happens...) 
It was pretty obvious to me that the fabric was a faux fur based on what the seam allowance looked like and the underside of the fabric.  Also, I don't think minke would have the right stiffness that costume had.  Fleece might be a good substitute if you cannot find or if faux fur is too expensive.  You may need to put some stabilizer in the ears to help them stay up rather than floppy (which would probably be a problem with fleece).

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