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« on: March 21, 2010 05:40:24 PM »

I'm new to sewing, and I'm pretty lost when it comes to fabric. What type of fabric should I use for the costume below? Any suggestions?

« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010 06:01:58 PM »

You could use plain old cotton broadcloth, which has the advantage of being inexpensive. Alternatively, quilting cotton has a very nice weight and tends to both look and feel softer than broadcloth, but it can get pricey.

I'm waffling on whether or not the sleeves are part of the tunic or a separate top. They seem to fit realllllllly tight, so you might want to make a long-sleeve shirt out of a knit to go under a sleeveless tunic.

Finding two different kinds of fabric in the same colour can be a pain in the bum, but if you can't find them in close enough colours you can try dying white fabrics so long as they are a natural fibre (cotton, wool, silk, rayon, hemp, bamboo, etc).

Good luck Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010 06:07:57 AM »

I agree that it both looks like cotton, and that those sleeves are way too tight to be plain old cotton.  You might be able to find a lightweight stretch cotton sateen or stretch twill that could do the whole thing.  Both of those are heavier than cotton, and sateen (as implied by the name) does have a sheen to it, but if you wanted to do it all in one fabric, that's what I'd use.

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