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Topic: Looking for Strong, Durable fabric for straitjacket.  (Read 1488 times)
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« on: April 10, 2011 10:07:51 PM »

My friend just asked me to make him a straitjacket with strong fabric and a warm lining.
I thought of canvas but know that it would probably DESTROY my sewing machine.
Can anyone give me any suggestions?
And please don't even ASK what he wants it for, I don't want to know ^_^
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2011 11:44:31 PM »

How about plain undyed twill (denim) or bleached white twill (denim)? So long as you're using the good stuff that doesn't have spandex in it, it should hold up well to his Houdini-esque hijinks. Especially so if all the important seams are done with a french seam and the non-french seams are folded over and top-stitched (just like on a pair of jeans).

As for making it warm, you could underline each piece of twill with a high-quality flannel and simply treat the two layers as one. The flannel has to be the good stuff, though, because cheaper (usually kid's themed) flannel will tend to shred apart at seams because it's too loosely woven.

Hope that helps Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011 12:12:32 AM »

Thanks heaps!
I shall be on the lookout!
Omw to his place now to draw up designs, you got me in the nick of time I was stressing.

Thank you so much!
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2011 03:27:41 PM »

Duckcloth would work great also
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2011 10:11:26 AM »

If it's not too late, we used painters drop cloths when we made one for my husband (Halloween costume) it went through the sewing machine just fine (i was concerned about that but he was sure it would be fine).

Picture of it finished here

We actually started with a pattern for a long sleeved pyjama top and worked from there.
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2011 11:36:28 PM »

was curious what they were actually made out of myself and apparently canvas and duckcloth are usually used to make 'institutional straitjackets'
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