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« on: June 21, 2011 08:54:16 PM »

I'm really into the Cosplay hobby at the moment and in the future when I've learned much about sewing I'd like to be making my own costumes, my question is what are the appropriate fabrics I should be using for these type of costumes?

Take note that I'm supposed to look like an anime/cartoon character so bright/solid colored and matte (not so shiny and wrinkly) fabrics are a must for me but since it's only a costume that I might just wear for a one time thing I'm also opting for something cheap and economical.

Also I'm on the lookout for glossy/stretchy fabrics preferably looks good in black.

Thanks  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011 12:04:43 PM »

This is really a difficult question. Although you're going off of drawings that a lot of the time make all fabric look the same, a lot of the fabric choices change based on what the item you're making is (coat vs. pants vs. a ball gown). The type of fabric you choose might be different for every project because of the way the costume has to move and fit, not just look. If you have some specific characters in mind, maybe you could post those? It would be easier to point out possible fabrics that way.
As for glossy/stretchy black fabric, try looking for spandex/metallic spandex or stretch pvc (again, what you choose depends on what the fabric is for).
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011 02:05:35 AM »

This one's sort of a dressy type of costume..

it's similar to ero loli clothing. I'm thinking of shiney resin pendants for the accessories/blue hearts..Also can I use the same type of fabric I should be using in the nurse costume for the gloves or should I go for something different?

Here's the glossy/fitted one..

Not so much shine though it's fitted and rubbery though that's probably how the figurine shows it but I'm betting that it would still look good in live flesh..

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2011 10:52:47 AM »

I think you have a lot of leeway in the fabric for these actually. These suggestions are all just my personal opinion - my overall suggestion would be to go to the store without specifics in mind and just look around at everything available. Sometimes a no-name or unexpected fabric is the one that fits my mental image of a costume best.
The first one I've seen made of satin a lot of the time, though honestly I don't know what it is with things like this always being made in super shiny satin (more lingerie/sexy looking I guess?) when they could look much better in something else, even a more matte satin. I would use cotton sateen which has a slight sheen (but isn't outright shiny) and is a dream to sew. Since you mentioned wanting matte fabrics, take a look at formal/prom fabrics (including satin) that may be too shiny on the right side for your tastes but you can use the wrong side of. You could go with a plain cotton (like kona cotton) for no shine at all.
The gloves - well the easiest thing would be to buy gloves and cut them to shape. They'd probably be satin. For the least shiny option, the gloves and stockings could both be a jersey knit (like t-shirt material). I'd look for something with a little spandex or lycra in it for stretch.
The second costume I could picture made in pleather for that plastic/figure look. Otherwise, a sateen or other cotton could work for a more realistic nurse dress.
Hope that gives you some ideas at least : )
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