What kind of fabric to use?

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#1 Piriie on 1 year ago

Hey everyone, I'm super new to sewing and I'm planning to cosplay Lan Fan from fma this year. I got some jersey and tried making the hood/neck part (not sure what to call that on her design, but I did it by making a scarf with a hood) but the fabric was too heavy, it was laying too flat- her outfit has a more poofy/baggy look that I'd really like to achieve, and the neck part kind of stands up, it has more shape than what I ended up with.[IMG]https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fullmetal-alchemist-database/images/a/a2/LanFanEp15.png/revision/latest?cb=20121013095552[/IMG]

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If anyone could help me out with choosing a suitable fabric I'd really appreciate it!!

#2 DlGlT on 1 year ago

Its not that the fabric was to heavy, its that it wasn't stiff enough. You can always use boning to round out a hood, but I'm not sure that would be best here.

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Her outfits very martial-arts. So I'd almost say a canvas or mid weight twill would work well, while if youre on a budget a kona cotton could work.

#3 lunaflora on 1 year ago

You need to interface the hood to give it more body. Try using a fusible tricot interfacing and see if that gives it enough stiffness.

#4 Penlowe on 1 year ago

the hood-neck thing is a cowl. And agreed, you used the wrong fabric plus you probably need inner facing.

We love new sewists, we want to help you make the best things you can :) That said, learning any new skill requires [U]research[/U] and[U] practice[/U]. I strongly advise doing more reading and question asking before running off to the store and blowing money.

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#5 Piriie on 1 year ago

Somehow the world "cowl" completely slipped my mind while writing this post. Lol my bad.

#6 Piriie on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Penlowe;5064721]the hood-neck thing is a cowl. And agreed, you used the wrong fabric plus you probably need inner facing.

We love new sewists, we want to help you make the best things you can :) That said, learning any new skill requires [U]research[/U] and[U] practice[/U]. I strongly advise doing more reading and question asking before running off to the store and blowing money.

The most important thing to keep in mind when working from animation is that artists are not confined by the laws of physics. They draw light fabrics that hover without support, they draw floating armor, they draw tiny spandex things that never accidentally slip off a boob. In the real world we have to breathe, move, not accidentally expose ourselves, and lack magic to make things float. This creative license extends down to even really ordinary things like cowls, that look soft and light, but in reality would never stand up that high with the minimum amount of fabric depicted. That's where we come in. We know the fabrics, have tried more techniques and are happy to share with you.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the input! What kind of fabric would you suggest using instead of jersey?

#7 Penlowe on 1 year ago

I would use a medium weight twill, sorta about the same as a pair of mens dress pants. It will need only a light inner facing to give it more body without looking like there is something artificially holding the fabric up.

Twill is often used in martial arts uniforms, so it's thematically correct as well.

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