View Full Version : KH2 Organization Coat Fabric Help

04-07-2006, 11:12 AM
Okay...I've read other threads and everyone suggests that you should buy pleather or something for the coats...Well I want to Cosplay Axel, and other than the coat, I'm set.

My problem is, is Pleather acts just like Leather, ne? So it can get really hot? I overheat extremely easily and get sick and such from it...

Any suggestions for a more weather-friendly/heat-friendly fabric?

Thank ya!

04-07-2006, 07:39 PM
Maybe use the same materials on sports jackets? I dunno the name of it tho.

04-07-2006, 08:03 PM
Your best bet would be to check out your local fabric store. Look for some black fabric and get a "feel" for it. The leather and pleather look and feel more traditional for coats because that's what coats were made for. If you're going for the shiny trench coat look, it WILL get a bit warm on the inside. Other fabrics like canvas, silk, satin, cotton, etc, not so much.

However, there is a fool-proof method to staying cool in almost any costume. Simply sew a 6"x6" pocket on the back (between the shoulder blades) of an old T-shirt. Bring a cooler with several flat ice packs to the con, and simply wear the Tshirt with an ice pack underneath your coat.

Some Axel advice: I'd suggest making the sleeves normally, then see how the final coat fits. Then sew the sleeves smaller and smaller until yo get it just right. Axel's sleeves are very thin. This gives him a distinctive scrawny-armed silhouette.

Kuro Yue
04-08-2006, 12:47 AM
Well, I was gonna suggest twill, which is what I'm using, but. . .Heh heh heh. . .That might turn out to be just as stuffy and heat-loving as pleather.

04-08-2006, 01:03 AM
twills are good and cheap, and breathe rather well. I only see leather/pleather/vinyl as a problem because it's water resistant, and all your sweat just stays with you.

...talk about your sticky situations *knee-slapper!* :rockon:

04-08-2006, 01:23 AM
Perhaps use ribbed nylon? It's used for sports jackets and very breathable. It also has a shine to it and is lightweight. However, if you want it to look heavy, try lining it. Plus, nylon is cheaper. ;)