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Sako-chan
08-18-2006, 12:20 PM
I can not think of the right material to do her shirt in. --; I'm probably going to go on her red outfit, which has the collar, pockets on the front and such. I can post a reference if need be, but it'd be a major help if you'd done it before.


EDIT: Attached the best reference I could find. ;-;

NecroticNymph
08-18-2006, 12:42 PM
I've seen it made with everything from broadcloth to crushed velvet. So really, it's up to you and how you want it to look.

TagaSeguchi
08-18-2006, 06:39 PM
I have made the blue outfit before and I just used regular poly/cotton blend I know that may sound icky but it looks beautiful.

Good Luck!

EverEvolvingGrl
08-18-2006, 07:02 PM
When I did the blue version I did a denim/cotton blend which gave the costume a military feel but it's muy comfortable. Um I would NOT suggest satin, or polyester. A nice cotton blend, courdoroy, denim, um.... i guess broadcloth... even though a military costume should be stiffer than that...

Sako-chan
08-20-2006, 07:25 PM
What exactly /is/ broadcloth? I keep hearing it, but I don't know what it is. D= The horror.

Natchan
08-21-2006, 12:31 AM
We used Satin, but thats just us. We thought about silk, and it would have had a really cool effect but we couldn't get enough that matched it self!

EverEvolvingGrl
08-21-2006, 04:16 AM
Broadcloth is like this really cheap, really common fabric you can buy it in every color. Um Walmart usually has a nice selection of it, its usually 100% cotton. Go to any fabric shop and ask for it, they should have it.

TagaSeguchi
08-21-2006, 09:08 AM
oh that's broadcloth? I might have to know that for my interview today thanks.....
Do Not use silk....unless you enjoy steaming your clothes through out the con.

Blue Eyed Matador
08-21-2006, 09:56 AM
Keep in mind one thing: her outfit is a millitary uniform. The material would have to be durable and a bit coarse. The only reason it is red, is because it is soaked in blood and that is not even a canon fact, but based on a statue and much conjecture.

I would, under no circumstances, reccomend silk, satin, velvet, or anything of a slinkier nature.

daguru
08-21-2006, 10:03 AM
Cotton Twills are a good choice for a military uniform. There are denser materials, but I would be more concerned with finding them in that color.

TagaSeguchi
08-21-2006, 05:01 PM
How about buying the blue then dunking it in a vat of theatre blood. it would make the right color

daguru
08-21-2006, 09:11 PM
How about buying the blue then dunking it in a vat of theatre blood. it would make the right color
nnnnnnnot realy. you'd end up with a sticky off-color type of fabric.

There is the option of dying. You could get a color close to it then dye it with red and black Rit liquid dyes (srsly, liquid dyes are better than the powdered ones) to get it at the correct shade. It's strongly reccomended that you experiment with test pieces first.

Lahe-ie
08-22-2006, 03:21 AM
I've done the Seras Victoria shirt (I have yet to add it, sorry I've just joined ^^;) and I personally think it's best done in denim; that's how I did hers. I'm not so sure about the red one; red demin, maybe yes but I think perhaps cotton would be better. I actually think dyeing it would be good, because technically her shirt was stained by blood so if you could give off that effect, it would be great. ^^

Hope that was helpful ^_^;;

Sako-chan
08-22-2006, 11:55 AM
I was considering Denim, but I think I'll get a sample of the broadcloth and see which one is easier to work with, or gives the effect I'm looking for. Anyone have any ideas for a base pattern?

TagaSeguchi
08-23-2006, 09:01 AM
nnnnnnnot realy. you'd end up with a sticky off-color type of fabric.

There is the option of dying. You could get a color close to it then dye it with red and black Rit liquid dyes (srsly, liquid dyes are better than the powdered ones) to get it at the correct shade. It's strongly reccomended that you experiment with test pieces first.

I have dunked plenty of clothing into vats of theatre blood and then let it dry looks rather nice i thought. And not sticky.

Silvana_Girl
08-23-2006, 09:53 PM
Yeah, you could go with denim, but you wouldn't get the real military look. Broadcloth or a polyester/cotton mix is great. I even used a fabric with wool in it in my uniform the first time round, and it worked real good.

Broadcloth may be thin, but you can get it sharp, neat, and tight. If you want to use and interfacing, or line it, go ahead, it might be a good idea.

But get a knit fabric. Make sure of that. <3

Sako-chan
08-24-2006, 12:12 PM
Knit fabric. Got it. -salute- Any idea what broadcloth goes for? So I know how long I've got to get a'saving.

daguru
08-24-2006, 01:07 PM
You could get a 40% coupon almost every week if you sign up on Jo-Ann's coupon newsletter. Even without the coupon, I wouldn't exect to spend more than $25 on just a few yards of fabric. Not too familiar with broadclothe, but everyone else seems to believe it's dirt-cheap

RedPikachu
08-24-2006, 05:33 PM
Heh, I actually made mine (http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=475736) out of lycra XD.

Silvana_Girl
08-24-2006, 08:24 PM
My broadcloth from JoAnn's was 1.99 per yard. It's so cheap! <3

(The Lycra looks REALLY nice and clean! I love it!)

TagaSeguchi
08-25-2006, 07:11 PM
Lycra Rocks and yeah Broadcloth is awsome now that I know what it is. It be dirt cheap.

Ashe
08-25-2006, 08:27 PM
Twill or broadcloth- they'll both lay nice and flat and be easy to work with.

Try McCalls 4596 - nice pattern with seams you can fit.

Sako-chan
08-25-2006, 11:16 PM
Cheap is definitely good. xD I took a look at the pattern idea you gave me, Silvana. It looks simple enough, and I could get any help I need on the sleeves and collar from my ever-helpful Mum. Never looked much into McCall's, though. I'll have to go and check that one out.

Oh, and thanks all you guys for the help. 83 You guys rock. -throws confetti-

TagaSeguchi
08-26-2006, 08:24 AM
*grabs confetti* I wish it was candy but oh well. *shoves confetti into mouth* Still works

Silvana_Girl
08-26-2006, 10:13 AM
Cheap is definitely good. xD I took a look at the pattern idea you gave me, Silvana. It looks simple enough, and I could get any help I need on the sleeves and collar from my ever-helpful Mum. Never looked much into McCall's, though. I'll have to go and check that one out.

Oh, and thanks all you guys for the help. 83 You guys rock. -throws confetti-

Glad I could be of service to you dear!

That pattern is working splendidly for me right now, and it really is simple. I always go with Simplicity patterns, they fit nice and are easy to use.

Keep me posted on your progress! I'm here to help. <3

Sako-chan
08-28-2006, 12:14 PM
Can do. I went and got the pattern, but I have to wait to get out to JoAnn's for the fabric and a part for my sewing machine. A kind of vital piece snapped off in my hand while I was adjusting it. @@;

Hilary
08-28-2006, 08:44 PM
Broadcloth can be too thin sometimes- I'd use twill or a synthetic suiting. Suiting looks fantastic in photography. It's very rich and matte.

Although her uniform may look shiny in the show, I think the Hellsing organization would never be issuing satin uniforms to its cops, so matte is a sensible route to take.

Sako-chan
08-29-2006, 08:40 PM
Synthetic suiting? You'll have to explain. I'm no seamstress, and the whole costuming world is rather new to me. ^^;