View Full Version : Fabric for a cape

10-10-2010, 07:27 AM
I'm looking to make a cape for Kamina from Gurren Lagaan and am having a problem choosing the right fabric.

This is the sewing pattern I will be basing it on :http://www.simplicity.com/p-3057-mens-costumes.aspx

Here is a good example of what a Im aiming for: http://www.deviantart.com/download/109302623/Kamina__s_cape_by_cats_on_mars8.jpg

The pattern suggests I use silk, Crepe black satins and Velveteen. I'm not familiar with the latter two, but I know silk shines to much which I would like to avoid.

I have been advised to use cottons and poly cottons, however at my local fabric shop they sell cotton at 10 a meter and I was told that the pattern said I would need over 6 meters of it. I was also told cotton would need lining too, which is something I am unfamiliar with. Poly cotton ls half the price but it seems a lot thinner material, which I was told wouldn't flow very well and would stick to the undergarments (or in the case of kamina his naked top).

Anyone have any advice on what materials I should use? Also if you read the back of the pattern packaging, could you advice me how much material I would nee? Im a Medium size making Cape A.

10-10-2010, 06:40 PM
if you want to make a cape, lining is good to have. it just makes it look nicer on the inside.

you could use cotton or use twill, gabardine or something like that. DON'T USE SATIN. just ask for linings in your local fabric store, they should know what it is

11-01-2010, 02:42 PM
I must say that i highly suggest you DONT use that pattern for Kamina's cape. I tried it. It makes the cape faaaaaaaaaar too big. Like... its practically a gigantic cloak. And super heavy.

For my Kamina cape, i used suede. Which is EXTREMELY expensive... but it looks really nice.