View Full Version : Fabric Choice for Austria

10-14-2010, 12:11 AM
In my pattern drafting class I'm suppose to make a finished costume for my project and I chose Austria's typical attire. http://media.photobucket.com/image/austria%20hetalia/noriko7/Hetalia/Austria_Card.jpg?o=38

I'm not certain what fabric choice I should make for his coat. Usually for any military or Russia's coat I use a strudy twill, but I'm not so sure I should go with twill for Austria's coat.

I debating on using the following...
-Poplin (Which is used in a lot of suit jackets.)

Which material would suit the actual character more for his overall jacket?

10-14-2010, 02:41 AM
I would use Broadcloth

10-14-2010, 09:14 AM
Velvet would look awesome, but with little stretch and with a short pile & little shine.

Aristocrats of the era would definitely have had velvet jackets.

10-14-2010, 11:32 PM
I would use BroadclothBroadcloth really? I've never used it for any cosplay/outfits before...would you suggest I double layer it when I make my Austria coat or get a lining for it?

10-16-2010, 11:29 AM
When I made my FMA State Alchemists Coat I used broadcloth in Royal Blue. It was lined with a double layer at the front and suitweight interfasing. Turned out really nice.

10-16-2010, 02:15 PM
Based on the era the outfit is based off of, as well as the financial situation he's in, his jacket would probably have been made out of wool. You might be able to find a wool suiting fabric that would work, but you can also look for other suiting fabrics in that color as well. Depending on the type of poplin, it might also work if you find a thicker poplin that's based for jackets (as you said), but cotton shirting poplin would definitely be too thin. I would think a twill or a gabardine (is that what you meant by garbine?) would also be too thin or have too distinct of a weave. Broadcloth would also be too thin as well. Velvet, while accurate for the time period, wasn't usually used for jackets of that type, and he would not have had the money to afford the upkeep of a jacket made from velvet, especially one he wears on a daily basis.

10-17-2010, 11:20 AM
Alright, thank you all for your help and suggestions. Now I have a clearer idea of what to look for when making my fabric selection.

I'm throwing out using the velvet and some others I had in mind. I'm now only going to consider broadcloth, wool suiting, and a thick poplin. (I shall see which will work best when I hit the fabric store for samples.)

Thanks much again!