View Full Version : Miku fabric choice help
11-22-2010, 10:20 PM
(I've looked through multiple threads, google, and other miku cosplayers, but most don't speak about their fabric choices. Sorry if this is a repeat thread.)
Hello. I plan on making a Miku cosplay, her original official design.
I was just wondering what fabrics people have use for:
1) The top
2) The Sleeves
People said that they have used PVC or vinyl and that it was a massive pain to work with.
For the skirt I was thinking a poly/cotton blend so that it would pleat, but not un-pleat and wrinkle too easily. For the sleeves, I want to match the fabric with the skirt fabric, which I'm trying to stay away from shiny fabric because most shiny fabrics have polyester in it, so it wouldn't take to pleating so well (melting). For the shirt, I'm thinking cotton, but then I want a sheen look without looking cheap like satin does. Is there any cotton based fabrics that shine without looking cheap?
Also, does anyone have any tips on how to keep pleats in once ironed into a cotton/poly fabric?
11-22-2010, 11:27 PM
Hey I know you! :D
All I can share is what I've done for mine. Both my Miku shirts I used Casa Satin from Joann's, which worked okay (you saw one at Aki-Con) and didn't melt or anything, but it was a little finicky and the amount of shine on it led to any little wrinkle looking super obvious and annoying.
Last time I was at Joann's I saw some fabric that I thought might have been good for Miku in hindsight. It was in the Bottomweight fabric section (I think it's labeled "stretch sateen") that has just a wee bit of shine that might be easier to work with since it's mostly cotton with a tiny bit of spandex (97% cotton, 3% spandex). It really hardly stretches though, I used it for a pleated skirt (unrelated to cosplay) with no issue.
If you end up with a fabric that doesn't hold a pleat very well, you can topstitch down each pleat right next to the fold to hold it all in place. That will also guarantee them to be permanent even after washing and so forth. It's a pain, but handy.
I used cheap satin for my skirt (which I should remake bljfawehhgjf) and even that was pleat-able and didn't melt under an iron. Not that I recommend it, or anything, but sometimes fabric can do things you think it can't.
11-23-2010, 02:23 AM
Oh hey! Thanks for the reply. :D
(This is actually for a Zatsune Miku cosplay to be specific, I'm just tweaking the official outfit to be red instead of teal. I don't really like Zatsune's "official" outfit, I think Miku's is cuter. I guess it still counts as Miku, because I'm pretty sure people use different fabrics depending on the character. Or maybe I'm just over thinking this. xD)
Oh, I hate wrinkles. Cotton has them pretty bad after pre-washing, but then after the con it's just like dead with wrinkles. I'll look into Casa Satin. I loved your Miku cosplay =] I didn't see any wrinkles though. I think I will lean toward the stretch sateen though, sounds nicer and maybe alittle more forgiving because of the lack of shine. I honestly prefer cotton over poly because cotton breathes (cons can become sooo hot).
Ah, topstitching pleats. I've always thought about doing that, but I wasnt' sure if warp the pleats once they're put on. Pleats do drape nicely and I just assumed that top stitching them down would kill that effect. But hey, now I should just try it, especially if it holds after being washed, that makes me happy inside. (Pleats are very evil when they come undone! Grrr!!)
Haha, maybe my iron is just really hot because if there is anything other than cotton in the fabric, it melts. =[
Thanks a ton for the input. It really helped. I do need to go the fabric store and look at some fabrics. I might ask more questions at GK if this cosplay starts to hurt me. :drunk:
11-23-2010, 08:48 PM
No problem! I keep no secrets :3
12-31-2010, 10:40 PM
i'm currently working on a miku cosplay and i dont know if you've finished making your costume or not but might help for later.
I used cotton drill becuase iwas on a tight budget and it pleats easily. Even though it's not shiny its really good and it offers a bit of proection if your going to make the electronic part of the sleeves.
im just shaing my thoughts..
hope it helps.