Originally Posted by J-tective
Hey guys. I could really use some help. I found a pant pattern for Mako's pants that are exactly like his. (Here's a pic. They're pant 'B'.)
Now, the major problem I'm having is I can't for the life of me find a suitable fabric for the pants. It has to have some stretch to it but nothing I found at Joanns seemed like it would work. Can anyone help me out here? I'd really appreciate it. And for some reason after I finished cutting the pattern out, the front pant leg piece is about an inch shorter than the back leg piece even though I cut them both on the corresponding line. Any tips on that as well?
Also, I see a lot of people using cotton (Kona perhaps?) for Mako's jacket but all the cotton fabric I find seems to thin for something like a jacket. UnlessI'mbeingsuperpickyoneverything.
I used wool flannel for my Mako's pants, but that doesn't have very much of a stretch to it. I second going to a fabric store and fondling things till you find one that works. As for his jacket, I actually used the cotton twill at Jo-ann's. Between the lining and the shell both being twill, it has more than enough body to stay in shape. The trade-off is that the color selection is far less, and I had to custom dye mine. The upside to dying it is that RIT dye has an amazing dye mixing guide on their site, and we were able to get the perfect colors.
So, if you don't mind dyeing your own fabric, I suggest twill for the jacket. It holds shape much better than Kona.
Edited to add this link to my Mako, so you can see the drape of the twill. http://www.cosplay.com/costume/433733/