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Unread 11-13-2012, 04:38 AM   #1
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What material is this?

Hello,

I want to cosplay as Elphaba Thropp from Wicked, but I can't seem to work out what type of material her dress is made out of. It seems to have a texture to it but I can't work out what it's called to be able to look it up.

http://www.galindaswardrobe.com/pictures/Elphaba/44.jpg

Any help would be great thanks.
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Unread 11-13-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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oooohh.... by technique I'd say 'brocade' except if you ask for brocade in a regular fabric store you'll get something thin and shiny. You need to go to the upholstery section/ store to find something that has that texture without the shine.

The only real caution when looking at upholstery fabrics for garments is to look at the back side and be sure it doesn't have some sort of rubber or plastic backing. Many are laundrable or at least dry-clean.
Be prepared, most furniture fabrics are made to much higher thread and density ratios, which means more work goes into creating them. What that really means to you is: they cost a good deal more than most garment fabrics. I'm ecstatic if I can get upholstery fabrics for $12- $15/ yard. I once bought a 1/3 of a yard that cost me $25..... O.o
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Unread 11-14-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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it looks more like a wool with a lace overlay
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Unread 11-23-2012, 03:10 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, this gives me a bit more of an idea what to search for =)
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