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Unread 12-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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Question Wrong Fabric, Right Print...does it matter?

I've been wanting to make Leezar's date attire from "Your Highness" for a while now.


Today I decided to look around and see if there was something similar at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and there was, only it was not the right fabric. I'm not sure if I will run across the right type at Hobby Lobby, but it was brocade instead of what looks to be some velvet/upholstery material.

Has this happened to anyone else where you find the right print but it's not the right material? What do you do?
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Completed cosplays (from last fall to now)-
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Too much, but I've had to put it on hold due to reasons beyond my control. However, I'm attempting to recreate Leezar's wardrobe from "Your Highness"...one down, four to go.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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Hmm... What that character is wearing is a short pile velvet in the deep purpley-red color that has been heavily embroidered with gold thread. You are NOT going to find fabric like that costume in any regular retail outlet, not a fully embroidered type anyway (short pile velvet is easy to come by).

Without seeing the fabric you are considering, it's difficult to say if I think it will work or not. Short pile velvet, especially once embroidered that much, tends to be pretty stiff, almost rigid. Some brocades are stiff, but a lot of the ones in regular retail outlets are pretty soft & floppy. I think the rigidity of your fabric is what will make or break getting away with different fabric. You can use lots of inner facing all over to bulk up and stiffen the fabric to change it's appearance.
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