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Unread 02-18-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Help with stiff sleeves

Ok, so I'm doing a costume for a Team Plasma Grunt from Pokemon.

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Problem is, we can't figure out a decent way to do the sleeves. Like, in such a way that they stay rigidly open. I realize gravity plays a role in this so I can't get it exactly right, but yeah.

Currently, we have interfacing in the sleeves, however, that's not proving easy for arm movements in certain ways and is creasing easily. So is there a good alternative method?
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Unread 02-19-2013, 07:05 PM   #2
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You might be able to use horse hair trim/braid. The stiff stuff used for making hats, among other things.
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Unread 02-19-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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You could try padding the top and putting a ring inside the bottom. Sort of like a hoop skirt.
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Or use cardboard, or Timtex which is a REALLY stiff interfacing.
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I personally really like horsehair braids for stiff interfacing. Used it in a hood and the thing never crumples. Starching the sleeves after construction might help keeping it crisp as well.
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Depending on the width of the horsehair it might get a wavy finish to your sleeve. I would use rigiline boning.
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Depending on the width of the horsehair it might get a wavy finish to your sleeve. I would use rigiline boning.
I was going to suggest this as well! Horsehair is great but just not quite as sturdy. Rigiline boning will still bend enough that it shouldn't interfere with arm movement, but it will also be stiff enough to hold the sleeve nice and round.
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