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Unread 05-09-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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A Fabric Confession

I did buy broadcloth and twill for a costume I'm working on. I liked the fall of the broadcloth for a shirt, and the twill (slightly heavy almost-canvassy stuff) was in the remnant bin.

It occurs to me that broadcloth and twill are the things I buy when I have no idea what else to make a garment out of.

In the case of the broadcloth I actually liked it better than my other choice, which was muslin (and I would have bought that if it came in the right colour -- I may try both and see how it works out, because muslin is cheap enough too). But the twill was an opportunistic buy. It may end up being the tester for the pattern I'm drafting, but it might also be what I wear, if it looks good enough.

So what do you think? Is there always something better out there, or is there a place for broadcloth and twill other than the rag bin?
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Unread 05-09-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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There's a lot of kinds of twill, but I use a lighter weight cotton-poly twill for most of my capes if they don't appear to be made of anything specific, and I've made light shirts with it too. Broadcloth, I only use for applique and lining. And once, a cotton scarf.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 11:35 PM   #3
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It depends on the costume. I can't really think of any other would be perfect for, but I think some costumes are implied to be made out of it - twill, at least. I feel like broadcloth can work for some things, but is almost never the best choice. It can be made to work passably and even well, but not the perfect first choice.

Usually there's a better fabric but I understand that budgets come into play! Cotton twill usually plays into my "budget" fabric suggestions when people are looking to save money.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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I use poly/cotton twill for suit and jackets a lot. Has a nice drape and thickness.

This one in particular was a heavy 100% organic twill.
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/426374/

The only time I've intentional use 100% cotton broadcloth (the nice kind) is for Watashi peasant dress. It does wrinkle like a bitch however so I have to take extra care of it.

I prefer my synthetic blend for most costumes otherwise if there not historical/period based.
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That's your confession? You bought broadcloth. There isn't even penance for a minor sin like that. Geeze. I was expecting something a lot more juicy.
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There is always a place for broadcloth, besides the bin. It serves many purposes. That said, it really depends on the costume in question what fabrics might be best.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 06:53 PM   #7
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I like it for lining when in a budget. I was thinking for outer material at first.
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