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Unread 01-12-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Need HELP on fabric choice

Dear fellow cosplayers, I am getting desperate! I fell in love with this Effie costume from The Hunger Games, but cannot find the right fabric. It looks like some kind of taffeta with a structured pattern (not just crushed/crinkled). Has anyone of you seen a similar fabric somewhere, online or in stores?



If you can name the fabric type or treatment, it would be a big help too. Thanks so much!

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Unread 01-12-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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Unread 01-12-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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Aaah, sorry - and thanks
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Unread 01-12-2014, 10:48 AM   #4
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I can't quite tell if the fabric is piped (thin creases folded over and then sewn close to the fold) or smocked and steamed (thread sewn across the fabric to create folds that are set in place with heat/pressure/steam and then the thread is removed) or if they somehow made little pipes using a tiny iron so there is no stitching involved (I guess you'd call that a form of ruching?).

The upper picture's sleeve sure doesn't look like the ribbing/piping/whatever is all one direction, which is the most common state of machine-created textural fabrics (example).
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Unread 01-12-2014, 02:32 PM   #5
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The upper picture's sleeve sure doesn't look like the ribbing/piping/whatever is all one direction, which is the most common state of machine-created textural fabrics.
Yes, that is the main reason I can't seem to find anything similar. Since the creases form a pattern, I don't think they can be achieved by smocking. So yes, the creases are probably folded and sewn, or just ironed. You can see the overall pattern here:

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Unread 01-12-2014, 03:33 PM   #6
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I thought I had a book (Creative Smocking) that showed how you can pleat in several directions at once, but I don't think it did that. It did lead me to think about pleating, though.

On the internet, I ran across a company in New York called International Pleating. They probably can tell you more about the fabric. They also offer a pleating service, and have an etsy page and such, so they might be able to give you some ideas about what you can do (fold some extra fabric into the pleater so it comes in at odd angles, maybe?).

Their etsy page.
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Unread 01-12-2014, 04:20 PM   #7
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Crushed satin might work http://www.fabricempire.com/satin-it...-the-yard.aspx
or crushed taffeta http://www.fabricempire.com/taffeta-...-the-yard.aspx
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Unread 01-13-2014, 09:38 AM   #8
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Crushed taffeta will be my fallback option. The one in LoneHowler's link already has the perfect color, thank you! I'm still hoping to get the right pleated fabric though, so I contacted "International Pleating". Wish me luck please!
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Unread 01-13-2014, 11:09 AM   #9
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Good luck! I know what it's like to have to compromise on a construction detail or feel the temptation to try to reconstruct something THAT labor intensive because you can't find it elsewhere without robbing a bank.

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Unread 01-14-2014, 04:44 AM   #10
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Yeah, I really don't want to compromise on the fabric - after all the fabric was the reason I fell for this costume! So George from "International Pleating" already sent me some e-mails. The latest consensus:

"That suit fabric is definitely not pleated. It's either embossed or a jaquard/cloque fabric that looks pleated. You might be able to create a similar look through pleating but not with such exaggerated curves."

I'll be in the U.S. in 3 weeks, and will browse through the big fabric stores there. After that, I'll either go for crushed taffeta or give up on this cos...
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Unread 01-14-2014, 03:56 PM   #11
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Umm, so, I don't have a lot of experience with different fabrics, but to me, from a distance it looks kind of similar to something like this:

Link here

Not quite as dramatic with the folds, though. No clue on where to find a matching color. ^^;
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Unread 01-15-2014, 09:40 AM   #13
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I agree, this was most likely a limited run fabric acquired from the fashion district of someplace major, LA, London, NYC. It might have even been made just for this costume.

Your best bet is to look at the highest end fabric sources you dare, this is simply not going to be at JoAnn's.
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Unread 01-26-2014, 12:09 AM   #14
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I know this isn't the exact fabric but when I was looking at curtains I saw something along the lines of what you are looking for with the curves in the fabric.

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-c33...ndow-panel.jsp

Maybe a large curtain supplier might have the color that you are looking for.
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