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Unread 10-18-2002, 02:03 PM   #1
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Question What's a good first time Costume?

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Unread 10-18-2002, 02:15 PM   #2
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Something simple that you'll have a fun time making. Oh, and it's cool when it's your favorite character or you like him/her. ^_^
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Unread 10-18-2002, 02:20 PM   #3
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I agree with Tenjou... if you don't know how to sew take a couple classes at a fabric store or colllege.

As for easy costumes... look for something that can be store bought and/or easily modified.

And since your Ayane... how about Ayane's fighting clothes from the Anime, Ayane's High Kick.

That can be put together quickly. I don't have any refrence pics but if you are interested I might be able to find some for you.

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Thrift shops are definitely your friend.

But just a tip if you do actually sew it,PLEASE do not use satin unless you know you are fully capable.Alot of first costumes are made with this cause its shiny.. but it is definitely not a beginner fabric.

P.S cotton is also your friend,so is an iron.
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Unread 10-18-2002, 02:35 PM   #5
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What is a good shiny beginner fabric??
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What's harder to sew silk or satin??
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Unread 10-18-2002, 02:49 PM   #7
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I absolutely DO NOT suggest either of those for a beginner ^^;

they are both fairly tricky ..
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A Velvet fabric??
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x.x;;..well,it all depends on what costume you pick..velvet is shiny and soft..

but not for beginners
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What's a good fabric other then cotton for a beginner??
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Hmm.. well there are MANY different kinds of cotton.. blends etc.
I don't really know other names off by heart but your looking for something that isn't really too stretchy or doesnt buckle and show mistakes easy <like satin>.

I personally think cotton looks best for alot of costumes,really bright matte colors ^^
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I'm looking for a fabric that shiny and good for a beginner!!
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Well why don't you research for easy shiny material then,cause I don't know any -.-
Mosty shiny material is hard to work with for a BEGINNER. Plus,do you know what costume your doing first of all?
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Ayane: Go to your local fabric store. Wander. Feel things. Look at how much the fabric is fraying on the bolt; if it's a whole lot, chances are it will be difficult to work with.

Satin is very tricky to work with, and ironing it is no fun either. However, it is cheap, and if you're looking to do a ballgown or something in a more Chinese style, it's an inexpensive way to go. I find the polyester satin easier to handle than the acetate, thanks to it being somewhat thicker and less prone to wrinkling while it's on your body, much less in your suitcase.

Silk is super-expensive. If you can afford it, I want your job. ^_^ I've never worked with it myself, except cutting it at my store. I think the stress of handling such a delicate, expensive fabric would break me. XD

Taffeta would be an option, though it still frays. A bottle of Fray-Check is a good investment.

I like poplins, gabardines, georgette, and just about anything with 2-8% spandex worked in (Spring Suiting! Best fabric ever!-). They're easier to work with and have enough body so you don't get a sad, droopy costume. There are some gabardines with a lovely sheen which might be a nice alternative to shine.
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Ayane: Go to your local fabric store. Wander. Feel things. Look at how much the fabric is fraying on the bolt; if it's a whole lot, chances are it will be difficult to work with.

Satin is very tricky to work with, and ironing it is no fun either. However, it is cheap, and if you're looking to do a ballgown or something in a more Chinese style, it's an inexpensive way to go. I find the polyester satin easier to handle than the acetate, thanks to it being somewhat thicker and less prone to wrinkling while it's on your body, much less in your suitcase.

Silk is super-expensive. If you can afford it, I want your job. ^_^ I've never worked with it myself, except cutting it at my store. I think the stress of handling such a delicate, expensive fabric would break me. XD

Taffeta would be an option, though it still frays. A bottle of Fray-Check is a good investment.

I like poplins, gabardines, georgette, and just about anything with 2-8% spandex worked in (Spring Suiting! Best fabric ever!-). They're easier to work with and have enough body so you don't get a sad, droopy costume. There are some gabardines with a lovely sheen which might be a nice alternative to shine.
Raw Silk 45 Price Per Yard $5.15

Organza 5mm 45 Price Per Yard $5.89

Silk Twill 12mm 45 Price Per Yard $7.38

http://www.dharmatrading.com/silk_fabrics.html
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