I am not using, nor do I intend to use Cosplay.com as a place to make sales. The below information is strictly for those of you who have been asking me about the custom print Vector fabric. If you wish to contact me regarding a sale, please visit my website (link in my profile) and contact me through that website.
LONG POST! But this is all good information for you Vector cosplayers!
I just got the test swatches in today. I ordered 8 different types of fabric, and am considering two of them to be viable options. Here's the rundown:
For those of you who want the best quality Vector fabric, I strongly suggest getting it in Upholstery Weight Cotton Twill
. This is more expensive, but a worthwhile investment. This fabric is 58" wide, and weighs 7.2 oz per square yard. It's the closest thing I can get to the fabric used for BDU's. It's 100% cotton though, not part polyester part cotton. The cost of this stuff is $35 per yard + tax and shipping.
Then I have something for you guys on a tighter budget. I can also have this stuff made on Quilting Weight Cotton
. This stuff is thin (think like a cotton dress shirt, or a kids Halloween costume even, or so), and weighs in at 3.2 oz per square yard - it's also only 42" wide, so you may
need more yards to make your costume than you would with the heavier stuff. The print will look the same, but the durability and feel of this fabric is not as nice as the upholstery weight stuff. The cost of this is $20 per yard, plus tax and shipping.
So those are the two options. Both pricey, but custom fabric doesn't come cheap, even if it's thin fabric.
Orders of 20 yards or more get 10% off, so that's kinda cool! If you want to pick up enough to do your own commissions, that's always an option!
Please note that I'm not the actual printer. I do this through an acquaintance, so basically you order it through me, I'll have it printed, shipped to me so that I can inspect it and make sure it's good to go personally, and then I'll ship it to you. The design was made by me, so it's technically being bought from me, I just get it as it's needed.
I also plan on making Vector costumes by commission, but not until after I free up some time. Right now I'm only selling the fabric (unless you wanna take up a commission and you don't mind waiting until spring of 2012 to receive it!)
But how much fabric do I need?
Well, that really depends on your size and whether or not you're using a sewing pattern. If you're using a sewing pattern - GO BY IT'S INSTRUCTIONS! Here's a generalization
if you decide to wing it without a pattern. I always suggest ordering an extra half yard or so, just in case you make a mistake.
2 5/8 yards of the 42" fabric -OR-
2 1/8 yards of the 58" fabric
2 3/4 yards of the 42" fabric -OR-
2 1/8 yards of the 58" fabric
3 yards of the 42" fabric -OR-
2 1/4 yards of the 58" fabric
3 1/8 yards of the 42" fabric -OR-
2 3/8 yards of the 58" fabric
If you're using the 42" fabric, 2 3/4 yards will suffice for sizes XS - L.
If you're using the 58" fabric, follow the below guidelines:
1 3/4 yards (waist size below 28)
1 7/8 yards (waist size 28 - 30)
2 1/4 yards (waist size 32 - 34)
2 3/4 yards (waist size 36 - 39)
Anything past a L, I can only guess. You're kind of on your own, unfortunately. I haven't made enough XL and larger garments to guess that for you.
So as an example, a guy like me who's 5'8", 150 lbs. and usually wears medium size shirt and pants, would need 5 3/4 yards of the quilting weight cotton ($115 + tax and shipping) -OR-
4 1/2 yards of the upholstery weight cotton twill ($157.50 + tax and shipping). That should hopefully give you an idea of the price you can expect to pay to make a single Vector costume, if you're a size medium. You can see how the price difference is sort of balanced out by the amount of fabric needed due to the width of the two options. To me personally, a price difference of about $45 (after taxes) seems a small price to pay for a significantly better fabric. But that's my opinion. I wanted to provide options for people with different budgets, so hopefully I've done that!
It's still much
cheaper than buying that snowboarding gear. :P
Here's one last link to the sample image, in case you missed it: