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Unread 09-29-2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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Fabric for uniforms?

I'm going to be making two military uniforms, the two of us are going as the Armstrong siblings, and I'm having trouble finding an affordable fabric. I'm new to sewing, and relatively clueless as well, so that's not helping. I've found a few resources with ideas towards the patterns, and have saved up a bunch of old bedsheets to use to fine tune my details, but it looks like I'm going to have to spend $100 just on fabric, and it's really getting to me. I could buy a uniform for that price, but my problem there is I want them to fit well, and to lay nice. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Unread 09-29-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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My friend and I used Joann's Sew Classic Bottomweight in the "Royal" blue for our Riza Hawkeye and Olivier Armstrong costumes. It's a pretty good fabric and color for these costumes, it's readily available from any Joann's, and you can get it for about $4.20 a yard with a 40% coupon. I ended up getting 8 yards for about $30 with an additional discount, which turned out to be too much fabric. (I was able to make my entire uniform plus a skirt to wear with it and still have fabric left over.)
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Unread 09-29-2011, 06:40 PM   #3
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The best fabric to use for these uniforms is technically a 25oz felted wool called Melton wool. It does get beastly expensive, but it looks fantastic. If you don't want to spend that much, the most accurate is any heavy wool, or felted wool. If any wool is too expensive, then do as was mentioned above and get a bottomweight. They're thick and heavy enough to emulate the drape of wool, but nothing else can get the same nap or exact drape. Jo-Ann's sells a blue wool suiting that I briefly considered. It's $25 dollars a yard normally, but you can wait for a 40 or 50% off coupon. It's much lighter than the 25 ounce, and it's not as felted, but it still has that lovely drape of wool ~might be wool-obsessed~, and it's cheaper.

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Unread 10-05-2011, 10:54 AM   #4
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Yeah, wool is too pricey for me. Plus I don't trust my sewing skills for it yet. I went ahead and ordered 13 yards of the bottom weight canvas... probably won't be enough though. Making two uniforms and an extra pair of pants, and the two of us aren't little. I'd die in the wool anyways, but it looks great.

I'm so nervous about doing the cosplay, as I'm not exactly little, thankfully the one playing Armstrong is 6'4, and our Ed is tiny. But I'd like to make it myself versus purchasing, so it's fitted and more flattering, not to mention I hate the way the ones you can buy lay.

Thank you for your help!
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Unread 10-20-2011, 03:50 PM   #5
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Well this sucks, I ordered the fabric and they said they're out of stock, and I can't get enough out of any of my local stores to even make one uniform. Does anyone have any alternate suggestions? I'm running out of time.
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