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Unread 02-13-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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How could I go about making two-tone clothing?

I'm new to cosplay. Seriously, I've never done it before, and if I do go through with joining my friends at this year's Animazement convention in NC, it'll be my first time making my own costume.

I'm thinking about dressing up as a Team Dim Sun Admin (male) from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (farthest left in this picture):

http://i.neoseeker.com/ca/pokemon_ra...rt_8ZdCl.j pg

His pants and undershirt are two-tone, with charcoal gray and purple sides (Not sure how to explain, but you can see for yourself). How could I go about recreating this design in a visually appealing way?

I've thought about searching for a pair of charcoal pants of similar appearance, and a pair of purple pants in the same design, and then cutting the sides away from each and sewing the purple sides onto the gray pants (same with the shirts). Is there another way to do this that wouldn't involve throwing my money at clothing stores for two different sets only to probably fail at merging them together?

Also, what type of fabric would you recommend using for the vest? I'd like something fairly stiff so that it keeps it shape and doesn't wrinkle like a t-shirt.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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There's a few different things you could do, of varying degrees of difficulty and varying degrees of resulting quality:

Buy grey pants and use fabric paint to paint a purple stripe down the side. (Requires no sewing.)

Buy grey pants and use lightweight purple fabric to make an applique that is sewn to the pants. (Requires some handsewing.)

Buy grey pants and purple fabric of a similar weight. Cut a section out of the grey pants on each side. Use these cut-out sections as a pattern to cut two pieces of purple material of the same shape. Sew the purple inserts in place (Requires some machine sewing, or moderate handsewing.)

Make everything from scratch using a pattern, grey material, and purple material. (Requires pattern use and moderate machine sewing.)

What the best technique is for you is up to your comfort level with these suggestions. If you opt for the paint route, make sure you put a layer of plastic and scrap material or other spacer inside the garment to soak up any paint that bleeds through and prevent it from soaking through to other layers of the garment. To get straight lines, run a line of masking tape down the pant leg to create a crisp, even edge. Use a thick paint that is marketed for use on fabric - a thin, watery paint will soak into the fibers and bleed underneath the masking tape edge, and look sloppy.
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There's a few different things you could do, of varying degrees of difficulty and varying degrees of resulting quality:

Buy grey pants and use fabric paint to paint a purple stripe down the side. (Requires no sewing.)

Buy grey pants and use lightweight purple fabric to make an applique that is sewn to the pants. (Requires some handsewing.)

Buy grey pants and purple fabric of a similar weight. Cut a section out of the grey pants on each side. Use these cut-out sections as a pattern to cut two pieces of purple material of the same shape. Sew the purple inserts in place (Requires some machine sewing, or moderate handsewing.)

Make everything from scratch using a pattern, grey material, and purple material. (Requires pattern use and moderate machine sewing.)

What the best technique is for you is up to your comfort level with these suggestions. If you opt for the paint route, make sure you put a layer of plastic and scrap material or other spacer inside the garment to soak up any paint that bleeds through and prevent it from soaking through to other layers of the garment. To get straight lines, run a line of masking tape down the pant leg to create a crisp, even edge. Use a thick paint that is marketed for use on fabric - a thin, watery paint will soak into the fibers and bleed underneath the masking tape edge, and look sloppy.
Many thanks, Syagria! I'll browse around and see if I can find something that works for me based on your suggestions. I didn't even think about sewing a thin purple fabric to gray pants... that's the one that stands out to me right now.

If there's a way to give you Rep or praise or something that will benefit you as a user here on the forums, let me know and I'll be glad to show my gratitude. I'll take my second question to the fabric questions thread, as it would fit there.
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No problem, glad to help I don't think there are recommendations for users on the forums - assistance and advice is always free of charge!
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