Picking the right materials that you know how to work with is important, and it's worth it for the finished product. The tough part is not going over budget.
If you haven't read the previous posts, I'm working on my costume for Shadow Weaver, a villain from She-Ra.
First, let me say that if you are interested in sewing and crafting and live in the States, absolutely sign up for the Joann Fabrics mailer and phone app. They constantly have 40-50% off coupons and sometimes offer discount cards for students and teachers. I almost never pay full price for anything there. Michaels, too
- black breathable sports lycra (for the mask)
- these glasses (for the eyes)
- these gloves in light green
- long false nails
- red Sculpy plastic clay (for the belt piece's head)
- a large sheet of red craft foam (for the belt)
- red puff paint
- 8 yards of burgundy fabric (for the robe, hood, & sleeves)
This last item was the most difficult this time around. I was the kind of kid who memorized all the crayon names in the box and would get pissed off at other kids who colored Santa Claus using red-violet instead of red. I am very particular about color matching. I even consulted some friends who collect Masters of the Universe toys on what the right color should be. In some pictures it looks raspberry. In others, dark red. Eventually, I decided on something close to this:
I printed it out along with some reference pics and perused every fabric store in town. It's not enough to find the right color, though. I need to get the right kind of fabric. Since I'm basically making a wizard's robe, it has to have the right weight and drape. Since it's a cartoon character, it has to be bright and solid-textured. A t-shirt jersey or a polyester knit would do perfectly. A cotton broadcloth is too thin and crisp. A suit-weight is too stiff and heavy. Flannel is too hot. Velvet is way too expensive. Satin is right out.
[My sister (who also cosplays) has a saying, "Satin = Satan." Costume satin may be affordable and pretty, but it is slippery, a bitch to sew, and does not photograph well. Take the time to feel all the fabrics and figure out which will look best for your costume.]
Eventually, I found it. I'm really happy with it.
It's actually a faux crushed velvet, but I'll be sewing it wrong side out. This will give me the nice, solid, untextured color of the back side of the fabric. I hope I got enough. It's better to get too much than too little. Using fabrics from two different dye lots can be really apparent once it's put together.
I think I got everything. I've spent about $60. But more than likely, I'll discover there is something else I need and have to run out and get it.
Please leave any questions/comments/advice and recommend the post if you want me to keep going.
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