Lightweight Fabrics

Thursday, 2 December 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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This post will introduce you to the most common lightweight fabrics.  Each fabric has different characteristics which determine the look and maneuverability of the fabric.  You can find detailed advise on how to cut and sew a specific fabric (including what size needle and presser foot to use) by checking out Sandra Betzina’s More Fabric Savvy and Claire Shaeffer’s Sew Any Fabric.

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COTTON

content: 100% cotton

difficulty: easy

cosplay uses: It is a multi-use fabric and should be considered for capes, shirts, pants, skirts, and dresses. Can be used as lining.

construction notes: Cotton shrinks; wash and iron before cutting patterns. Best stored in acid-free cardboard/tissue paper.

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MUSLIN

content: 100% cotton

difficulty: easy

cosplay uses: Pattern making; specifically to make a “mock-up” which will allow you to make alterations to your costume on a relatively inexpensive fabric.

construction notes: Muslin is available in a white or off-white color and can be purchased in a variety of widths (from 45″ – “108”).  Since cotton is the main fiber, remember to prewash.

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LINING

content: usually polyester

difficulty: moderate

cosplay uses: Used to cover the inside of the costume and give it a finished look

construction notes: The best quality lining is Coup de ville.

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TULLE

content: 100% nylon

difficulty: moderate

cosplay uses: This lightweight, rigid fabric provides soft support to skirts.

construction notes: Use a short stitch.  Generally, it is softer than netting but may need to be lined if it is too scratchy.

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CHIFFON GEORGETTE

content: 100% polyester

difficulty: hard

cosplay uses: Since this fabric is transparent, it works great for sleeves or can add an additional hue over another fabric.

construction notes: Requires a sharp needle. While sewing, you can sandwich the seams between pieces of water-soluble stabilizer to resist shifting.

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