American Duchess Cape Sewalong - Materials - due Oct 3

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  1. Melearlin Valar

    Melearlin Valar Aes Sedai Tower Gatekeeper

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    My favorite part of sewing! Buying stuff!

    (/eyes my 4 bins of fabric :look )

    So whether historically or fantasy-y, outerwear would commonly be made out of wool. It was an easily accessible fabric, that could be woven in varying patterns or weights.

    If you want to use wool, here are some of my favorite sites for buying it:
    Can't go wrong with classic black! Or channel your inner hobbit with a dark green.
    • Fabric Mart is another favorite! They get bolt ends from other suppliers, so they never have the same thing twice. Note, never buy something from there full price. They always have rotating sales, so wait for a P-Z sale before buying their Wool.
    I mean, magenta pink cashmere blend? At 60" wide you wouldn't need a lot.
    • Denver Fabrics
    Wool blends are also a great way to save some money. Here is a sophisticated gray/black stripe in a wool/rayon. That will give you something nice and drapey.

    If you want to fake the look of wool but don't want the price tag, look for cotton flannel.
    Of course, you don't have to limit yourself to wool or wool-looks. How cute would this be in a nice cotton plaid?

    Or challenge yourself and have a third layer of lace fabric on the outside, treated as one with your outer fabric? Cyan lace for 1.99/yd!

    Any and all of these can be used for the inner fabric as well!

    Personally, I'm going extra luxurious and lining mine with silk. The nice thing about many silks is the slippery-ness helps the outerwear slide along your inner-wear and not get stuck on you (this is why coats have a slippery lining).
    • Dharma Fabrics is the most inexpensive place around if you don't mind plain white.
    Cotton or rayon sateen will not be as shiny as silk, but will have a nice drape and texture while be way easier to work with and way less expensive (and a bunch of the above linked places carry it). This is also totally findable in the form of sheets at Goodwill or other thrift stores if you get lucky!

    Note, this is totally not exhaustive. I do nearly all my fabric shopping online, so if you are looking for something specific post it here, and I'd be happy to go on an online hunt for it!
     
  2. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Historian

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    Great post!! I think I need help finding my yellow lining. B&T doesn't currently have a Hufflepuff yellow wool. I'll be getting my outer wool from them in black, but I'm not sure what to do about the yellow now. There are a couple options I've found but if you can find anything better, or have input on what fabric would make a better lining, please let me know! So far I have this list of options:

    Cotton Flannel in Sunflower

    Cotton/Linen blend in Sunshine

    Yellow/Black "Check'd" Silk Taffeta

    I love that silk taffeta but 1) I've never sewn with silk, and 2) I'd really like this cape to be obviously Hufflepuff so I'm not sure if it comes across enough with the check pattern.

    I'm stumped!
     
  3. Dar'Jen Ab Owain

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    So I looked through the fabric I have available, and decided to go with...
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    Plaid for outside and brown for lining.
     
  4. Melearlin Valar

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    Silk taffeta is actually super easy to work with, because it's stiff. The main thing about it is it can fray, but if you don't handle it a ton it's not an issue. Weirdly solid taffetas tend to cost more than checked/striped/patterns, so you'd be hard pressed to find a solid yellow for that price. I think any of those are great options!

    I did find yellow dupioni for similar prices (similar body to taffeta, but it's got the slubs hence the usually cheaper price):
    cotton sateen might have a bit of the shine you are looking for, compared to linen?
    And a few other yellows:
    • cotton lawn, so a nice light cotton (depending on how light, it might be too sheer for the look you want)
    • Poly satin (get a swatch first, because poly satin can run the risk of looking pretty cheap. Mood is likely to have a good quality one, but you might as well check before spending the money)
    • Dorr Mill has beauuuutiful wools (the zinnia!), but a price to match
     
  5. Dar'Jen Ab Owain

    Dar'Jen Ab Owain Accepted

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    These sites are awesome. I'm enjoying just looking over all the fabric...
     
  6. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Historian

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    You are a queen and goddess @Melearlin Valar !!! :bow That list is incredible. I’ll ruminate over them for a couple days before deciding but THAT ZINNIA WOOL THO.
     
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    Oh man Idk what colors to do D: i have no creativity with clothes lol help
     
  8. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Historian

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    What colors do you mostly wear? Take a look in your closet/dresser and see if any really stand out. Then take into account what colors simply make you happy or that you may not have clothing in but always wanted to... because a fabulous swooshy cape is just then thing to live your best clothing life. :look
     
  9. Melearlin Valar

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    I really like looking at fabric online :look
     
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    Have any suggestions for European sites? I'd like to participate and I don't mind hand sewing. No idea where to get fabric, though.
     
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    Me too!
     
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    I have a lot of multicolored flowy shirts, animal print, blue, purple, fuchsia, orange, I don't have green clothes apparently lol

    I'm not sure how I would pair it with anything, to do pattern or solid....


    Actually just thought would it work to do a tartan of my last name :shifty
     
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    A tartan would be amazing! The video @Melearlin Valar posted of Costuming Drama shows her cape. I believe she did one side solid and one a plaid.
     
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    Man I forgot how expensive wool is :lol Thank you for all the links!!
     
  17. Laralelle Susandrea

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    Plus sized people-plan on buying extra fabric. Yes, I'm sure you know this and yes it is common sense, however, I'm going to say it anyway! When I'm doing a pattern like this, I usually buy about an extra half a yard, more if length is a factor (I'm also tall) but it doesn't seem to be as big a deal here. Buy extra!!
     
  18. Dovienya el'Korim

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    I feel like there are some extra items that are needed for somehow transferring the pattern to the fabric. Can those of us new to sewing get a little list of these sorts of materials so we can pick them up before the rest of this kicks off?
     
  19. Melearlin Valar

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    You can use transfer paper and a tracing wheel.

    But, you can also do this without special material by using tailors tacks.
     
  20. Laralelle Susandrea

    Laralelle Susandrea Aes Sedai

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    straight pins, tracing paper and wheel, needle for sewing on hook and eye, don't forget thread...I'll add more if I think of them. It's hard to come up with that list until you're actually doing it sometimes.