No matter what character you are gonna cosplay this year,and whether you will DIY halloween costume by yourself, There is something you should know about how to select the perfect fabric for your halloween costume.
It’s not just that workmanship is important to a halloween costume, but the choice of fabric is the key. The appropriate material will help Cosplayer out of character temperament.On the contrary, if you choose the wrong fabric, you will get a feeling of bargain. Therefore, we must know more about the fabric of the costume.
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Cotton Linen Wool Silk
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According to an analysis of the fabric in the market, we organize the characteristics of those fabric, wish it’s helpful for you.
Here are some simple tips for when choosing your costume fabric.
1. cotton fabric
- Strong hygroscopicity, comfortable to wear, easy to dye, easy to shrink.
- Alkali resistance and acid resistance
- The cotton fiber is soft, the cotton fabric feels good, comfortable to wear, and it is suitable for all kinds of clothing and bedding.
- The cotton fabric is heat-resisting. But you’d better not iron it above 100 degrees too long ,and remember to dash some water if the temperature is above 190 degrees.
Disadvantages: Cotton fabric is weak, and is easy to crumple.
Linen is a cellulosic fibers derived from the stem of the flax plant or a fabric made from these fibers. Linen fibers are much stronger and more lustrous that cotton; they yield cool, absorbent fabrics that wrinkle easily. Fabrics with linen-like texture and coolness but with good wrinkle resistance can be produced from manufactured fibers and blends.
- Tensile Strength: Linen is a strong fiber. It has a tenacity of 5.5 to 6.5 gm/den. The strength is greater than cotton fiber.
- Effects of Alkalis: Linen has an excellent resistance to alkalis. It does not affected by the strong alkalis.
- Effect of Heat: Linen has an excellent resistance to degradation by heat. It is less affected than cotton fiber by the heat.
- More abrasion resistant than cotton.
- Breathable, and it’s cool to wear
- Easily damaged by acid-containing substances
- The textural surface of Linen Fabric is not as smooth as cotton fabric.
- Dyes: It is not suitable to dye. But it can be dye by direct and vat dyes.
Wool fabric is the natural hair grown on sheep and is composed of protein substance called as keratin. Wool is composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and this is the only animal fiber, which contains sulfur in addition. The wool fibers have crimps or curls, which create pockets and give the wool a spongy feel and create insulation for the wearer. The outside surface of the fiber consists of a series of serrated scales, which overlap each other much like the scales of a fish. Wool is the only fiber with such serration’s which make it possible for the fibers to cling together and produce felt.
- Breathable wool’s natural structure allows it to absorb and release water vapour into the atmosphere, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
- Flame retardant – wool fibre has a higher ignition threshold than many other fibres and is flame retardant up to 600º C. It also produces less toxic fumes in a fire.
- Sunsafe – wool has naturally high UV protection.
- Durable and elastic – wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking and still have the power to recover and return to its natural shape. Quality wool garments look good for longer.
- They have good elasticity and resiliency.
- They have poor resistance to alkalis
- The price of wool is a bit expensive
- Difficult to wash
Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best-known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity (sericulture). The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.
- Silk has the property of being a very flexible material.
- Silk clothing keeps one cool in the summer, and it provides surprising warmth in the winter and is often used as an insulation layer in different types of clothing or even in sleeping bags. Silk can absorb a fairly significant amount of moisture before it feels wet.
- soft to wear
- Sunsafe – wool has naturally high UV protection.
- Difficult to wash. It need special care
- Expensive.the price of silk is higher than the others.
- easily damaged by acid-containing substances.
- can not directly exposed to the sun
- is not resistant to Insects
- Easy to wash,quick drying.
- Airtight,When you wear a terylene fabric cloth,you will have a feeling of hot and badly ventilated. And the terylene fabric isn’t dyed easily.
Nylon is much suitable for hosiery and the knitted fabrics because of its smoothness,light weight and high strength. Nylon is a lustrous fibre. The lustre of the fibre can be modified by adding the delustering agent at the molten stage.
- Strength: Nylon has good tenacity and the strength is not lost with age.
- Elasticity: Nylon has good elasticity which makes it much suitable for the apparel purposes.
- Cleanliness and Washability: Nylon fabrics are easy care garments.
- Resistance to Insects: Nylon is resistance to the moths and fungi.
- Affinity for Dyes: Nylon can be easily dyed with a wider range of dyes. The dyed fabrics retain their colour and have good resistance to fading.
Acrylic is a popular plastic available in opaque and optically transparent forms, used in numerous applications. Acrylic shapes include sheet, rod, cubes, balls, tubes, etc. Acrylic has many valuable properties. It is more flexible and shock resistant than glass. It is abrasion resistant and resistant to UV and chemical damage. Acrylic can transmit or filter ultraviolet light and is easily cleaned. It is easily cut, corrosion resistant and a good insulator.
Spandex, Lycra or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is made up of a long chain polymer called polyurethane, which is produced by reacting a polyester with a diisocyanate. Spandex gained interest quickly due to it’s superiority to the strength in durability of rubber. Spandex also has a better resistance to dry heat & oil, in comparison to rubber. The level of comfort and wicking ability found in Spandex are unparalleled, and do not exist in such high amount with any other fabric
And there are four fabric I do not recommend to beginners:
1. Baroque / Shiny satin.
I was hesitant to put this on the list because I do actually love satin, it’s just often misused. Costume made of satin frays like crazy. It can be pleated, but you have to starch it to death to hold the pleat when wearing – and even then, it’ll probably pop out within an hour.
- It wrinkles very, very badly, and even if you iron it before wearing, you’ll look like a wrinkled, frumpy mess in a few hours unless you are very lucky.
- It’s one of those fabrics that if you aren’t careful about picking the right type for the right project, you end up spending a lot on something that inevitably looks like a cheap polyester costume. So avoid anything that looks really shiny under the light.
- Shiny fabric is harder to photograph if you can’t control your light source AND if there is even the tiniest wrinkle, it will show rather glaringly.
Note how this word is spelled. That’s right. One diacritical mark from being the word ‘lame’. This overly shiny, strangely stretchy metallic fabric seems to pop up more than it really should.
Originally seen in strip clubs and in the heart of New Jersey, lamé enters into our lives by being sold in American Apparel and showcased by misguided cosplayers. In some cases it may be unavoidable—I’ve yet seen a Pheonix costume that didn’t use it, but as a general rule, treat it like the plague.
And this fabric is stuffy too. if you can believe it. Ironing it requires using another fabric over the top to keep from scorching (or worse – melting) it. You absolutely must overlock it, but that’s just delaying the inevitable.
3. PVC (Standard)
This is another fabric that I’m putting on this list for a very specific reason: it’s often misused. I appreciate PVC but it drives me crazy when I see how it’s typically substituted for leather in a costume. It’s not leather. It doesn’t look like leather. It looks like wet plastic.
And another reason is that it’s hot to wear, If you need/want to use PVC as a substitute for leather, please be sure you use them kind.
4. Anything stretchy.
Sewing on stretchy material is not for newbies. It’s very fussy to sew with. You need special types of stitching when sewing on it to make sure when you go to wear the item in question you don’t pop a seam. It puckers and gathers if you don’t sew it correctly. Stretch materials are great – once you level up a bit and get some sewing under your belt.
When you know the characteristics of each fabric, You can choose the appropriate fabric according to the properties of the fabric. You must pay attention to the degree of refraction of cloth, observe them in the dark and bright, the level of refraction cloth, cloth mirror effect, considering the stage effect.
While there are hundreds of fabrics to choose from, these are good ones to get you started. Trust me, trying to read and alter patterns to put them together, or your first costume will be a huge headache without experience. You may spend hundreds of dollar preparing a cosplay costume, but if it doesn’t work, you are wasting your money. So if you want to make things easier, you might as well buy online to make it well done. Xcoos.com is highly recommended,the cosplay costume there are all tailor made according to the original look, good and proper material is selected to make your favorite cosplay costumes! Contact us ([email protected])to get Coupons for buying cosplay costumes on xcoos!
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